How I get (some) things done
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How I get (some) things done

My system for learning, creating and thinking a little bit better.
How I get (some) things done

I'm a pretty lazy, disorganised person.

Last year I decided I needed something to push me up the hill. Something that would get me reading more often, writing more regularly.

After an awful lot of trial and error, I found a system.

It works for me, it might work for you.

This helps me:

  • Find more signal, less noise: read more books, listen to more podcasts, and watch more videos of quality - and turn down the volume on the relentless stream of things that drain the soul.  
  • A personal wiki/diary/library: finds ways to systematically store notes, ideas and thoughts so you never have to rely on memory alone.
  • Manage my most valuable asset - time: create a system that helps me make the most of my time.

If you're a subscriber, you have free access to this short video course which will show you how I:

  • Plan
  • Consume good content
  • Take and store notes
  • Write and research my articles based on my notes
  • Design the images on my website

Introduction

If you're anything like me, you don't learn without doing.

I wanted to learn and create things outside of my day job. But I found that hard.

I didn't have time, and I didn't have a plan.

Last year, I decided to change that.

Time is the most valuable asset you own. It seems crazy to think we never build a good system for ourselves to manage this priceless asset.

A system that would help us find more time on a consistent basis to do things that make us grow. To learn things that will increase our creativity.

I started Word.Image.Design. to force me to write, just because I wanted to start writing.  

But to make that happen I knew I needed something to make sure I did this consistently. Otherwise I'd let the usual excuses get in the way of doing anything.

This is the system I use. It might not be for you but it may inspire you to find your own system.

Your system can be as simple or as complicated as you like.

It could be writing on the back of napkins and squirrelling them away. It could be using notes on your phone. It could be using voice recordings.

Remember: focus on the process, and not on the tools.

Don't lose time finding the perfect tool because it doesn't exist.

Links to the tools I use as well as an example Roam Research template are at the bottom.

First up: planning and managing your time.

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