You know I am a planner fanatic. When Michael Hyatt announced his new Full Focus Planner, I had to be one of the first ones on board. I signed up for a yearly subscription and have been very pleased with my results thus far.
So, of course, I had to write a review and tell you all about it.
The Real Purpose of a Paper Planner
I have tried all manner of planners and had not yet found one that I loved.
For me, the purpose of a paper planner goes beyond keeping track of my appointments because I use my electronic calendar for that.
My paper planner is where I block out exactly how I am going to use my time each and every day.
This means that I need to have space for a to do list – again for the day, and also a place to jot down notes as they come up.
I know what you are thinking – just about any planner with a 2 page per day layout can accomplish this.
True that, but …
The Full Focus Planner Goes Even Further
When the Full Focus Planner first landed on my radar a few unique things jumped out at me immediately.
This planner incorporates goal setting into your daily routine, which many planners do not.
In the Full Focus Planner, you set your yearly goals and break them all the way down into weekly goals and then daily goals.
Your daily goals serve to accomplish your weekly goals which serve to accomplish your yearly goals.
It's genius in it's simplicity, really.
The flow is what keeps me on track.
Why the Full Focus Planner Works So Well
By having all my goals in one place, I can constantly review the big picture.
Honestly, I have a tendency to go off on tangents.
All. The. Time.
One thing will lead to another, to another, to another – and so on and so forth.
Before I know it, the day is gone and I didn't get my stuff done.
With the Full Focus Planner, whenever I find myself at a loss for what to do next, or with a few extra minutes to fill – I look at my goals and strategically decide what to do to fill the time.
Because of the goals feature, I even force myself to do tasks that I don't want to do.
I still procrastinate (sheepish grin) but not as much.
How the Full Focus Planner is Organized
Each Full Focus Planner includes 3 months of undated planning pages.
So, each quarter you get a new book.
The planner itself is covered in black linen and bound into an actual book.
The cream colored pages within begin with your goal summary and details, move into your monthly calendars, and then provide space for repetitive things that you do daily.
You then move on to your daily pages which are a two page per day layout.
At weekly intervals you review your week and plan your weekends.
Naturally, at the end of the quarter you assess where you are with your goals and set up your new book accordingly.
I love the structure that it adds to my life.
My Pleasant Surprise
When I first saw the Full Focus Planner, I was a bit skeptical about whether it would truly appeal to me.
You see, I am a very visual person.
I like my planners to be colorful, inspiring, and well – pretty.
In contrast, the Full Focus Planner is rather subdued.
I would almost venture to say “boring” looking (ouch!) especially when compared to the very fun looking Erin Condren Life Planner.
It definitely looks right at home in a boardroom.
But once I actually started using the Full Focus Planner, I was pleasantly surprised.
The black and white backdrop is perfect and allows me a lot of flexibility for my creativity without adding any distraction.
I love using colored pens, stickers, washi tape, and other embellishments to dress up my planners (especially Happy Planner planner stickers).
Those pops of color help me remember what I need to do and also to find things in the planner quickly.
In fact, my Pilot Frixion pen has been a great companion to my Full Focus Planner because I can add color AND erase any mistakes. A marriage made in heaven. 😉
How to Use the Full Focus Planner
If you are not familiar with Michael Hyatt, he is known for being more or less the king of productivity.
His Free to Focus productivity course is extremely popular and has helped many people squash the overwhelm.
Because of this, I knew that the Full Focus Planner would be good.
But what I didn't realize is that there are also a series of “how to” videos that explain how to use the planner for maximum productivity.
Even though planners may seem self explanatory – I watched every video and they definitely helped me formulate a method for how I wanted to use the planner.
It's like free training.
Why Not Give It a Try?
If the Full Focus planner has sparked your interest, why not give it a try?
The goal setting approach to planning has definitely helped me stay on track and do more of what adds meaning to my life.
Oh, and did I mention that the packaging is pretty awesome, too? (This may have changed with the newer versions)