Academia,  Lifestyle

Knowing When to Hold ‘Em and When to Fold ‘Em – for Productivity Systems

“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’emmmmmmm” If you’re crooning along with me, you’re a human gem!

Thank you for indulging me in that little moment. The key idea in this post is if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

In the productivity world, creators are constantly sharing new systems and apps they use to achieve “optimum productivity”. And if that works for them, then great! But you, dear reader, shouldn’t feel pressure to constantly revamp your organization system just because someone else does things differently. I say this because I felt a lot of pressure to change up my systems because other people were doing something else, and frankly, I’m impressionable. If I see someone I look up to like Matt D’Avella using TeuxDeux then I want to try it too. But this is the place where you should stop and reasses.

I have a weird hybrid method of planning, and it changes every week. And that’s ok. I rely on to-do lists either in my bullet journal or on Notion. I keep track of long-term tasks (non-urgent tasks that need to be completed at some point) in Todoist. I also use a planner (usually consistently; currently sporadically) to keep track of assignments and due dates. Lastly, I use google calendar for scheduling.

My system isn’t pretty although I wish it is. But that’s ok! It works for me and that’s all that matters. Just because these really cool people on the internet are doing one thing doesn’t mean that I need to do that thing too. And chances are, if you’re anything like me, you’ll just spend 3-5 hours setting up a new productivity system just to use it for all of a week. I’ll wager that those 3-5 hours probably should have been spent doing whatever task you procrastinated doing by spending those hours setting up a new productivity system. Yes, I am the pot calling the kettle black. I totally recognize that.

Just do you. Don’t feel pressure to use on productivity system over another, and definitely don’t feel bad about not using a certain system perfectly. It doesn’t have to be perfect.



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