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How to Organize Information and Tidy up Your Thoughts

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How to Organize Information and Tidy up Your Thoughts
How to organize information is a much-needed skill in today's society. It helps to combat information overload and give us more liberty with our thoughts.

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Addicted to Consuming Information

Addicted to Consuming Information

The amount of content on the Internet is huge and it’s practically impossible for us to consume it all. But we struggle with it anyway.

This creates a situation where we are constantly diges...

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Information Clutter

In the case of information, reading several articles and sources on the same topic can create a lot of clutter. Because it creates internal struggles and questions:

  • What sort of inf...

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The LATCH principle

... for organizing information:

  • Location: put the most relevant stuff to be within reach.
  • Alphabet: for organizing lists of people and statis...

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Mind mapping

Mind mapping

It's a method of capturing thoughts and organizing them in a visual way.

This is an extremely effective tool to organize what matters most to you: If something is releva...

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Using lists

Make a to-do list every day and use that to organize the most important tasks for you to complete that day.

Lists help to organize what must be done and give you a sense of time man...

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Creating collections

Put the notes that you make into specific groups of information. For example, if you have a lot of information on business ideas, or opportunities, write them in a book or place them in a digit...

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Prioritize key information

This strategy takes the idea of making lists to the next level: summarizing the information you consume or placing the key points in a list you can consult later.

It doesn’t have to be ...

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  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat differences and non-conformity as a mistake.

You Cannot Avoid Making Mistakes

Mistakes are really a demand for order and continuity. But the world and everything in it is constantly changing. 

It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. 

Benefits of Making Mistakes

  • Mistakes point us to something we did not know
  • Help us see what matters and what does not
  • Inform us more about our values
  • Teach us more about others
  • Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work
  • Remind us of our humanity
  • Spur us to want to better work which helps us all
  • Promote compassion for ourselves and others
  • Help us to pace ourselves better
  • Invite us to better choices
  • Can suggest new options we had not considered
  • Prompt us to learn more about ourselves
  • Make us more humble
  • Expose our true feelings
  • Point us in a more creative direction
  • Can hasten change
  • Reveal our blind spots

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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

Abraham Lincoln

Powerful Persistence

Abraham Lincoln is most celebrated for his role in keeping the nation together during the Civil War and signing the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped to end slavery in the United States.

His leadership exemplified determination and is a reminder that great leaders must remain persistent, even when others do not believe in their vision.

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“In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity.”

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Location

Organizing information by its location (physical or conceptual) is important when the information has multiple different sources and locales.
Use it when the relative position of the information you want to present is important. When giving directions or to prioritize what is the most relevant thing to be in reach.

Alphabet

Ordering information alphabetically is a great way to provide random access to data. It is one of the best ways to organize information when the amount of data is big (Dictionaries, encyclopedias, book indexes for example).
It is also a good fall back when the information can’t be sorted with another method.