I’ve been trying out different productivity planners throughout this year and have realized that the best one so far is still the one that I started using a year ago and that is called Productivity Planner. There is an explosion in this type of product right now and it’s a consequence of the workplace stratification I’ve been talking about. I get offers for new systems every time I’m on Facebook, and the market is huge.
The reason why I hate most of these planners is that they are high-maintenance and require too much busy work that leads nowhere. Also, they all overuse the word “gratitude.” I cringe when I’m asked to start or end my day writing down the things I’m grateful for. This sounds like an exercise for imbeciles to be honest.
The linked Productivity Planner helped me get back into research after I took a year off when Klara was born. It’s not perfect, of course. It’s biggest flaw is that it offers the model of 5-day work weeks which makes no sense for an academic. But it’s still the most helpful product in this category. If you have other suggestions, please let me know. (I’m not getting compensated in any way for writing these posts, in case you were getting suspicious. WordPress would ban me if I accepted compensation for product placement.)