Leadership – For Starters:
People define leadership in so many ways. My personal definition is the stewardship of influence. Influence is gained when people trust you. And trust is created when we make and keep commitments to ourselves and others…..whether implicitly or explicitly.
Using Things Software to fill in the gaps
If you’re like me (a recovering people pleaser), it’s super important that you keep tabs on the commitments you’ve made. I have areas of my life that need to stay on auto-pilot, but I haven’t kept tabs on them all myself. Using the scheduling feature of software is a great way to trigger me to remember things at the right days and times. That helps keep the wheels from coming off while freeing up our mental space. Like David Allen said in our interview, our mind is for *having* ideas, not for *holding* them. Creating a trusted set of reminders put stakeholders in the ground to allow us to look at our lives objectively. It helps us think about what we should be thinking about!
For our purposes, we’ll be using CulturedCode’s Things app. As always, check out the trial version of Things here.
Getting it Done:
1. First, you’ll want to click on the “Scheduled” section of the Things App. This is where we keep everything in life we have on autopilot.
2. Then, click on the “New Repeating” button at the bottom of the app. This will create our reminder.
3. Set the appropriate interval for the reminder. The nifty thing about Things is that you can completely customize those intervals. Need to remember to get that dry-cleaning done every other Tuesday? No problem. Picking the kids up from soccer practice every third Thursday? That’s fine too!
4. Check your “Today” tab every morning. When the appropriate day arrives, you get to see all the reminders for that day in a singular location. Easy!
That’s the gist of it! Auto-repeating reminders have been a Godsend for me. It’s the secretary I’ve never had, and it helps me keep tabs not only on “what I’m thinking about”…but “How I’m thinking about it.” It’s so useful when you get to work on your own system while you’re in it. Hope you’ve found this post helpful!
What about you? Do you use Things or GTD software or any other life-management methodology? What works for you?