#26 A Tool For Keeping Track of Everything

Good Morning!

Have you ever worked on a large personal project or a hobby?

If you have, you’ll know for sure how much of a pain it can be to wait for the stuff you need to keep working on your project.

Planning the wait time into the long to-do list will usually make the process a lot more enjoyable and it will allow you plan the lead-time of each task more easily.

When we create lists, they tend to be vertical, but they can also be written horizontal and into the third dimension by branching, or by using tools like a Gantt chart.

It’s all about visualizing the timeline of your project.

This is a Gantt Chart. Read all about them here.

By using a chart like this, it allows us to visualize the entire timeline of our projects. In doing so we can plan out all of wait time, including shipping time so that our projects flow more smoothly, are more enjoyable, and nearly all standstills can be avoided.

Scheduling software can be kinda clunky for personal projects, but a simple spreadsheet makes this super easy. Here is the Google Sheets Template to get you started.

Planning the timing of things can get really tricky and that’s the reason why writing things down, using a spreadsheet or even a simple task list can such a large impact the enjoyment of the project.

I hope this tool will help you planning out your projects or whatever else you’re working on. Let me know what you think in the comments or share some of your own tips!

Thanks for reading and have a good day!


#23 The ‘One Neat Trick’ For Organizing Creative Thinking

Good Morning!

I woke up this morning kinda blank, and that’s OK!

It’s OK because I learned the “one neat trick” to help people with writer’s block start writing again. That neat trick is to start writing down all of the things going through your head, what your looking at, hearing, the stuff going on around you, everything.

Write everything down in basic form. Don’t stop for spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes, always keep writing forward. Get all of those little thoughts down.

Read quickly read what you wrote and then expand on all of those little thoughts to see where each one takes you.

It takes a bit of perseverance at first because it seems like a futile exercise, but then just like that, an idea comes out of nowhere, an opinion about something, the need to explain something.

What doing this does, is get the “creative juices” flowing.  It activates the pathways in our brains. It “primes the pump”, so to speak.

The act of writing something down also allows us to stop thinking about that one particular thing and focus on the task at hand.

This tool works for all types of writing that you might need it for: emails, research papers, blogs, text messages, whatever.  It’s a an organizational tool for ‘thinking’.  The graphic version of this is called a mind map and is also very useful in visualizing your ideas.

I just wrote all of this because I think it’s a powerful tool worth sharing. I think the process works, and now I’ve written something meaningful and useful to provide value to the reader.  That’s what this blog is all about.

Here is list I quickly jotted down after I wrote the words “ I woke up this morning kinda blank”

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad learn understand it
  • Everyone needs money and credit
  • Pay-cheques kinda suck
  • Trouble with diet
  • Pizza
  • Breads and stuff
  • Dietdoctor.com
  • Coffee is so good
  • Content marketing is a tough game but it’s a lot of fun
  • Building an audience
  • Podcasting
  • Making videos
  • Thankful for great people in my life

I stopped at this point because while writing out the list I reflected upon its importance in improving the creative writing process for me and was inspired to share it.

I see blue skies this morning where I am.

Have a great day!