Before Entering the Matrix

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to do list (Photo credit: ebby)

After last week’s log jam, I began thinking about how I can break the cycle of inactivity that results from task overload and organizational glitches. Without a to-do list, it is easy to just move aimlessly from task to task, accomplishing things without being very efficient about it. Prioritizing the tasks takes a structure (or container); otherwise, the most important tasks can be overlooked. With a list, prioritized tasks can be mapped into appropriate time slots while providing a basic plan for the materials that need to be in place for the work to occur.

While a to-do list is essential, a method for integrating it with time and physical resources is vital. I suspect that I’ve been using two-legged systems lately, rather than a three-dimensional one. While having two parts of the equation in place–a to-do list and time, or time and resources, for example–can work for a while, eventually things fall apart. So I’m on a mission to create an integrated system of organization that will take all three elements into account, a three-dimensional matrix that organizes the tasks across time and space.

But maybe I’m putting the cart before the horse. Have you ever found yourself trapped in an endless array of activities, one after another? If there is no real satisfaction, what is the point of fine-tuning an organizational system? Without motivation, trying to become more efficient for its own sake is likely to become a futile exercise. Instead, maybe I’ll take a look at each element of this matrix before assembling and entering it; to explore what I really want from the process. Then the organization will serve as a tool for accomplishing something meaningful, not just one more item on the to-do list.

Join the discussion:

If you could remove one thing from your to-do list, what would it be?

What organizational glitches do you face?

One comment on “Before Entering the Matrix

  1. I definitely agree with doing some evaluating beforehand. But there are always going to be things that have to be done that aren’t particularly satisfying to do. We can just bulldoze through them when we’re DOing on autopilot. But if we’re trying to be mindful about what we do, bulldozing is counterproductive. So I’m curious about what you’ll eventually come up with. Thought-provoking piece. Thanks.

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