Just a week ago, I stressed how important your calendar can be for weathering interruptions. But during my first few days on this new project, I consciously pushed aside my calendar and my to-do list.
I opened a super-simple Google Doc instead, as a scratch pad. Rough notes from meetings went in it, a list of who does what, links to key documents and systems, and finally a list of priorities, which I continued to tweak throughout my first week.
Now that I’ve got my bearings, I’m going back to my trusty tools. But they were clearly not up to the task of handling a flash flood of new information. A doc makes it so easy to move around text, lists, links, and images. I love finding new tools, but sometimes falling back on a simple document works best.
When you face something like this, don’t feel you have to hang on to your software for dear life. Choose what works now.
In those first heady days of a new project, opening a fresh document meant I didn’t get distracted by the existing structure of my to-do list and notes. Bonus: it gave me the ultimate freedom to switch gears and create a new kind of overview, specially suited to this project.