The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

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The 7 Minute Life is a company specializing in time management and productivity. They produce The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner and this post is my review of this product.

When it comes to planning and organizing, I am the first in line. There’s a running joke between me and my husband about my passion for planners. You do not want to know how many planners I have tried and used over the years.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Cover

The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner is different from something you would pick up at Walmart or a bookstore. The regular features of a planner are there, of course, but then there is the front matter of the planner – that’s where you take the time to actually sit down, relax, and understand yourself and your goals.

First things first… Why this title? What’s with the seven minutes? Well, research shows that the average adult has an attention span of about seven minutes. Isn’t that scary? Regardless, the idea is to take seven minutes every day and plan your day, especially certain projects that absolutely must be done.

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It may sound like a cliché, but you will be amazed by how much you get done. The truth is that when we get intentional about our goals and actually write them down and think about why they are important to us, something inside us compels us to action. You cannot fool your brain anymore.

Another difference between this planner and others is that you will apply three principles: Prioritize, Organize, and Simplify. 7 minute life principles

Let’s analyze this graphic. Doesn’t it speak volumes? My life feels so much like the first picture. All the tasks I need to accomplish as a homeschooling mom appear like black circles or targets. There are just so many of them, where do I start? Each one seems just as important as the next.

During the seven minutes of analysis, one prioritizes by identifying those “must get done” tasks. For a homeschooling mom, those might be feeding the kids and getting reading and math done each day. Or, perhaps, art is the one thing you must do every day with your kids. Whatever it is, those would become your green circles, so to speak.

Then comes “organize.” When you have tasks organized in a row, don’t you feel a lot better already? I look at that second picture and I can actually breathe a sigh of relief. Order. I feel like I have some control over my life.

Last by not least, “simplify.” If the only thing you have energy for today are the green circles, then simplify your life by eliminating the rest of the circles. Focus on these must-do tasks and leave the rest behind.

This planner measures 7.3″ by 8.5″ and it is a physical product. You don’t have to print anything out. As I said above, the front matter of the planner is the most important part for you. It will help you learn who you really are, what makes you tick, and which goals mean the most to you. As you answer various questions, you will personalize this planner for your lifestyle.

Next, I would like to show you a sample of the page that keeps you on track. There is the concept of 5 before 11. These are five important tasks you plan to get done before 11am. This is really cool. Imagine yourself hitting five goals every day before you even start cooking lunch.

For those needing help with drinking their daily water, or exercise, or personal reflection time, there are areas where you can keep track of that. Also, you can keep yourself accountable by answering Yes or No to the question, “Did I do what I said I would do today?” If you confront yourself every day, I guarantee you will get moving closer to your goals.

7 minute life daily planner page

This is just a small sample of the pages available and the tools you will get with this planner, which costs $24.95 and comes with a 100% money back guarantee. It is intended for adults – moms, dads, professionals, any adult who has mental clutter to unload on paper, and tons of tasks to accomplish. Hmm… that’s all of us, I think.

In over 270 pages, you will revamp your whole life and never look back. But remember, the system works if you work the system. You must follow through with filling out these forms and spending those seven minutes thinking. For more information, please watch these videos and this one.

Personally, I filled out the front matter of the planner and used the daily task page a couple of time just to test it out. I have to say, it really works if you work it. I can’t wait to use it on a regular basis when my present planner runs out, in a few months.

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Mom Monday Week 36 – Your Physical Space

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A few years back, somebody told me that I have an organized mind. Maybe so. What I know for sure is that I can’t live in a disorganized home. Now, there are different levels of organization.

Trust me, my home is not picture perfect. A brutally honest relative came by a few years back and said with disgust as he looked at our living room, “This has become a play room now…” Well, those are his feelings. We like our living room peppered with LEGO bricks and dolls and toy trucks and ponies. It’s the price we pay for having children.  Continue reading »

Mom Monday week 36 - Your Physical Space

We have hard wood floors and a large area rug in the middle of the living room. We came up with the rule that all the toys stay on the carpet. About twice a week, when the sight gets unbearable, the toys make their ways into their carefully labeled baskets and bins. But, on a daily basis, we only pick up what has come off the carpet and put it back in the general area where it belongs.

As to our school books and supplies, bins and baskets and labels do the trick. We return those to their respective place as soon as we get done using them. Otherwise it’s too chaotic.

Recently, I even organized our collection of 450 living books. Gotta love the internet. I got free labels which fit the kinds of books I had, plus the inspiration itself. Hail to Pinterest!

Book bins with labels

Shelf #1. We have several.

I don’t know what your comfort level is when it comes to your physical space. I know ladies who complain about their disorganized home but do not want to do anything about it. I also know ladies whose conscience bothers them if they see a basket full of dirty laundry. So they do their laundry. Even if they don’t feel like it.

To each his own. But, if you are stressed because your physical space is disorganized, it will be worth your while to spend 30 minutes every day tackling one small area. The rest will follow.

5 Steps to Homeschooling Back-to-School

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I spent the last few days before our homeschooling back-to-school cleaning, dusting, washing, sanitizing, sorting and organizing. Every six months we turn the house inside out, get rid of clutter, clean corners where the sun doesn’t shine, and eliminate any sources of potential hazards (like mold). In the process, we find things we had been looking for or things we completely forgot about.

Since we teach September through July, the two semi-annual cleaning sessions happen in August, just before school starts, and in February, when everybody is burned out of learning and suffers from cabin fever. What a perfect way to spend a week, cleaning and organizing, feeling like you have something under control. It is also a semi-annual reminder that we don’t need all this “stuff.” So we scale down our inventory to the next new maximum.

Here are 5 steps to organizing for homeschooling back-to-school:

1. Clean the house thoroughly. Slide furniture out of its place, get under couches, look at corners you have not seen in months (or, – dare I say it? – years). Dust bunnies have killed many a homeschool.

2. Discard items you have not used in a year or so. When it comes to sorting possessions, most organizing gurus tell us to get three boxes: “Keep”, “Throw” and “Donate”. Of course, if the items to throw or donate are large, you leave them in their spot for the day you are ready to haul them off. If they are small, you will need to use some boxes until you finish the organizing process.

3. Organize books and school supplies. You have heard the saying, no doubt: a place for everything and everything in its place. Nothing discourages more than looking for something for ten minutes before using it. Get a grip (no pun intended) on school files and binders. If it stacks, it’s a pile. If it hangs, it’s a file. As for our daily school books, I put them in a medium size tote-like box with handles. If we have to move from one room to another, I just grab the tote.

Homeschooling Tote

4. Sort clothing according to the system under step #2. Be ruthless. Ask your spouse to help you make cutthroat decisions. The more you linger, the harder it is to get rid of stuff, especially if you have warm, fuzzy memories of your babies wearing a particular item. I am personally guilty of that.

5. Take a day off. Find a reliable babysitter, if at all possible, and take an overnight trip with your husband. After all, he is the principal of the school. You two need a retreat to focus on the upcoming school year, right? Or just to forget about homeschooling entirely and relax. This year, we took our first ever overnight trip without children since we became parents. We chose Hot Springs, NC and it was a good choice. I will tell you about it in a future blog post. Here I am in front of their library. I love their sign…

Read to your kids sign @ Hot Springs Library

How do you prepare for homeschooling back-to-school? Leave me a comment below, please.