How to Organize Information and Tidy up Your Thoughts
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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 digesting information mainly because “we have got to know this.” Even if we never apply that information in our own lives.
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:
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 relevant to your goals and desires, write it down. If not, remove it from your mind.
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 management as well.
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 digital document.
Toss out the information you no longer need or have tried before.
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 organized in a collection or anything. The idea is that it’ll be easier to digest and process later when your brain has energy.
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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.
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.
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