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An Interview on Using Notion as a Time and Task Management System »

An Interview on Using Notion as a Time and Task Management System

A little over a year ago, I had the immense pleasure of meeting a lady named Crystal Schaefer. She’s a wife, mother of two, and a great friend. Oh, and she’s a phenomenal brand strategist. I’ve gotten to work with her on a few projects over the last year, and I’ve been blown away by her mad skills.

I am always interested in how high-functioning skilled people get all their work done and what their workflow looks like. I, as many might already know, am a huge fan of NotionI use it for everything. So, I thought I would ask Crystal a few questions and see if I could create something inside of Notion that could help streamline her workflow into one place (or at least try to minimize the number of apps she uses on a daily basis). I also love building Notion workspaces and workflows, so this felt like a fun challenge.

Joe Buhlig’s Task Management Workflow Diagram »

Joe Buhlig’s Task Management Workflow Diagram

Building systems is a borderline addiction of mine. There is something fascinating about building a process for inputs to travel through and the problem solving required to make it happen cleanly and efficiently.

My personal struggle is that I’m not always great at using the systems I’ve built. I love the process of building, but putting it into action is forever a challenge. As I’ve watched my graveyard of systems grow, I’ve learned that if I do the hard work of mapping out the process flow of the system, I’m better at building them in a way that is simple and almost hard to ignore. It also helps me find the areas where I struggle to use it.

As an example, let’s look at task management. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I forget to do things all the time. So I need some kind of system to help me keep track of my commitments. And yet, I often don’t want to do the things on the list — or worse, once I have written it down, it feels like it’s done and I don’t even reference the list at all. (If you’ve been on the receiving end of this, I’m sorry.)

So I need to write things down somewhere, but struggle to know when to work on the items on the list and which ones to work on first. This is where a diagram comes in to help. If I can lay out the process by which tasks come in and out of my system, then I can physically see the flow of my obligations. That, in turn, can help me identify my pain points and lead to the development of further solutions.

How We Use Loom For All Sorts of Communication »

How We Use Loom For All Sorts of Communication

Let’s be honest: Loom is a gift. A coat of many colors, if you will.

Loom comes in handy for so many different things. We here at The Sweet Setup use Loom for a whole bunch of stuff: standard operating procedures, canned responses, email elimination, meeting elimination, and more. And our colleagues here at The Sweet Setup use Loom in some other cool ways: email supplements, business proposals, year-end reviews, daily check-ins, and new employee onboarding. Loom can be used in so many different ways and has a seemingly endless amount of utility.

When you stop and calculate the amount of time Loom can save, you’ll quickly find Loom’s purchase price to be extraordinarily fair. At $8 USD/month/user, all it takes is for each employee to save even one hour of time per month to make the purchase price worthwhile. We wouldn’t be surprised if you save the entire purchase price worth of time within the 14-day free trial.

Things vs OmniFocus vs Todoist: A Comparison of the Best GTD and Productivity Apps »

There are lots of great task managers out there, but the three we see the most are Things, OmniFocus, and Todoist. All three offer you the tools you need to wrangle your tasks and projects, but each takes a little bit of a different approach.

Things vs OmniFocus vs Todoist: A Comparison of the Best GTD and Productivity Apps

In this updated article, we compare their features side-by-side to help you pick the best option for your own task management needs.

Is your productivity busted?

If you feel like you could use a tuneup for how you manage your tasks and your time, get access to our Productivity Workshop.

Shawn Blanc (founder of The Sweet Setup) covers:

1. The four most common symptoms of a busted productivity workflow
2. What you can do to overcome them
3. How to improve your approach to managing and organizing your tasks.

You’ll also get the downloadable templates and cheatsheets.


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Our Must-Have, Most Used Productivity Apps

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