13 Steps to Organise Your Possessions

 

If you aren’t organised it’s never too late. As a child I was a complete mess. Currently people see me as a very organised person and my colleagues at work gave me the title of ‘The Most Organised’.
It all started with the need. As a teacher, I needed to be organised. I started to learn and practice the skill till I became organised. Considering that many people happen to use desks, or have children who possess desks, I will be giving my example on organising desks. However, the same 13 steps I’m sharing apply on almost all possessions we have.

The 13 Steps to Organise our Possessions:
1- Clarifying
Identifying what we want to organise (a desk, a wardrobe, the kitchen…etc)

2- Complete mess
Creating a pile from all the things we possess in this category and wish to organise.

3- Sorting
In one pile we keep what we really use or might need. In the second pile we would add the things we no longer need.

4- Checking
Checking the first pile one more time while considering the impact of what we want to keep on our happiness and energy. If there are things that won’t make us happy we better add them to the second pile.

5- Categorising 
By dividing the first pile into small piles of things from same type. A pile of pens, another for books, one for papers…etc.

6- Containerising 
By putting the possessions in each small pile in a suitable container (Pens in pen pots, papers in files..)

7- Listing
One of the challenges that people face is not having appropriate containers for what they possess. Hence, we need to be clear on what we need by writing a list (shelves, drawers, boxes…)

8- Allocating specific places
We need to consider two factors in this step. First, how often do we use each category in order to make the things we use frequently accessible. Second, the size of the items in each category. If what we possess is really large we might need certain drawers, boxes under the desk or extra shelves on top on the desk.

9- Labeling
Adding labels make it easier to access our possessions and helps our brains become more organised. We can also have specific copybooks/files/envelops for each workshop we attend, s

10- Decorating
Whether by adding flowers, scented candles or colours. Turning our desks into a cheerful place would encourage us to keep it organised.

11- Reusing
Reusing old boxes or jars as containers would save us money and with simple effort we can turn them into personalised good-looking containers.

12- Donating
In this step we will consider the second pile we left in step 3. We will need to check what should be thrown out and what can be donated and to whom and take a prompt action of donating.

13- Enjoying the process
Listening to music or chatting with a friend on the phone while organising really helps!

It sounds hard. It is but only at the beginning. Remember I was a messy child and now I became organised. It’s hard yet possible and very rewarding.

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Have you been dreaming of becoming more organised and not knowing how? Do you catch yourself admiring organised people and wishing to know the secrets behind their organisation? Do you often tell yourself: “If only I was organised”?
In this series of videos I will be sharing the strategies I have learned and been applying for years and which helped me become an organised and productive person both in my personal and professional life.

6 Frames for Better Thinking – Part 4

Consciously prepare your mind to notice different aspects of the information and to get far more value of it. It isn’t easy yet it’s simple. It’s skill you can develop by practice. And while becoming a conscious thinker pay attention to your mind. Pay attention to your perceptions and notice how often does your mind trick you.

De Bono explained how 90% of the errors of thinking are errors of attention. Here are some tricks your mind plays:

  • Jumping to a perceptual conclusion (good or bad) as soon as possible.
  • Seeking to fill in the details as seen through this initial perception.
  • Distorting the information it’s getting in order to match its own perception.

Thinking isn’t enough. In order to become better human beings, family members and community members we need to be equipped with tools and to practice using them for the best of our personal lives and humanity.

 

6 Frames for Better Thinking – Part 3

The first three frames De Bono presented for thinking about information were the purpose (triangle), the accuracy (circle) and the points of view (the square). The second three were:

4- The Heart frame:

Matters of heart are usually of great interest to people. Mine information for interest. Report what you find interesting. Make more effort to note matters of interest when these are not quite obvious.

5- The Diamond frame:

Diamonds are symbols of value. Your diamond frame should reveal all possible values – even ones you do not give much importance to.

6- The Rectangle frame:

It represents a platform on which something is to be placed and exhibited. Come out with conclusions, spell them out, take action if needed.

It isn’t enough to get exposed to information. It isn’t enough to think of the information from the six frames. Act upon your findings and your thinking from all the five previous frames.

6 Frames for Better Thinking – Part 2

A triangle, a circle, a square, a heart, a diamond and a rectangle were the six frames Edward De Bono chose in his book ‘Thinking about information’. Become a better thinker by thinking about information from the lens of these shapes:

1- The Triangle frame:

Triangles have points. The arrow points in a particular direction. That direction is the purpose.

What is the purpose of your search? Why do you need this information? Why is it valuable?

Where should you look for this information? Is it the right place?

2- The Circle frame:

The circle represents the centre of a target. Accuracy depends on how well you hit that target. Focus directly on the accuracy of info. If you plan to take an action, give high importance to accuracy.

3- The Square frame:

All sides/points of view of an issue must be treated equally. Also to approach issues from all sides. Pay attention to the degree of bias or neutrality in the information. Notice the bias while using the information. Choose not to use a source that is consistently one-sided. Choose to look at the information in a different way.

Start using these three frames during your day to day life. Use them as a tool to become a better thinker.

6 Frames for Better Thinking – Part 1

How much attention do we pay to the usual? An alarming question Edward de Bono posed at the beginning of his book ‘Six Frames for Thinking about Information’.  De Bono explained how most people, though being surrounded with countless information and data all the time, they fail to notice but the unusual.

As parents, how often do pay attention to our children when they’re well behaving? And how often do we become attentive when they misbehave, nag or cry? How often do we walk over the streets paying limited attention to the sounds around us, only becoming alert when we hear a scream, a crash or an explosion?

If you wish to become a better thinker start paying more attention to your surroundings. Second, learn how to deal with the data your brain received using the Six Thinking Frames. These frames offer you the following:

  • A strategy to prepare the mind to notice different things.
  • 6 different directions to look at information.
  • A method for extracting more value from information.

In the following videos I will be sharing De Bono’s frames and explaining how to look at information and how to react to it.

Solve Your Problems in 4 Easy Steps

One of the common things between us all as human beings is that we all face problems. What’s uncommon is our strategies in dealing with our problems. While some people would feel blocked, frustrated, angry and might even go to the extreme of feeling depressed, others don’t. The way we deal with our day-to-day problems has a great impact on the level of the life we live. The fishbone technique is one of the thinking tools I use to deal with the problems I encounter. It requires a sheet of paper and a pen and 4 easy steps:

1- Identifying the problem

Drawing a triangle and writing in it the problem as specifically as possible. ‘A problem with time’ is a very vague term to use for solving a problem. Not sleeping long enough due to lack of time sounds more specific.

2- Identifying the consequences of the problem

By drawing a line (as the body of the fish) and adding the bones on the lower side. On each bone add one of the consequences of the problem. Think of both long term consequences and short term ones. Think deep.

3- Analyse the causes of the problem

By drawing another set of lines for bones on the upper side and adding a cause on each bone. No matter how the cause sounds simple of superficial, just write down all the causes.

4- Identify the possible solutions

Add the tail of the fish and start writing down all the possible solutions. Write them in bulleted points and ensure that the solutions are applicable and realistic.

Take a final look at your fishbone and consider the full image. Start putting your solutions into practice. Scheduling the actions you need to take, asking for help, learning something new to go beyond the problem are possible steps you might need to take. Instead of complaining from a problem be proactive and fishbone it!