Figuratively, metal buckets hold thoughts, ideas and even details. Sorting into those buckets is pretty much how I like to organize such things. The buckets (even piles on your desk) are containers for collecting, organizing and synthesizing inputs into effective project outputs.
Sometimes with metal buckets, ideas arc from one compartment to another. Now, that’s some real magic!
We all use whatever tools work best to organize our spaces for effective work. For me it’s less about my physical space but more about how I gather what I need. My stuff goes into buckets, sometimes real and sometimes virtual. Ideas get dumped out and thought about. They might arc from one to another. Ultimately, contents of these buckets are turned into end products completely representative of the initial goal to be completed.
Try it. Think about your stuff, your work, your life. Put it all in buckets so you can carry the load, keep it organize, and access the contents quickly when it’s time to finish the work.