A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

Sometimes a very simple message can escape our radar and we cannot see it even if it is right in front of our eyes. For this reason, I thought of writing this post so that any reader who overlooked this basic principle can get a refresher on it.

“A place for everything and everything in its place” is an old saying. The meaning is simple that an organized person should allocate a designated space for everything and after using it should promptly put it back where it belongs.

Before I started implementing it, I used to suffer from the tension of misplacing something important once or twice a year. Later, I realized that the implications go far beyond this simple manifestation of breaking this rule.

This is not all about placing keys at a specific place each time. As we converge towards a more digital world, the importance of organizing one’s files, folders, photos, videos and other digital records gains more and more importance. A backup is equally necessary in this context. Imagine waking up one day and discovering that your phone or computer has died down. Then, periodically backing up the photos and videos becomes an important commitment but only after the loss of unrecoverable moments.

Something else that is related to this concept is the opening up of mind to new ventures. Remember that the greatest advancements in human civilization occurred when they shifted from an animal-like hunting and gathering to agriculture that fed an order of magnitude greater number of families. This saved up time for our ancestors to apply their brilliant minds to something more meaningful than finding and hunting down an animal. And we know what happened next.

Similarly, a disorganized mind that disobeys the rule of placing things in their place finds less mental resources for other tasks (there are always exceptions to a rule, many genius transcend above this formula but this is mostly true for average people). Our minds have this natural inclination to closing the open loops which arise from not having everything in its place. Once they are, we can completely focus on problem at hand.

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