The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner {Review}

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review
It seems that everyday there are more tools introduced to help organize and manage our lives. Everyone is looking for the latest and greatest time management strategy that will miraculously make us more productive. I am one of those people. Any tool that could help me balance a busy life of homeschooling five children, keeping us with home and church responsibilities and blogging is definitely worth my time to check it out. This is the reason I was excited to have the opportunity to review The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner.

In exchange for this review I was provided with one copy of The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner ($24.95).

 

About The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner is an 8×8 sprial bound planner with a protective plastic front cover.  It includes 270 pages of goal setting and planning forms.

Just inside the protective cover is a hard folder pocket for keeping track of loose papers.  Then, The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner becomes an instruction book with 14 pages of detailed explanation of the 7 Minute Life theory and instruction of how to use the planner and all it’s forms.

Following the introduction to the 7 Minute Life philosophy of Prioritize, Organize, Simplify, the planner includes several goal setting sheets including:

Prioritize (a sheet that helps to identify the areas most important to you)

Discovering Your Purpose

Your Highest and Best (discovering the highest and best use of your time)

90 Day Personal Goals

90 Day Work Goals

Financial Goals

Life Goals

 

Following the planning pages, there are several pages provided to list things that are typically forgotten or need attention and get pushed to the side.  These pages inlclude:

Unfinished task pages for Work and Home

Home Repair

Grocery List

Mental Clutter (a place to dump and deal with the mental clutter)

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

 

Next, the actually planner portion begins with annual and monthly “at a glance” pages and 90 day calendar worksheets.  All of these pages are blank (undated) to allow you to begin using The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner at any point in the year.  After several meeting planner pages comes the meat of the planner; the Daily Progress Report.

 

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review
The Daily Progress Report is the 2 page spread that is used to focus each individual day on the tasks that are targeting on achieving goals.  The first page of each report has spaces for daily contacts, the “5 before 11” tasks that are part of the 7 Minute Life philosophy, connections, unfinished tasks, financial spending and a nutritional intake log.  The second page of the daily report includes a timed appointment section, contact name and numbers, a “thank you” notes list and a section for basic note taking.  All of the details of an individual day can be logged on the Daily Progress Report and later transferred to the goal and planning pages.

At the end of each 30 day section, there is a monthly progress report to record steps take toward goals.  After the progress reports, the planner provides several pages for notes and another hard folder pocket for loose materials.

 

Additional Training

In addition to the training pages provided in the planner itself, The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner creator Allyson Lewis has recorded many Youtube videos explaining the 7 Minute Life theory and how to use the planner.  Those videos can be found on Allyson’s YouTube channel here.

How I Used The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

Before the planner arrived, I spent a couple of days I spent a couple of days watching the videos that are available on youtube about the planner and the 7 Minute Life philosophy.  When the planner arrived, I spent several days working through the goal setting pages in the beginning of the planner.

The most beneficial thing and I did and would recommend, was asking my husband to review the goal setting pages when I finished them.  This not only allowed another person to provide feedback about my personal goals, it provided context for my husband and I to talk about our family goals and whether or not my personal goals contribute to those of our family.

Impressions

Using The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner was more difficult for me than I imagined, not because the planner itself is difficult to use, but because it called me to a level of accountability it called me to.  As a procrastinator, the planner forced me to list and address issues that were causing me mental clutter due to my own procrastination.

Overall, I really like the planner.  I especially appreciate the undated pages.  Those allow folks like me to stop and start using the planner as necessary.

 

Social Media

Keep up with all the news from 7 Minute Life and Allison Lewis via these social media links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/The7MinuteLife

Twitter – https://twitter.com/allyson7minutes

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/the7minutelife/

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+AllysonLewis7/posts

You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/user/AllysonLewis

 

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