The Tools

There are a variety of tools that you can use to help facilitate the PFF practice.

No one way is better than the other and your best bet, as always, is to keep it as simple as possible. As long as it works for you, go with it.

These tools are primarily used for the daily and weekly rituals. The SHB practices themselves are things you bring to life. We use the tools to help track our progress and stay engaged to what we’re going.

Here are a few of my favorite:

Evernote/Notes/Google Doc/Word Doc

Using one of these tools is a simple, digital approach. Open up a new page, copy in the questions for the day/week and then answer them. That’s it.

I’ve created some templates that you can use so that you can copy/past once and then answer throughout the week.

What’s great about each of these is that you can also included attachments for things like progress photos.

You can also use a Google Spreadsheet but the only limitation here is that you cannot directly include attachments. I recommend creating a new folder in your Google Drive for each set of progress photos.

I like having a new sheet or section for each week. This allows me to have all of my Daily and Weekly check-ins contained in a nice organized manner.

Trello

Trello is simple app that can be accessed via web or mobile and is often used by Agile development teams using Scrum. We can also use it to help us with our PFF rituals. I even use Trello as the primary tool for some of my coaching clients with everything (all lessons and modules) included.

Trello is cool because you can make it as simple or as complex as you’d like. At it’s core, it’s just lists and cards with the cards being entries on those lists. The cards have some additional features you can use but you certainly don’t have to.

I’ve created both a template board that you can use as well as a video walkthrough of how to use Trello as well as Trello for PFF.

Template: https://trello.com/b/uGi8p6mB

Video:

Pen and Paper

While there’s a bit more overhead since you can’t copy/paste, there’s something to be said for physically writing out your daily and weekly responses.

There are fewer things that can pull your attention away and seeing your words come to life can be a powerful experience.

This isn’t a completely analog approach since we still access the modules via the HDHU website (though I’m considering creating a completely offline version). So, it’s more of a hybrid approach.

The same approach here still applies. Write out the question and answer it!


Remember, the practice of prioritizing and iterating doesn’t change. These are just tools to help supplement your practice and keep you focused. Keep things simple. Pick one and try it. Use it until it doesn’t work and then go on to another. And don’t think you’re limited to what I mentioned either. If you have a better idea than what I included above, which I expect to be quite like, go for it!