Screen Time Comments – thank you for your comments on last week’s episode!
Q1: Seeking templates to create a planner, or a planner with schedule on one side / notes on the other
I don’t have specific templates or software to recommend (though I am 100% sure they are out there!) but there are also lots of established customizable planners out there that may be a middle ground that will allow you to create a book that has what you need. Ideas:
1) Agendio – the MOST flexible. Tons of options!
2) Personal Planner – Swedish company but they ship everywhere
3) Plum Paper – lots of people love them! I like their designs but find the paper slippery for me
4) Golden Coil – love their paper, similar to Erin Condren paper but with much more customizability.
(Also worth noting that both Full Focus — affiliate link; use SARAH10 for 10% off — and Productivity Planner have layouts similar to what is mentioned here!)
Q2: Listener note that the audience is mostly female + that the planning process can be more valuable than the plans themselves. Yep! I discuss planning vs productivity here. (To me, 99% of productivity is linked to having a robust planning / calendaring / task management system.)
Q3: Listener asks what I would put in a planner if I were creating one. WHAT A FUN QUESTION!!!!
Gridlines (light and unobtrusive)
Spiral and lay flat opinions
Functional monthly layout
Some kind of annual/habits view
Decent # blank pages
Some kind of optional accompanying daily booklet (change every quintile, perhaps?)
Q4: Update on current favorite podcasts
Running Podcasts: Run Free Podcast, Nobody Asked Us with Kara Goucher + Des Linden, Ali on the Run, Fuel for the Sole with Meagan Featherstun, Another Mother Runner
Life Podcasts: Laura Tremaine 10 Things to Tell You (back from yearlong break!), The Mom Hour, Girl Next Door Podcast
Planners: Planners & Wine, The Stationery Cafe
Finances Etc: Freakonomics, Planet Money, No Stupid Questions
Organizing Etc: Cal Newport’s Deep Questions, Happier, The Productivity Show (previously Asian Efficiency), Edit Your Life, Organize 365, Jenny Blake – It’s Free Time, Tim Ferriss (sometimes!)
Books + Music: NPR All Songs Considered, What Should I read Next
Health: The Drive with Peter Attia
I did not include links here since everyone uses different players anyway! If you have trouble finding one, let me know!
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Passion Planner Daily has daily schedule on the left, notes on the right.
Another book recommendation podcast you might like (and my favourite) is the currently reading podcast.
Just wanted to chime in that I love my Plum Paper! I’ve had several now. I think I originally read about the company on this blog, so thank you! For me, there are enough options that it is fun to customize, but not so many options that I get overwhelmed, and I always end up with a planner I enjoy using.
My favorite reading podcast is “Sarah’s Bookshelves Live.” Her author interviews are AMAZING and really add to my reading experience when I read the author’s books. There are no spoilers so you don’t have to have read the book to enjoy the podcast. I also love Currently Reading, like the previous commenter mentioned.
Lisa, I listened to that podcast a few times. It seemed like a copy of the What Should I Read Next format. Do you think so? Aside from that, her reading tastes seem good.
I actually don’t find anything similar between WSIRN and Sarah’s Bookshelves Live! When she has guests she does ask them about old and new books they’ve enjoyed, a book they disliked, and their last 5 star read. So she does talk about books the guest has liked and disliked but that’s the only similarity – plus the focus of the podcast is so different as she’s not playing literary matchmaker like Anne Bogel is. I really like her seasonal preview episodes and her author interviews are so great since she comes up with really interesting questions.
I wonder if you’d like The Hurdle Podcast, not that you need another podcast!
I’m Swedish, and have bought a couple of planners from Personal Planners throughout the years. I always order our family wall calendar from them, love it!