My life is messy. I need someone to help me organize it: someone who LOVES organizing. I need a “de-clutterizer”! The initial idea is that we meet for 2 hours a week to organize and plan my week afterwards (mainly the non-office aspects like health and such). In return, I spend 2 hours working with you with whatever you need in your life. (This should probably be based on my strengths: research, writing, analysis, content creation, curation, coaching etc). See the following for my profile[i]
Why I’m seeking such a partnership: I enjoy mutual benefit based on strengths. I hope I can improve your life using the skills I cherish and honed over the years. In terms of my own needs, I need and love structure but I hate building it and find the process of creating it quite difficult. 
These are the skills/tasks that cause me problems, and which the partner would ideally have:
- Time estimation: Estimate how much time I’ll need to finish a task/project.
- Dependencies and steps: Organizing the tasks and items in a sequential way that reflects the dependencies between them.
- Prioritization and elimination: I create lots of items and tasks. The challenge is prioritizing them and deciding which ones to remove.
- Choosing specific tasks for a duration. I come up with many tasks and items but I need help with choosing from the big list which ones will I commit to in the coming period.
- Limits: I can be quite the perfectionist obsessive deliberative type so I need someone to put limits for me (whether time or quantity limits).
- Accommodating changes to the environment or the plan
- Monitoring, tracking and evaluating progress.
- Capturing and storing tasks/items of references.
- Maintenance, updates, admin tasks
Tangible deliverables desired out of this collaboration
Workflow/plans/Steps/ procedures/ Schedule/ Tracking logs. These are the ones I have problems creating. The deliverables that I can provide are lists, databases, taxonomies, articles, presentations etc
Backgrounds that this partner might come from
Agile Scum Master
I bring and find pieces of the puzzle. You put them together.
I figure out the ingredients and bring them. You turn them into a recipe.
I gather information about countries and historical sites. You create the trip itinerary.
This is something I grappled with since childhood. Some not so nice effects have been feelings of frustration, guilt, being overwhelmed and having difficulty in being content.
I’ve always attempted to create structure but with minimal success. The casio organizer comes to mind as a relic from the past to bear witness to my ordeal. I’ve also tried to implement GTD by David Allen and The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey. Not to mention the countless notebooks, files, scraps of paper, software (toggle, trello, rescue time) and lists, lists and lists. One very valuable book helped not in trying to get things more organized but in looking at the bright side of disorder. Tim Harford’s “Messy how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world” helped me accept myself more and appreciate my chaotic existence!
One problem is that there are too many systems. I need to have one simple seamless and hopefully MECE (Mutually exclusive collectively exhaustive. That system should be easy to use but at the same time can accommodate the complexities of my life.
I think a big chunk of the problems are a flip side of the strengths that I have (see
The Flip Paradox). Perhaps I’m messy because of the number and variety of ideas that explode in my mind; because of the critical analytical bent of my mind. Maybe this annoys me a lot because of my need for high achievement and discipline. Put in Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder© terms, the high Input, Ideation, Intellection, Analysis, Focus and Discipline can cause weakness in Arranger, Adaptability and Strategic. Generating a lot of ideas and collecting much information makes organization harder. Another cause might be my hyper-focus on the task. I am especially sensitive to the cognitive cost of “task-switching” that I find taking a detour during the work session to organize or to respond to new stimuli quite difficult. Check my references and notes on an previous projectof mine: exploring the trade-off between being focused and adaptable and aiming to find the optimal point between them.
Whether I’m organized in my logical thinking is a separate issue, that I’m still not sure of.
Relevant software/tools/resources that I haven’t used yet:
Clutter Bug Test
https://clutterbug.me/what-clutterbug-are-you-test [update: I tried the assessment but didn’t find it very useful for me]
MindDecider – Project management & decision making software [update: I dont think they’re operational anymore. I got a rejected email when I sent an email to one of the main members of their team]
DayViewer | Online Calendar, Planner, Organizer, Scheduling Team Collaboration
Logiciel d’agenda personnel Day Organizer, ver. 126.96.36.199 (freeware – gratuit)
Weekly planner for effective people
LifePlanner™ :: erin condren
Planner Pads: Why it Works
Toodledo » Tasks, Notes, Habits, Lists & To-Dos. Get organized
Top Free Picks: Task Lists and To-Do Managers | PCMag.com
Personal organizer software, task & time management software. Getting Things Done® (GTD®): project management software, project & personal information management (PIM). To do list & time management system.
Project Organizer – Windows Apps on Microsoft Store
Life Organizer – Windows Apps on Microsoft Store
The Best Organizer Software of 2016 | Top Ten Reviews
14 Apps That Will Help You To Organize Every Part Of Your Life – Business Insider
 But once I have a routine and structure, I tend to stick with it. For example, once I started attending the Amman Writing Club, I was quite diligent and known for my very good track record of attendance. Same with Amman pick-up basketball group: I play regularly on Tue and Fri every week. I seldom miss it. Though in this case, I had a central role in creating the structure as well but that was out of need and I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it).
 Even though I own and have used the Gallup coaching toolkit, I am not certified by Gallup nor is this interpretation necessarily endorsed by Gallup
[i] Hashem ElAssad | LinkedIn
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