As we continue our series into Tiago Forte’s wonderful world of PARA, it’s now time to talk about Areas.
Areas are the silos of life that can never be crossed off. For example, being a husband, dad, or friend will never be complete. If you’re a father or mother now, you’ll always be one. That is what differs areas from projects.
Identifying areas helps you stay organized in the long-term. If you have an area for Personal Finances, that’s the place you would store all receipts, tax information, bank accounts, budgets, and so on. When it came time for tax season, you wouldn’t have to go searching for all sorts of information spread across your desktop or home, you would be able to access everything through the Personal Finances area.
Identifying your areas also helps you with commitments and time management. When you are aware of what areas you want to spend your time in, when an opportunity comes along that doesn’t easily fit into an existing area, it’s safe to say that is going to be a massive time suck. You can easily decline, which is hard for people to do.