I’ve devoted December to strategic planning for 2010. In theory, that is. The reality looks more like shopping, decorating, baking, and more or less fretting about the lack of progress I’m making on my strategic planning. Likely because I’ve been hiding behind finding “just the right” system that will work for me. And this dream system includes finding the right time management AND task list system. I’ve always had a mutt of a system – MS Word and/or Excel and/or Outlook AND a white board. Apparently, I’m afraid of commitment. It has worked reasonably well but isn’t as sleek as I’d like. And for me, 2010 is going to be all about letting more in, rather than keeping things off my plate. As such, my new boffo system will need to be able to handle ALL aspects of my business (coaching, Board of Your Life, workshops, retreats and Coach Buffet in collaboration with my partner Lisa), my role in launching a pretty exciting national fundraising campaign (more on this later) and my personal life (letting in more down time with friends and family: more tobogganing with the babe, more time poking around in art galleries, more time with the newspaper over brunch at Bonjour Brioche, more spafternoons with husband, more silly prosecco nights with my girls).

So, I’ve spent some time dabbling with some of the reco’s from people that I admire:

  • Chris Brogan keeps it all together with Google docs
  • Julien Smith loves Gootodo
  • Leo Babauta (Zen Habits) recently tweeted about Teux Deux
  • Julie Morgenstern has written extensively about systems
  • Countless others use the GTD system
  • My friend Kate swears by her Montblanc pen and her moleskin

So, what works for you?