DIY Personal Planner

A couple of points from Susan’s podcast: “How to Beat Procrastination and Become a Finisher” really resonated with me.

  1. Finish one project before moving on to the next one.
  2. Dig deep to find out why you procrastinate, and then address those reasons.

Since starting the 31 Days to Finished series, I’ve identified a few reasons why I procrastinate and continue to discover more:

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So, motivated by Susan’s words, I dusted off my household binder and started reorganizing it.

I’ve tried them all over the years:  store-bought planners,  DIY planners, free printables, but the bottom line is that my needs don’t fit inside those little boxes, literally.

So, I’ve created a Weekly Household Planner as a guideline for chores. Dividing my day into Time Blocks is much more effective for me.


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Scheduling each and every chore by time just adds stress and anxiety to my day. I start feeling “behind” if I’m not on schedule. How silly.

It’s my schedule, my day…I will be in charge of my time, not the other way around.  { Tweet it }  So, I designed this planner according to how I live and what is logical to me.

The best way for me to plan is to use good old notebook paper for my to-do lists and goal planning.

I divide my planner by months and each section has enough notebook paper for writing out monthly goals and weekly to-do lists.

EDITED 12/12/16: This planner has worked really well for me over the past few years. I have accomplished so many of my goals and feel more in control of my time. In 2017, I plan to try something a little different and include journaling in my planner, following the bullet journal method for my planner.

For more resources on time blocking and time management read Work Smarter, Not Harder.


Happy planning and I’ll see you in class,

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  1. Love your planner, Sharon. So glad the podcast was helpful. I actually procrastinated on something for church on Sunday and was so flustered and rushing around about to be late – again. My husband then looked at me and said, “I think there’s this lady who recently did a podcast episode on the subject of procrastination. You should listen to it.” Sly dog …

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