If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s planning.
My favorite thing in the whole world is setting up a new planner. Buying something pretty, painstakingly adding all of my appointments and dates, setting up new goals… It’s the closest thing I can find to the feeling of a new school year.
But follow through…that’s a totally different beast. For years of my life, my beautiful planners that I worked so hard on barely lasted a month. Then they would sit unused on the corner of my desk. During the past 6 months or so, I have become a little better, but it’s difficult to create a true ‘productivity system’ on paper alone, particularly when I’m not allowed to carry a purse. And for someone like me, with a mind that’s all over the place, I often run out of room for the notes that I think up during the day.
That’s why this course gave me a whole new sense of excitement about creating a system that I can stick with. It’s offered by Highbrow (for free!), and is written by Paul Minors, a productivity blogger. In ten lessons, Minors walks the reader through each step needed to create his version of a productivity system. I say that because while it may work for lots of people, don’t be afraid to tinker with it. For instance, the apps he uses to keep his system together are Asana, Sunrise Calendar, and Evernote. However, as I read through the course, I immediately knew what I would need to change, and what I could keep the same.
Sunrise Calendar, as noted in the course, has been bought by Microsoft and is slowly being phased out. Also, I’m already an avid fan of Alphabet (Google’s parent company), and Google Calendar made more sense. Having used Evernote during college, I knew that the better solution to keep my notes organized would be to use a combination of Google Drive and Google Keep. (I mentioned I was a Google nerd, right?) After some debate, I decided to stay with Asana. I’ve used it before to moderate success. However, I know that to be successful with it, there will be a learning curve. That being said, if you plan to implement this productivity system, be practical about what you might struggle with. That way, you can plan for that struggle and be able to push through it.
More Fun With Goals
In this course, Minors not only walks you through the tech side, like choosing your apps, he also helps you plan out your goals. He helps you break them down into actionable steps. Finally, he reminds the reader of the importance to sit down and review your tasks and goals on a regular basis.
All in all, I absolutely recommend this course to anyone who has ever struggled with keeping their schedule and their to-do list organized. I also recommend it to people who just love planning! It was easy, actionable, and best of all, free! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.