Unpredictable times

For me, process is all.

It shocks me the way people don't have a clear way of doing things, such as memorizing that important thing you had to do yesterday (oops!). On another hand, it's those same people who are instead shocked when I say that I organize my tasks together with my calendar, I use iPhone's Reminders for basically anything I need to recall later, I like to write and re-write things I need to interpret or that I organize information such as monthly bills and books I lend on a Google Docs spreadsheet.

This, of course, has strong motivations. I have a cheating memory (which loves to remember useless things and forget important ones). I work better when I have concrete rituals to begin something. I think better while writing at the same time. I'm better at associating ideas on paper. I get a rush from seeing things organized. I'm proudly weird.

My philosophy is quite simple: if there's no clear process, create it yourself. These are unpredictable times we live in, not only because of the economic crisis but also because of a huge technological revolution (in which social media plays an important but not exclusive part), things that are changing the very way we've always believed the world would work. Sure, remembering which books are missing with Google Docs has nothing to do with how tablets are changing the way we consume video content, but the mere fact of needing to develop a system for everything is my strongest defense mechanism against out-of-nowhere seemingly new and unmanageable situations.

Unpredictability will most likely generate change. And change will most likely generate fear and paralysis (everything you knew is now wrong, so what next?). Unless, of course, you're waiting for change to happen to then simultaneously change yourself. In the end, though, change means new, and new means no defined process because no one had time to think about it. What then?

Then... you start over. That's the beauty of it.