All of what follows was shared in my weekly email newsletter, Notes by Martine.
Today’s round-up includes productivity experiments and systems, ChatGPT (I’m obsessed), Simon Sinek on ADHD and much more…
There have been multiple productivity system experiments happening at Ellis HQ over the past few weeks because — I’ll be honest — things just aren’t quite working as I need them to. I’m busy — personally and professionally — and there are things on my to-do list that I am worried I will never get to (can you relate?)
So what is the problem? Either I am underestimating the number of hours I have in the day (unlikely, as that never changes), or tasks are taking longer than I think they will.
In short, I have a scheduling issue.
My calendar and to-do list need to work together better. Furthermore, I need to consider removing significant projects from my to-do list and handling them separately. Ultimately, I live and die by my calendar — it’s my one point of truth. But unfortunately, I run my personal life from Google and my work life from Microsoft.
Two points of truth? That’s not ideal.
I cannot bring myself to switch to Microsoft for personal and business use (sorry, I’m a Google girl) — so what’s the solution?
Enter, The Experiments…
I switched from TickTick to Todoist a few months ago — I did so quietly because I have been a loyal TickTick user for as long as I can remember. TickTick is a fantastic tool, and technically, Todoist is more expensive and does less. The reason for the switch is that Todoist integrates with other tools far better, and it’s marginally faster than TickTick for quick capture (see the screenshot below, ‘tod’ is today, ‘p1’ is a high-priority label, and ‘This Week’ is a project area). I am enjoying Todoist’s slightly cleaner, more modern interface, too.