As I begin to get used to being a healthy, high-functioning person, I have become absolutely enamored with being organized. With my life being a continuous stream of chaos for so long, the idea of actually being able to organize myself is certainly something to romanticize over when it's normally something you're incapable of. In the past 6 weeks, I've begun to use Google Keep to organize myself, and it has been a lot of fun.
I start my week on Sunday morning by creating a list of things I want to accomplish for the week. I pull this list either from my mind based on where I'm at with my work or from the backlog of other tasks I've entered. This backlog has four categories:
- Health and Development
- Day Business
- Unexpected Responsibilities
- Evening Business
I also have a separate task list of recurring weekly goals, such as going to the gym, being social at least twice a week, and writing a blog post. These are things that I love to do, but I can easily forget to fulfill my own needs if it's not on a list. It seems ridiculous to remind yourself to be social, but it is so necessary and has really helped my mental health.
A nice feature of Google Keep is that you can embellish your task lists with photos. This makes my task list have a personal touch and enhances my daily experience of the app. For example, in my Health and Development backlog, I have photos of my family to remind me why it's so important to take care of myself (you can't fill from an empty cup!).
I use the archiving feature once the week has completed and there are no more tasks for the week to be completed. If I don't complete a task within the assigned week, I transfer it over to the next week's task list before archiving the week that ended. I like to archive my progress because sometimes it's important for me to look back on all of the work I've done and either pat myself on the back, or see where I've gone wrong.
Another personal bonus of having archived my weekly tasks lists is that I was able to turn these into data that I could chart and visually track my weekly progress on a week-to-week basis. You can find my productivity charts here.