Chapter 14

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So now, the last chapter in the book. One that I found to be a bit anti-climactic, so what I will also do is discuss the last conclusion of the book because frankly, I found that last page and a half way more interesting that this whole chapter.

Well, while I did just bash this chapter for being a bit boring, it still does talk about an important part of organizing, organizing with others. Most people will have to deal with this issue because most of us live with others. I think the main (and really only) thing that you should understand from this chapter is that you must find a way to work with others, and not work against them. It is easy for there to be conflict when organizing with others, but take a different approach by working together to achieve the same goal.

So now, let me talk about the final conclusion of this book. The author summarizes what the purpose of this book should be. This book should help you understand yourself, and that you should use that understanding to achieve your goals. Personally, I have learned that I am very right brained. I have also learned that organization is a key to success.

But the thing is, if you put the messages of the book into action, will they work? From my personal experience they have. When forcing myself to see where I spend my time, I found myself watching to much television. So now, I watch much less, and am more productive. I have also focused on the goals that are important to me. School obviously is one, but another one that I haven’t focus one in a while is my health. This semester, I have started eating better, eating a bit less, and I have begun exercising. I have lost about 15 pounds since the end of September.

By the way, I am not crediting the book only for making me start to exercise and stop watching television. It was a combination of many things. but what this book did for me (and I hope for others also) is that it got me thinking about my goals, and organization. That thinking then leads to action, which then leads to accomplishment of your goals!

(Thank you Susan for making us buy this book, I enjoyed reading it.)


Chapter 13

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This chapter really changes the books focus from being about organizing papers to being about the inner struggle that organization itself is. I must admit, I did find some of the chapters before this a bit boring, however, this chapter was great!

The main reason why I enjoyed this chapter so much is because it tells us how important a person’s own thinking is to achieving their own goals. First, how you emotionally feel influences the way you think. A great point that the author made in this chapter is that if you suffer from anxiety or depression, that organization will be a problem that you will create, and will not want to deal with.

If a person is feeling well, they will at least make the effort to achieve their goals. Just like that one quote in the chapter (I paraphrasing here), but it is better do do something like crap, than not doing it at all. If you fail, its not a mistake, but a learning experience. At least you tried. People who aren’t thinking well spend time worrying, and not doing anything to achieve their goals.

So a question that I then ask you then is how do you get to the point of “thinking well?” Well, thinking well is when a person is feeling well. Your emotions are a powerful signal that tells you the state of mind that you’re in. They also guide the “approach” that you have towards everything you do.

As long as you have a positive, and realistic approach (mindset is a good word too), you can really do anything that you can believe in (no matter how big or small that goal is). Circumstances don’t stop people from doing great things, its the people themselves that do.

The main message that I got from this chapter is a very important one. It is that to solve most of the problem in our life, we must look at ourselves to fix them.

Chapter 12

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While there are many things that don’t relate to me personally in this chapter (coupons, photo’s, clipboards) there is one thing that did. The author talks about having a “Management Center” or a place that will be kind of the main area where you keep many of your personal things.

My Management Center (I like to think of it more like a Command Center) is my computer desk. I literally keep mostly every important think that I have there. Obviouly, first is my computer, but on the desk itself, I keep my wallet, watch, iPod, and car keys. On the floor, against my desk, I keep my school bag. On the desk, I also put important papers, like schools assignments, and recent receipts. I feel that it is a great thing to have a Management Center. It gives me a great sense of security, to know that all of my important things are in that one specific place.

As for more personal papers (that I described in my last post a bit) my computer desk and the shelves in my bedroom are more than enough for me to organize them. I have many of shelves above my computer desk, and also in my room. I have developed a system where I put all my personal papers in either binders, or large envelopes. I also make sure to label all of them.

This is the way I organize my personal papers and I understand that everybody else (especially right brained people) have their own specific ways of organizing their papers. To become truly organized, you must organize things the way that you feel is best.

Chapter 11

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In this chapter that is all about organizing paper, I realized one thing. We are relying on paper less then ever before. With computers being so prevalent in out lives, many of the things that we used to put on paper are now computer files, stored on our hard drives. Generally, the problem of unorganized paper is becoming less of a problem than it used to be, but it is still an important thing that we all should focus on.

Personally, I do face some paper dis-organization. They are mostly personal things such as work slips, taxes, OSAP/ college papers, school work, and receipts. I am right brained, but for the past few years (since I have been going to work/school) I have developed my own system for organizing papers.

Overall, I agreed with most of what the chapter had to say. The one point that really stood out for me in this chapter was the point that the author made about visualization. They mention that it is a good thing to visualize a clean room when you are beginning to clean it. I total agree with this point. By doing this, you think of the end goal that you are trying to achieve. This is also a great way to motivate yourself.

I also feel that this is a great way to look at mostly everything in your life. Personally, I want to be a successful filmmaker. If I can’t see myself as a successful filmmaker, then I will probably stop, and become an accountant or something else that’s boring. But the fact that I could see myself as a filmmaker one day, I am motivated. This motivation will help me develop a strong desire to work hard and one day, hopefully become that successful filmmaker.

You must look past your current situation, and be willing to see the positive side of things, whether it is to just clean your room, or what job you want to have.


Chapter 10

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Wow, this was actually kind of a fun chapter to read. The reason why is because I never worry with the problems that this chapter talks about.

Basically, this chapter describes after your done cleaning, where should you put your stuff, and the best way to organize it.

A point that I really enjoyed reading about in this chapter also is how to be creative about creating space to put your things away. Like a detective, you must look in every part of your room to find space to put you belongings. Ask yourself questions. Can I put this here? Can a put a shelf here to hold all my belongings?

As I explained in the beginning of this post, I never have a problem with where I put my things. I have always grouped everything.

My Blu-ray’s are all neatly stacked (in order of the each director’s) on my nice shelf. My books are on the shelf underneath my Blu-ray shelf. My clothes hang in my closet and are are also in my dresser. Everything important that I have is grouped together and neatly organized somewhere in my room. I feel great that I am doing something right!

However on a final note, I do not agree with the author’s  “Arbie Bedroom Theory.” I am an Arbie, and I love my shelves, and closet. Without them, my room would be a disaster that I would feel very uncomfortable in.

Chapter 9

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This chapter brings up a very interesting conflict for people trying to become organized.

The question of “What to should I keep, and what should I get rid of?”

This is a question that some people go nuts over. My brother is somebody who struggles with this problem. He doesn’t throw anything away. He keeps every single thing that he has and scatters it around his room. I find it crazy at how he can do that, because I don’t have that strong urge to keep everything of mine (or at least not as strong as him).

Today, the conflict that I am facing is where I am sitting right now. My desk. I keep everyting on my desk. My computer, wallet, headphones, wrist watch, Blu-ray player, textbooks, batteries, papers, cables, lottery tickets, potato chips, and even my trusty collectible side kick Woody action figure.

Now just looking at it right know, my desk has become a total mess. As of late, I have had no time to organize anything on here (due to our directing projects). However, after reading this chapter, I have gained a better sense of how I can clean my desk up. I know for a fact that 25 percent of this stuff is garbage. There is always some kind of garbage on my desk. I should sort through that and trow it away immediately. I also know at least 15 percent of this stuff can be put some place else. Heck, there is even some stuff on here that isn’t mine (like a paint brush).

So, I know that I must now sort thorugh all of this stuff. Then, I must decide to keep only what I need, but get rid of everything else.

Finally I’m done this blog, and I’m going to clean my desk up now.


Chapter 8

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This chapter talks about being disorganized and how that affects the way you do your work.

As a right brained person myself, I must admit that I am kind of a clutter bug. My binders are messy, my room is messy, even the computer that I am typing this post on is kind of a disaster. However, I have learned to accept my messiness, and have unconsciously developed a system that I understand. Frankly, I never worry about where everything is. I know where my cell phone, and my school bag is in my mess. I have never really had to suffer these kinds of problems. Yes, maybe once in a while I might misplace something, but it is rare for me to lose anything.

A point in this chapter that the author makes that I think is great is that you must find time to orgainze yourself. I know when things get a bit to mess, and I start to feel a bit uncomfortable, I clean it up. When you clean up and organize your things, you will feel a lot more comfortable, and most importantly, you will prepare yourself to start working on your important goals.


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