Category Archives: Organization Skills

Organizer (7) ー Organize your physical space, learning and life

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This is sort of the summary of the series of physical space oraganization (the series will continue for other organization), which looks mainly at one of the most valuable space, home.

After hard work and study, it feels good to return home, doesn’t it? Having home is human needs and instinct as houses were built even during the stone age around 10,000 B.C. Having a place to live is privilege, and how it’s organized affect your life in many ways.

With that in mind, I will try my best to summarize physical space organization (it can be applied not only to home but also to other spaces) including the past recommendations/posts, in the hope of contributing to better organized house, office and life, as well as some bonus tips related to learning.

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Organizer (6) ー Increasing productivity, health and creativity through desk organization

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More and more research point it out that in our modern society, we sit long time because of computer and desk work (office worker, students, artists, etc.). That means how you deal with desk environemnt affect your work, day and life.

For the last decades, we’ve faced the problem of sleep deprivation (phone/computer screen light is the enemy of quality sleep), the critical issue which affects our productivity and health as we are supposed to sleep one third of our day/life and take care of sleeping environment. In addition, we are having another life-long problem: we sit longer than ever, particularly in front of desk (even more than the hours you spend for sleeping) which also affect our productivity and health. Thus, we also need to take care of the desk environment (on and around the desk).

With that in mind, in this post, I will mainly talk about how organizing desk environment affect productivity and health, through the following points: why do should care about desk environment; what are the common problems and; how to organize desk and habit making.

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Organizer (5) ー Life skills I learned from professional cooking experience


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“Plates for the table 3, ready!” “How man minutes for the table 5?” “Hurry up for the table 7!!”

Once, I worked as a kitchen chef and was really into it. I started from zero to having my own small dish in a Michelin star restaurant, and my kitchen experience became one of my life turning points.

Before becoming a chef, I had little knowledge and skills, and cooking was something beyond my reach just like any other skills about which you have no clue. After awhile, I was asked many times how I become a chef as if it was something very difficult. I felt like I was looking at myself before entering kitchen job. Cooking is such a mysterious area of work and attract us.

Although learning how to cook needs time and practice, it’s not rocket science, and you can learn quite a lot from zero, just like I did. And it deals not only with making delicious dishes, but also with organizing your way of thinking/doing, thus organizing life. In other words, cooking and life organizer are connected (juste like ), and I learned many valuable life skills from cooking experience, about which I would like to talk in this entry.

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Organizer (4) ー Guide to move out simply based on 13 times moving in 12 years

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Have you ever moved out or you think you might do so in the future?

Then you are in the right place. In my previous post, I wrote about how to organize your staff when traveling as more and more people are traveling. So is moving out. But the main difference is that unlike traveling where you can leave stuff at home and come back when your travel finishes), there is no returning for moving out, so either you carry out or throw away, which is quite difficult, especially if you move out to different country.

For the last 12 years, I moved out 13 times (including 8 times in-country and 5 times outside country), and I will most likely have to move out again pretty soon.

As needs of moving out increase, and the whole process can be quite difficult and frustrating,  and I have quite many experience, from which I learned how to move out as simple as possible. Therefore, in this post, I would like to share some tips on how to organize your moving, which is related how you organize your life.
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Organizer (3) ー How to organize performance for better impact

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I don’t mean to brag, but it is necessary to show that I have some results behind what I am going to explain (so that you might pay attention).

I won at several international competitions for performance.
To name a few of 1st prize: New York Talent contest (for the final round, I mixed cooking and dancing in an unique way); Halloween contest in performaing arts’ department of American university (injured Samurai/ break dancer with hand-made costume); Asian regional PPT presentation contest (all the slide was my drawing without texts with 5,000 USD award); street dance contests in Mongolia and Japan, etc.

Am I naturally very talented on performance? No.
Am I physically gifted? Not at all (I was a fat boy without physical and discipline).
Have I practiced performance since I was small? No. I started dancing when I was 19.

Then how did I achieve all those?

I learned how to organize performance.

Nowadays we need to present and perform more and more (ideas, project, sales, etc.), which means you need to stand out among other rivals. That is not easy task at all. With that in mind, in this post, I would like to share some tips on performance, mainly through my dancer’s experience.

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Organizer (2) ー How to minimize your travel luggage

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The world became smaller and smaller and travelling is more accesible and/or necesary than ever (e.g. while 100 years ago (1914) traveling from London to New York took 5-10 days, nowadays it takes no more than 8 hours (interesting comparative map)

In other words, there are many people who have to think about what to bring in their trip. Although so many things can stay at home (that’s why people tend to clutter), in terms of travelling, we have to make a decision on luggage items and limit them, which is quite difficult, especially when you travel to somehwere you have never been.

Based on my experience as a backpacker (travelled more than 50 countries), I learned so many things including what (not) to take.

In that sense, as one of the ways to organize life, in this entry I would like to share some tips on how to decide what to take in a trip.

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Organizer (1) ー 5 Conditions to be a Materialist

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I try to be a minimalist being surrounded with few stuff. The benefit is agility: the last time I moved out, it took just half a day.

I try to be a minimalist without carrying much staff when changing a country to live. The benefit is economical and mental friendliness: the number of baggages I brought when  I moved abroad were quite few without extra charge nor container service (1 suite case and 1 backpack from the U.S. to Chile in 2013 and from Chile to Mongolia in 2015 and; 2 suite cases from Mongolia to Mauritania in 2018 mainly for ingredients for African life)

I try to be a minimalist without much stuff on my work desk, namely a computer screen, mouse and a cup of water. The benefit is lack of distraction which enhances focus and productivity.

Have I always been trying to be a minimalist? The short answer is NO. In fact I  was way far from being a minimalist, and what is so called a materialist. Now I believe in  minimalism as it has  some key points for a better life. In order to go into the detail of minimalist, simplicity and productivity in the coming posts, in this entry, I would like to focus more on the materialist side.

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