I apologize for sounding like a total newbie, but I only heard about this system yesterday, have never seen the book, and am trying to figure out if this is a sytem (or no-system system ) that would work for me.
I'm preparing to buy my 2006 organizer and I think it is kind of a window into the way I organize. I am a wife, take care of all the finances for both home and our small business, I work part time (10-15 hours a week), and I volunteer about another 20 hours per week. I am very busy with full days so I tried 2-pg per day organizers and I was very ineffective--a lot of days I wrote nothing in because I was never sure what went where other than "to dos" and "actual appts". I've read Steven Covey's 7 Habits book several times and I do believe that working the habits expands your life and so I've mostly used FC planners (partly also just because I love them I've never taken a Covey class and the only time I even bothered trying to do the ABC method was back in the 2-pg days when I was more concerned with filling in the lines than actually labelling my actions....I do what I am there to do and giving it a letter designation didn't seem to change that process (the order in which I wrote them in my planner was more effective as I tend to work top to bottom) My husband and I have made our family mission statement and we try to work better in the Quadrants--so far not extremely successfully partly because of the way our life goes and partly because we procrastinate more than we should. I tried digital pages with my IO pen, but again I don't do all my planning/organizing at once and it didn't work so well when I had ideas while I was out and my pen wasn't with me.
The most effective way so far for me to organize my life so far is a 2 page per week vertical organizer so that I see the entire week at once. I use colored highlighters to block off the time per day I spend in the different categories of my life and inside the blocks I write down my To-Dos for while I am in the block (most days I am probably in about 6-8 different areas each with their own things that need to get done). Once a week on Sundays my husband and I discuss our priorities for the week--kind of the master to-do list, and joint issues go on the fridge calendar while individual ones go in our own planners (his is a phone/pda combo).
We're going on a 10 vaction in about 10 days and I really wanted to spend some time near the end of our beach vacation discussing how we can work together more effectively in getting our priorities done (a major goal for both of us this quarter and into 2006). Here are my main questions: Is online the only place to get the book or is it in stores also? If we are going to try this, I'll need to read it right away and figure out the principles to share with him (he'll likely never read it). Secondly, from what I've read on the forum for some reason the terminology of this system sounds awkward to me...."next action" rather than to do, and "contexts" rather than locations. Why so awkward and can someone give me a general overview of the system? .....the mindmapping and workflow seem very interesting, but I'm not really sure how it goes and if it would be worth learning the system and overcoming the awkwardness. I'd just like to be sure its fairly easy to implement.
SORRY so long and thanks for any help you can offer!