Daily planners: review of 3 famous planners and templates you can print
You asked, and here I am to talk about… daily planners!
If you are anything like me, the quarantine HAS NOT enabled you to do more: quite the opposite; you are still procrastinating, confused, or just unable to do what you need to do to get the life you dream (or at least to check that goal).
Today I’m going to show you 3 planners:
- Franklin Covey’s 7 habit Planner
- Brendon Burchard’s High-Performance Planner
- Tom Bilyeu’s Impact Theory Planner
But before we do that, I must share two things that I find highly important about planning your day:
- The first thing you must have is PURPOSE – please, understand this: nobody feels compelled by goals that do not speak to your heart/soul/higher self/whatever you want to call it. If you are feeling lost, I highly recommend you check these resources out.
- Plan your day is very effective, but I suggest that before you plan your day, you consider planning your week. I’ve learned this secret from the book “168 hours” – you have goals that you probably won’t be able to dedicate time daily, but if you dedicate time to them once a week, it’s still in constant evolution. And if you only plan your day, they will probably never be on your top priorities, and you will never reserve time to do them.
- And before you plan, you should track your week. Laura Vanderkam (the author of the mentioned book) shares a table for you to do that. 🙂
- Just putting a second bullet to reinforce that it is really relevant that you track yourself for a week. It’s worth it, I swear!
Allllll right! So let’s talk about the planners
I received this planner as a gift from a dear friend, and it is SO beautiful that I was speechless when she gave me this. I researched, and they do have other beautiful binders.
As probably most of you know, Stephen R. Covey wrote one of the most famous best sellers in the world: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (I most confess that I had a lot of prejudice against this book in the past because of the name, the cover… but I must confess – one of the best books I’ve read in this area).
The name of the company ended as “Franklin Covey” as a result of an acquisition of the Covey Leadership center by Franklin Quest.
Anyway, let’s get down to it:
- Positive: Amazing daily quotes, it’s really connected to the book (if you read recently it will help you as a field book), it has a lot of other stuff besides the planner – goal planner, blank pages, finance planning, etc.) and you can buy just the refill for the pages.
- Negative: It can become complex (you have to read a lot of instruction before using it) and difficult to carry if you want something more “on the go”.
Brendon also wrote a best seller book called: High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way, and this planner is the “companion” of that book – but it can definitely work on its own.
- Positive: It is the best in terms of “priming” yourself for the day. The prompts are amazing, and I really feel that following them will keep you on track – not just for the activities, but with the right mindset!
- Negative: It can be a little overwhelming and repetitive to fill in the prompts every day, and the planner lasts only two months.
Tom Bilyeu’s Impact Theory Planner
Tom has not YET written his book, but you can follow him on social media, and I’m particularly fond of his Youtube channel (already mentioned in this blog a couple of times).
- Positive: Tom’s planner reflects A LOT how he is: straight to the point. By far, the most simple and easy to use of all the three. And I think ideal if you are starting this journey and do not have the habit of having a journal. I’d like to highlight his habit tracker (see below).
This is amazing and reminded me of Jerry Seinfeld’s* productivity advice about not breaking the chain. Seinfeld’s idea is this: each year, he hangs a large year-at-a-glance calendar on his wall, and he puts an “X” every day he writes new material. One “X” after the other creates a “chain” (with the top and bottom of each X touching one another), and the idea is pretty simple: never break the chain.
- Negative: If you are already into journaling, it can be a little bit “too simple” for you, and it also only lasts two months.
Didn’t like any of those planners?
We still have something for you.
If you liked the idea of the chain, you can download your year plan for one goal or a monthly track for several goals we prepared for you:
If just don’t want to spend money, you can customize your own planner and print it out. There are plenty ideas from the photos! But do realize that part of the hype is having an organized place, so please don’t end up with paper all over the place!
And hey, if you are not a pen and paper type of person, go ahead and check a daily planner app! 😉 The critical thing is to hold yourself accountable for your dream.
So tell me in the comments: do you already use any other planner? How do you keep track of your activities/goals/habits?
*I can’t believe it is the second time I’m mentioning Jerry Seinfeld in a self-development blog – how funny and unexpected! LOL