Like almost every paper-based planner I know, I’ve gone through different kinds of planner inserts. Daily, weekly, store-bought, etc. One of the challenges I’ve faced is 1) I like 24-hour daily planners, but 2) seeing all the 24 hours makes my brain think that all those hours are fair game. I call this the myth of the 24-hour day.
I ended up creating my own system, and I’ve decided to make it available for others to use.
Introducing the Zeitgeber Planner…
The Zeitgeber Planner
Zeitgeber, you say, what’s that? The word comes from the German words zeit (“time”) and geber (“giver”), and can be loosely translated as “synchronizer.” As defined on Dictionary.com, a zeitgeber is:
The Zeitgeber Planner is a planning system that helps me optimize the way I manage my time, by synchronizing my daily rhythms with my body’s natural 24-hour clock. It combines project-based planning with a visual planning tool.
As a practical system, it funnels goal-related action steps into monthly, weekly, and daily activities. It then structures my day to help me focus on the most important tasks, and achieve balance so that I’m at my best, physically and mentally.
Monthly, Weekly and Daily Pages
Take a look at the Zeitgeber Planner pages in this video:
I will release the 2015 pages soon. But if you want to try the planner now, the November-December 2014 planner pages are available in two sizes: the Personal Size for Filofax binders, and the Compact Size for Franklin Covey organizers.
For only $3, you’ll get the following pages for November-December 2014:
- Monthly Calendars – 2-page monthly overview with space for notes; Capture page; Index page
- Monthly Project Plotter and Task Tracker – fold-out back-to-back page: Task Tracker chart for the month; Project Plotter 4- or 5-week overview; space for Quadrants 1 and 2 activities
- Weekly Project Plotter and Task Tracker – fold-out back-to-back page: Task Tracker chart for the week; Monday-start weekly schedule and Project Plotter; space for Quadrants 1 and 2 activities, and notes
- Z116 One-Page-per-Day Daily Planner Pages – daily pages featuring the Zeitgeber Dial and space for Quadrants 1 and 2 activities; Review page at the end of the week
- Bonus Printable: Project Master Plan – back-to-back fold-out page for project-based planning
Edit: These planners are no longer available. See my latest post for the most recent Zeitgeber Planners for your organizer.