It all started with a blank sheet of paper and a pen. First there were two sections: Objectives and Focused Tasks. After a few weeks, it just wasn't enough. I was failing to take care of myself and my relationships so another section emerged: Family and Self. Then things came up that would not fit in the day but that could not be forgotten and Short Term Parking emerged. Still, parking tended toward two kinds of things, personal and work. After much consideration, Short Term Parking has two sections.

IMG_0385The transition from hand drawn planner to printed on made the whole system seem more official and has led to my taking it more seriously.

And I have tried it all: Franklin Covey, At-A-Glance, Franklin before it was Franklin Covey, Asana, Basecamp, Paper To Do List, Blocking Time in My Calendar, Wunderlist, Post It Notes, Denial. Lots of denial. Most things work for a few weeks then fall apart as they become increasingly complex.

Without the journey toward regaining ownership of my life and priorities, this planner would never have emerged. It compliments my strategic planning process. It helps me keep my long term and short term deliverables in balance. There is a way to prioritize where the best value will be gained from time investment. It breaks my plans out by week so that I don't need to lug around a 365 page book when seven to fourteen pages will do quite nicely. Better yet, it allows my kinesthetic self to manipulate the tasks so that they become internalized.

It is so exciting, and I wonder if others could use it their advantage. Is this just a personalized planner for me, or a tool others can use to reach their goals too?



23 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “The Only Day Planner That Has Ever Worked”

  • Shirah Foy

    March 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Are you willing to share your printable templates? 🙂

  • Nicole Williams

    March 9, 2016 at 1:39 am

    just set up an email sign up for the templates since I'll want to explain the three steps before you plunge into the template 🙂

  • MikenLiz Dreckman

    March 9, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I think you need to do a crowdfunding for this! Sounds awesome (and I am absolutely planner – obsessed). Still in the search for the ultimate planner, so I'm excited to get the template!

  • Nicole Williams

    March 9, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Well maybe I should crowdfund it – LOL. In order to write the book, I thought it would be nice to work with a small group to test things out :-). It's really just adding a day planner to my strategic planning process, but the two do work together! I'll work on the email this weekend since I must focus on the Spark Freedom stuff during the week.

  • Nicole Williams

    March 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    It took me an extra week – but the planner is in your inbox!

  • Nicole Williams

    March 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Just sent out the template if you signed up!

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