Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TOS Review: The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

  I'm an unorganized, homeschooling mom of two, who just recently started a photography business.  My days are filled with school work, extra-curricular activities, meal planning, cleaning, blogging responsibilities, photo-sessions, and image editing.  I've been having an extremely hard time juggling everything and most days end with me feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.  

When offered to review a new time management system, The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner, from The 7 Minute Life, I jumped on the opportunity.  

The 7 Minute Life is a time management and productivity company, whose goal is to provide management strategies to prioritize, organize, and simplify your life in just 7 minutes.


I received The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner, which is filled with many time management and productivity tools designed to help you organize your life and make more efficient use of your time.  

Age Recommendation: Adults 

Cost: $24.95

There is a 100% money back guarantee.  If you don't see a positive change in your life in 30 days of use, you may send it back for a full refund.  


What's included in The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner?

-The 7 Minute Daily is a 7.3" by 8.5" physical planner, consisting of 271 total pages.

-The first section of the planner is a detailed introduction of how to use the planner,  In addition, it walks you through how to prioritize your top values and establish goals.  There is a 12-minute video explaining more details of implementing the planner into your life.  

-The remaining pages of the planner is to be used for a 90-day time frame.  There are 90 "daily progress reports" consisting of a 2-page spread for each day.  For each day, there is a space for daily contacts, 5 before 11, connections, unfinished tasks, money spent, dietary documentation, appointments, voice mail messages, and thank you notes.   


How did I use The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

-Once I received the planner, it took me a few days to figure out how to use it.  I watched the above video and the additional videos, read the introduction, and completed the activities within the introduction.  It seemed like a lot of preparation to learn how to use a planner. 

-For the first week, I tried to fill in every space, but quickly discovered, that I was spending way too much time recording everything that wasn't necessary for my lifestyle.  Afterward, I decided to simplify my daily progress reports.  I only filled out the "What I will do...5 before 11" and "7 Minute Connections" sections.     

-For my daily life, the "What I will do...5 before 11" section was very beneficial.   It is a simple way to make a prioritized list of the five highest-value activities and committing to finishing each one  before 11:00am.

One of my 5 before 11 lists... 

1.  Unload dishwasher.

2.  Wash and dry two loads of laundry. 

3.  Give dog heart worm medicine.

4.  Call refrigerator repair guy. 

5.  Complete 7 Minute Connections 

Even though these were small tasks, it did help me stay motivated to complete another five tasks the following day.  And, I really did enjoy checking the "yes" box at the bottom of the daily progress report after the question, Did I do what I said I would do today?  

-For my photography business, the "7 Minute Connections" section was a simple and helpful way to stay connected with clients.  I would list three people that I needed to connect with, such as writing a reminder email to a client, following up with a Facebook message from a prospective client, or sending out a thank you note after a photo-session.  

What did I like about The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

-It encouraged me to take 7 minutes of my day to think about and create a written daily plan of action, then I was able to focus and complete those five tasks.  

-The "What I will do...5 before 11" section helped improve my time management and increased my daily productivity.  

-10% of all net profits are donated to a charitable fund, which provides water, food, education, and animals to people in need. 


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