Thursday, April 5, 2018

Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.

So we have a bit of a theme this week, my favorites are all about schedules, planning, and generally getting stuff done in your day.


Maker Manager Schedule.  It's in old school blog post format since it's 9 years old, but the information is still completely relevant.  The maker vs. manager scheduling idea is simply dividing your day up into manager tasks versus maker tasks, and it works no matter what sort of business you're in.  Maker is the more creative side, the tasks that take brain power, whereas the manager side is just the tasks that need to get done but don't require much thinking about them - stuff that's automated or easy.  It's easier to explain with an example, so let's take blogging.  Creating a blog post and doing the writing is clearly 'maker' and takes more of my time and brain power.  Sharing that post on social media, linking to the things I mentioned, checking formatting, those are manager tasks.  Maker time is much more valuable, because those tasks are not only harder, they're also where the real benefit to your career is going to come from in the long term.  So plan for the maker tasks for when you're most productive and alert in the day.  If your ideal time is 9 to 11, then don't be throwing in laundry at 10 a.m. - that's a manager task, and you're ruining the rhythm of the day by doing it when your brain is at peak performance hour.  I'm the least productive in the hour or two before 5 p.m., so that's when I do my administrative tasks like respond to quick e-mails, schedule meetings, input my time for billing and run out my call logs.  I find this system really works well for me.  If you find yourself struggling to be as productive as you could in a day, try scheduling tasks this way instead.


Every Damn Day List.  This post from last week about how to create an Every Damn Day List is such a fun one and I love the idea.  It's just a list you create of super small, very doable things that you do every single day that will improve your day.  It's a key to making good habits stick.  My every damn day list?  Empty sink and clean kitchen before bed, 80 ounces of water, and inbox zero, for sure.  I'd have to think of what some of my other ones are.  But if you want to feel on top of your life, this is a great way to do it!


Erin Condren Notebooks.  I've mentioned before that I've moved away from paper planner, so I don't use their life planners.  But I still like to make to do lists on paper, I enjoy crossing things off.  I opted to start using their lined notebooks, which don't have all the calendar stuff.  The paper in them is top notch.  I like to write with sharpie pens, and I need the nice, thick paper so it doesn't bleed through.  So this is my referral link, if you decide to get something, you get $10 off your first order (you make an account and they e-mail you the discount code.)  That makes the notebook only $10, so for that price I'm happy!

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