I have been testing productivity methods, trying to find the one that fits my lifestyle. While I was pregnant, having a Bullet Journal – a planner and diary in one was the best for me. Now with a toddler, my washi taping sessions are gone with the wind. 😭
Late this year in a YouTube vid, I was learned that one of the best ways to accomplish tasks is to plot them in a calendar – up to the specific hour. It was effective at first but there is one variable to the equation: my son and his erratic sleeping times. So there was one beautifully plotted week, complete with color coding… and in 3 straight days, my son decided to skip his afternoon nap. Productivity? ZERO
Daily, I start doing a task when my son is asleep or busy. Then, 10mins into it, my son will cry, ask for breastmilk, wants to play. Naturally, I will drop whatever I’m doing. Playtime may stretch to an hour or I end up taking a nap too (God Forbid) and when I wake up, my calendar’s cursor points to another task. Very very frustrating I should say.
I would need to be flexible. So I needed a productivity tool that’s lenient on time. I don’t want to go back on using a typical To Do List that has no time constraint at all. So I’m returning to the Ivy Lee Method. It will work well with the lifestyle I’m living now.
The Ivy Lee Method lists the Top 6 tasks I should do for the day and I must accomplish it in that order. I need to finish one before I move on to the next . So, even if I’m left with 2 hours of focus work, as long as I finish my top priority, I am guilt free. Then, I will transfer my undone tasks to the next day. The visual cue is perfect too as I love the feeling of ticking off boxes and writing the tasks down will enable me to think thru it as well.
The Ivy Lee Method is explained in detail here