MakseLife Mini Review
MakseLife is pronounced “Moxie Life” and has taken over the planning world (at least the Instagram one that I have observed) by storm over the past year! The MakseLife products are developed by CEO Sierra Friend, a life coach, and they have a heavy emphasis on effective goal setting.
MakseLife makes a very comprehensive (and heavy!) weekly planner, but today’s review focuses on the Quarterly Companion Notebooks, which I ordered and paid for myself as is my new personal Pod Policy.
Here are some pix! These are mockups, because I already have my own goal setting which I do in my current everyday planner. They are mostly based on reality, but not my actual pages.
The paper is great.
The framework for a goal-setting system is great, particularly if you don’t already have one.
The layouts are enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing (though I hate filling in blank monthlies!).
Very positive and active community on social media that may help maintain enthusiasm throughout your goal setting journey.
Would tuck nicely into an A5 system – example: could easily fit this alongside a Hobonichi Cousin Avec in a Hobonichi cover for a nice side-by-side system.
$48 for 4 fairly slim softcover quarterly notebooks seems a little steep, though the website sometimes has sales.
If you already divide your goals into different categories, it may be hard to adapt to the 8 realms this system suggests.
SPEAKPIPE! Just want to let you can now submit an audio question or suggestion! I joined Speakpipe with BLP in mind, but you could leave a BOBW-focused question there too, and then you’ll hear your voice on the pod.
So please – try it out! Would love to hear/feature some of you.
1- Goals vs to dos – what’s the difference?
I see goals as the completion of a more complete project, and “to dos” items to be done in one step/sitting. However, sometimes breaking a bigger goal into smaller ones can be psychically satisfying (to me, anyway!) and then the little goals can basically be to dos. (So . . . maybe it’s semantics!)
2- From a GTD die-hard, asking how to “manage these kinds of non-goal related tasks without falling back into an obsession with cataloguing every little thing on a set of context lists?“
Summary of my answer: build into either automatic routines OR hard schedule landscape!)
3- “I often (pretty much always) have several projects going on at work. My concern is that I can forget where I have left off or what else is left to do to finalize implementation. I have folders, notes, piles all over my desk – looking at all of these can cause anxiety. I am looking for a good paper project planner where I can keep progress and next steps for each project in one spot.“
Summary of my answer: you don’t need a planner; you need something like an Organize 365-style Sunday Basket! Note: they also do have a work-focused product called the Friday Work Box, so I’m not the first person to realize this product’s versatility! Note – these are not affiliate links and I have not tried these personally, but I love the concept.