Show #16: Bust Through Writers Block

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Bust Through Writer’s Block

Hey, it’s me again, and what I want to ask you today is like what do you do to keep organized? I’ve tried all sorts of different programs, different systems, and I’m going to tell you what has and hasn’t worked for me, and I would love to hear from you, like what are you really using that’s working for you.

Because what I’m trying right now is a little new for me, but it’s got the potential that I want. So what I used to do is I have a big white board of the entire year in my office, so I’d put down the big things that are going on throughout the year, when I’m traveling, when I have mentoring meetings and stuff like that, affiliate stuff, and so I can see the big picture, which is awesome, and I think that’s important, so I think I’ll continue doing that.

I don’t know, but do you do that? Do you have a calendar on your all, or do you keep on your buyer? Do you just do it on your computer and just have like – I don’t know – Google or Outlook or some other sort of program. I’m really curious to hear what you do.

When I was in the corporate world, I used to use a Franklin Planner. Do you know those, aren’t you? Do you remember them? They were sort of app, like a day timer, except they’re a little more goal oriented and a little more organized, and so I found this thing called My Best Self. It’s very basic. It’s a 3-month journal, if you will, where you write out your calendar and your daily timeline and it sounded awesome, but when I first looked at it, I’m like, “Well, I don’t have any goals,” and so that was a problem, so I’ve got to come up with goals, which is you should anyway, and so that helps.

What this does, mybestself.com, that I like the most is that it has you organize every single hour of your working day, and even you can go later if you want, like if you’re going to work out or you will have family obligations or obligations to yourself, maybe you have to go to the grocery store, you can also book those in this book. I like that part about it, but I found that I’m not really using it as much as I expected I want.

I use Google Calendar quite a bit. I put what I’m supposed to do for the day and the week and it is color coded, I love color coding, but then I just found this cool program called – it’s on my phone and it’s in all my devices – KanbanFlow, and it’s free, but you can upgrade, which is what I did because the premium stuff looks really cool. This is not an affiliate thing, not that I would mind if it were because it looks really awesome and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and I love it.

UPDATE: I’ve found the Holy Grail of planners that is superior to KanbanFlow…and the online version is created by a team of program developers who initially worked with Franklin Planner. It’s a subscription-based program but so worth it for the time you reclaim for yourself. It’s called PlanPlus Online.

So what you can do is you’d put in a task and you can break it down into multiple steps and it is right there color coded for you. You could put a responsible person. It tracks your time, which is a big thing for me. I get lost in social media quite a bit or in email groups, the friends or also colleagues that suck me up over time sometimes, and it’s so much easier to do that stuff than it is to do your own work. It’s very easy.

So when you have these sorts of restrictions, it makes a big deal, and also use a timer. You know I love timers and I hope you love your timer too. Just time yourself for 15 minutes. If you want to blow something off, just keep under control, that’s all, and set your little timer for 15 minutes or 30 minutes if you want and to look at the junk sites that I like to look like TMZ or The Daily Mail or whatever.

Those are so not as important or fun as they used to be. Now that the government is actually quite entertaining and there are so much to read about, but at any rate, you’ve got to keep those times to a minimum, because it’s really easy to get sucked into it.

So that’s how I stay organized right now, and maybe you’re in a mentorship group, that’s something else that I do also. I don’t have one running right this moment, but I actually run them and I’ve been in them, so I believe in them very strongly. If you need meeting on a weekly basis, my friend, Jen Blackert, suggests having two-week chunks of what it is that she wanted to get done, like a two-week race and then kind of a break, which I like that too, and in the new year, I’m going to look at doing that instead of the bigger, bigger crazy picture and seeing if I can work it out like that.

So that’s how I stay organized. I love to hear how you do it and I know there are lots of things out there, so please, let me know your thoughts, and I’ll see you next time.

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