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.