Keep it all together – Productivity Planner | Motivation

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.

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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.

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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!

 

Keep it all together – The five-minute journal | Motivation

These days, these years or even these decades (!), nobody is ”only” a business man or a mother or a student. It was probably easier when everybody had one job or one etiquette. Like you, I’m not just a student or just a wife. I’m also a (freshly new) blogger, a part-time worker, a foodie, a coffee addict… So, how can we all keep it all together you ask? Three words : planning, planning, planning!

These are my planners and guides :

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It might looks like a lot for only one person and one life but when you’re a young adult in 2017, you can not really make it with only one book because it’s going to be a HUGE one! There’s even another booklet inside one of them, so make it a total of 5 planners, kinda. Let’s start in order of the day so you can see why I use so many and why, maybe, these could be a useful tool for you too!

While I was writing this post, I realize it would be an extra long one if I was to talk about each one of them. And belive me when I tell you I have a lot to tell! So, for today’s post, I’ll focus on the first one I get in touch with in the day – The five-minute journal. I first heard about it a few months ago while I was watching a YouTube video from HealthNutNutrition.

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I never was quite good with journals, even when I was a teen. You do it for 3 days straight and you feel good about yourself and suddenly you skip a day, then 2, then 3 and suddenly it’s been a month that you didn’t write a line in that journal. So yeah, it’s been years that I gave up on keeping a journal up to date and went on with my life with an agenda. You can imagine that I was sceptical about this method, specially because it focusses on the good (I’m a natural pessimistic person) and that you have to write in it twice a day which meant to me twice the time was then needed for it than a ”normal” journal.

Guys, this journal is great! At first,  it wasn’t easy to write something on every line. It took me a few days before I could actually fully write a page. I also skip a few days here and there since I started it (May 2017). Sometimes, schedule can be a mess! Basically,  that journal brought me two things that I didn’t I was ”missing” : positivism and opportunism. It might be two similar things but there’s quite different in their impact on my everyday life. In fact, since I started, I find it easier to focus on the good things that happen during the day rather than the bad. I’m better with myself and also with my family and friends since then. It brought me what I was hoping a journal would bring me for so long while being easy and simple to write in. Hope everyone has a technic to brightly start their day! Actually, what is yours people?

See you next week when we’ll dive in my personal (and DIY) planner 🙂