When I am disorganized, I find it impossible to be productive — I end up spending too much time focused on the things that are not the most important. To make sure that I’m attending to the right things in the right order, I have to have a single, consolidated view of everything going on in my life — a life calendar. Because my life calendar lets me see all things in relation to each other, it allows me to maximize my productivity.
What’s in my life calendar
My life calendar shows me a timeline view of all the date-oriented things I manage in my life, including my:
- shopping lists
- events I am hosting
- events I plan to attend
- bills I need to pay
- notes tagged by date
Conveniently, I can use LifeTopix to keep track of all of this via My Calendar to give me the timeline view I so desperately need. In addition, the My Calendar component of LifeTopix seamlessly integrates with my device Calendars to ensure that I have the most complete view of everything.
How I use My Calendar
There are two types of items I need to add to my calendar:
- items whose date and time are fixed, so I know exactly where I need to add them to my calendar
- items whose date and time are not fixed, so I need to fit them in around all the other things already in my calendar based on their relative priority
For example, when my mom calls to tell me that she is coming to visit on May 25th, I know I need to create that visitor entry on that date. To do this in My Calendar, I go to that date (May 25th), tap +, select Visitor from the Quick Add menu, and enter the details for my mom’s trip.
When my wife asks me to clean out the garage, I know (or at least I think!) I have some flexibility on that and it does not need to be done at a specific time. By consulting the timeline view in My Calendar, I can see what other important items I have in my calendar that I need to work around.
Luckily for me, on my device I subscribe to a calendar (the process of which was described in an earlier post) which shows me the dates and times of the Manchester United football games. That way, I can schedule my garage cleaning task at a time that won’t cause me to miss some exciting sports.
Ever since I started using LifeTopix to gain a timeline view of all my activities, my productivity has increased dramatically. The only downside to that is that my wife now gives me more chores than ever!