Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner #REVIEW

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review
For the past few weeks I've been reviewing a new planner from The 7 Minute Life.  This is a physical soft covered spiral bound planner.

What I received:

The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner  - $24.95

This planner is more than a just a planner.  It is designed to help you figure out your goals (short and long term) and how to achieve them with their formula.

In the front of the Planner you have sections for:

  • Introduction - which describes how to use the planner and each section
  • Prioritize - where you discover your priorities
  • Discovering you purpose - think mission statement for your life
  • A section for 90 day goals - personal, financial, life
  • A place to list unfinished work  & home tasks
  • at glance calendars 
  • and so much more!! 

The Daily Progress Report includes the following sections:

  • Daily Contacts
  • What I will do...5 before 11
  • "7 Minute Life" Connections
  • Unfinished Tasks
  • What I Spent
  • Appointments
  • Thank You Notes
  • Voice Mail
  • A Blank lined section
  • A small section that you can mark food, water, exercise, sleep

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

This product is designed for Moms (or Dads.)

How I used the planner:

I should start out by saying I'm not a fan of any planner.  I like the way they look and the idea of them but that is basically where I drop out of the picture.  I've bought many over the years and have yet to really use one consistently.  Now for this review - I signed up to use the product for about six weeks - so I was committed to spend some time with it. 

The first portion is more of a workbook to find out what matters to you and teach you how your going to achieve it.  I don't enjoy those type of reflection exercises.  Maybe I'm too in-tuned with what I want in life or maybe it felt to therapy- ish to me. While I didn't enjoy it I did see the merit in the activities and worked through them.  My life-theme of faith and family shone brightly as my passions and goals.  This wasn't a surprise to me.

Then I moved onto the planner part.  The actual pages break down in to ten categories.  I struggled with this because it felt more like it was designed for a corporate world rather than a stay at home mommy blogger.  I decided to break down the sections into things that fit my life.  I diligently filled out my 5 before 11 -  they tend to be the same thing everyday - bible, prayer, dishes, laundry, exercise.  I pretty much used the other spaces willy-nilly.  One might be prayer request (I changed spots several times) another became things I had to mail.  Important phone calls (like making a doctor appointment) went on the page and silly things like wash blue pants for church.  I did have satisfaction at night when I would re-review the list and was able to check off any last minute things.

I kept the planner by my bed and wrote in it each night.  Some days I would add things to the next few days.  This was helpful if I had an appointment or some task that had to be done on a certain day.  I only used the planner for planning Monday through Friday.  I felt that it was too much to plan out Saturday and Sunday with our schedules so it didn't make sense for me to fill those days out.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the hourly schedule and the 5 before 11. The hourly schedule was nice to have an 'at-a-glance' view of my appointments for any given day.  While I don't have tons of appointments I do have doctors, car repairs, and lessons for the kids weekly.  I easily added them to the upcoming pages so that was done when I flipped to the page.

The 5 before 11 helped me with my overall productivity even if it tended to be the same tasks everyday.  There is something satisfying  about seeing your tasks done and checking them off.  I really did like that part.

Since I used the rest of the pages in a haphazard / eclectic manner I had fun with the planner.  I tend to be more artistic and this helped me with not being rigid in where I placed things.  I think the goal setting in the beginning of the planner was a nice project to help prioritize my life.  I wasn't surprised that faith and family were the two biggest priorities for me.

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