Resident Talent Builders tech advisor, Mark Moore turned me on to Toodledo, an online tool to help me better manage my goals and priorities. It was time. As much as I love and use technology myself, I had not transitioned from my old habit of writing to do items in my Franklin Covey binder. I started realizing that the manual approach wasn’t working for me anymore.
A bit of a routine for me each morning is to let the dogs outside, pour a great cup of coffee, light the candles and grab my journal and day timer to plan for my day. While it is quiet, and my mind is fresh, I like to think about my goals and focus priorities for the day and week. I’d jot down things that needed to be done. But then I started noticing that when I went up to my office to work, my day timer sat there quietly, closed and unused on my desk. If my memory was working well, I probably knocked a few important things off the list. I’m quite certain though, that I missed some things that may have moved me closer to my goals more quickly.
I needed a better way!
I was on a rant recently about how I’d heard motivational speaker, Verl Workman talk about the critical steps to time and life mastery. The one that really caught my attention is the suggestion that all priorities are scheduled electronically. Then you stick to your priorities ruthlessly.
Why electronically? We will miss a deadline for a to do item at some point in our life, but we’ll still want to keep it on the list to ensure that it is completed. Unless you remain disciplined to moving the handwritten items forward, you are bound to miss something. Mark happened to mention that he was using Toodledo, an online system for managing goals and to do items. It integrated with Outlook and had the required iPhone app, so off I went. I began using Toodledo about 2.5 weeks ago. Already I’m seeing my productivity shoot up. BTW, I’m a huge fan of Stephen Covey – always will be. And I’m aware that Franklin Covey offers an electronic planning system. I just never had much luck with it for some reason.
I have some very specific goals I plan to achieve. In my mind’s eye, I already have. Using Toodledo is giving me the focus and organizational tools I need to stay on track. I Toodledo – do you?