Since I was little I remember myself as being a very organised person with a nice and tidy car garage under the wardrobe in my bedroom. I used to park all my toy cars in such a way that I always knew if my mom or my sister messed with them, which they often did while cleaning.
I was also fortunate enough to have a responsible father who showed me from a young age how he kept his personal documents safe in a box at home and organised in such a way that he was always able to find what he was looking for. I also found it was very useful to be involved in the open family discussions we had when planning future house remodeling, large purchases or vacation planning.
What I’ve learned during my childhood I took one step further after I left home and built my own style of planning and organizing my life. There is much to say here so I’m going to write another post specifically for creating a system of arranging personal documents.
I’m one of those people who does not like surprises and who likes to plan ahead and take into consideration every scenario before taking action. Even if I’m planning a holiday I like check the Hotel before hand on Google Maps, look at surroundings, good restaurant or parking spaces if I’m driving.
I rarely find myself unprepared and when I do my wife or my friends pick on me saying stuff like “You should build a plan for getting this done!” or “I’m surprised you don’t have a plan for this…”. As a result, Man With A Plan just came natural as I realized this is just the way I am. I always do my homework before I start something and this plays out in my advantage most of the times, however it also makes me procrastinate and miss opportunities on some occasions. As a result, I’ve been pushing myself to take more action or at least spend less time deciding.
To help me with this process I started using the 80-20 rule which states that 80% of outcomes can be attributed to 20% of all causes for a given event. In business, the 80-20 rule is often used to point out that 80% of a company’s revenue is generated by 20% of its total customers.
A similar theory states that the more choices we have the more time it takes to make up our minds. It is often the case for me so I’m putting a plan together to rectify this… 😉