Ever since this year started, I have been sooo busy. Not a good busy. Just a very frazzled, nonsensical, crazy busy. The kind of busy that generates a lot of smoke, but very little light.
I have a small house deal that started at the end of November. I thought, “Okay. Easy in, easy out.” Not so. With some of the financing oddities and the strangeness of the inspections and appraisals, this one has just taken forever! My seller has been as good as gold, and buyer’s agent has been a pleasure to work with. But the whole thing just goes on and on. Now it looks like the deal might close in the next couple of days, but nothing is cast in stone. It’ll be over when it’s over.
I did make a discovery earlier on this month. Just after we got back from our family vacation to Maui, I started looking at a Kickstarter item I’d ordered. It’s call the Productivity Planner. It’s put together by the same guys that brought us the Five-Minute Journal in 2015. (I liked the Journal so much, I bought the Productivity Planner too!)
The discovery I just made about the Planner is that it is designed around a couple of concepts (more than a couple really). One of these concepts comes from Gary Keller (and others). Keller in The One Thing talks about identifying the One Thing, which if you accomplish it, will make everything much easier or even unnecessary. This is one of the grounding concepts used in the design and implementation of the Productivity Planner.
The other concept or tool is Pomodoro. I had stumbled on the term Pomodoro in the past. I knew it had something to do with a small, tomato-shaped timer. What I didn’t know was the Pomodoro was a technique or tool for improving personal productivity. I’m not going to go into a great detail here about Pomodoro. However, discovering it here in the Productivity Planner, and having a chance to play with it, I can see where Pomodoro is slated to become a great tool for me. It just fits!
So, here’s to a productive 2016. My Productivity Planner–the print version–should ship the end of this month or early in February. I’ve had a “preview” with the PDF version the Planner’s creators sent out, so I’m raring to go. And practicing Pomodoro in the meantime.