Here's a review for you, mom! Brought to you by The 7 Minute Life comes The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner. And this is not just any old planner. Honest. It's not like the fifty billion you may have purchased or printed out and attempted, only to sulk in disappointment because nothing worked out the way you planned! Because, truthfully, that is what usually happens, with me anyways! I realize how unorganized I am, get a planner with the giddy excitement like a schoolgirl with her new Trapper Keeper and backpack, and am ready to go! I get excited and fill out the planner for several months in advance only to fall short after day four, (or sooner). Then, there sits a filled out yet unused, useless planner. Am I the only one?
Sigh. It's frustrating because usually at this point the focus is on all the tasks that were not completed because we try to schedule things way in advance. What we need as moms, who have to change our course of action so frequently due to the unexpected realities of child rearing, is a way to physically see our accomplished tasks and a way to not feel guilty about the ones we didn't get to!
How many of us feel the need to share with our husbands at the end of the day all of the tasks that we didn't complete rather than focusing on what we did get done! It's easy to do. We can have a list (physical or mental) of what we want to achieve that day and if we don't get to it ALL, it's easy to feel like a failure. What the 7 Minute Life Daily Planner does, is it takes the condemnation out of the picture and helps push you along, to simply keep on going!
Then comes the daily plans. I love this because rather than attempting to map out a detailed schedule weeks in advance (as I would usually do), this daily planner focuses on the next day, and that is it! (There is a place to fill out a monthly calendar, yes, not that is not the main focus). You spend seven minutes, the day before, to sit down and focus on your goals for the next day. Apparently. the average attention span of a person is seven minutes, so if you can set aside at least that, you are golden!
The focus here is to write down several goals and then ask yourself at the end of the day, "Did I do what I said I would do today?"
One of the suggestions is to write down 5 things you plan to do before 11am. This was overwhelming to me at first because all I am doing before 11 is homeschooling. The first few days I tried adding some other things, um, no. So then I quickly changed it to five things before 5pm. That way I could have goals of things I could do between my schooling and dinner. Although I do understand why it is set up for before 11. If you work in an office or even if you have a job where you work from home, it may be more efficient to have certain things done before the afternoon so you can be more effective in your afternoon tasks.