It’s pretty simple to get overwhelmed with everything that life requires of us these days. I don’t know what it was like way back when, but I do remember just a decade ago things didn’t seem as complicated as they are now. That's not including the obvious responsibilities either.
The sad thing is it’s just as easy to become overwhelmed with all the tactics and tools you could use to reduce the overwhelm. They just compound the effect. It truly is a vicious circle.
Now I’m not saying I have the perfect solution (I don’t). There isn’t one in fact. The perfect-ish solution is one that fits your individual needs. Everyone is different. Everyone requires a few things calibrated in different ways. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try.
The tubes are filled with free or inexpensive resources to help you get your shit together.
I’m here to help.
I know I can get you to a place of more control and organization. I’ve tried so many and continue to use a plethora of mobile apps and web services that help me stay sane. At least to the extent, a Type-A, wantrepreneur, full-time employed technology professional, father, and husband could possibly achieve.
I use a hybrid of popular methods from David Allen's Getting Things Done, Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning, Admiral William McRaven's - Make Your Bed, Tim Ferriss' - Four Hour Work Week and so many others. The list goes on and on. You might say, “Ross, you are full of shit. There is no way you implement all of that into your life.”
I’ll be honest, I have mini breakdowns and moments of complete chaos and stress but the things I have learned and the tools I have introduced into my life have made a profound impact. Everything one of those authors say, the others say just in a different way. You don’t need to read or listen to all those books to get a handle on all your responsibilities and task. I have some shortcuts.
These tools, methods, and resources I have stumbled upon over the last 5 year have helped me with the following.
- Organization and forgetfulness - being able to take down notes with little impact or interruption.
- Deeper focus and productivity - stay on task for shorter periods of time and reduce multitasking. Compartmentalization - segmenting tasks into ‘contexts’ (David Allen). For instance, there are very specific tasks that can only be conducted in certain locations or with the availability of certain resources. Some tasks just aren’t relevant to what you are doing at this moment.
- Sharing and collaboration - keep in sync with family, friends, or co-workers
- Separation and segmentation of responsibility - having constant access to all your responsibilities is dangerous. It is important to keep work tasks away from where you store personal tasks
- Results - what gets tracked gets managed and improved on. Tracking everything is a nightmare. Tracking what is important helps build momentum.
There are apps for everything but not everything can be fixed with an app. Optimal energy, physical wellbeing, and mindfulness are imperative to your success and ability to achieve organization and comfort throughout your personal, family, social, work, and possibly side-gig life style. There is a lot of stuff to manage. I'll go over it all.
If getting your shit together is something you’re interested in, enter your email address in the form below and we can get started. It’s completely free and won’t cost you any more than a little open-mindedness. Thought-out a series of emails over a handful of weeks, together we will work through the weapons and tactics I use to get (and stay) somewhat sane.
I didn’t come up much of this on my own but I did take the time to piece it all together so you don’t have to.
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