As mentioned before, a good way I like to stay on top of my productivity is to make a to-do list of all the things I need to get done. It helps me map out my tasks and tackle them one at a time, and gets them all out of my head so there's more room in there for creative thinking. Plus my memory is awful, so if it doesn't go down on paper, it's probably never getting done.
There's just something about list making that is incredibly addictive. Neat little lines filled with beautiful cursive and endless possibilities... And let's not forget that sick thrill we all get when we tick something off. It's like my heart is filled with helium when i tick that tiny box...
Anyway, recently I've had an increase in the amount of projects I'm taking on, and it's getting hard to keep track. So I bought a few of these pocket sized notebooks and used a paint pen to label them with different categories. They came in two other colours, but obviously the turquoise won out.
The paint pen is easy to use, not too messy, and won't rub off after it's dried.
I just free handed it with the pen straight away, but I guess you could plan it in pencil first if you wanted to do a cool design.
You can get paint pens from any craft store and in any colour. I got mine from Michaels, 2 of them for around $3.
If you make a mistake, it's really easy to fix too, all you need is a bit of rubbing alcohol. Make sure you fix it right away though, before the paint dries.
Whenever an idea strikes me or I think of something I need to get done it usually ends up on a scrap of paper or the back of an envelope. This then gets lost or recycled by my well-meaning boyfriend and all my best plans are gone forever. This way, I can write them down somewhere safe and always know where I need to go back to. If I'm out and about I'll write notes in my diary then come back and jot them all down in the right book.
Having an organized system that is also aesthetically pleasing has helped me be way more productive. Instead of a chore, it's actually quite nice to look through my tiny books and find a project to work on. All the right ideas are in all the right places, and my head isn't nearly as scattered as it used to be.
Try not to deny it, everyone loves a good list. We've all got our favourite methods of crossing things off too, whether it be the classic line through, the controversial scribble out or the fancy box with a tick. My particular method of choice is the highlighter. That way I can see what I've written after crossing it out, hold on to that victory a touch longer...
If lists are your thing, this is a simple, cheap and easy way to keep track of your ideas, projects and goals that looks good and will make it all the sweeter to get stuff done.