Self Care with a Paper Planner
Taking care of yourself is the most important thing if you want to be effective in life. As they tell you on the airplane; put your mask on before you try to assist others.
How can you use your planner to practice self-care?
"Self care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what is left of you." -Katie Reed
Holy smokes... it has been over a year since I last wrote a blog for this website. We have only sold a few planners this year but we continue to use them for ourselves and team members. I have recently decided to offer the digital PDF of the Time Managed planners so that everyone can use it and I don't have to keep printed versions on hand.
I am proud to share we have sold tens of thousands of printed copies and now I hope to reach even more people with the digital but printable copy here. It is offered at $4.99 because that is what makes the most sense with the fees involved to host the website and process cards. It is a steal of a deal considering the planners are undated so one digital download will last you a lifetime. We hope that you won't share your PDF but encourage your friends to download their own copy.
Thank you for your continued interest in Time Managed products. - Sara Jane
Affirmations are a great way to get over limiting beliefs. Time Managed is all about daily self improvement... not just productivity. What limiting beliefs do you hold that may be holding you back? What affirmations can you come up with to help you get over limiting beliefs? Share in the comments.
Improving How Your Time Is Spent
The best way to get more productive is to actually know how your time is being spent. If you don't have any idea where your time is going; then how can you possibly improve it. One of our favorite techniques for helping individuals and companies identify how they can be more productive is by figuring out where they are currently spending their time.
I suggest that clients do an exercise in time tracking when they first start with Time Managed coaching. I have them log what they are doing every 15 minutes for three (3) days so that we can see where they are actually spending their time. We take a look at their self described priorities and goals to see if their schedule and activities are lining up with them. It is surprising how often we can say we have a goal of something but our actions reflect otherwise.
Recently I purchased a Fitbit in order to track activity and motivate me to move more. The model I purchased is aptly name the "Inspire," and that is just what it does. It inspires me to move more when I see that my steps are low for the day or that I have not exercised all week. The side benefit is that it tracks my sleep as well. Sometimes as a working Mom I feel guilty about not getting enough done in the day and sleep is the easiest thing to take from; with the Fitbit tracking my sleep I can see the days that I get more or less and adjust my plans accordingly. You hear all these motivational people saying "if you are passionate enough, you won't need sleep." I do not agree. Sure, I function well on less sleep than the average person but any less than 6 hours a night an my performance declines. A tool like a Fitbit can help you see how much time you spend sleeping and see if that is an area you can improve upon for better productivity.
At work my team digitally tracks their time per business unit and per customer so that we know how much R&D time is being spent. I pull the data weekly to see how many hours they logged to something productive in the 40+ hours they are onsite. We pull the data every month to bill customers who pay for R&D time. I log my own time when I am working from home for accountability that I am still doing the work even though I am not present at the worksite.
If you want to improve where your time is being spent, and you have identified your true priorities, then it is time to start time blocking. Use your planner to block out times when your focus will be what you need it to be. For example, I block out the times that I will be in the office, when I plan to cook for my family, exercise times, and personal business development times.
Do you know where your time is going? Does it line up with your priorities and goals? Share your thoughts in the comments.
My Leadership teacher in junior high had us write down our interpretation of a quote each day; I have been obsessed with inspiring quotes ever since. Here is a compilation of some of my favorites; many used in the Time Managed planers.
“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” –Kevin Kruse
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” –Florence Nightingale
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” –Babe Ruth
“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” –W. Clement Stone
“We become what we think about.” –Earl Nightingale
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” –Charles Swindoll
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” –Buddha
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” –Woody Allen
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” –Vince Lombardi
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” –Stephen Covey
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” –Jim Rohn
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. –Henry Ford
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The best revenge is massive success.” –Frank Sinatra
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin
“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent Van Gogh
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
“Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” –Jesus
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
–Henry David Thoreau
“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” –Booker T. Washington
“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”
– Ancient Indian Proverb
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” –George Addair
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” –Plato
“Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress.” –Maimonides
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” –John Lennon
“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” –Japanese Proverb
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” –Helen Keller
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” –Confucius
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” –Lao Tzu
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” –Maya Angelou
“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” –Sheryl Sandberg
“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” –Aristotle
“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” –Latin Proverb
“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.”
“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” –Marie Curie
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” –Les Brown
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” –Joshua J. Marine
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” –Booker T. Washington
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” –Leonardo da Vinci
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” –Jamie Paolinetti
“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” –Erica Jong
“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” –Bob Dylan
“I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” –Benjamin Franklin
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” –Roger Staubach
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” –George Eliot
“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” –Vincent van Gogh
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” –Ann Landers
“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” –Abigail Van Buren
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” –Farrah Gray
“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.” –Jesse Owens
“Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.” –Sir Claus Moser
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” –Oprah Winfrey
“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou
“Dream big and dare to fail.” –Norman Vaughan
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
–Martin Luther King Jr.
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” –Teddy Roosevelt
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” –Tony Robbins
“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” –Gloria Steinem
“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” –Mae Jemison
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” –Beverly Sills
“Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” –Grandma Moses
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford
“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” –Abraham Lincoln
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” –Norman Vincent Peale
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”. –Benjamin Franklin
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” –Audrey Hepburn
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” –Zig Ziglar
Share your favorite quotes in the comments!
Daily Habits to Foster
One of the areas in the Personal Development Quarterly Planner that changes weekly for me is the "Daily Habits to Foster." This is the area where you can track daily activities that you want to make habits.
Here are some ideas of what you could track here:
The list could go on and on and on. The real idea is to improve week over week until the items you list here become habits. "Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out." -Robert Collier
How do you use this area? Are you seeing an improvement in your daily activities?
I love Paper
I love paper. Paper books. Magazines. Fancy pens to write on paper. Post it notes. Spiral bound notebooks. Legal pads. All things paper! I wrote this blog post out on paper before I typed it out for the blog.
When I was a kid I would practice my handwriting for hours. As an adult now my handwriting often gets mistaken for typed fonts in my planner. You have heard the saying "Practice makes perfect," and practice has certainly helped my handwriting. However, I am not a perfectionist; as I believe done is better than perfect.
We took our kids to the book store yesterday and I absolutely love taking in all the new and exciting things found there. I love showing Livia all the information that is at her fingertips. Sure, YouTube is great, there is so much information there... BUT nothing beats the information you can find in paper books. Paper makes things so real for me.
At the bookstore I actually found a magazine on paper. It was all about the love of paper, textures, cutouts, and activities; so I know I'm not the only person who loves paper!
My printer for the planners email signature reads "P.S - It is okay to print this email. Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of men and women, and working forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and carbon storage."
I love the feel of paper. I love having all my thoughts out of my head and onto the paper. I understand digital has its place. After all, our new sister company is Websites Managed and we sell our paper planners online. However, I don't think we will ever fully replace paper with digital.
What are your thoughts on paper?
The official week of planning!
This week is the official week of planning (according to me)! You are the project manager of your life!
Taking the time between Christmas Day and New Year 's Eve to plan for the year is a great use of time. Many people take this time off to recoup from the holiday season. I think taking the time to play project manager of your own life is really important.
Here are some steps you can take to set up an awesome 2018:
Here are some examples of clarifying your goals:
A - Goal: Buy an RV
Defined Goal: Buy a 2000 or newer 24ft bumper pull RV with lots of room for storage and 1 popout before May 1st
B - Goal: Get out of unsecured debt
Defined Goal: Pay off x credit card with x balance with tax return. Pay off x medical bill with x balance with bonus in July. Pay off x with x balance by paying x monthly.
C - Goal: Get down to pre-baby weight
Defined Goal: Eat ketogenic diet with one cheat day per week until back to 155# (Lose 1# per week until June)
Erasable pens and highlighters! I love to write in pen and these save me having to carry white out too! Friction is how they erase. Give them a try... you will not be disappointed.
Transparent sticky notes are awesome because you can still see what is underneath in your planner... just give you some extra room for temporary notes.
Magnetic bookmarks so you can easily flip to the current month or week view.
It is time to start taking your schedule seriously. I don't believe the tiny calendar on your phone is taking your schedule seriously. You can only see one day at a time. If you are on the phone trying to set an appointment it is awkward at best. Most people are not tech savvy enough to use the calendar on their phone 1/10th as effective as our basic quarterly planner.
The principles used in developing the Time Managed planner are based on personal development practices that have been in use by highly effective people for ages. We take project management principles and give you a blueprint to help you reach your full potential.
Here is what makes Time Managed different:
Lessons in time management are a waste of time. You already know what to do. So do it!
Believe it or not... people buy planners year round. The busier times of year are back to school and at the beginning of the year. The other times that we are busy are at the beginning of each quarter (we sell quarterly planners) and whenever one of our network marketing companies has a conference (people are excited about their goals/dreams).
So why should you buy a planner in May? Are you on track to reach your goals this month, quarter, or year? A planner is a great way to help you stay on track; daily. It is the daily action that you take that gets you closer to your goals and if you are not focused on your goals then you are standing in your own way.
Accomplish lofty long term goals by thinking on a shorter term basis.
One of our quarterly planners is a great way to stay focused on your goals. Another great tool to help you focus on your goals is our top three goals sticky notes.
All of our planners have an inspiring quote with each week view and are fill-in-the-date (unless otherwise stated) so you can start anytime. Look at planner details for other features like notes between the weeks.
If you want to accomplish your wildest dreams write your goals down and look at them every day.
Time Management is Ubiquitous
Ubiquitous (adjective) present, appearing, or found everywhere.
There is not business (at least that I can come up with) that does not require time management. All businesses whether service related, products based, or in technology have some element of time management. The attorney has to keep track of time so they can bill their clients. The retailer has hours they are open. The software developer has timelines and the stock broker can make many trades in the seconds between your trades.
How do you currently manage your appointment book? Task list? Time Managed can help you streamline your life and grow your business.
What are your goals for this quarter? Next 6 months? We want you to think on a shorter term (quarterly) basis in order to accomplish those lofty long term goals.
Leverage your time and get more done!
"Time management is life management." - Robert Sharma
The Power of Writing Stuff Down
In order to be more present in life, it is important to clear your mind! We encourage people all the time to "Get it out of your head." You should not be having the same thought twice! The act of writing things down helps your brain to process information as well as frees your mind to have creative thoughts. It is proven that when you write things down that you remember more!
It is one thing to write everything down on post it notes, or to have three different notebooks in various locations. We want you to have one place to put EVERYTHING! Our planners have TONS of room for notes so that you can have it all in one place. The quarterly planners have the most room for notes (4 pages between each week) but our Ultimate Annual also has two pages for notes between each week.
Have a system for recording your thoughts, feelings, ideas, activities, conversations, etc and USE IT! You will find yourself being more productive!
Special Interview: Jenny Cerda
Jenny Cerda is a Gold Premier consultant with Perfectly Posh. We interviewed her to get her story and learn how she got to be so successful with Perfectly Posh. This lady has her Time Managed! She says she is always trying to be more efficient.
She has been her own boss since 2012 when her son was a year old (he is 5 1/2 now). She worked in higher education for 20 years but when she had her son she know she wanted to do something different. Network Marketing was the perfect social selling tool that she was looking for. She says she loves being her own boss and helping women more than she ever thought she would!
Her passion for her business shined through our conversation. Her mantra "we simply pamper" is really how she grows her business.
What does a typical day look like for Jenny?
5:30am Rise & Shine (Brain is sharper in the AM) She admitted to using her alarm snooze button; but uses those 10 minutes to look at phone and check into the "electronic world." Once she is up her morning consists of checking in with her business:
to be continued...
In this book Grant Cordone suggests that the reason that some people have ten times the success is they have ten times the results. They may also have 100x the activity in order to get ten times the results. He encourages you to change the way you think about competition and encourages the reader to take massive action. Here are some of our favorite points he makes:
This book is available on Audible and we highly recommend giving it a listen!
Planning vs. Strategy
I am often referred to as a "planner" and people tend to think that when something doesn't go as planned that I will crumble. I am changing my personal paradigm to being a strategist. I know that plans change and that I have to be able to accommodate anything that life throws my way. A business plan is really a strategy; full of how to do things the best way. It has to have contingencies because things don't always go as planned. So, I want to ask you: Do you have a plan or a strategy?
Tai Lopez K.S.E.
While watching YouTube videos on motivational speeches an advertisement from Tia Lopez sparked my interest. It brought me to his website where he outlined what his mentors taught him. He talked about us all striving for health, wealth, love, and happiness. He also said something else that struck me "The common enemy is the ignorance of our upbringing." Here are the points he shared:
He emphasized that they need to be in that order. To accomplish anything you want you need to love knowledge, create strategies, and then execute.
I suggest starting with loving knowledge. You can read a book or find on the internet anything that you want to know to develop the strategies you need to accomplish great things. KSE
This blog post is all resources for you to set and attain your goals! Please enjoy the downloads for your personal use and leave comments about what has worked for you!
Best Practices/SMART Goal Setting
Main things to remember about goal setting:
It Works! Inspired Quotes
Our mind, body, and soul are how we get through life. What steps can you take to get things done, be insanely productive, and keep healthy? You have to address at least those three aspects of mind, body, and soul. We have come up with five steps to help you on your journey:
Freedom & Focus
1. the center of interest or activity
2. the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition
-the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
We define these two terms because it is what we believe Time Managed planners can do for you. We offer focus and freedom. We put what you need to focus on in one place and you can use it to gain the freedom that you want.
"Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it." -Alan Lakein
Ideal Schedule Exercise
There is so much to do! Life can be overwhelming! Many people struggle with how to get everything done. Then there is this idea that we need work/life balance (in our opinion there is no such thing). We have goals and aspirations; then the daily grind gets in the way.
Here is where we introduce the ideal week exercise... designed to make you feel good about your schedule and time management. It is an exercise to make you realize that it is all possible (and if it's not then you need to delegate). I use one week out of each quarterly planner in order to perform this exercise; but at the end here I have provided a blank set of pages for you to use.
Here are the steps:
Here is my sample of an ideal week:
Here is the handout for you to create your own Ideal Schedule:
Here is a short video explaining the process: