Planning Made Simple – The Perfect 2015 Planner

There are tons of complex planners out there, but sometimes you just want something simple. And rather than buy a mass-produced system, I like to make my own.

These pages are easy to use, with a clean uncluttered design that won’t distract you from what’s important. The pack includes everything you need to plan your day, week, month and year. Duplicate the undated sheets to your heart’s content. Print copies on your favorite paper and build your own personal planner.

2015 Planning System on desk

Your planning kit includes the following:

  • One (1) Full-year Planning Page – a snapshot of your entire year
  • Four (4) Quarterly Pages – one for each quarter
  • Twelve (12) dated month-view calendars – one for each month
  • One (1) Undated Weekly Grid page – a flexible grid for a week-at-a-glance
  • One (1) Undated Daily 2-Up Sheet – A single day on a 2-page spread. Print copies double-sided then cut them in half.
  • One (1) Project Planning Sheet – to keep track of your tasks for a project. You’ll want a separate sheet for each project.
  • Instructions on setting up the system and using the pages

The Full-year, Weekly, and Daily pages are not pictured in the photo above but are part of the package. Mug, notebook and pencil are not included.

The daily planner page has sections to separate work tasks from personal tasks. It also has a space to identify your MITs (most important tasks) and appointments, and lots of room for notes. You can use this page in a few different ways:

  • print it out and use as a single 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet
  • print copies double-sided, then cut in half to use as smaller half-page inserts. Use alongside your full-size monthly and weekly pages
  • make a separate notebook just for these pages and use this as your daily focus (that’s what I do). Hole punch on the side so you can just flip the page for the next day.

This is the system that I use every day to manage my business. It helps keep things on track, and the pages work just as well together in a system as they do on their own.

I created my binder using the Circa System from Levenger, but a 3-ring binder works just as well. If you want something more free-flowing, you can just use the individual sheets and print what you need as you need it.

This is a digital downloadable product. When you complete your purchase you will be able to download the planning pages.

Your investment? Just $17.95   Sale price: $12.95


The Dangers of Multitasking (and how I almost burned my house down)

World on her shoulders

Do you ever feel like the person in this photo?

I know I do. It often feels like my thoughts are zinging around in a million different directions all at once. Here’s a not-so-funny example:

The other day I was working in my office and my husband pulled into the driveway. The dogs heard the car and of course, were going out of their minds barking, as dogs do.

I stopped what I was doing (work, yo), grabbed my water bottle to refill it and dashed downstairs to let the dogs out before they went THROUGH the door.

Then I went into the kitchen to heat up my water (yes, I microwave my water – don’t judge), and thought it would be a good time for a cup of tea. I filled my water bottle, filled the kettle, and went to the door to retrieve the dogs and say hi to my hubby.

Hubby walks in and says “What’s burning?” (of course by this point I had completely forgotten that I put the water in the microwave to begin with). I looked over and there were sparks flying, smoke, and FLAMES.

I had put the metal teapot in the microwave.

The teapot’s plastic handle was on fire, and next to the microwave on the counter was the water bottle. I clearly wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. I was running on auto-pilot, except there was a mixup at the command center.

In less than 30 seconds, I almost burned the house down.

But isn’t multitasking a way of life?

That’s always what I thought. I used to be able to do a lot of things at once. It was my superpower. These days it’s not as easy, though, and for a while I thought something was wrong with me. Studies even show that multitasking is damaging our brains.

A less shocking reason for absent-mindedness is simply the massive amount of tools and channels we use to receive and send information. There’s just too much information to keep track of.

We live in the Age of Distraction.

In today’s world, it’s too easy to get caught up in the constant barrage of information around us. We check email and Facebook and Twitter and try to read and write and learn at the same time, oh and there’s family and friends and…you know…driving…and things like that.

If I had been paying attention to what I was doing and being more mindful about what I was doing when I set the microwave on fire, this never would have happened. Sure it could have been much much worse, but this was a big wake-up call.

What can we do about it?

Decide right now to create a new habit, and take one tiny step to being more mindful and present. For just 5-10 seconds, intentionally and mindfully focus on the task (or conversation) at hand, and nothing else. It might not be as easy as you think, but keep practicing. With daily practice, you’ll see changes start to happen.

Meditation can also help to train the mind. I’ve been using an app called Headspace that I love. So when I get up in the morning, I make my tea and do my Headspace program. It’s just 10-15 minutes and it sets the tone for the entire day.

We can do this together.

I promise to practice mindfulness, and I hope you will too.

I’m also pleased to report (and very grateful) that my house didn’t burn down, and the microwave actually still works.

I also got a nice new tea kettle. I promise to take better care of this one.