Planner Problems May Be a Symptom of Something Else


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...]

Two Tricks to Successful Planning

Planner Page

There are different kinds of planner users (by the way, this is not an exhaustive list). Casual Planner.  This person has a planner but doesn't use it much.  They might use it when they feel overwhelmed but otherwise they just rely on their memory. Semi-Serious Planner.  This person carries their planner with them.  They write things down.  But they don't always remember to look at their … [Read more...]

How to Prepare your Planner for 2015

Prepare your Planner

You can’t just slap your 2015 pages in your planner and call it good.  Well, I guess you can but it won’t work as well for you as if you followed these steps: Look back through last year’s monthly pages and transfer: Birthdays and Anniversaries (I like to also record how old the person will be or how many years they’ve been married.) Tasks you know in advance you’ll need to do – like … [Read more...]

If You’re Stressed About Choosing a Planner for 2015 . . .

Planner Choice

If you haven’t chosen your planner for 2015 yet, I’m guessing you either haven’t had a chance or you’ve been stressed about what to buy and unable to decide or commit. For years I never questioned what I was getting – it was always my 2015 Franklin Covey compact.  The only decision I had to make was which design. But for about the last five years, I’ve stressed big time from about September … [Read more...]

Planning for Special Days

Planning for Special Days

Thanksgiving is coming up next week and it looks like we’re having about 22 people over for the big meal.  I love hosting Thanksgiving but it does take some planning ahead.  Thank goodness for my planner. I started something new this year that I think I’m going to do for every special day.  I decorated the Thanksgiving page in my planner with washi tape.  I also put a tab on the Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Planner Use: More on Consistency

planner use inconsistency

Apparently I’m not the only planner user who struggles with consistency.  I uploaded a You Tube video on this subject last week and found out that I wasn’t alone. I’ve still been thinking about it and wanted to say a little more. There are a few people who use their planner consistently and efficiently.  I am not one of them.  I thought I was … [Read more...]

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...]