Planning and Productivity

I consider myself to be a pretty organised person. I have a business plan that I break down to a quarterly, monthly and weekly plan. But lately I haven’t felt like I’ve actually been achieving anything. So I went looking for ways to be more productive and discovered Getting Things Done: the art of stress-free productivity by David Allen. I listened to the audio book and it really resonated with me. The basic principle is to get all of the ‘stuff’ you think about out of your head and into lists.

I adore lists so this was totally going to work for me, but I wasn’t sure how to organise all of my project files. Then I remembered a video I’d seen about the bullet journal and everything clicked. I fell down a complete rabbit hole of bullet journal videos on You Tube and fell in love. I get to be organised, have lists and be a little bit creative all in one place – I am SO there!

I ordered the Leuchtturm 1917 journal with the dots as that’s what people seemed to be recommending and then had to wait almost two weeks for it to arrive (damn you Australia Post!). But finally it arrived yesterday, and I spent most of the afternoon setting up my logs, trackers and project lists. I haven’t quite finished yet as I’m trying to get everything out of my head and I haven’t started with any of my writing projects yet. I can feel some of the stress leave me as I write down all of the things I need to do, as I’m confident that my

review process will ensure I don’t forget anything that’s written down. I’m going to officially start the monthly/daily logs in May so that gives me a few more days to work through the Getting Things Done process and clean out my Inbox. I can’t wait to begin! I’ll let you know how I go.

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