Learning to be organized

I'm not an artsy person. Can't do it. This is why I perceive self-organization as an art.

Seeing as I'm not a very organized person and suddenly being forced to have extra spare time, I've decide to do just that - learn the art of self organization.

Considering I'm not yet used to this idea of being organized, instead of using tools and services that exist, I've decided to make my own.


Todo apps are everywhere. But one format makes it easy to have a todo list in plaintext - todo.txt. I've decided to give it a try, and made a parser/manager that I myself use to try and organize (and recently, track time!) my tasks.

Shigoto todo.txt manager

Currently I use it sparingly, but I try and keep at it. My main problem is it's not very well adapted to a mobile view just yet, so managing tasks on my phone is annoying. Another would be synchronization.


Personal Wiki

I like markdown. I also like Notion. I like making my own projects and tools even more. So why not create a personal wiki to document my notes and links? I'm not entirely sure how to use it properly just yet, but I'll get there.

To not limit myself to set taxonomies1 I thought of something called link - essentially a relationshop of a document. This way, if a document is related to a project called Saisho, I'd use [[link]] project:saisho, if it's related to a category called recipes, I'd use category:recipes or if it's related to another document I'd use page:another-page.

Personal Wiki

There is still lots to be done (tags only just exist, lots of optimization, search etc) to make my personal wiki into something I'd even consider releasing to the general public, but this is the best way to do it - use your own tools.

And.. does it work?

Tools are just half the story. The real challenge is to keep at it and find a comfortable workflow so that organization is not a hassle, but an aid.

  1. A taxonomy within WordPress is a way of grouping posts together based on a select number of relationships.