Here is my Stunning Epiphany About my task-planning obsession
Here is a stunning epiphany. You might recognize it - you might have had this insight about yourself.
I am obsessed with organized compartments. And yet I am a messy pack-rat slob.
I invent a new filing system every year, if not every month.
I get obsessed with the perfect waist-pack, the perfect desk, the perfect notebook dividers.
All of these things ultimately bring me back to the question I keep asking myself: "What are the mental categories that I can use to organize my thoughts? How can I pick a set of categories that work in the present, and will continue to work for at least five weeks?"
It's not that any set of boxes, or any set of folders, or any tickler schedule has special magic. It's that my *mind* is cluttered with thoughts, and writing them down on paper is just a coping mechanism.
I suspect at least 50% of the people reading this post have already had a corresponding insight.