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Analogue tools for a digital life

As a digital project manager, I spend all day in front of two screens. And as a tech geek, I usually spend a few more hours in front of screens when I get home. Even my addiction to reading novels involves a screen these days. But I've recently found that integrating an analogue tool into my project management arsenal has really helped me focus on what's important.

Plus, I get to buy nice stationery.

I use a modified version of the Bullet Journal system. There's quite a bit to it – you build an updatable index that maps to your different 'modules', which can be anything from monthly and daily to-do lists, shopping lists, one-off lists of ideas or tasks for specific projects.

The important bits that make it work for me are, first of all, repetition. If you don't take care of a task on today's list, you mark it with your symbol for 'moving it to the next day' and you write it down again.

I also like to keep track of exactly how many times I've moved something, which I call my procrastination indicator. Seeing that number grow every day for that one task I REALLY don't want to deal with makes me more likely to give in and get it done.

Katie Buffalo, Inviqa

Secondly, unlike a diary with pre-printed dates, the Bullet Journal is forgiving if you put it aside for a few days. You don't come back to great yawning acres of guilt-inducing blank pages – you just pick up where you left off, updating your last list and making your new one.

My advice: see how integrating analogue tools can aid your project management, whether it's sticky notes, a whiteboard, or a good old-fashioned paper to-do list.  

This article was originally published under Byng, which merged with Inviqa in October 2016. For more information about the merger, click here. The post was originally taken from Katie Buffalo's blog.