I have a planner problem. Well, I had a planner problem and a procrastination problem until I discovered the Panda Planner. As a professional procrastinator, I could never resist the siren song of the latest and greatest daily planner. I could smell the promise of possibility and goal achievement living in each blank page of my planner de jour. But nothing seemed to stick. So I'd try another one.
and another one….
and another one, until
I finally found the Panda Planner! In this post, I'll share with you why the Panda Planner has worked so well for me and how I use it to drive my ideas into action and keep procrastination at bay.
Melanie Diezel nailed it when she described the Panda Planner in her Inc. article as the planner to pick if “you're a chronic procrastinator.” Bingo! So why does it work so well?
There is a misguided idea that procrastinators are somehow lazy or perhaps don't get much accomplished. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Procrastinators in our effort to avoid doing the hard stuff manage to get an impressive amount of work done. Unfortunately, it's just not the work that matters most.
The Panda Planner helps you set your weekly focus areas, narrowing down the priority projects you will advance, as well as identifying your top 5 goals for the week.
A critical section of the daily entry for me has been the “Focus” section. I use it to identify the ONE Thing, the most important task I can do today that will have the biggest impact on achieving one of my weekly goals. It's the ONE Thing I must complete before I go to bed, and it's one of the ways I measure success.
I know that if I can string together days and weeks of completing my daily ONE Thing, I'm going to make significant progress on the work and the goals that matter most to me.
Procrastinators need consistent and frequent check-ins to help us hold ourselves accountable to commitments we've made.
The “Today's Wins” section of the daily entry creates the perfect opportunity to recognize what you got right. Acknowledging incremental progress fuels momentum! While the “How I'll Improve” section encourages reflecting on what you can do the next day differently to have more impact.
The monthly pages include a “Plan” section for goal setting and a “Review” section for evaluating how well you did and for logging lessons learned. It can be difficult to make time for reflection, and I like how this prompts you to leverage the valuable lessons you've learned. There's also a small box each day on the monthly section for tracking that keystone habit you're working hard to acquire.
Panda Planner claims to be “scientifically designed to make you happier and more productive” and I could not agree more! Not only does Panda Planner nail the focus and accountability components of planning, it includes some equally powerful happiness features.
- Daily Gratitude: There's no denying it. Starting your day from a place of gratitude can only mean good things.
- I'm Excited About: This is such an ingenious way to prime your thinking in a positive and appreciative way. Sometimes I can't muster up three things, but I make it a rule always to include two entries, no matter how insignificant they may seem.
- Affirmations: I was a skeptic, but now I'm a believer! There's no doubt that seeing positive affirmations written in your handwriting on a consistent basis can frame your subconscious. And who doesn't need a more supportive subconscious?
I am truly impressed with the intention that went into the development of the Panda Planner. As a recovering professional procrastinator, it resonated with me in a way that has inspired me to use it consistently. And that, after all, is the whole point.
Adriana McLane, Co-Creator