Productivity Systems – How to Make Them Work for You

I’m sure you’ve seen them everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram. Filled with beautiful hand lettered headings, detailed hand-drawn borders and dividers. Amazing illustrations, and somewhere in these artistic beauties are the mundane to-do lists and schedules of day-to-day life, shopping lists, and other lists.

Yeah I’m talking about Bullet Journals. If you know the pictures to which I refer you might be absolutely overwhelmed if you ever try to put one together yourself. You might be frustrated with the time consuming task of hand drawing layouts, making it ‘pretty’ and all that, and wonder when it will ever make you productive.

I have some tips for those of you out there who just want a productivity system which works for you, that doesn’t need to be glamorous or beautiful if it will only help you get things done.

This is mainly a framework to figure out a productivity system for yourself, it’s not a tutorial to implement any particular system. However, this approach should work whatever format you’re using (paper, digital or mixed), but you need to figure out the particulars for yourself. Tailoring your system to you and the information you need to manage, is the key. Using someone else’s system is like trying to fit into their clothes, there’s a chance they’ll fit, but you need to have a similar size or body shape (for productivity – have same needs and tendencies), even if they fit, they may not fit well.

These are my tips for finding your perfect system…