How To Be The Most Organised Person In The World
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Look around you. Do you have scattered sheets of paper waiting to be filed? Is your workstation cluttered with stuff you no longer use? Are your drawers riddled with relics from the past? Now how about your computer? Is your desktop the go-to destination for just about everything?

How organised are you, really? It takes a lot of hard work to stay on top of things, but if you manage to take control of your life, it can be extremely rewarding. So where do you begin? This infograph from Greatist would be a good start. It may be slightly outdated (recommends Google Reader) but overall, it’s still a very useful infograph.

Take the time to read it — you’ll be bound to learn something.

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  1. Ramanan
    November 11, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Catch is no more available.

  2. Anonymous
    November 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    No disrespect intended, but organized is spelled wrong in the title and in the body...good subject matter though.

    • Not Anonymous Annie
      November 11, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Looks like they are using the British or perhaps Canadian spelling, using 's' instead of 'z.'

      Great article...will be sharing!

    • Jackson
      November 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Yeah, I was taught British English. I'll stuff my z's elsewhere ;)

  3. Richard Steven Hack
    November 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    By the way, re Google Reader, I've tried a number of RSS utilities on Linux - almost all suck rocks. I ended up using Thunderbird which does a decent job without a ton of bugs or stupid design decisions. One advantage to that is that I also have it set up to retrieve my Gmail accounts which gives me a local backup of my Gmail.

    As for Twitter, almost all Twitter clients suck rocks as well. I ended up using the Web access on Firefox. I wish there were a decent multiple tab desktop client for Linux but there just isn't one that doesn't suck. Even using the Web access in Konqueror didn't work well. I might try the advice to have separate accounts, but I don't want Twitter taking up any more tabs in Firefox than the one it already does.

  4. Richard Steven Hack
    November 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    The idea of putting all your files under one directory isn't terribly feasible for me. I have nearly 3TB of data - documents, videos, courses, images, utilities, etc. - which I have complete control over. I have them on two hard drives, so it's easy to back them up. Essentially I DO have them under "one directory" (each on one partition on one hard drive.) One partition gets backed up to one backup drive, the other gets backed up to the other backup hard drive. The /home directory also gets backed up even though almost nothing is in it but config files for my applications.

    Even on Windows (I use Linux) I recommend people not store anything under My Documents, but use a separate partition to store all user data. Most Windows programs allow you to set the default data directory and it's worth doing to ease restoring Windows when needed.

    You should have ONE directory to download things to - and it should never be the desktop because on Windows that's under your user profile. You don't want it there. You need an organized - or preferably blank - desktop under your user profile and a "working" directory on another partition that includes your data. Concentrate on removing everything in the download directory to the appropriate directories as soon as possible after downloading. Where possible, download things directly to the directory where they should end up, bypassing the working download directory.

    It's a lot of work. But with 3TB of documents, images and videos, if you don't have an incredibly organized mind, you're going to fail. Even I manage to mislay things once in a while, mostly due to some ambiguity in where an item - usually a document or utility - should have been stored.

  5. A
    November 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Google reader no longer exists.

  6. Athena
    November 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I agree with Mark, above. With the combination of Evernote, Dropbox, and LastPass, my world is incalculably organized. These three tools also make it possible for me to work from whatever device I happen to be using at that moment.

  7. JackT
    November 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Shame that it recommends Google Reader as an RSS Provider; it no longer exists.

    • Andrew Raisbeck
      November 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Feeddly & Feedspot are both even better replacements, and plaenty of mobile apps so you can have all of your feeds on the move as well

  8. Mark
    November 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Good stuff. For me, Evernote takes care of 75 percent of the problem by eliminating the need for physical documents, business cards, notebooks, etc. It even organizes my computer desktop because I no longer need to store bookmarks, journals, PDF files and the like there. As soon as I figure out how to move unused furniture into Evernote, I'll be completely clutter free.

    • Jackson
      November 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Evernote works wonders for me too. The one thing it's missing: access control. I don't quite like the fact that anyone can just pick up my iPad or iPhone and look through all of my notes in Evernote.