Of all the important subjects to write about, I chose the subject of notes because it is a foundational skill impacting everything you do.
My name is Michael Potter and I’m a technology professional, musician and avid reader who has a full and often overwhelming life to manage. These activities are by choice and not circumstance as I find my interest in doing new or different things nearly limitless.
What years of experience has taught me is that my brain wasn’t designed to manage the many details, complexities and memories associated with the work I wanted to do. What’s worse, I am a creative type who prefers to remember and recall thousands of details of playing and performing music. Math formulas? Prime numbers? History dates? No. Not important enough to store that in my brain.
In the past few years I have rediscovered the value and necessity of writing, organizing and recalling notes to improve the quality of my work and leisure activities. This blog and podcast will “note” my journey along with experts who have helped me along the way.
Write down the times and dates you feel low (tired, cranky, sluggish) because you will be at your worst performing level.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is put resting at the top of your To Do List. If you know your low performance periods then you can avoid the frustration of trying to accomplish something without the energy to do it.
A really important part of the GTD methodology is the idea of horizons of focus which include personal and professional goals.
I’ve not seen an app directly integrate goals into the workflow except for Doit.im and FacileThings. For years I have been using task/project manager solutions without goals directly tied to the work I have been doing.
Without such a focus, you’ll work on things that really don’t matter to you and that’s a waste of your time, focus and life.
In my early days of using paper based Franklin Planners, I wrote my tasks and transferred incomplete tasks the next day. It was a huge turn off. I never felt that was a useful process. When digital solutions arrived I jumped in and never looked back.
Now I realize that it was the method that was wrong and I could maintain lists without rewriting them. Having a paper based list and task workflow that is simple yet complete will be my next research project.