It’s Monday and another BLP episode is out! This one is an all Q&A episode, which is the plan for every 4th episode or so.
This episode is a potpourri episode as far as topics go, given that it’s a Q&A! But here is a rundown of topics discussed.
1- Can you share a minute by minute description of when you do your planning?
(Short answer – mornings! Plus Friday afternoons for work weekly review tasks & mostly Sundays/Monday mornings for life weekly review.)
2- How do you make planning a habit? Also, can you talk about time blocking?
One way is to think about when you are going to do it . . . and then you PLAN it in. (Yep – I’m suggesting planning your planning. I know, quite meta).
There is also the idea of building in as a routine. IE: always reaching for your planner after your morning coffee or during your 3 pm break at work. Building routines that support you to run on autopilot can be incredibly helpful. This applies to planning the same way it does to things like flossing etc!
My discussion of time blocking is that while I don’t use it all the time (and in fact — with the type of work I do, a lot of my time is blocked FOR me), it helps me in some instances – esp when I need to get pressing tasks done.
3- How do you pick a planner and stick with it?
Well. Usually I’m good at this . . . just not in 2020 🙂 I discuss the various planners I have cycled through this year and why this is not typically my pattern. I also give you permission to play with things and change it up if you need to!
4- How do you handle cancellations? How do you keep your pages so neat?
I use a lot of arrows & leave extra space! And, practice. Definitely do not do pencil drafts!
5- How do you coordinate planning with Josh?
These days, this isn’t quite as necessary because there’s just a lot less going on! But usually it’s google calendar & periodic discussions.
6- DEEP DIVE question: Where/How to document the “to dos” that occur at inopportune times like while you’re brushing your teeth?
Lots of options discussed here (several suggested by you amazing readers via this post!). Highlights:
- Apple Notes (on phone)
- Send myself an email
- Notepad by bed
- Lists on Trello added via Apple Watch
- Add to calendar with phone notification
- Set up Alexa to add tasks to ToDoist
- Ask person to text you and leave the text unopened until you have time to process
- Follow the Lisa Woodruff rule of ignoring if it’s something speculative that you won’t really act on within 24 hours
LOVE OF THE WEEK:
JETPENS VIDEOS!!! So many. And so tempting. Try: 10 Japanese School Supplies You Didn’t Know You Needed or Top Pens of All Time or many MANY others.
Thank you if you have listened. If you are able to leave a quick rating or review (here’s the apple podcasts review page!), I truly appreciate it! Happy MONDAY!
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