My Thoughts on Pillars, Pipelines, & Vaults by August Bradley
I want a dashboard, I want a task manager, I want a project manager, I want a note-taker... Notion is the perfect place to create and store all of these but once all of these items are put into your Notion workspace, where do you go from here to make sure that they JUMP OUT at you, when you need them the most?
You need to have a structured system in place.
That's why I am big on systems thinking with everything that I do. So much so, that I brain-storm and mind-map ideas before I initiate, to make sure that I have a structured framework and system that I can follow. Without this intentional framework... whatever is accomplished becomes disjointed, haphazard and well... lost. For this very reason, when I came across August Bradley's YouTube Channel I was naturally intrigued.
The Need for a System
I see a lot of wonderful creators building templates for every use case imaginable in Notion and I see many users and enthusiasts building outstanding dashboards, database structures, with rollups and formulas galore! But I don't personally see much about having a documented system that moves you forward based on your top-level goals and values... something that I am personally big on and have for my adult life lived by. My value system is what moves me forward from day-to-day.
This is the same mind-frame that August Bradley shares.
Pillars, Pipelines, and Vaults—What I Like
What I like the most about his PPV (Pillars, Pipelines, and Vaults) methodology is that it scales across all aspects of your life.
Then with the Pipelines you make these pillars in your life actionable, something that moves you forward.
What I like about this system is that it forces you to evaluate what's most important in your life. Instead of just building extravagant and complex Notion dashboards and databases, you create a system that adds more value than the sum of it parts.
Because Notion is so powerful and flexible, it is the perfect place to hold a system like this but the tool itself isn't the focus... it's the system. The tool becomes something that is mastered to help the system function and help you continue to move forward in reaching towards your goals and crystallize your values.
What's ironic is that I've started building out something very similar in my Notion workspace, way before I started to dive into August Bradley's PPV methodology. The irony is that, this approach fits in with anyone that is a systems thinker and comes naturally.
My Systematic Approach in Line with PPV?
My personal system has a Focus Zone area, that has all of the highest value items across my life all in one place. With this system I utilize synced blocks for the three most important parts of my life... Family, Personal, Work. Then each relevant Focus Zone synced block is built into each related dashboard that I utilize across my life.
How this system comes forward is when I do my Daily Review, which is a critical step. The three synced blocks that power my FOCUS ZONE are within my Daily Review template. As I go through my Daily Review every night, I am provided the opportunity to re-evaluate my focus for tomorrow and items that need to be taken away, added, or re-categorized. My Weekly Review takes this a step further, where I can re-evaluate the entire system and see where I need to make adjustments due to life changes or changing circumstances.
These aspects of my personal system are very similar to August Bradley's methods where on his PPV Command Center, he has an area for Focus & Align.
My reason for mentioning these small similarities, isn't to say that I think my system can compare to what August Bradley has created. He has a much more expansive, ironed out, and step by step process baked into his system. I have a long way to go and will no doubt start integrating aspects of his system into my personal system but...
the point that I'm making is: having a structured system in Notion is key and I love the fact that someone is bringing this type of process and thinking to the forefront in the Notion Community.
I will give you an example of why this is so important... I'm not very keen on the tendency some Notion users have of downloading a template for every little thing because this doesn't address the issue of having a system in place that moves you towards achieving your goals and crystallizing your values. This step should be taken first.
Without that system, you have no structured space to actually utilize these powerful templates to there full potential or you'll never know if that template fits in with your overall framework and structure... or better yet, that template will get lost in your ever expanding Notion workspace and never come to the forefront to actually help you.
August Bradley's PPV methodology addresses this issue. He also includes templates for his system ☝🏾 but he is teaching a systematic approach to using the template (which is less about the template and more about the system), which over time will morph into something that is more suited for each individual's unique needs and uses.
Please, please don't get me wrong... templates serve a very useful purpose and I am amazed at the awesome template creators in the Notion Community. My point is that the template does no good if you don't have a structured space and system in place to utilize that template.
August Bradley's PPV methodology is going to provide so many new ways to look at how Notion can be used as more than just an elaborate tool... but as something that can be utilized to transform someones life and help them move forward in their quest to achieve their goals and live out their values.
I am very happy to see this work being done in the ever expanding Notion Community. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Published: Sep 8, 2021
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