HOW IT HAPPENED
I have searched for the perfect day planner for years and never found one that worked for me.
But I had to design my own.
With the help of a friend, I finally have the perfect day planner.
And now you can have it too!
It is available for download on my website, and I am thrilled to offer it.
It happened one Monday morning on a Zoom call with my writer’s group.
I complained about my “spaghetti brain” and how I had trouble focusing on one thing at a time without getting distracted or sidetracked.
Then, Molly, one of the writers in the group, told me about what her son with ADHD used.
His teacher suggested he try just one thing an hour.
After the meeting, I decided to give it a try.
I blocked off one thing in each hour of my day.
And the miraculous thing is that it worked beautifully.
I had finally found a way to plan each day more efficiently.
I had boundaries.
I had an excellent and easy way of planning.
I had great flexibility.
I had a way of visually seeing everything I wanted to do in my day.
ADVANTAGES OF USING THIS PLANNER
You can laminate it and use it over and over, thus saving tons of paper.
You can use different colors of dry-erase markers to highlight certain types of activities.
You can easily erase and change things as things happen during the day.
You can be sure to schedule your top 3 priorities into your day.
It will help with procrastination.
You will learn to schedule things that need more power when your brain works its best.
You can write down thoughts on the note section that you may need to do on another day.
You can see your day’s plan in one glance.
You will have structure and boundaries; thus, you won’t get sidetracked.
You can perfect things on it until you get it right.
You will work faster and more efficiently.
You will have the next hour on your mind and be able to transition more easily.
You will be less likely to forget things!
You can finish what you start without hopping to and from different tasks.
No more putting off important things you want to accomplish.
You will have some unscheduled time each day to relax.
No more overcrowding your day and falling into bed at the end of the day in an exhausted heap.
You will begin to see that you have more time than you thought you had to do things you love to do.
You may ask yourself: What if something takes less or more than an hour?
Now it is the time to be creative.
Eating dinner usually takes 15 minutes, so you add the prep and clean-up times, which generally adds up to an hour.
Say brushing your teeth takes only 5 minutes. That is where you group things and call them a routine: Morning Routine, Afternoon Routine, and Evening Routine.
Say reading and answering your email takes 20 minutes. But if you group it with making phone calls or sorting some papers and call it “OFFICE,” now you probably have an hour.
Some things will take about an hour, which will be when you have built-in breaks throughout the day.
GIVE IT A TRY
I hope that you will give this planner a try.
It will take some getting used to, but you will likely love it once you do.
You must make it a habit to fill it out the night before. Nothing feels better than waking up in the morning with your planned day.
You will discover the beauty of putting the things you need to do in a day in one-hour time blocks.
Ask yourself: Am I running my day, or is my day running me?
If you want to feel more in charge, use this planner.
It is a real game-changer!