Why calendar blocking doesn't work
Many people cite calendar blocking as a useful technique to get things done. And I'm happy for them for that. This doesn't work for me for a few reasons:
What I do find effective is putting in a block for 2 hours on Monday through Thursday for "Personal Focus Time". During that time, I go to my To-Do list (discussed next) and select an item I feel motivated to work on. Then I feel inspired and get shit done. And it's contained in those 2 hours so if I don't get anything done outside of those 2 hours, that's ok because I checked off a bunch of stuff in those 2 hours. As a result, my view of my calendar is it is only for appointments where I'm held accountable to another human being (work meeting, coffee chat, lunch date, webinar registration, doctor's appointment, etc). If it's not an appointment with another human, then it doesn't belong in my calendar (with the exception of the Focus Time block on Monday to Thursday).
ToDoist + Notion
I split the world into 2 kinds of To-Do Lists:
The Today List is small things on a daily basis that I don't want to forget that I need to do, because I have a bad memory. Text someone to remind them to drop by with the shoes, pickup the package at the counter, book the appointment at the doctor, and all of the other random things that pop into my head in daily life. The problem with The Today List, is it's so easy to dump everything into it that comes to mind that when I open the list first thing in the morning, my brain is overwhelmed by 20+ items, shuts down, closes the list, and ends up doing none of them, and then carries a 6+ month old "overdue" red-reminder-of-shame in an endless cycle for a task that probably would take 5 minutes if I had just done it.
The Long Term To-Do are things I would like to do one day, and I don't want to forget about it, but it doesn't need to be done today or even next week. These might be things I occasionally feel inspired to research or execute on like learn Italian, take horse riding lessons, research getting a will drafted, take the Udemy course on blockchain technology, paint the ceiling on the terrace, etc. Some people will say to me "why do you even need to write those things down? If they really need to get done you will just remember them". Yes this is true, however I may randomly do bits of research here and there and I need a place to store that information so I don't lose it. Like maybe I've already decided my paint colors so where do I write it down? Or I have favorited a few horse riding schools, gotten a few recommendations for a lawyer, and so on. Having a Long Term To-Do list is not just about the task itself but also any interim research, blogs, websites, recommendations, or other information I don't want to lose track of when I finally pick up the task 6+ months from now.
Notion guidelines for my ADHD brain
There really aren't many guidelines for Notion other than:
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