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23 Nov

”I am unsuccessful in becoming more structured. What am I doing wrong?”

Datum: 2011-11-23 11:00

Are you in despair when it comes to your per­son­al structure? 

Did you attempt to make improve­ments a while ago, but were unsuc­cess­ful and now think you are a tru­ly hope­less case?

Do not despair. 

No sit­u­a­tion is impos­si­ble or hopeless. 
You can always man­age to improve at least something. 
Even the small­est change is for the bet­ter if it makes even the slight­est dif­fer­ence in your life. 

Per­haps you are just mak­ing one of the fol­low­ing two mistakes?

The first mis­take: Every­thing at once

You believe that you have to change every­thing instant­ly. Instead try to just take a sin­gle step, but in the right direction.

  1. Only chose one area which you want to change at a time.
  2. Decide that, for instance, this month I will improve my project-overview”
  3. Take a moment or two to find good exam­ples of how to go about this change, that is, Google it, read posts in the Struc­ture Blog, pose an open ques­tion to your friends on Face­book, ask your col­leagues, find a book you can bor­row from the library (or, by all means, hire a Struktör).
  4. When you feel that you have found a for­mat that suits you, make a rough draft of the change, which by no means needs to be perfect.
  5. Try it for a peri­od of time.
  6. When you feel you need to, refine it and try again for a while.

The sec­ond mis­take: Tech­nol­o­gy before method

You pur­chased the lat­est gad­get that has every fea­ture pos­si­ble and you believe it is enough just to pos­sess it, that it will auto­mat­i­cal­ly solve all your prob­lems. It will prob­a­bly solve some of them by that you, for exam­ple, start to syn­chro­nize your dif­fer­ent dig­i­tal tools in a new way. But, after some time, the sys­tem will prove to be inad­e­quate, over­flow, and you will be back where you started.

Ulti­mate­ly, you need to alter your entire method. The method is almost com­plete­ly inde­pen­dent of what tools you are using. 

So, make sure you can say Yes, I do that.” to the fol­low­ing four sug­ges­tions. If not, then you know where you need to start mak­ing changes.

  1. Emp­ty the e‑mail inbox every day.
  2. Write down every­thing you need to do.
  3. Make a deci­sion regard­ing what you need to do with every e‑mail the first time you read it.
  4. Go through all your projects, your to-do-list and your cal­en­dar at least once every week.

What is your way?

Do you expe­ri­ence that you are mak­ing an entire­ly dif­fer­ent mis­take, but aren’t exact­ly sure of what it is? Tell me and oth­ers by leav­ing a com­ment and we might be able to help you with com­bined efforts.