My Productivity Process – part 2: Physical

Intro: I moved back to using a notebook daily for my tasks and events. I also use a digital todo list to capture long-term items and a digital calendar because it’s always available and easier to add/search events. I wanted to take some time to document my process in case it’s helpful to others. Also, it helps me catalog how I work so I can review periodically to look for efficiencies. Feel free to comment or ask questions, I’ll do my best to reply!

I’ll detail the setup of the physical part of my system here. We looked at photos of my actual notebook and pens in part one, so this post deals more with the sections, spreads, pages, or whatever you want to call them, that I use in my notebook regularly.

Note: this is part two of a four part series. Part one is available here. Parts three and four are coming soon.

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My Productivity Process – part 1: Intro

Intro: I moved back to using a notebook daily for my tasks and events. But I also use a digital todo list to capture long-term items and a digital calendar because it’s always available and easier to add/search events. I wanted to take some time to document my process in case it’s helpful to others. Also, it helps me catalog how I work so I can review periodically to look for efficiencies. Feel free to comment or ask questions, I’ll do my best to reply!

I’ll detail the actual components I use in this post. Follow-up parts will go through each component in more detail.

Note: this is part one of a four part series. Part two is available here. Parts three and four coming soon.

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My Journal Process

I’ve been writing in my journal for a couple years now. However, it used to be just a recap of the things I did during the day. Sometimes it was only a short bullet list recording events, sometimes a paragraph or two narrative. I suppose I wanted a record of Read more…

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My 2019 in Books

I made a commitment a couple years ago to read more. I did this for a few reasons. First, I had a lot of books I’d been wanting to read. Two, I spent (spend) way too much time online. Three, I had purchased a used Kindle Paperwhite a couple months prior and wanted to actually use it!

I committed to 15 books in 2018 and again in 2019 just to keep myself reading without the pressure of completing a challenge. I ended up reading 41 books in 2019! To be fair, some of them were pretty short books (quick productivity reads, mostly on the Kindle). Still, I was floored and proud of my progress. Plus, I got to read some really good books.

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Choose to Create

Earlier this year I read “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport. I already had suspicions, but that book really opened my eyes to how much time I wasted er, spent browsing content on the interwebs. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, newsfeeds, etc. The endless scrolling … As directed in the book, I did Read more…

Inktober 2019

Oh yeah, I have a blog! I’ve been wanting to (re)develop my artistic side. I used to enjoy doodling and just creating stuff. Over time, as life and work have gotten in the way, I stopped creating anything. Blerg. Humans need to create dammit! It hit me about a week Read more…

I got this

This year has been a rough start for me. Between losing a month of pay with the government shutdown (contractors didn’t get backpay), my contract waiting to be awarded, our dog passing away, and more responsibilities in general, I feel like I’ve been pulled in too many directions at once. Read more…

Goodreads Reading Challenge

Last year I signed up for Goodreads‘ Reading Challenge. I purchased a used Kindle Paperwhite in December 2017 because I decided I needed to read more … especially more than just professional texts related to work. So I committed to reading 15 books in 2018. I figured I could read just Read more…