Hey Now! Planners: Elissa's Productivity Planner

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At Hey Now!, we love our planners. They guide our workdays, motivate us, and remind us exactly what needs done. In this series, we'll spotlight each staff member's planner and give them a chance to tell you what makes it great. We're starting with our Inbound Manager, Elissa's, Productivity Planner.

My name is Elissa and I have a sick and twisted addiction to planners. This is not uncommon amongst young professional women who do yoga and run social media accounts, but it’s a struggle nonetheless. 

I buy new planners like they’re the true reason I get a paycheck. I buy them frequently and as if money were no object. “But Elissa,” you ask. “If you already have one planner, why do you need any more than that?”

The answer is, I DON’T KNOW. I HAVE A PROBLEM. But we aren’t here to talk about how my addiction to planners has put me into crippling debt and affected the people I love most. No, we’re here today to talk about my current favorite planner: The Productivity Planner.

I picked up the Productivity Planner on a whim from Paper Source (see: planner addiction, above) and it changed my life.

Here’s what the Productivity Planner looks like on the outside.

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And the inside.

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It works using the Pomodoro Technique, a life-changing productivity hack that basically has you work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. It sounds so basic but it’s incredible.

Basically, you fill in your tasks for the day in order of priority, decide the target number of 25-minute blocks you think they will take to complete, set a timer, and get cracking. Each time you work for a full, 25-minute block, you get to gleefully pick up your favorite black pen and fill in a little bubble with immense pleasure. Repeat until the task is done.

You can read more about the Pomodoro Technique here. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a row of little black dots telling me I came in underneath my target time for the day.

Here’s what a typical day looks like for me.

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The difference between “Wow I have a lot to do today I’ll just do it” and “Wow I have a lot to do today I’ll sort it by importance and then break it up into small time blocks” is enormous. I often struggle to finish projects but last week I finished everything on my plate on time or even EARLY.

If you’re like me and you look at a pile of tasks and immediately deflate into a shell of a person, this planner will change you. It will give your life meaning. It will take you from a lowly content writer to a real boss.

Plus, it’s so cute and fits nicely into my kitten backpack. What more can I ask for?

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