Brain Dump or Master List – What’s the Difference?

Brain Dump, Master List

Brain dumps and master lists.  They’re similar but not the same. Brain Dump To do a brain dump you sit down with a blank sheet of paper and record everything that’s floating around in your brain.  The list includes anything and everything.  It’s not just limited to tasks but also to goals, dreams and desires.  It can be things you need to do today, tomorrow or someday. You usually do it in one … [Read more...]

An Updated Look at My Planner Set-Up


I've been enjoying the DIYFish Life Mapping Inserts for the last five months or so and thought it was time to share a planner update. It was more difficult than I expected to leave behind the Franklin Covey system.  I used it for 20 years and it's familiar and comfortable.  I know it backwards and forwards and inside out.  We've been together for 20 YEARS!!!  But I needed (or maybe wanted) a … [Read more...]

Keeping Good Records in Your Planner Can Save Time & Money!

planner, time and money

Hyrum W. Smith, of Franklin Covey, said:  “Keeping good records in your planner can save you money and frustration when it is necessary to retrace your steps.” That’s right.  It can save you MONEY and FRUSTRATION.  I have so many examples in my planners of information I’ve recorded in case there was a problem later.  Most of the time there wasn’t a problem, but when there was, my good … [Read more...]

A Tale of Three Planners


No, they aren’t all mine, although I do often sit on the couch with three planners on my lap (personal, compact and classic) trying to decide which one to use.  But in this case, that’s not what I’m talking about.  What I’m talking about is how three different people use the same planner but in completely different ways.  Take a look: Rachel Rachel is my daughter.  She’s married and expecting … [Read more...]

How I Use My Planner for Motivation

Planner for Motivation

Motivation is something I struggle with regularly – especially in regard to homemaking tasks.  You might assume, since I have this blog, that I like homemaking and don’t have any trouble getting homemaking tasks done.  But you would be wrong. I like having a clean, peaceful home but I don’t necessarily love doing the tasks that make it that way.  Homemaking tasks tend to be repetitive and … [Read more...]

My Planner Works Well When I . . .

Planner Page

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your planner works extremely well and other times it doesn’t work at all?  There’s a reason for that.  Actually, for me, there are 8 reasons. 1.       Having it open and convenient.  If my planner is closed, in another room, trapped in my purse or buried under a pile of papers, I won’t use it.  For me, having it open and available is the biggest key to using … [Read more...]

9 Random Tips for Getting More Out of Your Planner

Planner Tips

1.       Subdivide your to-do list.  Physically divide it into two or three sections to match your life.  For example: Morning, Afternoon, Evening Work, Home, Menu Priorities, Blog, Home Subdividing your list keeps you from having to sort through the list to find the appropriate tasks for what you’re focusing on now. 2.       Color code your notes – but not necessarily … [Read more...]