May’s free planners are ready to go! I think this may be the latest day of the month we’ve ever shared the planners; May took off before we were ready for it, too.
May can be a challenging month for a lot of people. At the same time that the seasons are changing and many are wanting to be more active outdoors, weddings, graduations, and a bunch of other social events start happening. It can be a bit of a pile-up month as we try to get everything else done and add the new changes on top of it.
We all know where that bridge is going. Let’s be proactive about getting off of it before it starts.
Here are two suggestions for handling May: 1) intentionally underplan your time, leaving enough margin for the things that’ll come up unexpectedly and 2) be very clear about what has to happen this month versus what needs to happen in some month. Scoot non-urgent projects for June once we’ve transitioned out of the spring busy season.
Want to plan ahead without waiting on us to share these planners? You can get all of 2012′s planners right now. Head on over to the Premium Planners page to learn more and pick them up.
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
Download: Monthly Action Planner - May 2012 (1585)
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 (44527)
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 (16421)
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) (35053)
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 freelancers and entrepreneurs.
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.
Download: The Freelancer Workweek - May 2012 (609)