Video: Overview of the Zeitgeber Planner

I posted a video showing an overview of the Zeitgeber Planner’s printable monthly, weekly and daily pages. I go through the quick process of how I schedule appointments and move project tasks from monthly goal-setting to daily planning.

The Zeitgeber planner uses a simple manage-and-focus system that is based on the time management matrix. Only the important tasks are written down, with urgent tasks under the manage section, and non-urgent tasks under the focus section. This system is used in the monthly, weekly and daily pages, so that you’re able to slice bigger projects into manageable daily items.

The planner pages are available in the Filofax Personal and A5 sizes, and the Franklin Covey Compact and Classic sizes. If you’re a blog subscriber, remember that you have until Saturday, April 30, 2016 to use your 20% off coupon!

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Zeitgeber Planner in Three Sizes

blue-logo-zeitgeber-planner-optimize-300pxThe 2016 Zeitgeber Planner is now available in three sizes:

  • Compact for Franklin Covey planners
  • Personal for Filofax planners
  • A5/Classic for both Franklin Covey and Filofax

You can choose just the daily pages ($10, any size) or just the project management pages ($10, any size). The full set is only $12 in any size. Need all three sizes? Get the package of full sets in Compact, Personal, and A5/Classic for only $15.

Purpose. Focus. Balance. These are the three principles behind the Zeitgeber Planner. Get your planner pages today.

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Looking Ahead to the New Year

brick-doorwayHappy 2016! 2015 was a great year, and it came with a couple of changes for me.

I started a new job, and explored a new creative pursuit. Through it all, my planner was my companion. I used the full Zeitgeber planner for 2015, and I really liked how the project planning sections and the dial worked together to help me manage my time.

Now it’s the new year, and I’m looking ahead to what 2016 will bring.

I’m carrying over a newish creative endeavor that I started in September 2015. I’ve started sketching and painting with watercolor! I’m excited about this, because I’ve always wanted to be able to draw and paint.

I always thought that painting ability was an inborn talent others are blessed with. Then I found out about art journaling and urban sketching. I still don’t consider myself to have any sort of innate talent. But I realized that, to some degree, painting and sketching can be acquired skills. I figured I’d give it a try, and I’ve been enjoying it!

I’ve also jumped on the craze for coloring books. I’ve always loved to color and have my own boxes of 120-piece and 96-piece crayons. I’m happy that there are so many choices for coloring books now. No more settling for kids’ coloring books printed on newsprint!

Planner-wise, I’m now in a Filofax Malden! I’ve always wanted one and finally couldn’t resist. Currently, I’m using the Filofax 2016 weekly pages that came with the planner, combined with monthly Zeitgeber pages. This may evolve since it’s the first time I’ve used Filofax’s inserts. But you’ll see more of my setup in the coming weeks.

I’m looking forward to 2016, and I hope you are too!

Three Principles of Optimized Planning: Purpose, Focus, Balance

three-principles-optimized-planningWe all want to be better at managing our time. We’d like to set goals, lay out a plan for accomplishing those goals, and consistently follow the plan. Meanwhile, we want family-work balance, enough rest and recreation, and having a sense that what we’re doing is worthwhile.

These are things that I want for myself, and I suspect many of you are the same. In the process of looking closely at the way I plan my day, I identified three core principles that help me achieve those things.

I call these the three principles of optimized planning, and they make the basic foundation of the Zeitgeber planning system. They are purpose, focus and balance.


When I plan, I need a way to set the course for what I want to accomplish. This is a really basic concept, but sometimes, I find myself just planning the day/week/month, without having a clear idea of why I’m doing all these activities and tasks.

Setting a purpose is a big-picture, big-rock approach that forces me to be more…