The Get Productive Grid is written with such clarity – simple, easy and quick to assimilate and the system for productivity flows so beautifully with how my mind naturally works.
Over the years I have tried a range of different approaches to professional and personal organisation, but there has always been a sense of “squeezing my brain into a straight jacket” and of compromising some of the creativity and flow to fit into a system – rather than it being a natural flow or fit. I am much more a mapping person than a linear thinking person and this TGPG enables this spatial sense of organising themes, tasks and actions, whilst giving this neat visual balance as an overview of how you are working inside yourself and in the world around you. It helps me see the balance between work and personal life and instantly shows any imbalances.
From a Myers-Briggs perspective as a picture thinker, strong introvert, ‘work-now-play-later’ and perceiver this is just so good for me. Because of the emphasis on bringing heart and mind together it also helps me balance the thinker-feeler aspects of me too. It lets me also see my own bias towards working “in my own head” vs interacting with others, and builds in degree of autocorrect for me. This is particularly helpful in the current disconnected times of Covid.
I am a coach and therapist by profession and I can see this not only as personally very helpful, but across a wide range of client needs too, it has enough linearity to adapt across a range of thinking styles. The moment that you ‘download’ what’s in your head onto paper it helps reduce pressure and get a realistic sense of what you have ahead of you. It helps you avoid personality-type biases and it helps you free your mind to think and feel clearly. The way that you can use the grid for both visioning and longer term goal setting as well as your monthly, termly, weekly and daily action-planning is awesome. It also adapts well to either working on paper or electronically. Overall it’s a really adaptable system, which is most brilliant in its simplicity.
Buy the book and in less than 20 minutes you’re using the tool and inside 60 minutes you’re feeling pretty fluent in it’s use. The author’s emphasis on heart and mind in writing brings soul to this really practical and workable solution to being productive in an overscheduled world.