COVID19 Planners Work

Day 34: Planning-Related

April 18, 2020

Someone asked if I was still using the Full Focus Planner. The answer is YES. I find it a nearly perfect planner for the COVID-19 lifestyle. The layout helps me to keep my mind focused (yep) on the present day, which is really helpful right now. It is enjoyable to write in and fill up, and I think it has helped with my productivity and mental state.

I call it “nearly perfect” because I wish it contained weekly calendar pages in one section. There is a weekly calendar of sorts, but it’s embedded throughout — ie, one page every time a new week rolls around. It makes it hard to use this book to track schedules which is FINE right now — there isn’t much to plan! — but which might be tricky with normal life.

I do think it is an opportunity for me to play around with different planning techniques, including using my calendar apps more diligently. Even though I love having a paper version, I do refer to the Apple Calendar app, which is synced to both my Google Calendar (where Josh sometimes puts things, and I sometimes put family events) and my Outlook Calendar (work things like meetings and resident conferences).

Could I ever go fully digital for scheduling things? Maybe. I’m just not sure I want to. Being forced to plan my weeks out on paper helps me to plan more realistically, I think. BUT, I would never say never.

And now is definitely a good time to experiment!

I do miss my Hobonichi, which is sitting on my desk unused. I just prefer the structured format of FFP right now, and seeing all of the pre-written (by me) events that are not happening really did bother me!

Time will tell whether the Hobo remains on the bench for the remainder of 2020. I think maybe.


  • Round in hospital (it is busy!)
  • Catch up on notes (including outpt tele 3 from yesterday, oops)
  • Phone follow up w/ several patients
  • Grab schedule info & bone age book from office (!)
  • Meal plan / grocery list (was going to shop but maybe tabling that until tomorrow)
  • Workout (21 DFX Dirty 30)

(Josh is on call so our nanny is working today. Hopefully will get some kid time in there too, but work will be priority.)


  • Reply Lisa April 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    It is fun to see a different layout so thanks for sharing! I’m still using my hobonichi because I don’t pre fill in the daily pages so every day is a clean slate and I’ve been playing around with my layout. I’d love to see more pandemic daily pages (maybe a reader all call for your planning Instagram?).

  • Reply Chelsea April 18, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I tried to see if you’d already had her on BOBW already because I feel like you did interview someone who designs planners before, but if you haven’t, I was looking at the promo materials for the Full Focus Bold, and the COO of the company Megan Hyatt Miller might make a good guest. She has 5 kids and seems very involved in growing the company AND she obviously loves planners.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 19, 2020 at 7:16 am

      We had Tonya Dalton from Inkwell press! We contacted Megan Hyatt Miller and sadly got a “no” from a staff member. Maybe someday we will try again 🙂

  • Reply Natalie April 19, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the update! Great perspective on this format keeping you in the now, and I like how you’ve broken up the pages for your use.

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