I’m not a huge productivity tools type of person. Honestly, I just know what needs to get done and I do it. Most of the time, I think that spending all day learning how to be productive just keeps me from getting stuff done.
However, I have used two productivity tools that actually helped me.
Make Over Your Year
As you know, I love Crystal Paine. She’s a person that has taught me how to have a $200 a month grocery budget, start my writing business, and manage my schedule. She’s put together many courses that help you to be more productive and structure your life better.
One of the courses I took was Make Over Your Year. Austin and I actually took the course together a few years ago. I was really thankful that she taught me how to come up with a few goals and then how to make them possible.
I’ll be honest though, I don’t generally make goals each year. However, I did make goals two years in a row because of this course. Personally, I don’t need really strict goals to get a lot done. But, if you are someone that excels when you have a game plan, then this course will help you develop one.
I know there are a million different schedulers online and that integrates with your email, etc. But I’m a pen and paper girl at heart. Austin has been trying to get me to use Google calendar for a long time. I’m not there yet. I might have to do that at some point, but for now, I’m happy with this schedule book.
When I was in college, I worked for an attorney. Back in the day, this type of schedule book is what we used. Yes, I know it is very elementary, but we lived and died by that book. It had its flaws. For example, if someone misplaced the book, we were screwed. And, you couldn’t see what was on the schedule if you weren’t with the book. But, I thought that this type of book would meet my needs pretty well.
The way I wanted to use this book and how I have been using this book is not the same. I wanted to use the hourly schedule blocks to write down the assignments I needed to accomplish. I thought this would be a great way for me to see how much I could produce in a day. That hasn’t really happened. Mostly, I use it to write down definitive meetings and do a to-do list.
I have enjoyed using this book. It’s possible I’ll look for something different once this runs out, but for now, I’m going to stick with it.
What do You Use for Productivity?
If you have a productivity tool that really helps you, leave a message in the comments. I’d love to see what you use to stay on track.