Hi everyone! Although I'm relatively new to this group (and productivity tools in general), I've already been able to apply a TON of useful information through the reading of your discussions! So first and foremost: "Nice to meet you, I'm Jourdan!" and "Thanks for the help!" :-)
With the obvious expertise abound in this creative group, I'm desperately seeking your advice! Would you be so kind as to enlighten me with help on the best way to set up/organize/arrange my project layouts across the Todoist board according to my overall "life list"?
Here's my story: I've been using Todoist for about 3 months now and it's wonderful
, but in my case I feel productivity is still loose-fitting for "multi-career" types who have separate businesses yet interweaving passions. Let me explain:
My core purpose is to ultimately INSPIRE PASSION in others. I express this life-long journey - first with initial discovery, then exponential development and growth of the "passion" - in tangible forms through my creative endeavors. Once someone is finally able to access this divine "mustard seed", life-energy is able to flow open and freely, helping to inspire the next person to fight hard, dig down deep, and discover their seed as well. These "pass-it-on" reactions help to slowly but steadily move us closer to a world where everyone has made the "passion seed" discovery in their lifetime. Sadly, this may not currently be the case, but human potential is growing every day. The majority of my "life layout" stems from this underlying ideal, only in different formats of creativity.
But ALAS: there are many
projects and tasks creating my everyday life and I am in desperate need of an effective organization!
#1. "Firm Body Evolution" - I manage an amazing and unique holistic fitness + detox gym (www.fbefitness.com
), pretty much running EVERYTHING for the small business except pay the rent. From the "usual gym duties" of membership tours and sales, email followups, personal training, nutritional counseling, weight loss coaching, and administrative tasks ... to the entire marketing and development. I singlehandedly designed the website, including html coding, layout, write all the copy for site pages AND the blog, edited all images, write/host/produce all videos, and develop SEO, All creative design is my forte as well, such as planning and penning the newsletters, designing posters, postcards, and various marketing material, and lastly the huge project of managing and engaging customers in all forms of social media.
#2. "Songwriter / Vocalist": This is the profession I actually earned a degree for in college ;-) Concerning the music realm I personally manage all aspects of my career without help as an artist, writer, publisher of songs, and recently signed on to voiceover work as well. Last year after a ton of time, hard work and promotion, two of my original songs were licensed on a worldwide TV show. This placement earned me an awesome fan base which is amazing - but I have to maintain engagement (again...) on all social media platforms! So on top of large "focus" projects such as writing songs, co-writing, and releasing my first album, there's the LOOMING "always-there" task of total social media management.
#3. "BowJour" - last year I helped co-create the brand and concept BowJour, (www.youtube.com/bowjour
) in which my best friend/roommate and I write & produce high-quality inspirational, intelligent, and comedic content, released mainly through YouTube videos and images/quotes throughout social media. We have a full website, and as always, the social media smorgasboard. We also write and produce short films and are aspiring towards future expansion into features, so I need projects for those ideas to begin flourishing as well.
#4: "Overhaul" - separate from my artist career and music writing is Overhaul, my a cappella group. We convene weekly to rehearse, brainstorm, arrange songs together as a group, perform live around LA, and post videos. Of course, that full load of engagement stems off this FIFTH, completely separate social media handle (job #1 has two handles).
#5: "Uh ... Meee?" I guess I need room for Household, Bills/Admin, Daily Routines, Errands, and such - but honestly, I'm not sure how to distinguish between my list of stand-alone adventures what is a "personal" project sort and which is a "work". Ultimately at the moment, Firm Body Evolution provides a salary that pays the majority of my bills, but I hope to be watering all other stems to eventually supercede. Because of this current financial setup, I would classify FBE as my "work" and other creative pursuits more on the "personal" side...
Now what do you think would be the best way to split and/or organize so I don't go crazy pulling my hair out?!
It seems to me that whenever I Google "How I Organize Todoist Projects", either only a tiny section of the project list is used for learning example, or the reviewer has just one career. A singular setup like this easily assigns projects and tasks to simply "work" and "personal", but what about those who are left needing more? And concerning social media - would it be conducive to build five separate "Social Media" sub-projects tucked under each parent creative (and color-coded), or just compile all social media tasks across the board into one lump sum?
Geez ... this is a lot of stuff ... the anxiety is kicking in again! I may seem crazy for trying to perfect this organizing tactic, but I'm determined to find the ultimate GTD for me. Hopefully other multi-career creatives will relate!
The highest of gratitudes will commence (and subsequently spread through hierarchies of social media) if you would enlighten me with any tips, tricks, and advice on this topic! Perhaps you would even be willing to share your full
project list as an example?
From one creative-mind-seeking-productivity-perfection to another, thank you in advance for the support! ;-)