The Crazy Suburban Mom: The Gestalt of Analog

Hobonichi Cousin Planner in my Filofax

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Gestalt of Analog


I only use a few Filofax dividers because it's easier for me to break things down in more general ways.  The 'big picture' approach is natural for me;  I'd rather see the forest, not every tree.

Too much detail and I can't see what I'm looking at.   I am awed by people who can function with everything broken down into minutia but for me too  much detail and it looks likes a big, messy pizza with extra everything.   Yummy for sure but I can't find the pepperoni for all the ham, bacon pineapple, sausage, meatballs, onions, and mushrooms.

I know some days, my To-Do pages look hopelessly all over the map and my Filofax is stuffed with receipts, post-its and extra pages but it's organized chaos not chaos proper. 

Organizing on paper is intuitive and works the way my brain works.   Seeing (eyes) information and writing (muscles) it down  gives information a physical address which is essential to memory and planning (brain).  The process simplifies my thoughts and allows me to see details through the daily din.

Looking at things as a whole first isn't new, the Gestalt view dates back to the 1940's.  The premise that "the brain is holistic, parallel, and analog,  with self- organizing tendencies  " holds true today because people are analog. We don't process digital data like computers, we take in sights, sounds, smells, experiences.... Things, not bytes.

And my wacky  to-do sheets are parallel,  holistic, self-organizing and very, very analog.  When I look at the mixed up, multicolored pages my brain sorts it all out; breaking down tasks in an organic way and naturally organizing my life.

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Just for today do something Analog that you usually do digitally, your brain will sigh with relief.

4 Comments:

kanalt 12/27/12, 9:16 AM  

Im the opposite: while I need to know what the big picture is so that I know what needs to be done, I need to break it down and look at each step individually. I tend to feel anxious about a big project, so breaking it down into smaller pieces helps me to focus on only one thing at a time and not get overwhelmed by all of the steps at once. Obviously though I do need to know what the entire project is in order to do that, so I write everything down - big picture and the steps to get there - and work on one thing at a time. But that's what makes this community great - everyone thinks and processes things differently, but in the end, we all appreciate the analog side of things. :-)

Tracy Reinhardt 12/27/12, 2:09 PM  

I'm so jealous of people who can break everything down! I wish I could, I think time management would be so much easier!

Mommy to Ander and Loki 12/30/12, 11:02 PM  

I really get what you said about not processing things like a computer. If I don't write it down, I don't do it, no matter how much mt phone or laptop tells me to do it.

Tracy Reinhardt 1/3/13, 6:55 AM  

Mommy - That's exactly how I am!

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