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...]

My New Planning Method: Unstructured

unstructured planning

Your planner should match your life. Structured life, structured planner. Unstructured life, unstructured planner. And that’s why I’ve been playing around with an unstructured planner.  My life is definitely unstructured. I’ve considered an unstructured approach before, but Laurie, from Plannerisms, mentioned it again when I was talking about how crazy my life was and how traditional … [Read more...]

An Example of Daily Planning When You Have Too Much To Do

daily planning

More often than I would like, I have days that are packed full of required tasks and activities – maybe more than I can realistically do.  I try to avoid having days like that but sometimes they happen anyway.  In fact, I had one today.  When I woke up this morning, this is what my list looked like: That might not look that bad to you, but it did to me.  For one thing, it was jumbled and … [Read more...]

You Can Plan Too Much

to-do list

Planning is a good thing. But like any good thing, too much of it can be a bad thing.  And unfortunately, that's where I found myself lately. Time management/planning has never been easy for me and it's been worse these days as I struggle with menopause (which is bad enough by itself) and ADHD (worse because of menopause).  I've been playing around with different formats and systems in an … [Read more...]