I’m not an organised person.
I often find it hard to think in linear time. I could make two appointments at the same time on the same date and think that it’s two different occasions.
My files — both physical and digital — are “organised” in a system that only I know how to navigate and use.
Actually, if I’m being honest, it’s not much of a system. I just upload files into arbitrary folders, with not very descriptive names and rely almost totally on the search function.
Now that I’ve begun work on my Masters thesis, with the aim to eventually (maybe?) pursue a PhD, I am told that having everything organised is half the battle. This means that I’m half a battle behind.
Reading, I can do. Writing, no issue. Keeping things organised — the bane of my existence.
The good thing is that there are resources for this.
People have written things about this. This article on organising papers details a system of filing and note-taking that makes sense, while being simple enough to maintain.
I also learned about the Rhetorical Précis Format, which seems especially useful.
I love the fact that people wrote about how they’ve done things, and that what they’ve written are now becoming a guide for me. Perhaps this is why #LearningInPublic matters.