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Normally stuff that I come across during my daily blog reading, if I think it would interest the readers here, ends up in the the Open Loops. But sometimes something comes along that I think needs singular attention.
It is far too rare to see actual innovations in productivity and time management. Far too often it is just a new take on the same old stuff. But in “The Daily Rind”, a Better Way to Plan the Day, Adam King gives a really new take on time management and planning.
He was inspired by the MUJI Chronography notebook, but decided to make a custom fit and approach to the system.
In a nutshell, Adam had a circle with various time marks, around which he makes initial plans, then adjusts as the day goes on. He adds another circle for the evening. As he says,
While the Daily Rind is about productivity, planning and tracking mostly in the positive sense, the Evening Rind, for me, is largely a trick to create more mindfulness through the day. If I don’t consciously and holistically consider all the demands my life — not just my work — make on my time, and make sure to juxtapose those life demands with the work I need to get done on a given day, something will simply slip through the cracks. Mapping it out at least forces me to make a conscious choice ahead of time, so that if something needs to slip, it can be something that’s less important to me than, say, getting to read my daughter her bedtime story.
I think this might be a good method for those who don’t think linearly – creative and artist types. What do you think? Let me know.
Photo byNovumOpus (c) 2011. Image used with permission of the artist.