- no-pressure reminders to get things done. If a particular job didn't get completed on the day it was scheduled, I knew it would appear again before too long and I would just do it then. Or do it the next day. That was easy too, because I am using the week-per-page layout.
- checkboxes for the things I need to look after every day - jobs like wiping out sinks and clearing the kitchen counter; and personal items like quiet time and exercising.
- bigger jobs broken down into smaller chunks over more than one day. My estimate is that all the tasks for a given day would take a total of two hours at the very most, and not always that long either.
- reminders included for things I would probably forget otherwise, or that I might notice needed doing but procrastinate actually doing until it was completely forgotten for another month or two. A check-box motivated me to just do it (or perhaps assign the task to a kid) so I didn't have to worry about it any more.
- adaptable. I just crossed off things that didn't apply, and penciled in things I needed to add.
- because it's an e-book, obviously it can't be edited, so those things that didn't apply to me or were crossed off were still there on the page. And anything I needed to add had to be hand-written. As a result, my pages often look pretty scribbled over by the end of a week. Most of the time it doesn't bother me, but I'm not a neat freak either.
- The bulk of the work is scheduled for weekdays, with very little scheduled on Saturdays. While this is probably a great idea for keeping weekends available for family time, our family's practice is often to spend a good portion of Saturday doing housecleaning and home maintenance chores. So what has happened more than once since I've had the planner, is that I "catch up" a lot of the tasks from earlier in the week on Saturday. Tuesdays are my busiest day of running around every week, so I almost never got Tuesday's tasks done on Tuesday.
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