Half-way through reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, I went to the FrankCovey website to download the free daily planner template that follows the principles of the book. After using the free version of the template for a few days now, I have seen a huge increase in my personal productivity and effectiveness. Here is how the Frank Covey daily panner will change the way you approach your life:
Focus On What’s Important
While most daily planners make the calendar the main focus of the product, the Frank Covey daily planner makes you go through listing out and prioritizing your daily tasks first. If you take the time every day (about 30 minutes) to think about what you need to get done and prioritize it, you will be forced to really think about each task and whether you really need to get it done, why you need to get it done, and how you’ll get it done. As a result, you will really be focused on the important things.
The calendar portion of the planner comes in handy when you have set appointments or meetings. When you fill those in and then look at all the other tasks you need to get done, you can easily see when you’ll have time to get these done. However, without the strict calendar for every single task, you have the flexibility to move things around as needed. Your meeting ran too long? Don’t worry, you have some time to get some tasks done after lunch.
Checking Things Off Feels Good
Checking off your daily tasks feels so good, you will get addicted. Now when you have free time, instead of going on Facebook or YouTube or some other time-waster, you’ll be focused on checking things off.
Daily Notes Generate Ideas
The most prominent area of the Frank Covey daily planning template is the large “Daily Notes” section. As you go through your day and keep checking things off, you’ll be constantly thinking of ideas that will either improve your business or productivity. Now you have a big place to write down those ideas. So when you’re planning your tasks for the next day, you’ll find that looking back at your ideas is super useful.
Focus On The Big Picture
The Frank Covey planner comes with large section in the very beginning focused on walking you through your big picture goals. Take the time to write down your mission statement and think about how you plan to achieve your goals in accordance with your personal mission. Doing this will help you focus on the big picture. Suddenly, each day won’t just be another day, it will be another day of you achieving your life goals.
So if you’re ready to take control of your life, I highly recommend trying out this planner. The difference will be immediate.