Start a Productivity Journal in Notion with Dokkio’s Sidebar

If you’re like me, then starting a productivity journal that’s not online is mostly out of the question.

Sure, the aesthetic is nice, and so is the feeling of pen on paper, but realistically…I never finish journals I start, and then I lose them. And that’s if I can even find a pen to write in the journal to begin with (in my defense, my pets definitely steal them somehow).

So, in the spirit who prefer things online and lose things easily, here’s something that’s very difficult to lose!

Before we start, let’s get into what a productivity journal is. A productivity journal is a documentation of how productive you are, whether that’s daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly – it’s entirely up to you.

What your productivity entails is also up to you – you can make it about your goals, or write down things you’ve done that day, or you can write down task lists. It’s also important to make note of how you’re feeling after doing these tasks, or while you’re doing them, so you can see if there’s anything in particular that slows you down or stresses you out – depending on your lifestyle, it may make sense for you to outsource these tasks that you find slow down your productivity.

Additionally, it doesn’t even have to be about work – it can be about meals, hobbies, activities for the day, the list goes on.

So first, pick what you’d like to make your productivity journal about and let’s move on!

  1. Find an online planner that works for you. You don’t even have to make one yourself – there are tons of options in productivity apps like Notion and Figma Design to give you the aesthetic you’re looking for. There are paid and free options, like this template in Notion here:

2. Use the template to list out the things important to you – you can change the planner headlines to what suits you best! Here I’m just going to leave everything as is. Here’s what’s already in the template:

3. Write out your to do list or anything that comes to your noggin. I personally don’t like to add time stamps to my to-do list, because I’ll feel stressed if I don’t get them all done exactly on time – and sometimes, things get in the way. What’s important is that you finish most of your list every day so you can go to bed feeling accomplished!
4. How to use Dokkio with this? Simple! Download the Dokkio Sidebar extension, and highlight a word you’d like to relate back to one of your files using Sidebar. As you can see here, I’ve highlighted the word “art” in my planner, and Sidebar has pulled up relevant files which I could then link to if I wanted. This is also useful in Gmail for locating files quickly! The best part is it’s free.

5. Make sure to actually use your digital planner. Nothing is ever useful if you don’t actually use it! Make sure to check your planner daily, which is hopefully easier to do when it’s online since nowadays, we’re almost always connected to the internet anyways!

Don’t forget to decorate your planner, even digitally, and make it your own. Sometimes, when things are more beautiful, it makes us want to use them more – it’s important to use any motivation you can to get things done. You’ve got this!

As always, happy sorting!

If you’d like to get Dokkio for free to sort your files and have all your files in one place, download it here from our website.

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