This was a really fun episode to record mostly because I thought you all sent in such great questions! A lot of my answers refer to specific products, so I’ll organize these notes by question . . .
Q1: Ideas for more masculine planners (for the listener’s 25-year old son who has a new job and is motivated to try a paper system!)
Daily planners: Monk Manual, Full Focus Planner (and I actually have come to prefer their gender-neutral/more masculine version myself! Please email me or leave a comment if you’d like a referral link.)
Q2: Planning ideas for during residency! A shout-out to anyone about to embark on a new residency adventure in July. I admitted that I probably wouldn’t have carried a full-sized planner to work every day, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a TON to plan, track, and prioritize!
If it were me — I would keep a detailed planner with built in goal setting at home, and go very streamlined (or just electronic) when it comes to busy clinical days. Even now, I have less need for my planner on my clinic days!
Q3: Audio Q about preparing for travel! Aww, a fun thing to think about after so many months without travel! My short answer – I don’t plan that much! I don’t like to do that much when I travel! So . . I think about perhaps 2-3 things that require booking (ie: a massage, one restaurant) and otherwise we use vacation as a time to do LESS or go on more spontaneous outdoor adventures (say, a local garden). I do think ahead about visiting friends if I’m going somewhere that close friends live!
I DO plan my outfits when going on longer trips. I have found that if I don’t, when I get there I’m at a loss for what to wear, and nothing goes together!
Q4: Audio Q about Pre-Planning, Post-Planning, Messy Planning: I write in my planner once for any given list or period of time. I love to make it look organized and pretty but it’s never going to be perfect and I accept that. My planner IS fun to use, but primarily it’s a tool that helps me to prioritize and encourages me to spend my time in the way that I’d like to. It helps my brain “see” the structure of a week and provides a rewarding tactile experience when I write down goals and dreams. But it is not in itself a work of art and I definitely refuse to “Pre-Plan” if that means multiple copies of the same thing!
Q5: Audio Q from Mark about long-term planning. His question inspired this post! The comment section in that post is great.
Q6: Ideas for a goal-setting system? “I would like to use one planner for yearly, quarterly/quintile, and monthly goals. Then plan my days in my regular crazy notebook – which gets messy. Sort of like a vision board and document achievements kind of planner? Does it exist or am I chasing a unicorn?”
I don’t think it’s a unicorn! Options to consider: