I really enjoy researching different planning systems. There is no shortage of them out there and they all fit different needs for different people at different stages of their lives. Some of the most popular include the Franklin planner system, David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, the Bullet Journal method, Tonya Dalton’s Inkwell Press productivity system, Jenny Penton’s Planner Perfect method and Lara Casey’s Powersheets just to name a few. There are also a plethora of planning systems and calendars, both digital and paper.
Now you might be wondering what’s the difference between a planning system and a calendar. A planning system is a tool used to be productive in accomplishing your goals and completing long term projects. A calendar simply holds your events/appointments and due dates for projects/tasks. For the longest time I’ve used my planner as a calendar. It wasn’t until recently when I decided that I wanted to increase my productivity and accomplish my goals that I switched my planner to an actual planning system.
There are three common themes that I have found after researching the most popular planning systems and that is you need a place to capture information, a place to plan the information you capture and a easy and quick way to retrieve the important information that you captured. Each of the above planning systems have their own way of completing all three but I use a combination of the Franklin Planner system and GTD. It’s what makes the most sense for the way my brain works and is perfect for this season in my life. There are several other parts to my planning system but the capture, plan and retrieve are vital to my planning system. It’s whats helping me crushing my goals this year.
What are you using to crush your goals? What are some planning systems that I didn’t mention above?