19 May 2014

Sabbatical planning II

Today I test-drove the system I've developed to help manage my work for my sabbatical (see here for an overview).  I quickly discovered that I need to tweak how I list tasks by context to make the system workable.  Fortunately, Toodledo can handle it.

18 May 2014

Planning my sabbatical schedule

I've got a year-long sabbatical coming up, and I needed some flexible yet systematic way to make sure that I'll spread my time reasonably among many different projects.  Here's what I came up with.

18 April 2014

The Joy of Post-Its

Arthur Fry and Spencer Silver have saved the world.  No, really. They invented post-it notes - they deserve a Nobel Prize... each.  Post-its are, in my humble opinion, the greatest invention since duct tape and certainly the greatest invention ever for productivity wonks like me.

17 April 2014

This is too much for me...

...but it might be just right for you.

I recently came across a very detailed post by Amanda, at Paper Pens Ink, that carefully describes her planning system.

I can appreciate it, but I wouldn't use it.  I wouldn't use it because I couldn't possibly keep such a complex system working for long.  That doesn't make it a bad system; that just makes it the wrong system for me.

Of course, I recognize that (to the substantial relief of most people) not everyone is like me.  So, I'm mentioning it here, because it might be good for you.  If you're looking for a far-reaching, meticulously crafted planning system that stretches from dreams and goals all the way down to "next actions," then you should seriously consider Amanda's system.

11 February 2014

A distinctive type of paper notebook

So many manufacturers of paper notebooks just really make books.  The paper will vary, the type of lines will vary, the covers will vary - some give you perks like pre-numbered pages.... But they're still just books.  Books are all or nothing. You write in them till they're finished and there's absolutely no chance of "rearranging" pages.  You could use a ring binder (like a Filofax) but you don't like rings.  What do you do?

Well, perhaps you should consider an elastic-bound notebook.