I firmly believe productivity directly correlates with organization. When I’m unorganized, it’s difficult to stay focused. Writing down tasks and to-dos help me organize my thoughts in a tangible way. For example, I like write out my ideas in a notebook, or agenda, prior drafting my blog posts. Throughout high school, college, internships and now a full-time job, using agendas have become a necessity. I constantly keep my eyes open for planners that offer something new; such as a unique layout format to neatly house my daily brainstorms. Luckily, I’ve discovered a new planner option, that truly encompasses my thought-process. It’s called the Tempus Planner, and I received it complimentary from Tempus Planner themselves, for testing purposes. Ever since receiving it, I’ve been totally hooked! Let me divulge why I consider this planner to be a life tool.
With this planner, great things come in small packages. Unlike some agendas that come off a little too flashy with funky designs, this planner is both simple and professional. Most planners retail anywhere from $35 to $75, whereas the Tempus Planner is only $24.99! The colors could easily be appreciated by any work professional. Its outer appearance is quite similar to an actual book. The flawless binding, like a hardcover novel, feels highly expensive. The hardcover makes it feel solid; I’m not nervous about it being damaged in my purse or work bag.
I love how the Tempus planner breaks the mold of most agendas; which is the overused spiral bound design. Spiral bound agendas can quickly become unhinged, or the spiral wire can lose its shape by catching on items in my bag. Instead, this has beautiful sewn, lay-flat binding. This is one classy planner!
I appreciate the minimalistic “T” logo on the cover. It isn’t all-up-in your face. Again, the royal blue is gorgeous. I might be biased, but my car is baby blue with orange interior stitching. So clearly, I find blue and orange two colors that work great together.
Other aspects worth mentioning are the blue and orange ribbons that work as a bookmark. There’s also a stretchy band that keeps it neatly closed. Moving away from the external design, I noticed none of the pages are designated to a specific month or year; the case with most agendas. It lets you fill it in yourself. It’s highly functional since you aren’t forced to use it during a specific month or year.
When I opened the planner, I was able to record my name and email. This is key in my opinion, just incase I ever lose it. If I lost it with all my tasks, goals and brainstorms written out…I’d be devastated. I like how Tempus Planner wrote a few paragraphs welcoming me to the family, and expressing from the heart what the concept of this brand is. Tempus means time and opportunity and Latin, which makes this name very fitting. This blurb adds a personal touch. This is a brand I want to support because they have one goal; which is to organize my busy life and jumbled, but steady, stream of consciousness. There isn’t a folder inside the planner to keep important documents and notes, which at first was a little disappointing. However, when I have an agenda with a pocket folder, it only collects junk. If you add too many papers, it stretches out the planner. I’m ok with this nicely bound planner being less one pocket.
Without getting too wordy about all this tool is capable of, the central system dives into the 8 segments within the planner. Yearly overview, Books to Read, Quote Finder, Mind Mapping, Daily Tasks, Weekly review, Goal Planning and Notes. Each of these segments work together seamlessly to not only map out your thoughts, but inspire your goals and dreams. No more “I’ll get to that next week”. We all know that week turns into a month quickly. This tool keeps you on track and focused in the moment.
You know how sometimes you wish you could just have a quick overview of every date you need to remember? Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, meetings, parties and etc. Let’s face it, I like to plan my months well in advance. The Yearly Overview section lays it all out there for you in a two page spread. Instead of flipping back and fourth to different months, all you have to do is flip to the front of the planner. In an easy two pages, you can reference what plans you have for the year…how convenient!
Reading books is good for the brain and soul. I always find myself looking for a good book to read by the pool, or at the beach during the summer. I always forget to write down book suggestions from family, friends or colleagues. With the Tempus Planner, there is a section where you can write down book titles and offers. Next time I hear about an awesome new book, I’m writing it directly into my planner for me to go back and reference. This also encourages me to read more. In this section, I wrote the titles in pencil so once I read the book, I can check it off my list by erasing and replacing it with a new title.
Personally, I love word games such as crosswords, word jumbles and word searches. It made me smile when I saw Tempus Planner’s take on a word search. The intellectual twist on this word search allows you to find words that make up an uplifting quote. There are a couple of these games within the planner.
I’m definitely a visual learner. I’ve known this my entire life. If I can map out what I’m doing by drawing, it clicks better in my mind. With Easter coming up, I’ve been thinking about doing an Easter craft. Instead of going to Pinterest and printing out the pictures and instructions, I decided to draw out the steps, what I need to complete the craft and what the final product should look like in the mind mapping section of the planner. It was fun and efficient to draw the craft out. The craft is a Modern Color Block Egg Sign that I saw DIY instructions on the Eighteen25 blog.
From day to day, you first record the date at the top. Then the page prompts you to write down your top 3 tasks of the day along with action plans. Monday, each of my tasks didn’t require many action steps; they were pretty to-the-point. For that reason, I opted to only write down the task in that section instead of at the title spot. Hey, it’s your planner, you’re able to use it in whichever way you’d like. There are no rules! There’s also an awesome feature where you’re able to record a time in which you’d like to complete the task by. Task #1, I wanted to send out all my work emails and attachments all by 11 A.M. For task #2, I wanted to confirm the cover of this month’s magazine publication at work. I wanted to confirm this by 5 P.M., before the work day ends. For task #3, I had a few items I wanted to complete to cap off my Monday night: Clean room, clean makeup brushes and finish an episode of the latest series I’m binging on Netflix.
Towards the bottom of the page, you’re able to write down what’s scheduled for the day and at what time. For example, I had a meeting at 3:15 P.M on Monday. There’s also a space for additional tasks you’d like to complete for the day. You aren’t held at only three tasks. Let’s be real, who only has three tasks to finish per day? At the very bottom, there is an awesome closing line that puts a satisfying note on the end of the day. It asks me to write down one thing I’m happy to have accomplished for the day. On Monday, I was happy that I received the email responses I needed by the end of the work day to confirm the cover of the magazine was secured and put that in motion. My desire to write that I was happy to complete the task, really propelled me to work hard and stay focused to complete the task.
With the weekly review section, there’s no more procrastinating. The weekly review holds you accountable for the week. Filling out this section encourages you to seamlessly complete all your tasks listed for the week.
It starts by hyping you up and having you list all the small wins of the week. Then, the section provides help in organizing new habits implemented for the week and their benefits. This is extremely helpful when you want to make subtle, but beneficial, changes in your life. In my case, I wrote down drinking more water. I have to remind myself of that daily. I’m then prompted to tell myself some ways in which I could’ve saved time. I am constantly trying to find ways to save more time to be more productive in order to get more out of my days.
The section also helps you benefit on a mental level by hving you delve into what helped you feel centered for the week. I jotted down a few things I like to do in order to bring myself down to earth and focus on the moment.
Then, to set you up for ultimate success, you are asked to outline next week’s goals. This gives you an overview of what is to come in the following week. This really makes you think and keeps you focused.
If you thought this planner couldn’t get more helpful, you’re completely wrong. There is also a section towards the end of the planner that allows you to write down a goal. I haven’t come up with a goal significant enough for me to use a full page about, but I know that I will definitely be taking advantage of this. You write down the start and end date of the goal which is an awesome way to keep yourself in the moment. Sometimes we set goals without really diving into what it means for us to complete that goal and why it is important to us. With the page’s “why” prompt, it is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the goal. Then, you are giving the space to record 4 milestones on your journey to completing the ultimate goal. This milestone keeps you on track to get the goal. Its like you can record your progression in real time, where you can also reference back to it to keep you inspired.
I haven’t utilized the Brainstorm page yet; however, I really like the page’s layout. In the brainstorming area, there is a blank space to draw images, graphs and overall visually expressing my thoughts. In the notes area, you can explain or make comments about what you’ve drawn in the blank space. Another great aspect is the outcome area. Once carrying out the the brainstorm in daily life, you can write down the results or maybe how you could’ve done it better.
Jotting things down is something I do daily. Notes on Notes on Notes, am I right? I write down notes to self, phone numbers, websites, names, brands and etc. When writing down stuff on sticky notes or scrap paper, sometimes I lose them. With the notes inside my planner, there’s no chance of misplacing them! I love keeping everything all in one place with this planner.