Designing my own personal planner

I have been finding that my work feels very ambiguous and that comes with a load of confusion and worry and concern. Not only that but I forget what I need to do. And I lose sight of the big picture. Because of how uncomfortable it is to not have a clear purpose even writing this down is making me anxious. As a design thinker it is part of my job to be uncomfortable yes, but at the moment I am uncomfortable because I feel unorganised and ineffective.

On the other hand I don’t want to procrastinate by organising myself.

Instead I thought I would treat myself as a user and do some design thinking. This post is about that journey.

So, lets start with empathising.

What do I do to try and organise myself?

  • Weekly Moleskine planner, but its too small so that annoys me, but I like that it comes with me everywhere
  • 3x monthly calendars one in the study at home, one in the kitchen and one on my desk at work. Obviously these are never completely up to date 😦
  • Post it notes – inspirational quotes and lists mainly
  • My green moleskin – to do lists, ideas and inspirational quotes
  • A4 lined lecture pads – project notes and working. Meeting notes.
  • My red Moleskine at home to plan the day and make lists
  • Coloured texters
  • Printouts
  • Printed bound books
  • HabitRPG – motivational tool
  • Outlook calendar … halfheartedly
  • Thinking rock which is a database of tasks that I need to perform
  • OneNote
  • Word documents – i like them because they are printable
  • Blog
  • Reports
  • Wikidpad
  • Checklists
  • Folders
  • Powerpoint
  • Dropbox
  • Yammer
  • Bugs
  • Axosoft
  • Excel spreadsheets
  • Mindmaps
  • Desktop
  • dashboard
  • Design Integration book
  • Cheatsheets
  • MS Project docs

Wow, that just made me realise I am completely out of con-freaking-trol.

What do I hate about trying to organise myself?

  • It becomes overwhelming
  • I can spend so much time organising that I run out of time to do other things
  • Things become dark horses, tasks I am shying away from for no real reasons

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