Launching Patreon!

Hey everyone!

It's been a while, I know. But I've got some exciting news! 

In light of my other recent announcement, I'll be launching a Patreon page! You can visit it right now! Like, really, right now! 

But what does that mean?

I'm so glad you asked! Patreon is a platform for independent creators (such as myself) to generate workable revenue from their work! And that revenue comes directly from the support of you amazing people!!

There's more details about payment tiers, rewards, and content schedules on the page, but I'd like to explain why I'm doing this.

As I referenced previously, I'm making a pretty big move pretty soon. I'll be working multiple part time jobs just to make rent, and will be entirely on my own in a city I've never really spent time in before. 

But I want to keep making videos, and photo series, and Instagram stories, so I need your help. 

For more details, please go check out the Patreon page, and I can't wait to see you over there! 

Starting with paper

My very first task lists lived on spare sheets of notebook paper in my English binder for school. There’s something oddly satisfying about physically crossing off a task, and being able to write notes, add sketches, and explain the task as little or as much as I needed was an added bonus.

 

For tasks, I’ve moved to a quick capture system, partially inspired by Thomas Frank. I use a Moleskin notebook (gift from the grandparents, but any collection of paper will work here), and every thought that pops into my head goes in here. There’s no real structure, unless I created one for a specific series of notes. This notebook is just for getting thoughts and ideas out of my head.

No notebook? No problem. I use Google Keep on all of my devices, since it syncs nicely, has some killer tie ins with the rest of the Google apps, and is all around just easy to use. Evernote is another popular option here.

 

The goal with the notebook, paper or not, is getting those ideas captured and saved somewhere. In my Calendar (which we’ll be exploring in parts this week), I schedule time at the end of the day to process everything in those notebooks/apps and assign them as tasks, events, or general ideas for the future.

Capturing those random thoughts,  tasks, and questions throughout the day helps me remove distractions; I’m not trying to remember small reminders or ideas. By getting everything out of my head ASAP, I give myself more headspace to focus on the specific tasks I have for that day.


Do you use a notebook, or maybe a notes app? Let me know what your process looks like down below or on Twitter.

How I got organized

I used to be a mess. I forget tasks, get distracted, and often just lose the motivation to complete something. I’m also a perfectionist. But my grades suffered, my productivity suffered, and my relationships suffered. It was time to make some changes.

 

I started with a sheet of paper. Every day, I figured out the 5 most important tasks: 2 I needed to do, 2 I wanted to do, 1 I depended on someone else for. This forces me to make progress on current projects, both work and personal, while also pushing someone else to get their crap together.

I still spend time each morning evaluating my infinitely long task list, and setting up an easy 5 for each day. If I get more done, I get more done, but I always push to get those 5 tasks completed by the end of the day.  

 5=2+2+1

 

I select those tasks based on what I’m already doing that day. For any of you who know me personally, you know how crazy I am about my calendar. I put everything into Google Calendar.

If I’ve got a meeting with someone that day, I pull in the task related to that person and a joint project we might be working on. If I’ve got class, I select school related tasks.

Putting everything into my Calendar gives me a better view of where my week is going, and what I need to get done to keep things running smoothly. 

 

Getting organized can be difficult, daunting, and overwhelming. But taking simple steps can go a long way.

That's how I got back on track, your turn.