If you have been around a while, you may have noticed a scheduling trend here — planner sampling! Each year it seems I’ve tried a new planner. Nothing wrong with any of them. They all work fine. You could choose any one of them and find yourself perfectly at home. Not me. Call me a perfectionist. I was looking for the PERFECT planner. Well, I found it!
Given my track record, I would not have invested the $50 this planner is normally priced. But I saw a 1/2-price deal and decided to jump. Boy, was that a good call!
The Lux Pro Productivity Planner comes in a beautiful gift box with a 6-month pack of undated planner sheets along with a binder to put them in. While the binder comes in several colors, at the time of this writing there are two colors left.
My planner came with the following sheets:
- Nicely illustrated instruction pages.
- Space to write down long-term goals (main goal, milestones, and action dates).
- 2019 through 2022 dated calendars.
- Month-at-a-glance pages.
- A place to record reflections on the prior week.
- Places to track finance and savings.
- Project planner.
- Blank pages for notes.
- Daily planner pages.
The bulk of the planner is the daily planner pages. These include a place to record your top three critical tasks, other tasks, exercise, water, and the day’s schedule. There is also a place to reflect on the day’s wins and progress goals. The backs of these sheets have very small dots to make a great bullet journal or simply lines on which to keep notes. I use the back to keep a list of projects I have going and the next thing to do on those projects.
Since the planner comes with a 6-month set of blank pages, I simply store the pages I’m not using in the beautiful gift box. I intend to keep them in the box and date them as I move on to a refill set.
I have been using my Lux Planner since nearly the beginning of the year and I am completely sold! Not being a big fan of Google Calendar, I still use the calendar that is integrated into my email client to keep track of daily events and appointments. I transfer the next day’s events to the blank page in my planner opposite the current day and at night use them to create the plan for the next day.
Naturally, I cannot tell you how the planner will work for you. But I can tell you what I like about it so that you will have a better idea whether or not it will be a good fit for you. (No, no one has paid me. I just really like the thing!)
My favorite features include the fact that it keeps me focused without feeling overwhelmed. If I get my big three done — hey! Count it as a great day! In addition, it is flexible enough to roll with my changes, while being backward-evaluating, yet forward-focused.
So do I wish I would have had one of these while we were still educating at home? Oh my, yes. I cannot count the number of planners I went through (well, actually I could because I still have them all, but I’m not going there).
The Lux Pro Productivity Planner is still on sale (perhaps it will be until the current stock is sold).
My former old standby. Somehow this is the one I usually defaulted to when all else failed.
2-Step Daily Schedule
This is still the basic principle I use to keep on track.
Step 7: Smart Scheduling
How we planned our homeschool schedule.
The rest of our efforts in this direction….