Regardless the path you're on this post will be interesting for those who strive to grow and learn from life until they die.
Either you are in the open ocean as someone who live a financially independent life on own terms or you are a fish in the aquarium.
Both Amanda and I just a little over 2 years ago were working in the advertising aquarium. When she and her partner saved enough money to leave aquarium they left Canada into 8-month world-tour starting in Albania.
This is how Amanda's adventures in the open ocean began. During our weekly mastermind sessions we discussed that for both of us it was very hard to set the personal disciple to do what matters daily but not too much.
The most common question Amanda got after publishing her first book was: "How do you find the discipline to work?"
Amanda Truscott is an urban fantasy writer completing her first novel at the time of publishing this post in December-017. She runs a blog and a coaching practice at creativeunblocking.com
In August-017 she published a book [Creative Unblocking: Bypass Self-Doubt, Tap Your Genius, and Complete Your Best Work].
She used an early version of the Logbook back in April-017 when she was in India and didn't have access to printer. Thus she filled in the Logbook digitally.
Enjoy below her thoughtful testimonial about early version of a self-management tool for creative high-achievers with infinitely curious minds.
I reworked a lot the Logbook after she shared her feedback and decided to turn her insights into a blog post that addresses common objections. - Niki 👊✨
Amanda's initial objections:
“I’d originally thought, ‘I'm already doing all that stuff, and adding one more system would just make things more complicated.’ What I found, though, was that the logbook just provides better *clarity* about what I'm doing, and helps me better plan and stick to what I *should* be doing.
When I first looked at it, I thought, ‘Hm, this looks like it would work well for a lot of people, but I don't think it would work for me.’
As soon as I started using it, I thought, ‘Maybe this could actually be really good for me, and work really well, even in addition to my current systems. I could ditch the LYL component of my weekly planning, which I'm finding a bit cumbersome in addition to the GTD process.’
Although I've always been very organised, Niki's approach has helped me stay focussed on the right things and ensure I remain balanced, both personally and professionally.
Overall, I found every aspect of the Logbook very logical and helpful, and it was pretty easy, too, once I sat down and followed the instructions.
Logbook's buiding blocks:
time tracking, planned vs. actuals
the emphasis on the top 3 to-do's; I really need someone to keep forcing my attention back to these.
the idea of colour coding work vs. life, and categories of work. Colour-coding is fun.
time-categories keep my attention on the *purpose* of tasks like email, social media, task planning, etc., which can otherwise get out of control.
the idea of scoring my day and choosing a habit to cultivate each week.
Amanda used Asana at her ex-job at the operational software company for advertising agencies.
That's why she was pretty confident in her own productivity system since the beginning.
After using the Logbook for a week, she said, ”Those who use a tool like Asana could use the Logbook to determine what should go into the software, and then use the software to break projects down into bite-sized chunks and plan each day.”
What's an Operating System of the Company, including the company of one.