The 2013 version of our planners are available for purchase. If you’re one of the many people who have been eagerly awaiting these, then, as much as I’d want to send you to the page to pick them up, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read about what’s new. We did a lot different this year.
Just like last year, the rest of 2012′s planners come with your purchase of the 2013 planners.
We went through and updated our planners to make them fresher, cleaner, and more professional. I designed these years ago, and, while I knew what needed to be on them, they weren’t as polished as I would’ve liked to be.
As I mentioned earlier this year, we’ve been hard at work making everything we do better. The redesign that we unveiled a few weeks ago is dramatically better in all categories than our prior design. After knocking that one out of the park, we moved to our planners.
And they’re just as gorgeous. Consistent lines and spaces. Sharper connections. Better.
As an example, take a look at the new Annual Strategic Planner compared to last year’s.
Here is last year’s:
Here is this year’s:
Smooth. You’ll see why I’m so braggy about these at the end.
Fillable (For Real)
A common request we’ve had over the last few years was to make the planners fillable and saveable.
Done and done.
From years of teaching about planning and showing people how to use these, we still believe that there’s something about planning on physical paper that’s powerful. But there’s no reason you couldn’t plan on paper, input the plan, save it, and then print out a pretty working copy. (Why yes, we do listen.)
There’s one thing we’re still working through: fields in duplicated planners transfer the contents of those fields to the rest of the duplicated planners. For instance, if you fill in a field the Daily Action Planner for Monday in a weekly pack, that field is transferred to the rest of the Daily Action Planners for the week. We suggest only filling out the singles if you choose to do use the fillable forms; in most uses, it’s more effective anyway. We will continue to work on this and if you have any smooth ways to fix this, we’d love the help.
Enjoy the fillable planners, but remember: efficiency ≠ effectiveness. Experiment with fillable vs. printed and see which is a more effective process for you.
A Long Overdue Name Change for the Freelancer Workweek
When I first designed the Freelancer Workweek, I was thinking about how creatives have to create and drive deliverables, and the freelancer was the iconic use case I had in mind. I called it the Freelancer Workweek, put it out, and people loved it.
Over the years, though, many people who don’t consider themselves freelancers would half-apologetically say they were using the Freelancer Workweek. The truth is that it worked for all types of project-minded people because it focuses on project management versus time management, which is what the Action Planners are more focused on.
So, to be clearer about what the product is for, as well as opening it up to a broader audience for consideration, I decided it was time to change the name from “The Freelancer Workweek” to “The Weekly Project Planner.” It feels a lot better … as well as opens the door for our new planner.
New Planner Alert: The Individual Project Planner
When I introduced the Freelancer Workweek a few years ago, it was always meant to have a companion. I drew a prototype and filed it away. As sometimes happens, I forgot that I hadn’t actually created it. (It’s about like when you mean to email or call a friend and forget that you didn’t actually do it, even though you had.)
Every few months, someone would remind me about it and I’d pull it out of the graveyard, only to forget about it again. Thank you for all the reminders, and sorry that it’s taken so long.
But we got it included in this year’s planner release! I’ll talk about that planner individually in an upcoming post, but here’s a sneaky peaky:
And, yes, it’s fillable, too.
This completes the Project Planner Set. You might notice that there’s nice symmetry between the Action Planners and the Project Planners now. The Weekly Action Planner is the analogue of the Weekly Project Planner, and the Daily Action Planner is the analogue of the Individual Project Planner. The concerns at the monthly level are the same, so now they truly are interchangeable. (More on this to come!)
The Magic Is What You Don’t See
One of the reasons I’m so ecstatic about the new planners is because they’re better because of the way we created them this year. It has been a team effort, with Lisa doing a lot more of the design work and Dusti and Angela doing a lot more of the soundboarding. They’re no longer my planners – they are ours.
And that makes a huge difference to me.
As you might imagine, letting go of so much of it has been a practice – we always want to keep our babies close to us. But I’m so much more proud and excited about what we’ve created together, especially since I love celebrating everyone else’s contributions more than I enjoy talking about mine. Great work, team.
And thank you for your continued support. These are the best, most complete, most polished planners we’ve ever released, and we wouldn’t be able to put such great work out in the world without your support.
Go pick ‘em up, already.