Yesterday I shared my belief that pros live and die by a calendaring system. This post tells you mine.
Let’s get this out of the way immediately: I’m not getting paid by Passion Planner.
One of my best friends recommended it to me a few weeks ago, and I’ve since adopted its approach.
I love it, so I thought I’d share it with you.
This planner is unique because it goes beyond tracking your time.
In addition to keeping a daily schedule, it recommends that you set a weekly focus, record good things that have happened during the week, and establish personal and work to-do lists. It also has you establish long term goals and conduct monthly reflections.
Now, I can’t afford the actual planner, so I’ve been using Google Keep. Here’s what my weekly intention looks like. I look at this almost every day:
The bottom link goes to a Google Doc where I record how my week went and relate it back to the monthly goals I established at the beginning of January.
At the end of the month, I will write a monthly check-in, answering the following questions:
- What was the most memorable part of the month? Describe it.
- What were the three biggest lessons learned this past month?
- Review your monthly priorities. Are you happy with how you spent your time? If not, what steps can you take the next month to adjust them?
- How are you different between this past month and the month before it?
- What or who are you especially grateful for this past month?
- Name three things you can improve on this upcoming month.
- What concrete actions can you take to work toward these improvements?
- From 1-10, how do you feel overall about this month?
I still have a lot of work to do to get my time management where I want it. It takes constant work to be the best person you can be. (And if you’re doing it right, you’ll always notice room for improvement.)
To ensure proper management of my time, I also follow a nightly routine of laying out my clothes for the next day and setting a to-do list for the next day based on my deadlines over the next week and a half.
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