How to Plan Ahead Without Writing on Daily Pages

Franklin Covey Planner

I don’t like writing tasks on my daily pages until I’m ready to plan my day.  I’m okay with appointments or information or reminders (like someone’s surgery or birthday) but I don’t want any tasks on the page until I’m ready to plan. The traditional method of planning where you write down tasks as they come up and then plan your day with the ABC 123 method of prioritizing doesn’t work for me.  … [Read more...]

5 Reasons a Really Long To-Do List Can be a Good Thing

Long To-Do List

It goes against traditional wisdom to have a really long to do list, but it actually works well for some people, including me. I was using Wunderlist on my iPhone for a few days and one day I actually got everything done on my list. I'll confess, it freaked me out a little. When I realized there were no more tasks for the day, I didn't quite know what to do with myself. Of course, there were … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Why Your To-Do List Might Not Be Getting Done

incomplete to-do list

All of us have untouched tasks on our to-do lists – probably every day.  But if a task stays on the list too long, maybe it’s time to figure out why. I had to do that with my own list today.  I was skimming the list, trying to figure out what to do next and didn’t find anything I was willing to do.  That doesn’t usually happen.  I normally have a lot of variety on my list so there’s always … [Read more...]

How to Save Your Day When Schedule Changes Overwhelm You

Filofax

Have you ever had one of those days where you woke up with a plan – and it was actually a GOOD plan – but then one small thing changed and it threw the whole plan into disarray? I don’t know if it’s an ADHD thing or not, but sometimes when that happens to me I have a really hard time regrouping.  Sometimes I can go with the flow without any trouble, but other times, changes paralyze me.  … [Read more...]