My apologies everyone! I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks because I’ve been sick. It’s fun stuff to spend Christmas and New Years in bed. The pressure in my head from the sinus infection alone was enough to put me down, but I also had a sore throat and a fever to contend with. Attempting to write anything quite possibly would have made my head explode. Keep reading “My New “New Year Ritual””
I’ve mentioned that I am a top down planner who has a problem with the down part. I’ve also mentioned that I can’t wrap my head around bottom up planning because it seems like busy work to me. So, that still leaves me with a problem with the down part. I came across middle way planning and it might change things for me. Keep reading “Middle Way Planning”
Since I have been trying to be more productive, more organized, and more intentional with the things that I do, I’ve been focusing on planning quite a bit. I’ve worked out most of my planner but still have a few things that I am struggling with. The weekly review is one of the things I’m struggling with. Keep reading “Weekly Review”
As promised in my last post I going to talk about my daily pages today. The monthly and weekly spread were pretty easy for me to come up with. I have always had monthly and weekly spreads in every planner I’ve ever had. I knew what worked, what didn’t work, and what else I was looking for. I have never had daily pages before. I have never thought that they would be necessary because I don’t have tons of appointments or huge to-do lists. When I discovered project-based planning, it became quite obvious that daily pages could work for me. Actually, if I want to achieve my goals, organizing my days better is a requirement.
Since I haven’t had any luck with the planners I’ve seen, I’ve been working on making my own. I need one that is project-based, works with my right brain as well as my left brain, is well organized, and isn’t just about planning. I need a little bit of wellness in my planner too. I thought I would show you what I have got so far and where I’m still trying to figure it out. Since it is the beginning of the month I thought it was a good time to show you what I’ve got. By the way, forgive the bad lighting. It’s been dark and rainy here for a few days and it doesn’t look like the lighting is going to get better anytime soon.
I have found visual time tracking to be incredibly invaluable in improving my productivity. Visual time tracking can give you an at-a-glance record of how you spent your day. I always felt like the day would slip away with anything getting accomplished. Visual time tracking helped me address that. Keep reading “Visual Time Tracking”
If you are part of the online planner community, you have most likely heard of this concept. There’s quite a few different names for it (mind sweep, brain dump, ram dump, etc.) but they are all the same thing. Keep reading “Mind Sweeps”
I have a problem with most planners because they are either time based or, in my opinion, glorified to-do lists. Those kinds of planners work for some people so I’m not trying to knock them, but they are useless for me. I just have no use for time based planners because I’m not the type to have tons of appointments and I don’t have children. The other types of planners just seem like busy work to me. Even back in high school I wouldn’t do something if it felt like busy work. I made quite a few teachers mad. Keep reading “Project Based Planning”
In my opinion, the greatest productivity tool around is the planner. I prefer paper to tech when it comes to organization. It turns out, I’m not the only one. There is a huge planner community online, mostly in the form of Facebook groups. After being involved in these groups for a while, I’ve noticed people have developed many bad habits in their quest for “planner peace”. If you are new to the planner world, I want to address some of these things so that you don’t fall into the same traps.
Keep reading “5 Steps For Finding Planner Peace”