“What gets measured gets managed.”
You cannot buy a magic bullet for productivity. You can however, buy a planner. My hourly planner which I create myself is the way I constantly stay organized. And post-it notes. Post-its are amazing. Here is how I do it:
1. Monthly spread with major events, important “to do’s” (i.e. not laundry), and major goals.
2. Habit tracker. The categories change every month, but these are what I deemed necessary to record this month. It also helps me keep track of expenses.
3. Hourly weekly spread. This is where the magic happens. Being able to see where my time goes in blocks allows me to maximize productivity.
This is a sample week. This is the first week of the new year. It was “lighter” than normal, which allowed me to clean and organize. I also write daily task lists that aren’t important enough to be recorded (like vacuuming). I don’t write down “brush teeth” but writing out tasks I need to complete helps with my mental clarity.
My planner must be light. I used to use a monthly calendar from Papersource but I would use a post-it to draw out a weekly schedule. Eventually I decided to make my own planner. I now use a Leuchtturm 1917 grid notebook, a pencil, and a ruler. Unfortunately pen shows through the other side of the paper, so I have to use pencil for everything. I often rearrange my weekly schedule so it’s not too much of a problem, although I would have liked to make the monthly spread and habit tracker outline in pen. Hope this helps!
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