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🔬 Weekly experiment 12, 2020

Hey There.

This week’s newsletter slipped by too. In my defence, there’s a volunteer project we’re working on in my free time. I’m beginning to realise that if I don’t reserve time for writing in my schedule, it doesn’t happen.

Anyway enough with excuses. Hope you’re accustoming well to your quarantine schedule. I know that I am. According to the How much toilet paper you need calculator, I’m stocked for two months. Hope you are ready to 😉

During the times of quarantine, many are discovering that life can be completely different if you spend the majority of your time at home. As an introvert, I’m used to being at home, but this quarantine is testing my limits. I’m not going to lie. Physically meeting zero people per week kind of sucks.

So thank god for the internet. OK maybe to the US army and CERN physicists, but anyway I don’t imagine the current COVID19 outbreak without the internet.

Internet defiantly allows us to stay partially connected and organised.

Organised vs disorganised

To my readers, it should be clear by now that I’m an organised person. At least when it comes to my desk.

But some people thrive in being disorganised. My dad, for example. He falls into this category:

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

If I have one pile like that, I get nervous. My dad can apparently find (almost) everything in his piles. Somehow he can maintain a mental model in his head where things are. I need things tidily ordered.

But I find that on my creative front I need to be disorganised. So I have a folder with all the junk on my PC. Sort of localised mess, but it’s there.

Then the next thing is the email. At university, I had a professor who had 15 000 unread emails in his inbox. Gulp. I’m more on the zero mailbox front. Which pole do you fall into?

I like being organised. But to be clear, it doesn’t really matter which area you fall into as long as you know what works for you. If your system/mess makes you feel anxious try to clean it up. If not I guess, go make a bigger mess?

Sure staying organised takes time, but it brings my mind to piece. Some thrive in disorder. I know I don’t.

Which category do you fall into?

Simplicity

In the past, I found it hard to stay organised. Reason? I was overcomplicating things. Now I delete the majority of emails I don’t need anymore. Try to keep a minimal amount of files (digital and physical). Write all my notes to one journal, and that’s it.

When a project comes along like the one, we are currently running. I try to use a simple excel table as a task manager:

It works like a charm. Easy to set up, maintain and change at any point in time. We are slowly upgrading our system as the project progresses.

Stying organised with a simple system is easy. With a messy one good luck.

We continue next week with sub-series: Are you a productivity ninja? of series: Who am I?

Small weekly experiment at a time 13, 2020

Yup, my prime time is still the same as it was in the past. Unless I drink a large cup of black tea in the midday or get a nap, I’m pretty much useless.

This week I’m trying to come up with a quarantine adjusted schedule. Cause yeah staying home for the majority of the time is wired even for me, despite being used to working from home.

You know the drill let me know what will be your small experiment this week. If you find a typo, have a comment or have an idea for improvement shoot me a message. 😉

Till the next weekly experiment.

Ziga

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