December’s free planners are now available for download.
December is a tricky month, planning-wise. On the one hand, it’s a good month to focus on those projects you don’t want to carry into next year. On the other, it’s also a hard month to do such things due to the holidays, people being in and out, and fighting natural hibernation tendencies. All this means it’s an especially important month to be clear about your actual priorities and, as Stephen Covey once brilliantly said, to schedule your priorities rather than prioritize your schedule.
Monthly Action Planner
Basic idea: Projecting effectiveness further into the future requires a more holistic view of your objectives.
Use when: You’re doing your month planning and review – this planner can be used with either the Productivity Planners or the Freelancer Workweek.
For more information: The Monthly Action Planner
Basic idea: We are more productive at some times rather than others.
Use when: You’re trying to figure out when you’re the most productive.
For more information: How Heatmapping Your Productivity Can Make You More Productive
Download: Blank Daily Productivity Heatmap (52626)
The Action Planner Series:
Basic Idea: Once you know when you work best, why not plan your weeks and days around that information? Do more work in less time by leveraging your natural rhythms.
Use when: You’re planning your day or week.
For more information: Read the Productivity Planners User Guide (21220)
The Productivity Jumpstarter
Basic Idea: Sometimes we’re running around being busy but aren’t really being productive. This aid helps you stop running in circles and start making meaningful progress on your goals.
Use when: You have no idea what you should be doing and are tired of running in circles.
Download: Productivity Jumpstarter (v.2) (43230)
The Blog Post Planner and Calendar
Basic Idea: Brainstorming and planning your posts ahead of time may help you have a more streamlined, consistent, and insightful blog. Your mileage may vary, but it’s worth a shot!
Use when: You’re thinking about what you’re going to write.
For more information: The Blog Post Planner and Calendar – skip down to “How to Use These Planners” if you don’t need to be sold on why to use them.
The Freelancer Workweek
Basic Idea: Some of us work better to task than to time, and we need a planner that addresses how we work rather than making us fit how we work into it. This is a great one for people who think in terms of projects to manage as opposed to time that needs to be managed.
Use when: You’re tired of time-based planners and want to get clarity on what needs to be done.
For more information: The Freelancer Workweek – skip down to “How to Use This Planner” if you don’t care about the design methodology.