April 16, 2013

Stephen Covey 7 Habits Weekly Planner

Avoiding Overwhelm on the Brain...


A couple weeks back I posted several weekly/monthly/daily planners I'd found useful. Here's an addition.

Whenever I get the urge to truly organize my time better, I typically find myself going back to the daily planner designed by Stephen Covey in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey understands how the whole thinker thinks. I've always found his planner useful because it can be customized but also because it allows for me to add ideas/long range plans to the list throughout the week.

HERE'S A PDF VERSION OF COVEY'S WEEK PLANNER
DESIGNED TO FILL AN 8.5X11 PAGE:


How to Use It

On the left, in the arrows, write in the primary roles for which you have tasks to complete throughout the week. For each role, ask yourself “What should I focus on accomplishing in this role?” This serves as a reminder for what's most important. Use the daily columns to list work you must (or hope) to accomplish for the week. Write in appointments below these using the numbered column--or plan out your tasks based on an estimated timeline. As you day progresses you can use the "Evening Notes" section to add more tasks you think of throughout the day. (At the end of the day I add some of these to my "follow-up" or long-range to-do list.

“Sharpening the Saw” contains areas of your personal development you also hope to accomplish each week. Sharpening the Saw refers to Habit 7 in the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and helps you prioritize your self-growth while organizing the rest of your life.