TOS Crew Review: The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

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.

Enter the 7 Minute Life Daily Planner ($24.95) by The 7 Minute Life.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review
This planner asks people to slow down a minute (actually, for 7 minutes) and reflect on the type of life they want to have.  We moms are so good at saying yes and bogging ourselves down with jobs and responsibilities that take us away from our most important mission in life.

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

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review
The planner has a lengthy introductory section that explains how to use it and also how to make your life more purposeful.  In fact, the motto of the planner is “Live your life in alignment with your priorities and purpose.”  After the initial pages that ask you to determine your priorities, purpose, and what your strengths are, the following sections are included:

  • 90 Days Goals (a page each for personal, work, financial, and life goals)
  • Unfinished Work Tasks
  • Unfinished Home Tasks
  • Home Repair
  • Grocery List
  • Connections
  • 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)
  • Notes
  • 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.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review
I also loved the 5 before 11 motto.  The idea is that you list 5 things you want to complete before 11 a.m.  I don’t know about you, but the later in the day it gets, the less likely I am to accomplish what I need to do.  I love trying to get 5 important things done before 11 a.m.

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

I was one of 90 people to review this planner.  Click on the link below to see what others had to say about it.

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Weekly Goals for September 11, 2014 and an Update on Last Week’s Goals

We’re still not settled enough to have a regular routine, but slowly we’re getting there.  After this upcoming week, I’m hoping life will feel more like normal, especially since we’ll start a full load of homeschooling again beginning on September 22nd.  (We’ve been on a light summer load since June doing math, reading, and history only.)

Last Week’s Goals

Financial

  • Sit down with my husband to create a budget and discuss our finances.  Not yet
  • Pay bills.
  • Arrange for automatic deposit for our various savings goals.  Not yet

Personal

  • Create a freezer cooking plan as well as a grocery shopping list for groceries for the month.
  • Have a freezer cooking session.  I’ve been doubling every recipe I’ve made this week, so this goal is half done.  I hope to finish my freezer cooking this weekend.
  • Do 5 days of homeschooling with Bookworm and the girls.  
  • Read at least 3 books to the girls or a few chapters of our Little House on the Prairie book a day. 
  • Do at least 15 minutes of ABCMouse.com with each girl 4 days this week.  
  • Finish the book I’m currently reading. 

Work

  • Write 4 posts for my blog.  I wrote 3 blog posts.
  • Write 5 posts for those I work for.  Not accomplished.
  • Decide on a regular publishing schedule for Mom’s Plans. Not accomplished.

 

This Week’s Goals

Financial

  • Sit down with my husband to create a budget and discuss our finances.
  • Talk to our financial advisor about a money market account.
  • Arrange for automatic deposit for our various savings goals.

Personal

  • Attend a gardening class.
  • Create a space for our fall garden and begin planting seeds.  (I hope this will get accomplished this week, but my husband hurt his back recently thanks to putting together our daughters’ new beds, so this project will depend on how his back is doing.)
  • Finish my freezer cooking session.
  • Get an AZ license.
  • Find our car title or order one if I can’t find it.  (I really hope I find it because ordering a new one costs $100!)
  • Put labels on my daughter’s shelves so they know which clothes go where when they put them away.
  • Do 5 days of homeschooling with Bookworm and the girls.  
  • Read at least 3 books to the girls or a few chapters of our Little House on the Prairie book a day. 
  • Do at least 15 minutes of ABCMouse.com with each girl 4 days this week.  
  • Read at least 50 pages in the book I’m currently reading (Devil’s Highway). 

Work

  • Write 4 book reviews for my blog and schedule them in advance.  (I’ve been reading books, but I just haven’t had time to write the reviews yet).
  • Write 2 other posts & one review for my blog.
  • Write 5 posts for those I work for.
  • Decide on a regular publishing schedule for Mom’s Plans.

Do you make weekly goals?  If so, what are yours?

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