This writer takes control of her destiny

I meet with a writer’s Goals group every week. At the meeting we declare our goals, big and small for the upcoming week. There is a tremendous amount of power when you state your goals out loud. Every single member has benefited from participating in this group.

We also share what works and what doesn’t work. This year our biggest find seems to be Planner Pads. First Lisa had it, then because it looked so helpful, I got one, and now Diane is getting one. If you are big on writing your goals down, then you might want to consider this tool.

Although I was coached in the Franklin Time planner and recognize the value of keeping everything together, over the years that system fell from grace. It got to be too big, it seemed I had to lug that huge suitcase everywhere. It became more work than it was worth.

I’ve tried a Palm Pilot and online calendars but I don’t know, maybe it’s me – I like to feel and see the big picture of where I’m going and what I’m doing. In much the same way I will never be a complete convert to ebooks, I like to feel the weight of my reading material in my hands.

The way the Planner Pad works is that everything funnels down. At the top of the page you put your weekly goals grouped by category, some of my categories include – Writing, Technical Work, Chicken Manuscript, Household, and Personal. Under each main category you write down the specific tasks for that goal.

Those tasks now become your daily to do list, you pick and choose from your category tasks for your daily tasks.

Also included on the same page is space for appointments (from 7 am to 9pm), Notes/Calls, and even a column for Expenses, all on an open 8.5 by 11 spiral bound notebook.

It’s all here.

And unlike the Franklin Timer, you don’t have to constantly rewrite your undone tasks to the next week, instead you tear off a little tab at the top of the page when the tasks are all done. If it’s not torn off, you need to go back and take a look at it. If it is torn off – move on.

I’m very good about writing my goals and my to-do lists down, the only problem is that I have tended to write them on the back of cards, on tiny slips of paper, and on virtually anything that isn’t nailed down.

This year with the Planner Pad, I’m taking control of my destiny. (Okay maybe just a little hyperbole there.) All of my goals and tasks are going into one slim notebook and it is all going to be organized.

Just watch what I’ll be able to accomplish this year.


These are my own views. I am not in any way affiliated with nor compensated by Planner Pad.


Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons. Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens).

7 thoughts on “This writer takes control of her destiny

  1. Like you, I was trained on Franklin Covey and use the ideas, but didn’t love the system. I got a Planner Pad last year, and love it. I got the smaller size for this year (actually started it in October, which works well with my academic calendar). I miss the room of the bigger version, but love the portability since I walk everywhere. It is really a great system.
    Have you ever seen Kimberly Wilson’s blog? I learned about Planner Pads from her–haven’t gone as over the top as she has, but I do decorate it throughout the year.

    • Julie,

      That’s so funny. One of the few things I wish about Planner Pads is that they would have different colors. I’m more a bright red/pink cover person than a black cover one. When I mentioned this is my fellow Planner Pad cohorts, they suggested I decorate the cover.

      I’m definitely going to look into doing that. Thanks for the pointer.


  2. What a neat idea. I’m going to look into it. I swear by my online calendar, but maybe a change of pace would work. Thanks!

    P.S. I would definitely decorate the cover!

    • Lee,

      If you switch let us know how it goes.

      And yes, I’ve already started thinking about how I can decorate my cover (I’m thinking of a few flowers she said in the dead of winter.)


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