Organized and Productive

October 26, 2017Productivity

It’s been several months since I made any noise here. My silence had to do with being busy (good) but also dealing with the anxiety (bad).

The good news is that I seem to have the anxiety under control with exercise, meditation, not checking in with Dr. Google, and just accepting that when I get anxious to stop trying to analyze where it came from and why. In other words, get on with what I’m doing and not dwell on the angst.

Next month is National Novel Writing Month and I have my game plan down to spend the entire month reworking the dismal middle of Julius, and fine-tuning the ending. I am keeping my fingers crossed that by midnight on November 30th, I can officially say, “It’s done.”

To meet this goal of finally saying I’m done writing, reworking, and now I’m at the final edit, I need to be even more organized.

So what’s my game plan?

A little over a month ago, I recently decided to try a six week habit changing routine, which involved getting up earlier, exercising, meditating, and journaling before I start the day. I had some setbacks during week four, but I haven’t given up and now with NANOWRIMO in the horizon that will push me to reinforce these new habits, but also add new ones that will help me become more productive.

One of the tools I plan to use with dedication is the Planner Pad.  I’ve written often of how much I love planners. Unfortunately, I tend to abandon them after a couple of months and fall back on bad habits of jotting down tasks and appointments on stray pieces of paper.

The beauty of this planner is that it’s no nonsense. It’s for people who want to get all their tasks completed. If you like to doodle and get creative then you won’t be happy with it.

The concept behind the Planner Pad is simple. You write all your tasks that need to be completed by the entire week and funnel those down to each day of the week, and then block out time for each task. That’s it. Below is an example of my schedule for the week of October 30th.

As you can see, I color-coded my tasks and blocked out my tasks. The other page includes the rest of the week and two half columns for Notes/Calls and Expenses. The Planner Pad also includes three yearly calendars, a section to write your personal information, important names and phone numbers, and in the back pages for business and personal expenses, and blank ruled pages for notes. My only complaint with it is I wish the day started at 6:00 am and ended at 10:00 pm. Otherwise, I’m pretty satisfied with it.