How to Track Your Time in Your Planner

Tracking Time in Your Planner

I’m a big fan of time tracking.  I consider it beneficial for several reasons, including: It helps me stay on track. I’m a piddler and I get distracted very easily.  Tracking my time helps me stay on task better.  It’s not magic – it doesn’t eliminate the piddling and distractions, but it helps a lot. It helps me know how long things take. I’m terrible at judging how long things take.  … [Read more...]

How I Color Code in My Planner

How I Color Code in My Planner

I don’t color code in my planner – well, not in the traditional sense.  I’ve attempted to color code in the traditional manner but it hasn’t gone well, for several reasons. It slows me down. I rarely have the right pens handy. I don’t want to carry a bunch of pens with me just so I can color code. I don’t think I care. My modified color coding technique is a bit different.  I use a … [Read more...]

How to Plan When Your Schedule is Unpredictable

Planning with Priorities

As many of you know, I've been complaining about my unpredictable schedule for some time now. I searched on-line for articles about this type of planning, and lo and behold, the first article that came up was one I wrote a while back.  Apparently I already knew the answer to planning with an unpredictable schedule - I just wasn't doing it. The answer to my planning problem is actually very, … [Read more...]

A Different Way to Use DIYLife Mapping Inserts

Ashley's Planner

My daughter-in-law, Ashley, has been using DIYFish Life Mapping Inserts for a while now.  She started out with two pages per day but found that was more than she needed.  She switched to a week on two pages and that worked well.  But now she finds herself busier and she’s running out of room on the week on two pages. I suggested the one page per day format but she still wanted more room for the … [Read more...]

Sick of Planning? 6 Questions to Get You Back on Track

Franklin Covey Planner Page

Have you ever felt like throwing your planner away or hiding it in your deepest drawer or closet?  I never used to feel that way, but these days, sometimes I just don’t want to use it.  But, and that’s a VERY BIG BUT, I must use it.  If I don’t use my planner, bad things happen.  When I casually suggest to my family that I’m thinking about not using a planner anymore, they go into panic mode.  … [Read more...]

The Planner That Works for Me & Why I’m Going Back To It


My friend, Doug Puryear, author of the book, Your Life Can Be Better, and author of the blog, Add Adult Strategies, says about those of us with ADD/ADHD: “If we struggle and struggle with a problem, and finally find something we can do that works, the next thing we will do is stop doing it.” That’s true of most people but especially those with ADD/ADHD.  And as I’ve struggled over my planner … [Read more...]

More on my Unstructured Planning Experiment

unstructured planning

You asked for it and here it is – more details about how I’m using my unstructured planner set-up.  Keep in mind that I haven’t committed to this system.  I’m just trying it out to see if it will work better for my current crazy lifestyle. So let’s get started. Section 1.  Menu.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my menu before I was finished with it.  So now I’ve been putting it at … [Read more...]