Whew, life has been busy recently! Between moving halfway across the country, buying a home, unpacking, taking a 3 day car trip back home, and getting geared up to start homeschooling full force again, well, every day has been crazy.
I know I’m not alone in this feeling. Most moms feel overwhelmed.
Sometimes I feel like I’m simply riding through the fast paced river of Life, just trying to make it through. I write a regular to-do list, but often I feel like a hamster on a wheel, completing tasks just for the sake of completing them.
My most important mission in life is to raise and educate my children, but often I don’t say no to work that I probably shouldn’t accept, which takes time away from my children.
Reflect on Your Life Goals
The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner asks you in the beginning to prioritize what is most important to you. Ultimately, you rank the 10 most important things. Then, armed with this list, you create a purpose in life statement.
While this is an important task, it’s not an easy one. In fact, I put off using this planner for a week or so because I was so overwhelmed trying to nail down my purpose in life.
However, once I had it written down, deciding what tasks belonged in my life and which ones I should eliminate became much easier.
What Is Included in the Planner
- 90 Days Goals (a page each for personal, work, financial, and life goals)
- Unfinished Work Tasks
- Unfinished Home Tasks
- Home Repair
- Grocery List
- Annual Calendar at a Glance
- Annual Projects & Tasks
- 90 Day Calendar Worksheets (4 of these to cover one year)
- Monthly Calendar at a Glance (12 of these to cover one year)
- Meeting Planner
- Daily Progress Report (there are only 192 pages here, so that would cover a little less than 39 weeks)
- Exercise Progress Reports
The planner is 272 pages and will serve you for at least 6 months, though if you wanted to take advantage of the Daily Progress Reports for each weekday, you would need to buy two planners to get you through an entire year.
The calendar pages are blank, so you could start using this planner whenever you would like.
The creator of the planner, Allyson Lewis, clearly wants people to become more focused on their lives and their priorities. She has even developed several videos that can help people use the planner successfully.
What I Loved about the Planner
This planner worked perfectly for me as a homeschooling, work-at-home mom. What I loved was that the planner tried to cover all areas of my life. There were sections for getting in shape and taking care of your body, sections for finances, sections for goals, and sections for work. I love that this planner was not just about organizing one aspect of my life such as work or homeschooling, but that it encompassed my entire life.
What Could Be Improved
Overall, I enjoyed using The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner. However, there were a few changes I would like to see made.
First, the book is spiral bound and protected by a heavy plastic cover. While I appreciated the protection the cover offered, it tended to curl upward and often got in my way. I found it more of a nuisance than anything because it wouldn’t stay down.
In addition, I would like to see tabs on the side of the book so I could easily flip back and forth between the difference sections of the planner.
Finally, the Daily Contacts section in the Daily Progress Report wasn’t necessary for me. Instead, I ended up using it as a place to list what I wanted to accomplish that day.
If you’re a mom struggling to manage your various roles and to prioritize what is truly important in your life, this could be the planner for you.
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