Finally, Planners That Fit You
Too many ideas and not enough time? Planning the right way helps with that.
I’m going to tell you a little secret: most paper planners don’t get you.
They’re designed by people who are stuck into thinking about keeping people productive and on schedule from 8am to 5pm.
But you don’t really do that. Your creative mind is always working on something and you don’t need a system that forces your ideas into a regimen; you need a system that helps you harness your creative energy.
You don’t need a system that helps you watch the clock. You need a system that helps you:
- Get your stuff done in the time that you have
- Balance those Big Ideas
- Plan out the small actions required to turn your Big Ideas in reality
That’s why our planners focus on helping you convert vision into action.
But how do you create planners that work for creatives?
Fact: Creative people thrive when they plan how they’ll use their creativity.
I loved the idea of paper planners. I really did. But I never could find one that fit me. I needed planners that would support project management and time management, as well as allow me to schedule creative work during my peak times. So I started making my own planners to meet those needs.
Soon after, I started sharing them with my friends and readers, and along the way I experimented, revised, added, deleted, and finally developed a variety of planners that help creative people focus on doing what matters when it needs to be done instead of merely helping them cross stuff off on a list.
The Core 3 Reasons Why These Planners Work When Others Won’t
Most planners force you into a way of thinking that doesn’t actually lead to better time management or better project management. Creatives and business owners need flexibility in their planning, and these planners are designed and packaged to give you the most flexibility.
1. No More Trying To Sandwich Pages In The Right Order
I’ve gone through and prepared each month for you, so all you have to do is print out the desired month and you get all of the planners in the right order.
You’ll see that the year is broken down into quarters, and the quarters into months. Inside each month is a combined monthly set, as well as the individual components of the month.
For the Action Planners, that means the Monthly Action Planner is followed by a Weekly Action Planner, and that weekly planner is followed by 7 Daily Action Planners. That week is followed by another week prepared the same way, so there’s no more trying to figure out what goes where.
At the beginning of the quarter, you’ll see a Quarterly Objective Planner, too. Finally, you don’t have to remember to do your planning at the right time - you can just follow the prompt!
2. Print What You Need – When You Need It
Let’s say that you go out of town in the first week of March and need to get your groove on when you return. You might come back in the middle of the month, so instead of printing out all of March, you could just print out the weeks you need.
Or perhaps you’ve lost one of the weekly planners and just want to print that one. No problem. Just find the month you’re in, and that solo planner is right there. If you’d like to print out the entire month, you can do that, too.
3. Don’t Worry About Messing Up Your Beautiful Planner
If planners are your thing, you’ve no doubt dealt with the frustration of screwing a page up behind all recognition and usability. Perhaps you wrote in pen but didn’t mean to and couldn’t bear to line or mark through your writing. Or maybe you’ve had coffee mishaps that completely ruined the whole notebook and now you’re frustrated and without your handy planner.
You may have also bought a strategic planner before and had a great time planning during the New Year’s honeymoon, only to find that you totally miscalculated what you’d be able to do. In short, the rigid, pre-printed planners can’t grow with you and handle your changing reality.
You don’t have to bear through a planner you’ve messed up. With the Premium Planners, you can just print out and change what you need.
Life is messy; your plans will change. That’s okay. When reality changes under your feet, don’t fight it: adjust your plan to the current reality and get moving. The point is to get the planner or structure you need right now to focus on where you’re going.
So Which Should You Get?
The two different sets represent different approaches to workflow management: the Project Planner series (Formerly the Freelancer Workweek series) focuses more on task and project management, whereas the Action Planners focus more on time management.
Both series help you integrate higher level goals with runway actions, though. They work equally well for creative people who have a hard time translating ideas into action or action-oriented people that sometimes forget to tie their actions into meaningful goals.
Here’s the deal, though: most people need different types of structure at different times. When you’re in your groove, you might not need to worry about time management – you just need to get projects on and off your plate. On particularly busy or stressful days, you might find a time-based structure supportive.
This isn’t really an either/or choice; you can have both. You can mix and match these planners, as they’re all designed to mate reasonably well.
So on that busy week, you can slide in a week of the Action Planners to make sure you get that momentum rolling. The next week, you can swap in the Project Planners. Your objectives won’t change, so all that matters is that you’re getting the right type of support when you need it.
Bonus: Hey Bloggers, I Have Planners For You, Too!
After an overwhelming number of requests, I created the Blog Post Planners and Calendars. Now your blogging can support your greater business and creative goals by keeping you just focused enough.
If you’ve ever hit a wall trying to come up with your next blog post idea, you’re going to love these, because you always know when it’s time to write about a given topic again. Stay focused and on track with these Blog Post Planners.
So What Do These Planners Actually Look Like?
These planners are a visual product, so you need to see them to get them.
If you’re interested in how they’re sandwiched together and what you’re getting, go ahead and give these planners a look:
- January 2013 Demo Action Planner
- January 2013 Demo Project Planner
- January 2013 Demo Blog Post Planners
The full year will have all 12 months like this, broken down by quarter. These demos do not include the Annual Strategic Planner, the Quarterly Objective Planner, and the Quick Start Guide.
How Much Do The Planners Cost?
$12. That’s $1 per month.
For the reasonable price of $12, you’ll get a year’s worth of either set. If you buy two sets, you can grab them for $18 - buy one, get half off the other one. Or you can buy everything for $22 - half off the second, the third for a third. (Craziness, right?)
Even if these planners help you get one more meaningful task done per month, I like to think that’s worth a dollar. Let alone if it helps you get one more project or objective done. If time and creative energy is money, then getting another project out the door means more room for your next Big Idea or increased cash flow for this quarter.
Why Buy The Cow When You Can Get The Milk For Free?
You might be wondering why you should buy these planners when you could get most of them for free on this site. Here’s why:
- The Premium Planners help you keep those Big Ideas on the board since they come with the Annual Strategic Planner and the Monthly Objective Planner
- The Premium Planners go out for the rest of the year - you don’t have to keep coming back
- If you buy both sets of planners, you can get exactly the support you need, when you need it
- For the Premium Blog Planners: you can prepare for special events and get those series planned out even better than you used to!
Additionally, purchasing these planners helps me. If people are buying this product, I can spend more time giving creative people the tools they need to create awesome stuff in the world. I love helping you, but I need your help, too. (Thank you!)
Ready to Grab Your Premium Planners?
Before you grab ‘em, I want to say how much I appreciate your support. I have a lot of ideas for aids and planners that I’d like to get out this year, and your support helps me share these ideas with the world. Thank you!
The planner sets cover 12 months of the specific calendar year, not 12 months from your date of purchase.
The 2013 planner set covers January 2013 – December 2013.
Premium Planners for 2013
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||Blog Post Planners
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|Action Planners + Project Planners
||Action Planners + Blog Planners
||Project Planners + Blog Planners
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|Action Planners + Project Planners + Blog Planners
p.s. I’m supposed to have a p.s. on my sales page, so here you go: you might be thinking that you’ll try the free stuff or come back later, but keep in mind that I routinely update these, add bonuses, and send helpful hints. You really are missing out if you wait. Just sayin’.
By the way… If you’ve never bought a PF product before, you might be interested in the Momentum Kickstarter Kit. It has our most popular products bundled together, including the Premium Planners, and at a discounted price. It’s a great place to start!