There’s no one productivity system that works well for everyone. Some people swear by to-do lists; others believe they can get a task done by the time their to-do list is made, so why bother? The key to creating a method is to understand yourself best.
Looking and understanding through your passions, your sticking points, and various other creative inspirations or obstacles could help you understand what makes you tick, and how you can make the most out of each day. Designer and author Jack Cheng shares his method of becoming more aware of the self:
I’m a big proponent of journaling, because it builds self-awareness, which is always the first step to improvement. I’ve been journaling almost daily for two and a half years now, and it helps me recognize the irregularities. I believe we all have a natural understanding of the appropriate timing for ourselves but the problem for most of us is that it’s buried under layers of false expectations and misplaced obligations. Honest journaling helps you face your own fear and neglect.
These days I journal in a new blank text document on my laptop every day, but when that’s not accessible I’ll use pen and paper.
As you gain this clarity, you will also gain insight into which realms of your craft you need to improve in, and which points in the day you are strongest or most tired.