Keep things in a trusted place

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Have you ever fall­en into this trap: You’re lying awake in bed, scrolling on your phone, hooked on a piece of con­tent. You know you need to go to bed and when you look at the clock, it’s way past your bed time…

If I’m hon­est, this has hap­pens to me too often. I’ve stayed up past mid­night more than once read­ing, watch­ing, or lis­ten­ing to great con­tent. I’ve been won­der­ing what should I do with con­tent I want to read, watch, and hear—but sim­ply don’t have time for? There will always be plen­ty to con­sume.

[share­able cite=“Josh Mitchell”]There will always be plen­ty to consume.[/shareable]

In oth­er words—what if I could devel­op a way to orga­nize a list of JUICY con­tent to con­sume lat­er, instead of when I should be sleep­ing, or doing some­thing else.

The fol­low­ing “sys­tem” is some­thing I’ve adapt­ed from Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, and Steven Rob­bins:

Step 1: Choose your “trusted place”

The first step is to choose one trust a place. We all need trust­ed places for items—physical and digital—in our lives.

What’s a trust­ed place? A trust­ed place is some­where you can eas­i­ly remem­ber to look when you need some­thing. Too often, we don’t have “offi­cial spots” to keep our stuff, so kitchen draw­ers get filled with junk, clos­ets clut­tered before guests come over, and too many apps pile up on our phone. This adds resid­ual clut­ter and caus­es us to feel dis­or­ga­nized, even if we’re usu­al­ly tidy.

This is true for both the items in our house, and dig­i­tal items we want to con­sume. It is impor­tant that we learn to choose ONE place, rather than scat­ter­ing things hap­haz­ard­ly.

Think of where you usu­al­ly put your keys. Hap­pi­ness expert and behav­ioral researcher, Gretchen Rubin, says that we will live hap­pi­er lives if we sim­ply pick one, trust­ed spot to store and impor­tant items, like our car keys.

So many times in my life, I have “lost my keys,” sim­ply because I did not them where I usu­al­ly do… which for me, it is on my kitchen counter. That is the usu­al place I know to look, so when they’re not there, I go nuts and pull my hair out. (Sound famil­iar?)

Step 2: Put things in your trusted place

Once you choose your trust­ed place, it’s impor­tant that you put things there quick­ly. When you see some­thing you want to read—practice the action of get­ting the link copied to your “place.”

It doesn’t mat­ter where you keep this. It mat­ters that it’s a place you trust and will revis­it often.

My trust­ed place for con­tent is Ever­note. But using Apple Notes, OneNote, or even Omni­Fo­cus could be just as handy.

Step 3: Revisit that place often

Once you have your trust­ed place, and you PUT things there, you must revis­it that place. If you have too many places to look, this may be a dif­fi­cult step. But if you only keep things in a very spe­cif­ic place, you’ll save a lot of time search­ing and meet your goals faster.

Since I use Ever­note to also keep track of oth­er infor­ma­tion (lists, scans, etc), I have this open auto­mat­i­cal­ly every time my com­put­er turns on. It’s always ready for me to use, no mat­ter what. I’ve made revis­it­ing easy. You can do the same. Make it EASY for you to find what you need by cre­at­ing a short­cut and keep­ing it easy to find.

In your phone, that might be on the first page of apps. For me, it’s adding it to the “dock” at the bottom—so I can find it on EVERY screen.

[reminder]How do you store con­tent to read later?[/reminder]

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