It’s me again! Hihi.
I know I said that this week would be about my planner in my last post. But, to be honest with you, I didn’t put it up to date for… let’s say 2 weeks now. I do know that I will need my planner next week so it’s will be more interesting for all of us if I show it to you next week. But, before I go in-depth about my productivity planner, I wanted to announce that I’m planning now on posting every Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting this week! (YEAH!)
So why a productivity planner? I already have a journal, tons of to-do lists around the house and a planner. I use this planner since a few months now (it was a journey to get to that one!) but I realize quickly that it wasn’t enough – at least for me – to make me what I have to do daily. It was around that same period that I realize that I was starting my first year of school without actual classes. I know I have the discipline and organization to make it to the end and produce a great memoir for my master’s degree but I’m still uncertain about the long-term aspect of it. Will my discipline and organization and motivation will last throughout the year? That’s when I saw the Productivity Planner at an Indigo store in downtown Montreal.
This planner is based on the Pomodoro method. Basically, that method suggests that you focus on your task for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break and then go back to the task for another 25 minutes, then another break and so on until the task is completed. It remembered me what my dad used to tell me when I was in high school and that I was bored by the projects and homework: ”work for 45 minutes and take a 15-minute break” cycle. Since I’m still testing this planner, I’m not quite sure if a cycle based on 25 minutes is good for me so I’m actually trying a cycle of 30 minutes work/10 minutes break – just enough for one YouTube video 😉
One thing that I really enjoy – yes, enjoy – about this little black book is the actual layout of the pages: it’s simple yet complete. In fact, it goes straight to the point and I truly believe it is helping to keep the focus on the tasks for the day and achieve productivity.
So far, the Productivity Planner really helped me especially on the ”keeping the focus” part since it allows me to do one task at a time without having the fear of forgetting one or – and I’m sure I’m not alone in that one – losing focus and starting thinking about everything I have to do during the week or next few days. I decided to keep going with it, especially when the research part of my memoir will be in full force!
Hope you enjoy my vision on this planner and that it will also help you to figure out if it’s the one for the planner in you!