Working from home around a two year old, I sometimes struggle to motivate myself and actually get work done on time. I have so many creative ideas and it can be difficult to put them into action. I had been searching for awhile for something to help me be more organised when the lovely people behind Effici got in touch and offered to send across their productivity planner for me to try out.
The Effici Productivity Planner is an A4 notebook with templates inside to fill in daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists and goals. You can choose to purchase the planner on its own for a one off payment of £18, or you can subscribe for £20 a quarter. This option gives you access to a Facebook group to help with accountability and 3 monthly habit tracker sheets, and this is sent out every three months.
The planner is neat and stylish. From the outside it looks like any other diary or notebook and wouldn’t look out of place in a meeting. Inside, the pages of high quality paper are filled with prompts and spaces for you to fill in. The design is simple and flexible, allowing for you to really make the planner your own, but it has helped me to really get to the root of what I want to achieve from my business this year, and note down how I plan to get there.
I use the planner to write out my daily to-do list. I used to do this on my phone, but the temptation to start mindlessly scrolling through social media once I was on it was strong. This way I can see what I have to do in black and white, and it feels satisfying to tick things off throughout the day.
I also use the planner to keep track of my schedule. As a mum of three, there is always something to remember. The planner’s easy to use sections allow me to note down every school event, fundraiser I need money for and home project to take in – it is a lifesaver and has quite quickly become something I rely on to keep those plates spinning!
I love the sections where you are encouraged to reflect and note down lessons learnt and how to improve. I have struggled in the past to see my achievements and this section really helps me to look back and celebrate what I have done, whilst looking at areas to improve for the following weeks.
The productivity score at the end of each day helps as during a busy week, it can be hard to remember points. I sometimes have a really good, motivating Monday and then struggle midweek and by the time Friday comes around I feel like I didn’t achieve much the entire week.
The daily habit tracker is brilliant. I have used it to note down the areas I need to improve on, for example, getting lost in social media and wasting time that could be spent writing posts or sending out emails. Noting down this negative habit, and keeping track of how I do has not only helped me see how much time I lose doing this, it has also helped me to improve and I now set aside specific times during the day to work on social media, avoiding it the rest of the time to get on with other tasks.
It isn’t only about negative habits though. I have also added waking up earlier to my tracker, as I feel it gets me in the right mindset for the rest of the day, and I am so much more motivated to get things done. I have also put tasks such as sending out pitch emails to brands I would like to work with, as this is something I sometimes forget to do, or push to the bottom of my to-do list, but really helps to bring in future work and increase my confidence.
I have really enjoyed trying out the Productivity Planner from Effici. Over the past few weeks it has helped me to become so much more productive not only with my work, but in other areas of my life as well. By having one place to keep track of my to-do lists and goals, I feel in control more and it has had a positive impact on my mental health.
I was gifted the Effici Productivity Planner with daily habit tracker for the purpose of this post, however all words and images are my own.