I’ve noticed a recurring theme in much of the best productivity advice, the kind that seems to make life more meaningful, as well as merely more productive: it’s that you should think about your work, and life-projects in general, in terms of concrete physical actions and artifacts in the material world.
It’s time for another entry in the ongoing productivity and zine saga. Having finished up my most recent weekly zine (in the format elaborated on here), I decided to make some changes. Namely:
- Having a whole page-side just for weekly goals and ongoing projects was a lot, especially given this zine was for organising myself in the edges around my day job.
- It also didn’t actually help build links between my higher-level goals (eg monthly, quarterly, or yearly objectives) and what I was doing on a week to week basis.
The solution: another iteration of the zine. This version has:
- A title page. Left blank so I can write whatever I want on the front as a mantra. We’ll see how that does wearing against the cover of my notebook.
- A two page spread where I can write down my quarterly goals, and what I want to do over the next month that contributes to them. I’m still trialling/hacking Objectives and Key Results to try to organise my higher-level projects, but to be honest whatever system you have should work for you.
- A set of four one-page weekly schedules which should keep me tracking from week to week.
That equals seven pages, so I’ve got a blank page on the back. Perfect!
You can see the result below:
And if you’d like to try it for yourself, go nuts:
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