Organized information leads to actionable knowledge. Unorganized information leads to an endless dump of links, books and blog posts. So what’s your organization system? Over the next four weeks, we’re going to take a deep dive into Tiago Forte’s PARA method. This method is universal and will work no matter what you collect, what you spend time working on, or what you want to do with the information.
P - PROJECTS
Projects are a series of tasks that link directly to a goal and have a deadline.
A - AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Areas of responsibility refers to each area of life you have information about or need to pay attention to. For example, Health; Work; Car; Youtube; Blog Posts; Husband; House; etc.
R - RESOURCES
Resources is the place you store all relevant information on a certain topic or theme.
A - ARCHIVE
All inactive information for the three other categories
Your day is spent doing a certain number of tasks which relate to a project and each project is grouped under an area of responsibility. The difference between areas and projects is simple; a project has a specific goal that, when completed, allows that project to be completely checked off the list and moved to the archive. An area of responsibility has a constant standard to always be maintained or improved. Being a great dad can never be checked off the list, so it’s an area.
We’ll dive deeper into these over the next few weeks, so start thinking of each project and area you need to sort out.