SO060: Build the Habit of Looking at Your Plan

Season 10: Planner Pep Talks

The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.

Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:

Planners That Work Workshop

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So, one of the biggest reasons why planners don’t work and are a waste of time when the problem is us, is simply not looking at the planner. So, we need to make looking at the planner a habit, and something that we do at least once a day, but really more than once a day—at least three times a day, or else the planner is just not going to work for you.

It’s not going to be the useful, helpful tool if you aren’t looking at it. So, you’ve got to look at it in the morning, during your morning review, then you’ve got to look at it at least one other time in the middle of the day, in the midst of the crazy goings on, and then an evening review. So, those are the habits that make a planner work that we go over within Work the Plan and I also have several blog posts at about the morning review and an evening review, a weekly review, review, review, review – that basically means you have to look at it to for it to work for you. And a lot of times, almost anything would work if we used it. And the using it gives us that experience that helps us see which parts of it do and don’t fit our lives.

So, we won’t know what kind of planner works for us unless we actually get some experience using one. So, it’s totally OK to just start with something, even if your something is a blank sheet of paper that you just has notes all over. Or, it’s a page that has a sticky note per day and you jot notes. It does not have to be fancy. It does not have to be organized in an Instagram-photo shoot kind of way. It doesn’t have to be just so, or just the perfect planner, the kind you want to use for forever. It has to be something so you get experience and figure out what’s going to work for you right now.

So, it’s not so much about the planner page itself, the format, the template, what’s on it, what’s not on it – what really matters is that we have a place where we put things down that we can refer to so that we can keep things on paper and not in our own heads. If it’s not as pretty as the ones you see on Instagram it doesn’t mean that you’re doing it wrong.

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