19 Mar A Place for Everything in Your Mind
Ben Franklin said we should have a place for everything and keep everything in its place.
Mark Twain said, have a place for everything and keep it somewhere else, but added “this is not advice, it is merely custom.”
What’s your custom? If you would answer harshly toward yourself, think about how much time you actually spend in mental organization? Most people don’t even realize it’s a thing. Something so important to get right for yourself, and to refine!
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You can tell if you are spending enough if you have a place for everything in your mind. Or nearly everything.
I let my thoughts direct my filing system. Much of it is online, in my email inbox. I’ve created a very detailed bunch of mini-inboxes for all of you I work with. And for my blog readers (not individually but I have a folder for blog post ideas and published posts). And another for all the emails people send me telling me I’ve done a good job! I save them for those rainy days…
I’ve blogged about how my inbox is organized. (See the little picture there of the basic framework, without all the detailed client folders where the little “+” signs are.) I’ve since added a folder cleverly entitled “Zese May Come in Handy Later,” because I know myself. I tend to delete things too soon. It’s titled that way becauze starting it with “Z” keeps it down at the bottom of my inbox and out of immediate consciousness which means I tolerate and don’t keep trying to delete it.
It is way easier to create a space for one thing and see if it gets used again and again than to worry about whether it’s worth creating it! (If it never gets used again, simple: you just move it up one level to the category above it that’s most like it.)
But the opposite goes for your mind.
What’s your mind’s default setting?” Make it intentional: “I am love.” Or “In the present.” Or “Peace.” .
What’s the thing you drag your mind to after you notice it’s been on default?
Is that worth doing? (It’s probably not if your default setting is intentional.)
Instead of dragging your mind around, have what most people try to remember organized.
Don’t try to remember so much. You will remember much more!
Instead of dragging your mind around, schedule time to think about specific things! (Date yourself.) Keep the list of things you need to think about outside your mind. Keep them in email or a printout. Consult it regularly. Get this: You can make a date to look at your list. It can be an every morning thing, like brushing your teeth. In fact, you can do it right afterward.
Then schedule for that day what needs to get thought about that day. (Note, yes, you can do this the day before. You just might add some things to the day after sleeping on it.)
Whoa! What a lot of mental space this frees up!
Do you even know who you are anymore if you aren’t mentally crowded?
That is the question I am working with now. Tell you when I know–or you tell me what you find out, ‘k?