What is it?
In the Productivity Planner, at the start of each week I document my prioritized goals for that week. I break down the weekly goals into prioritized daily goals. Each day I allocate one or more 25-minute time blocks (known as pomodoros or the pomodoro method) to complete each task.
At the end of the day, I rank my perception of my productivity level from 1-10. At the end of each week, I write down my “weekly wins,” “tasks I did not complete and commit to starting again next week” and “learnings”
Why is it a Game Changer?
To-do lists treat each task equally. Not all tasks are of equal value. Managing your day by priority forces you to focus efforts on completing high impact tasks first.
Everything is organized and written in one place instead of multiple notepads, whiteboards and apps.
By writing down and reflecting on how productive you were each day and each week, you can celebrate the small successes you might otherwise forget. Conversely, you can visually see the tasks that seem to stretch out for weeks and never get done and use it as an accountability tool to yourself.
Have you ever been in a staff meeting and forgotten a few key items on which you needed to report status? The past week’s “weekly wins” section and the “highest priority task for this week” sections serve as a handy reference guide so you cover everything in staff meetings.
Finally, it serves as a historical record. When you need to report progress from one month to the next, or you need to remember the date when you held a key meeting, or it is time to do your self-assessment for your performance review — once again, all the information is there.