Methodical means systematic. Like a computer you do things in the correct order in order to be the most efficient.
Have you ever been camping and lost your phone or other important item on the ground? Did you panic and search for it in random locations and then get super stressed as you could not call for help?
Maybe you left it by the river where you had a shower, came up to camp and then realised you have not got it anymore.
You search your left trouser pocket then your trouser leg pocket then wrongly your left pocket again as you are panicking and not thinking right.
You search the ground at random locations and then your rucksack and then your left pocket again.
You are panicking and run to the river. You break down and cry as you have no phone.
After you have read this post you will know what to do instead of what is written above.
The first thing to do when you lose something is tell yourself not to panic. Be calm and be systematic.
Time one minute on your watch to think back in your mind where you have just been and where it could be. If it does not come to mind then start your search.
Search the pockets of the clothes you are wearing but do it systematically. What I mean is left then right pockets and the rest but make sure you do not repeat any pockets.
Search your rucksack and other areas but do it systematically.
When you search the ground by the river later on, pick a section of ground maybe 4 meters by 4 meters and scan each square meter from the top left to the top right. Then do the second row from left to right. Then row 3 and 4. This is what I mean by systematic.
So you still cannot find it. Panicking and stressing does not help anything so tell yourself the truth that it will turn up soon. Now your not panicking you can make a plan e.g. work out the closest direction to a pay phone. I have always found that the item turned up after this.
Did you know that when you hoover the floor at home, doing it systematically from top left to top right and so on like searching at the river, will make it seem like a lot less time.
Apply this way of working to the way you do survival and you will win.
Oh crap! Where’s my chocolate? 😋🍫
Bless ya 💛