It is so nice to see you here.
This is Anjali Regis, creator of Penguin Planner.
I want to appreciate you from bottom of my heart for buying Penguin Planner or showing interest in this product. I assure you that it will help you be productive and maintain work-life balance like it did for me and several other people whom I personally know. So, before I get side tracked let me introduce you to Penguin Planner (Daily Planner) and how I use it. Hopefully it will give you an inspiration on how to use it for yourself.
This planner is a daily planner with Monthly and Daily Views.
Monthly View has the following features:
- Goals: In this section, I put top 5 goals for the month, which will bring value to what I do and are important to me. These goals could be personal or professional.
- Calendar: I usually mark the most important dates based on what is upcoming if I know in advance otherwise, I mark them as I find out.
- Tasks: To be focused and productive and not get overwhelmed I put the top 5 tasks of the month. If I run out of space, I utilize notes, calendar or daily section for extended list.
- Meeting/Events: I use the same strategy and list out 5 most important events/meeting of the month. If I run out of space, I utilize notes, calendar or daily section for extended list. Sticky notes always come in handy if I need an extra space to write.
Oh, by the way, Penguin Planner comes with 40 sheets of sticky notes, a paper bookmark and tab stickers (Physical Dashboard of Life*).
When I designed the daily view, I tried to make it more practical yet effective for productivity and work-life balance, at the end it ended up with the following features:
Tasks of the Day (Must Do and Should Do): This section is all about prioritization. I put the most important tasks of the day which are important and urgent. If I have too much in my plate, I follow the “Eisenhower Box” technique to prioritize. And whatever does not fit in the “Must Do” section and it could be done on the same day or after, I put it in the “Should Do” section.
Manage your Time (Meeting/Event and Me/Family Time): This section is divided into professional/nonpersonal and personal time.
- Meeting/Event: I intentionally did not put time bar in this section because I realized that most of the time, we do not end up using the entire space and it is a waste of useful writing space. I usually put time right next to it so that I know when it needs to happen.
- Me/Family Time: So, this section is so important for me to have the work-life balance. I used to confuse productivity with working long hours until things were done and nothing is wrong in that for once in a while but I noticed that when I regularly did that, I would be cranky and not have enough energy to tackle the next day. It was affecting me and my relationship.
So, I decide to dedicate time for self-care and family. It really helped me to feel fulfilled at the end of the day and not have a guilt of not spending time with the loved once.
Nutritional Supplement/Medication: I personally believe in complete nutrition and when I found out that about 75% of Americans take some type of nutritional supplement I had to put this section in the planner, so that it could be tracked at one place. It also helped me not to forget taking my meds or nutritional supplement/Nutritional drink (Kale drink yum!! I know most of us don’t like it, bravo if you do).
Water-Intake: Another thing I found that approx. 80% of Americans and specially women do not drink enough water just like I did. So, I included this section to achieve my water intake goal for the day. One research shows, how dehydration affects productivity and I am sure none of us want that right..
Health Goals: This section has 2 things which I track:
- Exercise/Meditation: Here I log my activity and time spent on it. It also kind of gives me a nudge to exercise on the days when I am feeling sluggish because it is there to stare at me on the daily page.
- Meals: I log 4 most important meals of the day. It helps me stay on track for my food habits.
Summary of the Day: This section is all about affirmation and inspiration.
It has 4 quadrants.
- Achievement- I note down what I could achieve that day. You can summarize your day here. Example: Paid off loan.
- Insight gained- If you learned a skill or gained an insight, you can put it here.
- Grateful for- This subsection is to create self-awareness and be thankful for what you have. This helps reduce anxiety and sleep better at night.
- Looking forward to- This sets an expectation for the future and helps you concentrate on the goals which you have set for your future self.
And one last thing before I forget, this planner also helps you track your time when you wake up and go to bed. So, if you are planning to be a morning person, you can track this habit on the daily page.
The adhesive divider tabs which come with the planner, create a physical dashboard with your planner and give you an idea about how your days were, just by looking on the side of the planner.
It is kind of interesting to see how many milestones you achieved or how many ideas you came up with or how many times you felt the happiest during the course of using this planner.
It is definitely a trip down the memory lane.Not only that it is easy to refer to a page when you need to, instead of flipping through the entire planner.