I have written a post about email productivity tips. Now, I’ll tell you one thing I wish I had bought to get a better overview of everything I’m doing.
I am still in Denmark. I’m currenlty inside at a playground in the city of Kolding. My kids are playing and I’m looking at the other parents looking at me. They got nothing better to do than to look at what I’m doing. I’m writing, and it’s sort of like an experiment. I believe it’s the first time I’ve been writing at a place like this. It’s interesting to see what people are doing when they have nothing to do. Let me just say that they look around a lot, and that they’re playing with their phones most of the time.
We’re having an awesome time in Denmark. We’ve been to Legoland, we’ve been to a zoo, and it feels like we’ve been everywhere. We’ve hardly been still for a minute.
A new McDonald’s experience
I have written about McDonalds’ before, and I thought that I hated McDonald’s, but that’s not true. They understand kids, and when my kids love things, I love it as well. Well, I’m a vegetarian and I probably shouldn’t say anything good about McDonald’s, but I’m not talking about the food, and what they’re doing to animals. I’m talking about marketing, and that I enjoy spending time with my kids there. I even had a road trip with my five year old son to McDonald’s.
But, today I had a different experience. I thought that McDonald’s was more or less identical all over the world. That was my view of this fast food chain. But, as a vegetarian, I tried to order McBean, a burger I had eaten in Sweden several times. It looks like this is not available in Denmark. So, I got a McFeast without meat. That was ok, but after I had received the meals, I was going to find the straws, the salt, the ketchup etc… and I couldn’t find a thing. Apparently, it was all behind the counter, and I had to ask for it while ordering. Now, I had to get back in line to get the ketchup, and since I wanted more than one single ketchup per meal, I had to pay for the extra. And they even had a standard for how much salt I could get for my food.
That was an interesting experience. I am not used to people telling me how much I should use, and at especially not at McDonald’s.
The jumbo wall calendar
This post is really about productivity, so I guess it’s time to get to the point.
I’m writing a book during my stay in Denmark, and I’m trying to find a way to juggle every task for my new business. Things are happening even though I’m on vacation in. Trying to do everything at the same time, has made me realize that I need to buy one thing for my business, and that’s a wall calendar. I need to have a visual of everything I am going to do every single day.
I have written about how to create a to-do list before. And even though it changes over time, I’m still using a software called Things, to add tasks and projects. I’m using it on my Mac, my iPhone and my iPad. It works great. The only problem with it is that I’m not staring at it while I’m working. I believe that if I have a huge wall calendar, I’ll get a lot more done, and I’ll be a lot more productive. I’ll be using Sunday to add tasks for the week, and I’ll add them to the calendar. I will only be adding three tasks a day, because I believe in not prioritzing more than three tasks. When I’m done with the three tasks, I’ll start doing things I feel like doing (things that are on my list and are part of various projects).
The calendar I’m considering buying is the laminated jumbo wall calendar. But, I need to get back home first, I want to measure the walls in my office in order to see if it will fit.
I really do need some advice on this purchase. Do you use a system to manage your tasks and projects? And, are you using a wall calendar?