Now that the team is growing and we have more and more going on every day, I’m really trying to do everything in my power to stay organized. Because if I’m not organized, I’m having a meltdown and no one wants to work with someone who’s constantly in a state of sheer, messy panic.
So Garance, who, let’s face it, is not super organized (LOVE YOU G!) told me about this productivity planner she picked up at Anthropologie. Yes, Garance bought a productivity planner! (I think I saw it at the bottom of one of her closets last time we were meeting at her place, but the idea behind it is great!) and so I bought one and I’m really trying to use it! It’s all about prioritizing and working effectively.
The planner has a whole method around how it’s set up and how they suggest you work and when I stick to it and do it, I do notice that I’m more productive. The method is called the Pomodoro Method (yeah, like the pasta, but no, not delicious) and basically what it explains is that you should only put at most 3-5 things on your to do list. And you should put the most difficult thing first! Because once you tackle that everything seems easy. You know, those things that always slide to the bottom of the list because you just can’t deal with them—yeah, you have to so get it done! From there you should work for 25 minutes at a time (this is a pomodoro) on the task without any distractions. Then take a 5 minute break and start your next pomodoro. You should set a goal of how many pomodoro’s you think a task will take and the record how many it actually took to complete the task. It will surprise you!
I’ve definitely found it’s so much easier to get work done when you shut off your distractions and just focus on one thing. We’ll see if it keeps me meltdown free!
Productivity Planner, Anthropologie