In trying to set proper priorities for my personal and professional life, I first had to establish some criteria. I looked over a few different methods, including some that I’d used before. Eventually I hit upon a priority matrix of my own devising, which smashes together the Eisenhower Matrix and the MoSCoW Method. There’s also a touch of David Allen’s Getting Things Done in the mix. You can use this matrix for making better decisions by filtering things that don’t matter out of your schedule. The Eisenhower Matrix This is allegedly the tool the U.S President Dwight D. Eisenhower came up with to prioritize tasks during his administration. He had a board divided with an x/y axis, with two columns[…]

A few days ago I wrote about doing all of my planning and journaling on paper. I’ve got my own format, and I use as much or as little notebook space in a day as I need. To be able to use that format consistently, I have a cheat sheet. The basic template is written on a piece of cardstock, which I use as a bookmark in the notebook. This is how I set about creating a Standard Operating Procedure card. My schedule is broken down into time blocks. All of these are two hours each, except for an hour for lunch and an hour for dinner. Those blocks are my fixed and immutable times where I have to be[…]

To date I have yet to find an organization/productivity app or program that does everything that I need it to, the way I want it to. This one lacks a calendar. That one doesn’t offer checklists. The other thing places emphasis on things that are irrelevant to me, That’s why I plan everything on paper. It does take me a few extra minutes every day to write things down. It’s more work than pressing a button or opening a link. My method requires me to carry a notebook around. Not as immediate as having things synced to my laptop and my phone. Not everything in life is about convenience, though. Doing things the best way more than compensates for not[…]