Planner Use: It’s Okay to Break the Rules

planner rules

There’s no handbook on the right or wrong way to use a planner.  There are a few good books about time management that discuss planner use, but it’s mostly all about experimentation and making it work for you. That means – there are NO rules!   You can do whatever works for you and nobody can tell you you’re doing it wrong.  That being said, here are a few things I do that could be considered … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Use a DIYFish Daily Page

DIYFish Life Mapping System

Flexibility within structure.  That’s how I roll.  Too much structure and I rebel.  Too much flexibility and I flounder.  That means you’ll rarely find me using a planner page the way it’s designed. Instead, I take the basic page and then use it how I want to.  Sometimes ever day of the week looks different and other times a week looks exactly the same.  It just depends on my schedule, my work … [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...]

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...]

5 Benefits of Making a Daily Plan

daily plan

A daily plan is NOT a to-do list.  A to-do list is NOT a daily plan.  So what’s the difference? A to-do list is a list of tasks you would like to accomplish.  They may or may not be organized.  They may or may not be prioritized.  It’s just a list. A daily plan is a plan for the day.  It might resemble a to-do list but it’s actually a plan for how you’re going to accomplish those to-do’s.  … [Read more...]