Avrum sent me an email yesterday showing me his new system and it blew my socks off!! I love how it captures work, personal life, tasks, ideas and art all on a new two-page spread every day. And all in an uber-cool book!!
It's been a while, and thought I'd update you on my efforts to combine various planning modalities and mediums (see attached photo). For the past few weeks I've been using an Action Journal (Behance) and borrowing elements from:
* Danny Gregory's "The Creative License" (Combine to-do's, plans, and sketches on same page)
* Bill Westerman's Getting S**t Done
* Misc focusing advice/MIT (most important tasks)
If I wake up before my kid (16 months), I follow Step 2 of Getting S**t Done:
"Sit down with my notebook (laptop asleep, phone off, newspaper closed) and open it to the next blank page. I write the day and date at the top. I dump a list of the things that are top of mind, in no particular order. That’s important, because it lets me get everything out without worrying about structure. I combine work and personal items. Then, I go back to previous days and look for unfinished items. For each one I find, I draw a slash through its box (indicating it’s been moved forward), and rewrite it on today’s page."
Then I do my best to identify 2 - 4 tasks related to high value projects, and place those in the orange boxes. The left side of the page is used for sketches, mostly about how my day is going.
At night, I use the the small grey box (bottom right) to jot down a quick thought about something I learned today, or would like to do differently tomorrow.
Initial observations/feelings lead me to believe I've created a system that captures almost everything I've been seeking in a system:
* very portable
* Attractive tool (Action Journal)
* Starting each day afresh
* Consequence(s) for outstanding items (rewriting them daily)
I made the photo extra-large even though it runs into the sidebar because a smaller view just doesn't do it justice! Click on the photo to get a better look at it.
Many, many thanks to Avrum for sharing this amazing system!! I know I'm extremely inspired by these ideas and I will be incorporating some of these methods in my system!