More on my Unstructured Planning Experiment

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

How to Keep Work and Personal in the Same Planner

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There have been many discussions about how to keep work information and personal information in the same planner. Some people eliminate the issue altogether by having two separate planners - one for work and one for personal.  But some of us need everything in one place.  I am one of those people.  I don't do well with two planners. Unfortunately, there are some professions that require … [Read more...]

Planner Problems May Be a Symptom of Something Else

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If you've fallen out of love with your planner, it may not actually be planner fail - it may be YOU. When our planner stops working or we aren't using it well, we assume there's something wrong with our binder, our pages or our system. But that's not always the case. Sometimes it's something else - something unrelated. If your planner SHOULD work because - You like it; It matches your … [Read more...]

How to Stop Wasting Money on Planners

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While buying tons of planner inserts or notebooks is good for the planning industry, it's probably not good for your peace of mind or budget.  But it's hard not to give in and try one more thing! I've told myself many things over the years in an effort to justify just one more planner purchase, including: They're so cool! I think they would make me more willing to use my planner. They … [Read more...]