I bought a productivity planner a couple of weeks ago – which is literally called Productivity Planner – and I could say it is kind of changing my life right now, but it’s not. I have enough books and doodads and apps that were barely used (if at all) for me to know the items themselves won’t change things. It’s whether or not I use them where the difference is made. And I’m using this one.
It is a clean, simple setup, having you set up goals for the week and then having you break down over the course of five days how to meet those goals. You can get a good overview of the planner and the other items offered by its creators on their Web site Intelligent Change, and I suggest you check it out. (There may be another one of their books I add to the planner.)
Here is the thing: I am what author Gretchen Rubin calls an Obliger*. In a nutshell, this means I best meet goals if I have an external motivation, or an outward expectation, to do so – for example, I ran 1000 kilometers last year because I shared on social media I was going to do so. I will meet other peoples’ expectations all the livelong day before doing anything about any of my own for myself. But I can’t always go around 24/7, telling people all the things I plan to do and then check in with them to let them know I got it done. Who wants to do that? (Answer: Not me.)
Somehow, this planner is helping provide me with that accountability without driving those around me crazy. There is enough flexibility within its framework for me to figure out how to make it work in the areas where I want to become more productive – at present that means in writing, exercise, and ‘around the house’ things. I’m not hitting my marks too well yet, but the thing is I am still working on it. And I am starting to learn how to assess how I’m doing, too.
Oh, and I reckon this blog post will help keep me accountable, too. ;-)
So here is to continuing to learn and stretch and step out of my comfort zone. With some help, of course.
*You can find out if you’re an Obliger (or a Questioner, a Rebel, or an Upholder) by taking this quiz on The Four Tendencies.