Workflows, frameworks and tools are highly personal.
But in case you are interested in some workflow or tooling inspiration, here's what I'm working with.
Jump straight to what you are interested in:
- My Opportunity Solution Tree Notion Template
- Structuring my work with Note Taking
- Reverse Brainstorming
- this is a living document, more to follow, subscribe to newsletter to get updates
Structuring my work with Note Taking
For my daily work, I mostly rely on Logseq. It's open source, free and stores your files locally. It therefore also is one of these old-school applications that work offline. Which, if you know EU trains, are still a necessity, if you want to get work done while on the road.
I recently set up a new instance of Logseq and take you with me for the first 5min. Explaining how I use it and how it roughly works.
What can't be seen when starting out fresh is the benefits you'll be getting, once a mesh of information starts to form.
Having connected nodes of information over a span of 3 months or more is a real superpower. It allows you to have a searchable past. Not just by scrolling back in your email or calendar, but searchable by actual context.
Meaning if you are looking for OKR-related decisions you can now filter by #OKR and #decision and only get the overlap of these two tags.
Plus you can visualise your knowledge graph and browse it. Here is mine, after over a year of daily professional journaling.
You literally start connecting the dots.
Here is a full article I wrote on my process of taking notes to stay organised in onboarding and stakeholder management.
I'm still waiting for my Miro Template to be approved (which includes a lot more helpful instructions). But you can just use this generic one for now:
Reverse Brainstorming with a twist. A 5 step process that has generated genius (borderline dangerous ideas) from otherwise sleepy teams.
Here's how you can try it too:
- Copy the miro template.
- Follow the steps I lay out in my Reverse Brainstorming Article.