The Four Laws of Simplicity, and How to Apply Them to Planning

I confess that I lifted the title of this post from Leo Babauta at Zen Habits. Actually, I borrowed the idea from him. You see, Leo is like the master ninja of the internet when it comes to simplicity.

For my part, I continue to discover that simplicity is a huge part of becoming more effective. The less clutter, the better.


One of my goals is to have a planning system that’s both effective and simple to maintain.

I need my planner to work well for me. It also must require only a minimum amount of my time to keep it going.

It’s a tool I use to manage my attention, time and energy, not something that burns up huge chunks of those non-renewable personal resources.

The Four Laws of Simple Planning

I recently re-read Leo’s Four Laws of Simplicity and realized that it can be applied to how I plan and manage my time.

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Is the Perfect Planner a Myth?

The irony. Last week, I wrote about my vision of what my “perfect planner pages” would be. Today, I’m asking whether the perfect planner is just a myth. I know. Fickle much, right?

Bear with me.


If you’ve been using a personal organizer for any length of time, this waffling shouldn’t be a surprise. Although, maybe even I will admit that a week is a short period of time for an about-face. ;)

But, after last week’s review, I read this post by Patty over on Homemakersdaily, where she gave a glimpse of how she decided on her planner setup for 2014. She described her past struggles with picking which planner to use, and how she might still change (again).

And I realized I’ve seen this over and over again (in my planner use and in others, as well).

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Review of the 2014 Franklin Planner Real Life Adventures Daily Inserts in Compact Size

Now that we’re well into 2014, I’ve had enough time to set up, tweak, and use my new planner pages. It’s the perfect time for a review. This year, I’m using the Franklin Planner Real Life Adventures daily inserts. This is in the compact size, housed in my Filofax Personal Holborn.


This is the first time I’m using these particular inserts. I’ve used a variety of formats in the past, which I’ll talk about in another post. Last year, I was in a one-page-per-day format.

I’ve since set up my own freelance writing business, and things have gotten a bit busier. I also wanted to keep a more detailed journal/record of my days. Hence, the need for the extra page for notes.

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