Thursday, September 29, 2016

10,000-foot view of My System

I was sitting at a meeting yesterday and one of my colleagues (a few years older than me, but not many) was aghast at my paper planner.  She had everything on her iPhone 7, she said, and just couldn't imagine why anyone would use paper in this day and age.

And to each their own!  I am happy she is happy with the phone.  But I absolutely believe that paper can still be a fantastic mechanism of keeping everything straight, in one place.  My planner offers fewer distractions, never runs out of batteries, and (for me) is incredibly enjoyable to use.

I have been promising GTD/planning post for a while, and I know the delivery has been slow.  But I do want to take the time to share the nuances of my system which has been working for me so well this year.  I don't know if anyone ever finds PPP (Permanent Planner Peace, obvs :) ) but I'm definitely in a good place.

PLEASE do not confuse the fact that I have a working system with the idea that I am getting everything that I would like to do done every day.  That is just unrealistic.  The slow delivery of these posts alone should illustrate that fact!  Because the truth is, you can't do (or have) it all.  But I do feel like for the most part I make the most of the time I have, especially the productive time (you all know I still have negative feelings about the way I tend to use chunks of free time, but I'm working on it!).

This morning I created a page that basically sums up my system:

My Planning / Bullet Journal-esque / Getting Things Done-inspired System
(in a nutshell):

That's pretty much it!  From monthly planning to weekly to daily to in the moment.  Using this framework, I feel like

a) I know what is going on at all times (what I am doing, what is coming up, and what I'm not doing)
b) I can therefore focus on what it is I have planned to do that day
c) I can easily capture new things that come along without feeling overwhelmed by them

In upcoming posts, I can drill down on each level of planning.  (Of note, I would also like to eventually add a Quarterly & Yearly level for really long-range scheming and dreaming -- hoping to work that into my schedule this year).  But I also want to know what you'd like me to expand.  I tend do get positive feedback on organizing/planning type posts, and I love these topics and sharing my experiences.  I'm curious -- what other questions do you have for me about planning / GTD?