Organizer Porn

I am addicted to pornography but it’s probably not the kind that brought you here. I make no judgements, as long as no one unwillingly gets hurt you just keep doing you. (That last line had some layers) If you are looking for human biological type fun then I recommend clicking away as there is literally nothing to see here.
I used the word porn not as click bait but because it’s the perfect descriptor. I am trapped in a never ending quest for the “perfect” system and it’s beginning to feel a little gross. I watch videos on the best way to get or stay organized. I read articles on the latest productivity apps and trends. I try every single one of these damn things and to be honest it’s making me very unproductive.
When I first discovered Bullet Journaling I was ALL IN. I bujo’d (sorry about that douchey abbreviation but much like the long ago move from Web Log to blog I am giving in)everything in my life. At some point working toward my third complete book my worst nightmare came true, I lost the damn thing. I won’t bore you with that story other than to tell you I tried for a full week to get it back even offering a reward to the people helping me with no luck.
I missed a bunch of appointments and a haystack of mediocre ideas were lost forever. I was completely sick but I decided to list on. As I began to reconstruct my handwritten bullet journaled life I caught myself obsessing over the look and feel of my system. I loved my index and had included some impressive habit trackers as well as some impressive doodles that acted as my key to perfect usage. I was so obsessed over the look and feel that I forgot what I had originally started this system to do. Instead of capturing all of my stuff and help me navigate my broken brain I had become an expert at building a beautiful thing.
And when I asked myself who I was doing all of that decorating for the honest answer was anyone I might show my system off to… Immediately this thing that I took great pride in turned into something I didn’t like anymore. So I went searching for something better and for the last six months all I have done is explore. I have started and stopped a dozen different systems as well as an equal number of apps all the while using what I should have been doing all along.
I write a list on a notecard based on the list from the previous day as well as anything new inspired by and boiled down from the Hipster PDA. On the back of the stack I write down ideas and other things to do. At the end of the day work things get transferred to OneNote or my Outlook calendar and personal things to my Apple Notes and my Google calendar. Nothing gets missed and all things are backed up except the note cards which get created, reviewed, and transferred every day.

 

 

I don’t have a name for this system because that would imply that I was going to explain it anywhere else. As of right now I am going to try and stop clicking on all things productivity with the goal of being more productive. Even now while I had a spare half hour over lunch I was going to watch some YouTube while I ate but most of my recommendations are the aforementioned org porn so I decided to type this instead. It’s all about the little victories.

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