The imagination may be unlimited (& chaotic)
but it needs a structured format if it is to thrive.
Pages of tips, ideas and suggestions on taking the chaos of original creativity (or existing confusion!) and making it work for you
Chaos is a fundamental aspect of life, it can creep unseen into any unguarded place and is often considered something that needs to be put under firm control without mercy.
However … chaos is also the starting point for inspiration and imagination. It can be put to good use wherever you want to turn disorder into order. Such as
- Where you have a project you want to work on (designing, writing, …)
- Where you want to make something happen (an event or activity)
- Where you need to work on something that involves other people
This will help you to go through the process of turning chaos (disorder/unknown) into order through the following topics
- Help you to identify what you want to achieve and where you stand at the moment
- Work out what you need to do: the planning, preparation and what you need, to make it happen
- Making it happen, turning your ideas into a reality. Turning the chaos into the order you want.
Tips for every stage of chaos evolution
These articles are full of tips for taking you through the process of bringing your chaotic new ideas out into the world, implementing and ordering them, then keeping them organised – Plus a bonus one on ‘managing yourself’ for organising your own time and tasks
- Being Prepared – Getting yourself organised. Having everything you need before you start the task (covered below)
- What are you trying to achieve? – What is the Objective? Understanding what it is you are trying to achieve. What the ‘hoped for’ final outcome is of your thinking
- Identifying the key points – The Planning for what you need to do, Identifying the key aspects of the task at hand and creating the plans to go with it.
- Making sure you have everything you need – The Preparation that you require before you get started. Making sure you have all that you need to hand.
- Making it happen – The Implementation of the changes, organising the chaos. Getting everything to that final state of completion.
- Keeping it organised – Controlling changes! How to manage future changes, whether in thought, action or deeds
Bonus: Managing yourself – Managing your time and tasks. How to fit your tasks in as efficiently as possible into the time that you have, just by answering three questions
Preparation – Getting ready for the challenge ahead
1) Before you can organise chaos you need to first organise yourself
Or in other words, do your own preparation first. This is true whether you are just doing some administration work (filing, proofreading a page …) or planning some major changes that will affect a range of different items, such as redesigning the functionality of some rooms.
Preparation may be as simple as clearing a space on your desk or as complex as getting an office/computer system set up ready for the task. Even if it is as simple as clearing a space on a desk, it is still worth confirming that you are prepared – after all you may have left your cup of coffee just out of arms reach.
2) The more complex or disorganised the task, the more preparation required
This may sound like a very simple statement, but if you do not do this up front then there is a good chance that you will encounter problems later when you realise that something was overlooked which could result in a lot of rework if it requires a redesign.
If the task has a lot of complexity to it then you may need to prepare for doing the preparation… such as switching off the phone and locking the door so you are not disturbed
3) If the task has multiple items, you may need more than one preparation strategy
If your task has more than one type of item to be organised then it will be easier to split up the preparation method according to the task requirements.
Take for example if you want an inventory of the furniture in an office you may need to design a spreadsheet suitable for record the information. If you also want to include rearranging the office at the same time then your preparation would include drawing a plan of the room (and cutting out little shapes of furniture to go with it if you want to).
4) Make a note of the current set up before you begin reorganising it
This is especially important for any large reorganisation requirements. It may be a good idea to take an inventory of what you have and how it is currently all arranged before you start to move anything. This is partly so you know where to find it when you do start the changes, and partly so that you have a record of how everything was before the reorganisation started.
Implementing this final point will also enable you to trace the history of the changes you have made, useful if you ever need to reference back to how it was before the changes took place
Jenny M L ~ Inspiring the Imagination ~ Contact Me