Organization is the key to a stress free and satisfied life. In this digital age we are constantly bombarded with new information and greater responsibilities. As if managing a career and family life wasn’t hard enough, now everyone is expected to have a thriving side project. Although our demands have grown we have not learnt how to manage all these extra activities. An efficient productivity planner is the solution to organizing your work and life.
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” – David Allen.
Derigo Dash has been created to be used as a digital productivity planner. It is highly recommended by its users due to its user-friendly interface and the flexibility in creating endless layouts. Derigo Dash turns your browser’s new tab into a personalized dashboard. You have the option to design as many dashboards as you desire with the customizable widgets.
Additionally, creating multiple dashboards for work, personal and extra projects allows you to keep all these aspects of your life separate. You avoid getting distracted during work with a personal errand if you have already scheduled it in your private dashboard’s To-Do list.
Q. How to organize your life in your productivity planner?
This post looks at how you can use different widgets on Derigo Dash’s browser extension to organize your life. Benefits of good organization are time and energy management. You will stop yourselves investing in activities that do not bring value to your life. Consequently, your overall productivity increases.
Firstly, use the Notes widget as a self-awareness journal. Self reflecting is a concept that means understanding your thought process to learn your strengths and improve your weaknesses. It is extremely important to carry out this process in a systematic manner to produce the most efficient results. Only through clear understanding of your mind, can you make appropriate changes to achieve higher productivity.
Answer questions about yourself. What time of the day do you have the most energy and work best? How much time can you stay focused on a single activity? In the past why did you fail to accomplish your goals? What dreams inspire you? Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? Answers to these questions will help you in the next part of your productivity planner for effective scheduling.
-Yearly Goal Widget
Long term goals are crucial to have a direction in your life. Having a clear idea of what you want to accomplish gives a sense of purpose. List your top 3 goals for the year, have separate lists for personal and professional goals. Write them down in the Yearly To-Do widget. Store images of your future vision in the Image widget to keep yourself inspired during periods of low energy.
-Monthly To-Do Widget
Once you have long term goals finalized, you need to divide them into manageable SMART targets. Allocating a deadline to each target will keep you on track. It also allows you to monitor your progress. As you achieve milestones it fuels your energy to continue working hard.
A month is an appropriate time span to evaluate your work processes and methods. If you find yourself stuck or results are not in your favour, change your approach. For example, you start learning a new skill online. At the end of the month, if you are proficient in only a few basic topics, it is a good idea to change to a different course instructor.
-Habit Tracker Widget
Habits are important to maintain consistency in your life. Since it is not possible to repeat the exact same routine everyday, create clusters of similar activities to help you during the week. Habit tracker widget helps you build new habits and break old ones by holding you accountable for your actions. You can mark off the habit on the widget as you repeat it. As the frequency of your action increases your habit will get stronger.
If your personal goal is to improve your health you can start by planning your meals at the start of the week. During the week decide three alternating days you will grocery shop and prepare for those meals. Use the remaining days to go to the gym and carry out an intense workout. In this way you contribute towards your goal everyday without overworking yourself. This also gives you variety in your daily routine. After a few months you will observe habits of home cooking and exercising has become a second nature to you and require much less effort.
-Daily To-Do Widget
Make your daily schedule using the Daily To-Do widget. Begin each day with morning rituals to get your body and mind ready for a productive day. Using your weekly goals, set your daily targets and assign a block period for each activity. As you complete a task mark it off. A productivity planner is most helpful when it prevents you from getting distracted. Having the daily To-Do list displayed on your screen focuses your attention on important tasks. It also frees your mind to concentrate on the activity itself. End your day with a quick review. Note down incomplete tasks to carry forward to the next day and appreciate yourself for making an effort.
Try out Derigo Dash today and let us know how you intend to customize the dashboard as your productivity planner.