COVID19 Planners Work

Day 9: Full Focus?

March 24, 2020

Yesterday was my first day using the latest version of the Full Focus Planner. I sort of hate to admit it as a Hobonichi die-hard, but . . .

I kind of liked it.


There is a ton of space, and I was able to take 2 sets of meeting notes on the right hand side. This definitely helped prevent mind-wandering.

Will I switch forever? Probably not. Because while the FFP is fantastic for daily task management and organization, it doesn’t have much of a calendar. Their idea is to go digital with your main calendar, and then just have a broad landscape and daily zoomed-in view on paper.

That said . . . I might (MIGHT) try it. We will see! I will share my daily layout soon.

Random tip: The meditation app Headspace is offering free premium access for the rest of 2020 to U.S. healthcare providers working in public health care settings (assuming most hospitals?) — I tried the code and it worked! It is not just for physicians — their list includes everything from social worker to nurse to respiratory therapist.

Josh really wanted to play the game Pandemic yesterday. I did not like being reminded of reality every time I looked at the board.


  • Beachbody
  • 7:30 AM work update call (we have childcare coverage 7:30 – 5p today)
  • Probably go into work just to discuss a trial of telemedicine tomorrow (from home!) with our practice manager & division chief — ironically, I feel pressure to show my face AND pressure not to. Hmm.
  • Random work task blitz (many small nagging tasks that need to be annihilated; I couldn’t do this without childcare)
  • Residency Strategizing Meeting with 2 other faculty members
  • 4:30 PM work update call

Oh, and I went to the grocery store yesterday to get groceries for the week. I HOPE they last the week. It was actually not as dire as I had heard (they pretty much had everything I wanted, or was able to make a reasonable sub). We are going through food so much faster with all of us home all day and minimal eating out (though we have gotten some takeout from local places and will continue to do so as long as we are allowed).


  • Reply omdg March 24, 2020 at 9:38 am

    I’ve only played pandemic once, and it was super fun. When people ask for suggestions about what games to buy, I’ve managed to bite my tongue about it though, since I was prepared to be yelled at for the suggestion. Hope you and the kids had fun playing it!

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly March 24, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Glad you’re liking your Full Focus Planner! I’ve found it really helpful and I have resisted paper planners for years. I like that it has a specific process you are supposed to follow. That has really helped me use it more. I don’t use all of the pages but I like the goals sections and weekly/daily pages. I still use digital for calendar, time blocking, to-do lists and project management.

  • Reply rose March 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you for writing. West coast state, senior, full lockdown. Our stores limiting quantities and often quite limited supplies. Delivery option not adequate to demand for delivery and many weird substitutions happen (kitty litter for TP??!!) Hope your stores continue as are and ours regularize over the next week. Some stores let one person in for 1 person leaving, lines outside store and some do not believe in social distance in these lines………
    Hoping curve flattens. That will not show for some time as area has absolutely a dearth of tests still so only the super ill are tested and counted…… asymptomatic ones who are spreading it absolutely cannot get test except if super rich/privileged, nor do the mildly ill (which means they are not turning blue yet) get a test. The numbers, anyway, are uncool and nausea inducing.

    Please be careful, your children need you, I so appreciate your posting. The pictures of the children are so helpful and sane making. THANK YOU for this blog and also for your profession.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 24, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      Oh wow!! Thank you so much for commenting!!

  • Reply Lori C March 24, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    I actually ordered that game last week but haven’t played it. I kind of think the game will soothe my fears by providing knowledge…? Maybe? Maybe that’s a stretch… sounds like you are doing better mentally today. Just take it a day at a time and do your best to elevate the everyday (as Laura says). Example- I’m an iced coffee die hard and finally caved and got Starbucks drive thru. Got a venti with no ice so it will last a few days. Game changer. Mood instantly brightened! Ironically I changed planners too, but went from my Target Blue Sky weekly back to my Hobonichi. I feel in control/happy when I see chunks of time outlined in my day, even if the schedule changes. Take care

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 24, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      You earned that venti girl!!!

  • Reply Kaye March 24, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    You have inspired me to try Beachbody! I am usually a pretty big gym rat/ strength train almost exclusively for my workouts, but with the kids home, me working from home, etc…I just don’t have the energy to try to come up with at home workouts to replace my gym weight routines. I’m excited to try something different for a little while, and to incorporate some more cardio (which I’m terrible about doing on my own)! I like the idea of having some shorter workouts too that will be easier to fit in, as well as a “plan” to follow to keep me motivated right now during this time.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      Let me know what you think!!

  • Reply Danielle March 24, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you for passing along the info about Headspace. My sister is an RN in a long term care facility near Seattle. She can use all the stress relief she can get!

  • Reply Danielle March 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I was looking into the Full Focus and he recently announced that they are bringing back the calendar view.

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