Record your processes into lists.
Do this for Future You, when Future You is tired or distracted. It makes a huge difference for your peace of mind.
I used to keep checklists on apps, but realized I didn’t want to turn on a Distraction Machine, I mean, an internet-connected device, every time I wanted to consult a list.
Especially when the point of the list is to keep me focused.
Enter the checklist paper notebook.
This is a notebook I picked up because I liked the feel of the paper, and figured that I would find a use for it.
Also, the cover of this one is screaming yellow. Very easy to spot.
What better for a checklist notebook?
Checklists are records of your processes, and processes change. Recently I changed my job and am updating several checklists for my personal processes.
Because I start and end my days at home, I keep these lists in a paper notebook. I have other checklists for work processes, and some are digital.
Your checklists are that friend who says, before you go out the door for a hike, “Hey, you wanna grab the binoculars? We might see a cool bird.”
Let’s make a distinction between being hurried, and being fast.
Checklists make you faster at getting things done, because they help you not to have to re-do something, because you forget a key item.
My natural pace is quite slow, but my checklists ensure that I get things done efficiently and effectively: my checklists are what allow me to live at my own rhythm, my own pace.
But a state of hurry is inevitably a state of mindlessness.
In order to live in an unhurried way, I have to plan ahead, and set physical things up ahead of time, before I do them.
Here is the checklist I follow at the end of the day:
Checklists can bring you a lot of peace.
Wondering how to manage your paper-based or hybrid paper-digital systems? Ask me a question.