In this post I want to share my thoughts on the skill of organization.
Definition for organize:
- arrange into a structured whole
- coordinate the activities of (a person or group of people) efficiently
- make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity); coordinate
Ever since I can remember I always enjoyed organizing different things. I liked to move furniture around and see if there were more efficient layouts that I could try out. Before I started my coding bootcamp I didn’t realize what a valuable skill I had begun to develop. I fully agree with the above quote. Organization in our lives really can improve our everyday. Read that quote 5 times and reflect on what that means to you.
I started with organizing the physical objects around me before I had ever attempted to organize my mind. I could definitely tell the difference in my state of mind when I had things around me in order versus not in order. Reduced clutter allowed my mind to think clearly on what I wanted to accomplish.
When I read this, the first thought that came to my mind was “I really wish I could download information into my brain faster like a computer to save some time”.But I can’t, so instead I recall a discussion with a mentor about how I would go about reaching a certain goal. We drew a graph that explained how we can get to any goal in our lives. If we work toward our goal each day we would eventually get it to. If someone’s goal was to earn X amount of dollars in X amount of years, everyday decision will dictate how long it would take to reach that goal. Each day we have to make a decision what to do with our time and these choices either increase the time it takes to reach our goals or brings us a little closer to them. A little trick is to pre-organize your time for the week and see what you can accomplish.
TL;DR (Too long; didn’t read)
I believe staying organized around us and in our minds greatly improves the quality of our lives and I highly recommend trying it out!
I feel this skill comes in handy when thinking about programming. I enjoy keeping my desktop with only files I am working on for that day so they are easily accessible and the rest of the files get organized based on chronological order for each week of work in my CodingDojo folder. It also helps me track my progress and growth when I go back and review work done many week ago.
Keep your desktop clean! It helps keep the mind clean and focused.