Staying on task requires a system

Staying on task for me takes a system, and is continually evolving. At its simplest, this involves:

  • Things I am currently working on,
  • Things I need and would like to work on in the future,
  • Things I have finished,
  • Nuggets of information related to all of the above.

I have tried a few tools to keep this organized, and for the past few years I have stuck with Evernote. OneNote is a beautiful tool that just hasn’t fit into my personal workflow.

Ambition will kill the best of intentions

If you try to hard to get organized, you will fail. If you overthink your system, you will fail. Regardless of how perfect the system is in theory, in practice it must work without much effort. It must feel natural to you almost immediately, or it won’t work. Rather, you won’t work with it, so it won’t serve you.

I’ll follow this up with my current system of keeping a daily log, and my current attempts at organizing the rest of the noise around that.