How to Use Mode Books to Be Your Most Productive Self
I hope this helps you figure out how to start planning in your own Mode Book and gave you some tips on how to use each section for best results.
When it comes to tools of organization and productivity I have some major FOMO. I want all the agendas, all the planners, and all the inserts! It's actually a bit of a problem, I end up being too organized. Is there such a thing as over-productivity? I truly believe there is!
While having the right tools to stay productive is definitely key to achieving success, having too many tools can make you concentrate on the tools themselves and not on the goals they are meant to help you achieve.
Unfortunately for me, I could not find just one agenda to use as a tool to house all of my top level priority items so I ended up using about 9 planners at one point! It was getting a little too crazy so I decided to design a productivity tool for MMD that will have everything need but not be restrictive. Originally, the Mode Books were created as modular agendas that can be tailored to the needs of the user. They are undated and can be moved around easily to fit the users needs. While in the end, Mode Books were still agendas, each page was designed to work as part of ongoing productivity planning but also as stand alone planning tools.
This Friday, MMD will be launching spiral bound Mode Books so I thought it might be a good time to go over some of the sections and the best way to use each one to get higher productivity results and to achieve goals faster and more efficiently.
The first portion of the Mode Books is the monthly overview. I added this section first because I believe it is more important to start on a larger view and narrow yourself down when it comes to planning. This section is best used to note big projects on the horizon for each month. Block out the dates of all of your upcoming projects (including financial goals) so you can make sure your month is evenly spread out for workload planning.
Section 2 is the weekly plan portion of this modular system. This part consists of week on 1 page inserts that are made to help you plot out your project steps by day. When filling out this part, cross reference your monthly overview and right down at least 2 steps per day to help you achieve the main goal or goals for that week.
I've added the Goal Mapping section to the middle of the Mode Books. This section does not appear at the start of the books since it is not an ongoing planning area and therefore does not get referenced as often as the monthly and weekly sections. While this section is in the middle of the book, it should really be filled out first as it will be a good guide for the rest of your modular planning. Start with your yearly goals, then divide those into monthly sections, finally divide each month into weekly points. Once you have this filled out you can use it as the tool to drive your monthly and weekly planning.
Section 4 is for project planning and detailing. I've combined budget planning and project planning into this portion of the books as I believe that if you treat your finances as a project it is easier to achieve your financial goals. The Mode Books have 12 budget planning sections (one for each month) and 20 project planning sheets. Use these pages to add the necessary planning details to all of your projects and goals so you know exactly where you stand. If you have a budget for each project, make sure to consolidate it in your budget planning sheets.
The final unit of the books is for lists, notes, and brain dumps. You can section these off per project or use them as a running section. I find that using the lists and notes inserts on a per project basis and keeping the brain dump portion free works best for me. But you can of course section these off in whichever way works best for you.
I hope this helps you figure out how to start planning in your own Mode Book and gave you some tips on how to use each section for best results. I will be uploading a video on YouTube where I take the time to plan out one full project in these books so you can see how I personally use each of the modules.