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Ultimate Personal Management Systems

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Ultimate Personal Management Systems
People use management systems in their everyday lives without even noticing. Systems exist for many reasons. They can save: A perfect system would then cover all the three since it solves three questions. However , most systems solve one or two reasons (and that's completely fine).

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Personal Management Systems

They are frameworks that ensure everything fulfills the tasks required.

For example: using a shopping list, so you won’t forget what to pick at the supermarket. Some use apps designed for that purpose, others go for pen and paper. Everyone is trying to get the same output - remembering what to buy at the supermarket. 

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Setting Up A Productivity System

Your system must mimic how your brain searches rather than setting up a new task that you must learn. This way, it will be easy to adopt, adapt and you will continue to use it in the long run. 

You don’t want to spend time thinking about a system and setting it up only to stop using it. Or – even worse – make you do additional steps every time.

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Golden Rules For A Great System

At its very core a productivity system must check 3 main points:

  • Searchable: find anything in 5 seconds or less
  • Easy to set up: the simpler the system the easier it will be to set it up; aim for less than one hour
  • Easy to maintain: don’t add complexity as you go, instead try to remove layers.

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Identifying The Problem

What pain are you trying to solve? It could be spending less money, making decisions faster or eliminating decisions at all. Whatever it is, make sure you know it: you will build your system around it.

The bigger the pain the more you will use your system.

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Setting A System For The First Time

When setting your system for the first time you will need to process everything going backwardcategorizing and filling all the items that will be in your system.

The easiest hack is to follow the 80/20 rule: Focus 20% of your efforts on 80% of the items so you clear the way to work on things that demand your attention. Those are the 20% of items which are the really important ones.

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SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

The Outline/List

Is a linear method of taking notes that proceeds down the page, using indentation or bullets to denote major and minor points.

Pros: it records content relationship in a way tha...

The Sentence Method

The goal is to jot down your thoughts as quickly as possible. Format is kept to a minimum: every new thought is written on a new line. 

Pros: Is like free writing for notes.

Cons: lack organization and notes can be hard to understand.

Works for: meetings or lectures that lack organization; when information is presented very quickly.

SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review)

  • Skim the material for bolded text, images, summaries, to produce a list of headlines;
  • Each headline is then written in the form of a question;
  • Record your “answers” to the reading questions under each corresponding header;
  • Once you’ve finished reading the text, write a summary of the material from memory—this is the “recite” part of the process. 
  • Finally, review your notes to make sure you’ve completely grasped the concepts.

Works for: dense written material.

Zen to Done (ZTD)

It's a productivity system that teaches how to take a simple approach to improving your productivity, by encouraging you to focus on forming one productivity-boosting habit at a time. 

The Minimalist Habits of Zen to Done

  • Collect: Get ideas and to-dos out of your brain and onto a list.
  • Process: Review your list daily and decide how to act on each item.
  • Plan: Pick a few high priority items to accomplish each week and every day.
  • Do: Schedule time to accomplish your selected to-dos without interruptions.

The Collect Habit

To clear your mind and improve focus, get your ideas and to-dos out of your mind and onto a list. 

Documenting to-dos in the moment lessens the likelihood that you'll forget to do something and gives you a master list of to-dos to reference when you're trying to decide where to direct your time.

GTD (Getting Things Done)

GTD is a productivity method for organizing your to-dos, priorities, and schedule in a way that makes them all manageable.

Its 5 principles are:

  • Capture
  • Clarify
  • Org...

"GTD is an organizational system. It doesn't put rules around how you actually do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you capture the work you need to do, organize it, and choose what needs your attention"

"GTD is an organizational system. It doesn't put rules around how you actually do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you capture the work you need to do, organize it, and choose what needs your attention"

GTD: Capture

Capture everything. Your to-dos, your ideas, your recurring tasks, everything. Put it in a pen-and-paper notebook, a to-do app, a planner, whatever you prefer to use to get organized.