As an educator, I tend to make my new year resolutions at the start of the academic calendar. I’ve used everything from lists in my phone, to iCal, to a simple composition notebook. I love post-it notes and setting alerts in my phone, but still dream of having a personal assistant as I’m most busy people do! While searching for the best system of organization, the Tech Age really leaves me no excuse but to become better organized.
While searching for a new tool, the reminder function in 30/30 really hit home. Upon first use, I was impressed by the pre-loaded tasks that walk you through the tutorial for the app. I’m a visual person, so the color coding and cutesy icons appeal to that area of my brain.
It’s user friendly enough so as to not overcomplicate the need for simplicity. I wish it was linked to my iCal but it might end up replacing my use of Notes. The key feature that hooked me was the ability to set a timer for the individual task. In David Allen’s TED Talk he discusses characteristics that successfully organized people possess; one being the ability to prioritize and commit to completing tasks. Since this is my biggest area of growth potential, I figured I would stick with it. Research shows it takes about 90 days to form a habit, so I think I’ll be sticking with it after the first week. So far the work and home lists have paid off!
Looking forward to GTD!