Productivity Planner

Hello, everyone. Hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the holidays with you friends and family. This post is part one of the two journals that I use on a daily basis.

To start off this two-part series, I will write about the PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER, which is a planner that is made and sold by the same company as the FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL, Intelligent Change.If you are looking for something to replace your five legal pads you have all over the house, then this will be a great substitute. In fact, it could be better than your legal pads. Let me explain…

If you are looking for something to replace your five legal pads you have all over the house, then this will be a great substitute. In fact, it could be better than your legal pads. Let me explain…

I have read a lot of books on self-development and personal growth. I have noticed a topic that those authors like to touch on quite frequently, which is having a well organized to do list. Haveing an organized to-do list can make the difference on how productive your day can be. So, let’s not delay and get right into it.

picture of the cover.

PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER
PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER

I currently have a leather black journal that I keep with me at all times.   I write all my notes, to do list and even my monthly budgets. I will be honest; it is not the most organized book, but it gets the job done.

PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER is not journal, but a well-organized planner that can serve two purposes.  First, it a to do list planner and second; it will help me maximize my time more efficiently.
BEGINING OF THE WEEK

PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER
BEGINING OF THE WEEK

Before you begin the week, you need to establish the necessary goals that you need to do by the end of the week.  The PLANNER will start off the week with a single page that separates your tasks from VERY IMPORTANT to LEAST IMPORTANT.

The first category is to list the most important tasks that you NEED to get done for that week. The point of this category is to understand that these are the most pressing and important tasks that you must complete. Why? Because of more than likely, these are the things that are keeping you up at night or giving you anxiety. Therefore, you should do these tasks first.

The second category is the tasks that are important, but not as pressing as the first. The idea is, you should not touch this section until you complete the to-do list in the first category. (“This will make more sense when I show you the actual days.”)

Lastly, the third category is the bonus round. Once you have completed the most urgent tasks, then you can move on to things that are not pressing, but still important for you. It can be things like, practice your handwriting, call that friend you haven’t seen or talked for a while.

Once you have your weekly goals ready to go, it is time to begin!!

“TIP.”

I make sure to write down my to-do list the night before so, which I will not forget what I need to get done the next day. If not, I know that I will toss and turn all night thinking about the things that I need to get done. Having them written down gives me a sense of comfort that I will not forget what it is I need to get done.

Picture of the first day.

PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER
DAY TO DAY
PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER

Just like the FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL, the first thing you see is an inspiring quote. If you did your homework the night before, then there is no need to remember what you need to get done, because you already jotted that down last night. Start wit the most important task first and then move down as you complete them. Here comes the secret to this book and what really helped me get things done. The Pomodoro Method.

The Pomodoro Method is working on a task or project for 25 minutes increments., This is where I found to be the most helpful because I never really had good study habits. I used to think that the only way to really get things done, is to work for extended periods of time and do not stop until it is complete. Ever since I started this method, I have gotten more things done than I ever had before.

Picture of the Bubbles.

PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER
THE POMODORO METHOD
PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER

If you notice, that there are bubbles near your tasks. Each bubble represents each Pomodoro session it will take to get your task done. What I like about this method, is that before you start the task, you can write down how many Pomodoro sessions it will take for you to complete your task.

Say, for example; you need to create a logo for your company, and you may think it will take you two hour to complete it. Then you write down “4.” ( Each Pomodoro session is 25 minutes.)

What I have pleasantly found is that I usually finished before the time I give myself. I then look back at it, and then I say to myself, “Wow, that wasn’t so terrible: it didn’t take that long!” So, I am approaching my tasks more positively now, because I get them done a lot sooner than I expect.

Before you head to bed. Open up your PLANNER again and answer one last question.

“How productive were you today?”

You can grade yourself on a scale of 1 to 10. Don’t sweat it; I was given myself 5’s until I got the hang of it.

THE WEEKLY REVIEW.

PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER
WEEKLY REVIEW

Once you have completed your five days, then comes some reflection of how your week went. The reflection is the part that will show how you have been spending your time throughout the week.

The book will ask you the following:

Your weekly wins
The tasks that you did not complete
The things you learned from that week.
Lastly, what actions can you take to ensure more success with your to- do list.

I really like this part because it forces me to take stock of how I am using my time and resources. Like, do I take a two-hour nap or do I meditate for ten minutes? Do I wake up early and work on my goals, or do I sleep until I have to go to work? Where are the hours and the minutes of my day going?

UPDATE ON THE PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER

I have been using this PLANNER for almost three months now, and I really love it. When I open my book and look at what I need to do, I feel prepared and ready! I feel more confident than before when I would write down the things that were giving me anxiety and just work on them in any order and in any way possible.

I do not see the PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER as a gift but as necessity!!! Why? We need something to keep us in line and keep our goals visible to us at all times. We have distractions everywhere we go so; naturally, we will get off track now and then.

You can buy yours here, and when you get it, please let me know you like your planner!! Because I would love to see how this planner has helped you with your goals.

Later

The Low Vision Guy
DeMarco

What would have happen if you didn’t give up?

What would have happened if you didn’t give up?

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Hey, Pain4Gainers!! Hope you guys are doing well. This is your host and your Mr. Magoo AKA.. DeMarco!!! It has been a while since I have sat down and shared my worldly thoughts on you, crazy people!! No worries, I am fighting my demons and saying NO to my bad habits to make this blog happen and hopefully, helping people along the way.

 

So, for this topic, it wasn’t that hard to come up with my podcast because; it is clearly the very reason why I took a long break from podcasting.  Throughout my life, I have quit in doing so many things that I regret to this day.   For example, I have quit on my health, my studies and even ended some relationships because; I just didn’t want to deal with all the pressure, the disappointments and even the responsibilities that came with it.

So, this question pops into my head, “what could my life have been like, if I had not quit on my goals that I was so eager to start?” Now, of course, there is no reason to dwell on the past, but you cannot help but wonder.

That is the topic of my podcast today, what would your life have become if you had not quit on your dreams?  In this episode, I talk about a few successful people in our society today that pushed through their pain periods of rejection and humiliation.  If these mega famous people had let their inner negative voice take over, I might not be talking about them today.  I will not doubt that their wealth has brought them happiness, but  I like to think that a reflection of their “no give up attitude has brought them more joy than their material things.  Maybe a smile comes across their face when they think back to their past.

For example, the thought that dialog that comes across their minds, “If I had stopped when I got fired/replaced/rejected/went bankrupt/lost a family member/etc:  I would not be where I am today.” I like to think that these successful people look back at themselves and are so proud for not giving up when things did not go their way.

What do you think?

Well, enjoy the podcast and once again, thank you so much for stopping by and I really look forward hearing your comments, concerns or emotional outburst!!!! AHHHHHHH

 

DEMARCO!

 

p.s.  Here is the link where I found all these amazing people that I talked about in this article.

http://www.businessinsider.com/successful-people-who-failed-at-first-2015-7/#ile-developing-his-vacuum-sir-james-dyson-went-through-5126-failed-prototypes-and-his-savings-over-15-years-22

MY POWER WALK

POWER WALK
POWER WALK

I moved into a new apartment this past year and one of the biggest concerns was the walk to the train. Before, I was living in an apartment where the train was only a 3-minute walk. Now, my walk has increased to a 12 or 13- minute pounding the sidewalk to the train station.

I know some people who live in bigger cities (I live in Charlotte) are laughing at my 13-minute walk. I know first hand because my sister lives in Chicago and it was maybe a 15 to 20-minute walk to the train station. Followed by some more walking and transfers through the city.

Due to the fact that I do not drive a car, I spend most of my time commuting, walking, sitting and waiting for public transportation. So, I numb the commute with books that I read on my phone and tablet. Educate my mind and unlearn all the bad habits I have learned growing up about success and living a more fulfilling life. Usually. when I am walking somewhere, I am jamming to some old school music to get me pumped for my day, but I discovered a new source of power to get my day ready!

Just recently I started listening to an audio book called BE OBSESSED OR BE AVERAGE. by GRANT CARDONE. Grant is a sales guy at the end of the day despite his $300 million real estate empire and moving his headquarters to Miami Beach, FL. The book basically talks about taking your goals to the next level (10X as Grant calls it!) and forget to have a backup plan. Just slam the gas pedal to the floor and you better hope people do not get in your way!!

Walking to the train and listening to an audio book or something empowering is so much better than listening to music. Grant gets me pumped and provide tools to take on the world. Instead of dragging my body to the train, I am now power walking like an 80-year-old lady getting her workout in at 4 am!

Try it. Next time you are out and getting ready to go to work or someplace you know that you are not too excited about going to, plug in some ERIC THOMAS, LES BROWN, TONY ROBINS, GARY VANDERCHUCK, AND EVEN SOME GRANT CARDONE!

DeMarco
The Lov Vision Guy