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Custom-Built Productivity Frameworks

Custom-Built Productivity Frameworks

We learn from the different masters around us but one of the things that I really want you to focus on and think about is: life will really start to shift and change for you when you take the foundational lessons and principles from people that you trust.

Learn from people that you know have been successful, applying these methods in your own life, but then tweaking them, customizing them for your own life, for your own system, for the way that you need to get things done, the way that you like to work, the timing, the style, the flow of everything.

Your life is different than mine. My life is different than Tiago Forte's, who created the PARA framework I built WILDE on top of. Once you understand those foundational principles of productivity, of focus, these different ways that you can power up your life and your work by just understanding which tool or which power up applies in different situations, then you're building a system that makes the most sense for you.

When you start to think for yourself and trust yourself in that way, while still keeping an open heart and open mind to learning best practices from others... Life really goes to another level when you're able to do that.

I wanted to name things differently. I wanted to make it a little bit my own, put some customization and personality on it.

The way that I did that was to go towards my own love of the outdoors and games and exploration. So what I have instead of PARA is WILDE with an E at the end. The WILDE framework.

So the W stands for Worlds. That is the connection to the Areas in PARA, because when you think of a World, it's open-ended. It's an ongoing commitment to be a part of that World. So with Connect the Dots, it's now I'm a part of the podcasting World. I'm in the YouTube World. I don't plan on leaving those Worlds anytime soon.

So what's the I stand for? I is for Inventory, which is the equivalent of the Archive. So once something isn't in active use, it moves into my Inventory.

L is Levels, and that's the equivalent of Projects. I think about this more from the gaming perspective, it's going back to my old love of 8-bit, 16-bit games, like Super Mario 3 and Legend of Zelda, how you go through different Levels within the greater World. I have a specific Level to complete.

Once you finish that Level you move on to another one, but you're still within that greater World. So you see how Projects can be a part of an Area of Responsibility and vice versa.

The D in WILDE stands for on-Deck which is basically what's up next. It is like a Project. It's that middle ground between what is a Resource and what is an active Project.

So we're tagging on an E at the end of WILDE. That stands for Exploration, which is the equivalent of Resources in PARA.

A quick heads up that cohort 12 of Building a Second Brain closes tomorrow (April 28). Besides all the ways BASB will help you be more organized and productive, there are two more I want highlight for you...

☝️ This is the final time lifetime access is offered at the Essential Tier. That means you have access to all future cohorts - a huge benefit. After this cohort BASB lifetime access will only be available at the Premium Tier.

✌️ Summer is actually a great time to learn and implement the BASB concepts while work and life is a little slower. One of the reasons people struggle is because every day life is so busy! But if it's slower in the summer you have more time to implement and practice the lessons.

There are two levels of BASB to sign up for - Essential and Premium. Both are excellent and you get a lot from each. Premium offers more resources and interaction to help you get unstuck and create better systems. But you can't go wrong with either one. There are payment plans for each tier too!