I’d like to be upfront and clear about my position on software as a means to organize and add benefit to one’s daily life. In many ways, the digital calendar is an almost invaluable tool for organization. And in many cases, apps which aid in information, reminders and communications are welcome assets.
So, for those of you who’d like an organizational app for your smartphone, I’ve listed some links for you if you haven’t already found them.
Now, apps are great, but they will never replace old-fashioned pen and paper—with the skill to read & write—don’t laugh, roughly 40% of Americans are at either basic or below basic levels of proficiency regarding Prose, Document, and Quantitative skills.
Back to apps: If there’s a power outage or hard drive crash or signal interference, your apps won’t do you any good if you can’t access them. Hard copy is still the certain way to keep track of meetings, appointments, tasks, lunches, routines and deadlines—with an added benefit, you get to use your mind when writing info down. The mind, just like other muscles in your body needs exercise.
And I’m not talking about remembering to keep your thumbs in shape so you can tap the app to see your schedule or get your ducks in a daily row—like entering reminders/to do’s on your hand-held device; but since I’m on the subject of thumbs:
The carpometacarpal joint of the thumb, also known as the first carpometacarpal joint, or the trapeziometacarpal joint (TMC) connects the trapezium to the first metacarpal bone, and it plays an irreplaceable role in the normal functioning of the thumb. Even so, if you loose the use of your thumb, you can still write. If you loose your thumb altogether, again, you can still write; but you won’t be able to hold a device very well. In essence, you’ve lost your ability to interface with your organizational device.
The trick I’ve found to organization is acting upon the moment. If you fail to act in response to a notification—be it digital or mental—then this is where no amount of software or technology will help you. A good habit, on the other hand, will always be of help.
You are what you repeatedly do: Habits
You don’t have to wait for the New Year to develop good habits—but, it’s a little late for that now. However, the best way I’ve found in creating a good habit is to start your day with a different routine. Routine begins with a choice to create a regiment of thoughtful habits reinforced by verbal and physical actions. Habits are like app/tools and they can become obsolete and from time to time need to be tweaked, replaced or simply stopped. Here are a few ideas; nothing is written is stone. If they don’t work for you, discard them.
- Plan your day the night before (write it down where you can see it when you rise)
- Rise and follow the plan
- Use your weak arm to wash in the shower or bath (it will be strange and clumsy at first—do it as long as you can)
- Put the other shoe on first, then the usual one
- Be redundant, write your day out on a physical calendar
- Talk to yourself, talk about the new routine out loud
- Organize your dresser and clothes inside until they are orderly
- Count your money before leaving your home so you know how much is with you and how much is still at home
- See yourself succeeding in your efforts—visualization is important
- Start your day
All of these actions, at least for me, help me look at my day with a fresh organizational attitude—a new beginning, so to speak.
If you do these simple things for at least 21 days, you may view the organization of your life differently. Note: Always make time to do nothing—within that time is your chance to meditate, reflect or plan.
So, in the end, the app is only as good as the person who uses it. Use it wisely and efficiently, and organization will come naturally—like a good habit. Have a great New Year guys and gals.