Many of you can probably relate when I say that boosting my productivity is on my forever to do list. Juggling between university, work, blogging, a household and countless little projects (check out this one hihi) – not to mention a social life – can be quite overwhelming sometimes. So I always find myself on the lookout for something that might improve my productivity on a daily basis. Here’s a recent discovery I found to be totally worth sharing with you guys: the Productivity Planner.
The Productivity Planner is the second business baby of Alex Ikonn and Uj Ramdas, known for their first project: the Five Minute Journal. I had heard of the Five Minute Journal before (which to me seems like a great tool for improving happiness), but soon enough encountered the Productivity Planner project on Kickstarter and Instagram (@beproductive). That fabulous, black-and-gold piece of stationary heaven made my heart jump, even more so when I read about the ideas behind it:
- writing down tasks…
- having fewer priorities…
- and working undisturbed on one task at a time
…significantly improve productivity
And that’s what this planner is made for. After an extensive (and, admittedly, somewhat incoherent) introduction, you’ll find space for a weekly plan, daily plans, and a weekly review. They have in common that beforehand, you need to prioritize the most important tasks. The quote “if this was the only thing you did today you’d be satisfied” helped me enormously, ‘cause most of the time, those are the tasks that not necessarily need to be done now, but the ones I’m reluctant to do. And starting off the day doing just that, makes me feel like a bosssss taking care of her shit! #girlboss #etc
Another thing that really gave me an insight in how exactly I use my time, is the so-called Pomodoro Technique. The five circles behind each task symbolize twenty-five minutes of undisturbed work (a “pomodoro”), followed by a five minute break. The idea behind this is that, because of the breaks, a two-and-a-half-hour task doesn’t seem too overwhelming. Plus, you’re less prone to distraction.
Now I don’t usually have a problem concentrating, so working for just twenty-five minutes seemed like a joke to me. However, the breaks reminded me to get myself some coffee, tea, or water. And the two-and-a-half-hour maximum per task really made me realize that I used to make my tasks way to big. I mean, the “chapter 24 of ancient Greek” that previously featured my daily to do list rather takes five hours. Still it was there, next to “chapter 25 of ancient Greek”, “reading this or that book for my thesis”, and “cleaning the bathroom”. In other words: I used to set myself impossible goals. Thinking and planning in twenty-five minute spans helped me get a grip on how long tasks actually take and what can realistically be done in a day. Believe me, then you’ll learn to prioritize!
Needless to say, the Productivity Planner is a wonderfully designed notebook: It has a minimalistic looking, textured hardcover with golden lettering, pages of quality paper with text in just the right fonts (at least that’s my humble opinion), inspiring quotes are everywhere to be found, and it lays flat (!). Okay, I feel like I can’t stress this enough, but IT LAYS FLAT. It lays flat you guys! In short, this planner reminds me of Moleskine notebooks, and that’s something I don’t say that often.
I pre-ordered the Productivity Planner even before it was officially being produced, but certainly have no regrets in buying it. If you’re interested, it’s on the market now for $24,95 and a hella lot of shipping costs if you’re a Dutchie, and you can buy it here. Don’t order too fast though, ‘cause I’ve stocked a few and will be giving one away to you soon! Make sure to follow along so you don’t miss it.