Day 19 – What is Normal?

“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

Charles Addams

What is Normal? | Slay The Chaos


Earlier this week there was a software update for my Mac – High Sierra – and being one who can’t stand the little red notification bubbles, I promptly updated my machine. It wasn’t until later in the evening that I realized my Omni Focus wasn’t working any longer. Swallowing my panic, I tried closing and reopening. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling. All to no avail. Finally, I reached out to support and much to my chagrin, the new High Sierra platform did not support my version of OmniFocus.

And here’s the truth. I am absolutely lost without my OmniFocus. Why? Because I have streamlined all my daily life management into a system so I don’t have to think about it. Each morning a list of things pops up that keeps me on track of what I want to be doing.

Normal is an illusion

But this didn’t happen willy-nilly. I took my manifesto, I took my roles, and over several months I made a system that worked for me.  And I continue to tweak and modify as new things come up.

The key there is WORKED FOR ME.

Normal is an illusion and one solution may work for me and not for you.

But you do need a system if you are going to increase your productivity and want to stop feeling out of control.

Here are a couple of samples:

Paper calendar – nothing wrong with going old school. It’s not so much about the calendar but about looking at your month as a whole and then breaking down your goals and dreams into days. My go-to paper solution right now is the Commit 30 planner. I love the 30-day goals pages at the beginning of each month as well as the motivation pages. I also like how it shows me the whole week and has space for my top three each day.

OmniFocus – it’s a workhorse and not for everyone – but IT IS AMAZING. It works much like your file tree on your computer. You can place tasks and projects in folders and sub-folders. You can also have notes in each section as well as shortcuts to files. Like I said in the beginning…having so much of my daily life in an organized system allows my mind to focus on bigger dreams. It’s a flat fee of 39.99.
OmniFocus MacOs Link
OmniFocus iOS Link

TodoList – Much like OmniFocus, it allows you to organize your tasks into folders. It is compelling to me because it allows tasks around teams and family. So if you’re the lead at work or home you can assign and track items for the group. I’ve never used it but it has great reviews and has been around for awhile. It’s free but has in-app purchases which usually means the free version is pretty pared down.
iOS Link

Wunderlist – Also a simpler, initially free app with in-app purchases. A first blush seems simpler than Todoist but still robust enough to tackle your busy days.
Wunderlist MacOS link
Wunderlist iOS link

Remember – what is chaos to the fly is normal to the spider. Don’t worry about what you THINK you SHOULD be doing or what everyone else is doing. What works for you? BUT – don’t tell me “no system” works – we need systems so our minds can be free to focus on our dreams and goals.

And as always, I’m here to help you get started 💕

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Donna Matthews

Donna is a passionate soul eager to help others clear the chaos from their minds, souls, and homes with keep it simple, real life, productivity and organizational solutions.