Organizational Filter: Looking for core Systems/Philosophies and "build-around" tools to radically self-organize my Personal Life & Creative Projects.
I am looking to achieve 3 interrelated goals/questions, simultaneously:
1) What are a cohesive set of GTD/Orginzational/Prioritizing/Scheduling/Ideation-capture/Actualization Philosophies, Mantras, Habits, systems, Frameworks, what-have-you for my endeavors? Basically a personal, practical "Think, Plan, Create (for fun & for money)" Zen.
2) Find tools that Utilize #1, primarily, to bring my vast, varied, ambitious and only Quasi-Technical/money-seeking projects to fruition (or at least document them so I can put them on the shelf for later)
. Interests are eclectic but will focus on journalistic-anthropology/film-making/writing. Also help keep my life in balance: reading, note taking, journaling, working, creating, having fun etc.
3) Apply #1 to my very technical corporate job. But don't REALLY care, I'll probably be leaving in 6-12 months anyway. So focus is on #1 and #2. I view this as merely a proving ground to make sure my system stands up to some "real world" deadlines.
I am adopting Mark Forster's AutoFocus
as my GTD base (realizing it needs a lot of tweaking). For Idea capture and rapid project ideation development I have devised some home-brew Composition/Moleskin(TM) books with tons of embedded sticky notes(TM) and tabs adhered inside of them. I am going to keep a mini composition book with me at all times for a thoughts, tasks, checklists, ToDo etc. But there is still much that needs a system or something to manage to SOME degree!
I also want to keep my system mostly mobile (fit into a backpack) so I can go nomad for long stretches at some point (research). That said, I'm about to move into a new apartment soon and, aside from my living room, I want to make everything creative/productive central. I'm toying with the idea of making custom magnetic/whiteboard painted, wall sized, detachable panels for my apartment (more for fun than REAL productivity). But if you have any living arrangement organizational ideas (like functional Feng shui) I'm interested.
As you can see, I am eschewing digital for core analog solutions because focusing on the "perfect digital tool" has caused failure for me in the past, and digital is not reliable. Also, my creativity is very kinesthetic, and keyboards are not able to access it in the same way. I want the core systems to be something I can re-create with just a pen and enough paper if needed. Of course the only tool one ever has ubiquitously is one's mind, but I'm not expecting answers THAT fundamental... But like I said, if you have any good "zen productivity" authors, I'm all ears.
That said, I obviously plan on leveraging digital tools once the core system is in place. Already Have iPhone, will replace desktop with laptop, interested in other cloud based software/services etc. Once I get my system setup I do plan to digitally reinforce it into a cloud based TiddlyWiki, but the one problem I'm considering is analog to digital translation and also content storage/cataloging/archiving (both digital and my composition books). I don't pretend I will log and digitize EVERYthing I write, but I need some way to review which stuff to backup/upload and which can continue to stew in composition-book form and get the best "bang for the buck".
So... this is my trajectory. I know at the moment it looks like:
Step 1) AutoFocus + Zen + Composition books
Step 2) ?
Step 3) PROFITS
So, please, help me fill out "step two" with any ideas you have and what has worked for you, or really cool tools that might fit into a system like this.
Want focus driving me to project completion = Productivity
Will leverage large amounts of chaos if needed
Focus on Analog, not digital
Want tools as mobile as possible (limited home basing)
Cheap is good, free is better
Looking for CORE tools, systems or philosophy
Thanks Hive Mind!