Okay, maybe this is less an ode and more of a confession.
In my quest to become more productive, I’d delved into lots of systems in the last year: daily/weekly checklists, online time tracking tools, phone apps, list software, calendar reminder tools, blah blah blah. I even resorted to asking my sister to check in with me on IM several times throughout the day to see if I was sticking to task.
What did I learn from this experiment?
Keep it simple, stupid!
I finally reverted to three cheap, handy and invaluable items we all have in our arsenal. Pen and paper. And calendar. (Let’s just ignore how crazy my calendar is right now but I suspect many of you have something similar.) Of course I use an online database to keep track of important data, but I finally decided to throw all the time trackers out of the window. Time management is really about priorities and not goofing off. All of those fancy systems won’t help you if you’re a procrastinator.
How do you stay organized? I’d love to know what methods help keep you on track.
P.S. Do tools become obselete after you’ve learned what you need to know from them? Ie. I’ve had my fitbit for about 8 weeks now, so I have have a general idea of what physical activity it takes to hit my 10K steps per day. Did I just waste $100 on a fancy wristband?