5 Standards for Picking the Perfect Planner Pen

Effective planning is more than just a task—it’s a way of life. Supporting this helpful habit with the right pen for your paper planner can make all the difference, whether you’re at the café scheduling your next get-together with an old friend or at your desk turning your pages into scrapbook-worthy memories. Here are five …

The Core Four: 4 Essential Elements to an Effective Planning System

There’s a lot to be said for reliability. As people learn that you’ll finish what you start, keep your promises, and follow-through with commitments; they’ll grow to trust you. Trust is a powerful gift granted to us by others. It’s something we must work to maintain through honest effort. Highly effective people have a reputation …

Ode to The Busy Mother

Here’s to those of you who are literally shaping society—molding the next leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and agents of change. It’s a big job, yet it isn’t your only job. Moms are busy. You’re volunteers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, managers, bus drivers, firefighters—you name it. Even so, Mother is the job title you wear all the …

Balancing Your Production with Your Production Capability

What does it mean to be effective or efficient? In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey defines it as, “getting superb results today (production) in a way that allows us to get those results over and over again (production capability).” Covey calls it the P/PC balancing act. If we focus only …

21-Day Planner Challenge: Replacing Old Habits with New Ones

The desire for change and growth seems to be hardwired in each of us. It’s part of the human condition. We can’t remain stagnant without feeling stuck. Instead, we look ahead and determine where we want to be and what it will take to get there. Yet, some changes can be tough. It’s true that …

The Top 3 Time Robbers and How to Overcome Them

For some of us, time is a constant, plodding taskmaster—demanding our attention and dictating our actions. For others it’s a welcome adventure—a powerful tool that we use to make the most of our skills, sharpen our talents, dabble in hobbies, and work toward goals. What’s the difference? It isn’t time. Time is unchanging and beyond …

Changing a Lose/Win Mentality to a Win/Win Mentality

One of our Facebook followers asked us how to turn a Lose/Win mentality into a Win/Win mentality. That’s a great question. We live in a very competitive world. We’re all clamoring to get ahead and meet our agendas. Nobody likes losing. But when we’re working with other people, we need a little give and take. …

5 Planner Locations for Tracking Goals from Start to Finish

We all want something in life. We want to become better people. We want to have nice possessions. We want to experience new things. The art of setting goals helps us get from where we are now to where life’s prizes wait. Like other art forms, however, achieving a goal takes effort, practice, technique, and …