Wednesday, September 14, 2016

GTD Update - Making Progress, Slowly

Do you see those three planners?  I didn't include those just to have a pretty picture at the top of my post.  I included them because I can't decide which one to use.  Yes, I'm dealing with the age old dilemma of which size works best.  I want the extra room provided by the A5 original but I want the portability of the personal Guildford. And just in case I might want something in the middle, I threw in the Franklin Covey compact to further muddy the waters.

I've mainly been going back and forth between the Filofax A5 original and the Filofax personal Guildford.  I've used the Franklin Covey compact a few times but I really want to move on from Franklin Covey.  I used it a long time and I'm read for a change (I think!).

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughts About GTD

My journey to implement GTD has been filled with potholes - most of my own making.  For example:

  • I'm making it harder than it needs to be (although it is difficult until you get the hang of it).
  • I'm trying to do it perfect or exactly right.
  • I'm overthinking it.
  • I'm second guessing it.
  • I keep trying different ways to do the brain dump/collection instead of just getting it done.
I am seriously my own worst enemy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

GTD Update #3 - Collection and Context

I keep telling myself that once I get the GTD system set up that things will get better.  But for now - I'm feeling SO overwhelmed - and STUPID!

The thing is . . . I have ADHD . . . sorting actions into categories is something I struggle with.  I don't mind filing (ok - I mind a little) but I HATE trying to decide where to file something.  For example, stuff for my car could go under


So sorting things into contexts is like filing but on steroids.  And it's stressing me out.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

GTD Update #2

I don't know how I did it, but I managed to completely overwhelm myself with my GTD set-up.  I was on track and feeling good about my progress and then it all went south.

I started out by getting the audio version of Getting Things Done.  I've been listening to it while I drive (my radio is broken), do dishes and fold laundry.  Progress is slower than if I read it, but there's more of a chance I'll finish doing it this way.  I just finished chapter one which was an excellent reminder of why a traditional system doesn't work for me and why GTD might.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Planner Woes - Ready to Try Something New!

I've been a bad girl this year and have been spending waaaaaaaay tooooooo much time trying different planners and different planning systems.  I feel like I've tried just about everything out there.

However, during my journey to find planner peace, I've learned a few things about myself and what I need.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Three Girls and Three Very Different Planners - a Look Inside All Three!

The three of us are all part of the same family, but if you look through our planners, you'll find them to be very different.  My daughter-in-law, Ashley, is the most creative with her planner.  My daughter, Rachel, likes hers super simple and I'm somewhere in the middle.  But let's not waste any more time - let's look inside our planners.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

How I'm Failing at GTD

I really want to do GTD (David Allen's Getting Things Done) but I can't seem to do it.  I've read the book.  I've watched videos and read articles.  I've read his information on how to set GTD up in a paper planner.  But I still can't do it.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Why Tracking Pages Didn't Work For Me

I'm on a quest for a planning system that will work for this very unpredictable phase of life.  My last attempt was tracking pages.

I discovered these pages quite a while ago and was instantly overwhelmed.  But after watching a couple of videos by MaryAnne Moll in which she explained how she does it, I decided they might be a good solution to my chaotic schedule.  Instead of making a daily to-do list, I would simply record what I did in pre-determined boxes on my planner pages.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Simple Strategy for Being Productive

For years I semi-faithfully used my Franklin Covey compact planner with reasonable success. It wasn't perfect or even awesome but it worked well enough.  Then life went crazy and I started experimenting. I've tried the Bullet Journal, DIY Fish Life Mapping (awesome system), an assortment of miscellaneous pages including quite a few from Planner Fun (also awesome), Mark Forster's Auto Focus, a little GTD, Filofax two pages per day,, traveler's notebook using forms from Ray Blake (also great forms) and even plain old blank paper.  I've even played around with iPhone apps including Wunderlist, Todoist, Task Labels and a bunch of others.  But nothing is working.  

Friday, January 8, 2016

Time Management is Tough

Planner struggles have plagued me for the last several years. Despite my best efforts, I haven't been able to figure out a size or format that meets my needs.

I assumed my failure was a personal issue. You know,

  • Lack of discipline
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Laziness
  • etc.
But it occurred to me recently that my struggles aren't a personal failure at all. The truth is, my schedule is tough!  It doesn't fit nicely onto a pre-printed standard page.  It doesn't follow the rules for time management.  It's not consistent or routine or predictable in any way. Every day is completely different!  No wonder I can't figure out what to do!

So I've decided to go easy on myself.  Instead of trying systems and feeling like a failure because I can't make them work, I'm going to keep trying new things until I figure out what does work.  And instead of calling myself a failure because I can't make a system work, I'm going to call the system a failure because it didn't work for me.

Do you struggle trying to find a planner format that works for you and feel like a failure? Maybe it's not you! Maybe you're still trying the wrong system.