I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about all of the things I have to do, want to do, and would LOVE to do. It's ironic though that the most passionate projects tend to get pushed until last, because other more immediate tasks are at hand.
This year has been one of change - leaping into the unknown by starting our own business, living somewhere new, trying to find and follow what drives us, and meanwhile slowly trimming out all of the "shoulds" in our lives. A less exciting, but super important change that has come with all of this is putting a little extra time in right now to make my future process a more productive one.
The problem is, I constantly find myself thinking, "how the heck am I supposed to find extra time right now?". There is no extra time because my process takes it all. And maybe I spend too much of my time thinking about what needs to get done rather than actually doing it. That needs to stop.
I knew I wanted to fix this, so I've been watching a skillshare class on getting stuff done like a boss. I really recommend you take the class, but I also wanted to share a couple of tools that I've taken the time to get into using because of it.
Todoist - There are so many great to do list tools and apps out there. This is one of many, but none of them will help unless we start off with a total brain dump. Write down every little tiny thing that's on your mind, and put it into Todoist or whichever tool you prefer. Getting it all written down already saves your brain from trying to remember - "what was that thing I was supposed to pick up later?". Just get it all down so that you can focus on the present. The class then goes into how to further organize all of these thoughts and to do's into projects and creating a system.
Evernote - I hear about Evernote so much, but for the longest time I just didn't really quite get what to do with it. Because of the class, I now have a folder named after each one of my projects in Todoist. Whenever I find any cool article, or something I know I need to refer back to later that has to do with the project, I save it here. It's taking me some time to get used to doing this, but I keep feeling lighter and lighter as I go. Less tabs open in my browser, and less worrying going on in my mind. I have both Todoist and Evernote pinned as tabs in my browser to make sure I don't forget about them. This means they can't be closed out, and are always ready to go in the top left of my browser. To pin a tab in Chrome, right click and select pin tab.
Large Monthly Planner - All of these digital tools are super awesome, but I also just love having something big and blaring in my face for the high level stuff. I've been using this large monthly planner as my editorial calendar. I have each task written down in Todoist, but glancing down at this calendar I have an idea of what overall things to prepare for in the coming month. Plus, I like the look of it.
I'm looking forward to more adventures this Summer, and less time spent on trying to remember everything I have to do!