We had so much fun recording the second season of our podcast. The topics below create a great foundation for building effective planning strategies, and each episode comes from a perspective of planning that combines personal responsibility with self-compassion, something we are very passionate about! Like all the content we put out, we believe these topics will help you to make intentional living an increasingly intuitive part of our life!
It can be difficult to know where to start when trying to create a personalized time management strategy or learn how to maximize your planner, and it is overwhelming to try and do that while not losing track of everything already on your to-do list. In this episode we give you an introduction to our PLANS acronym – a super simple process you can use to dive into a strong planning habit, while still executing all those day-to-day responsibilities you can’t let slide while you figure out how to maximize the use of your planner.
Are to-do lists your go-to when you know you have A LOT to do? We can relate. But the truth is that to-do lists are not a time management strategy, and they can actually hinder your productivity. When you rely too heavily on to-do lists, you end up overwhelmed, executing tasks haphazardly and not feeling like you ever make progress on the things that are most important to you.
In this episode we talk about how to use to-do lists effectively, and how to take a massive to-do list and distill, prune, and prioritize it to the most essential tasks that will fuel your productivity and leave you feeling like a task-crusher.
If you’re in an overwhelming season, it can be hard to know where to even begin. Friend, you are not alone. We know those seasons well. This episode is full of practical advice and encouragement to help you get out of survival mode. These aren’t pie-in-the-sky ideas, these are part of the exact process we use to navigate overwhelming seasons, relieve the pressure, and start moving back to peaceful rhythms.
Effective yet flexible rhythms are one of the key building blocks in a sustainable and intentional lifestyle. But trying to copy a guru’s routine, whether for work or home life, quickly becomes overwhelming. There are dozens of “best practices” out there, so where do you start? How do you decide what you need in your personal rhythms?
In this episode, we walk through how to build a morning and evening rhythm that is uniquely crafted to your life! We talk about what our rhythms look like these days, and how we keep them flexible, but effective. We even discuss how rhythms can adjust and change in different seasons, such as when dealing with chronic illness or a postpartum season. If you’re craving some order in your life, but don’t know where to start, this is the episode for you!
Living mentally scattered can leave you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. You spin your wheels, tackling whatever is in front of you at any given moment, and then feel discouraged that you don’t make progress on the things that matter most to you.
In this episode, we talk about why you need a hub for your brain, a tool that can help you sort, prioritize and tackle all the ideas, plans and goals you have banging around in your head. We talk about why we created the Evergreen planner, and how each of our core products (the Annual, the Month and the Cover) was crafted to infuse more peace into your day.
It can be easy to get caught up into thinking we should be able to plan and execute tasks regardless of what is happening around us, but this simply isn’t the case! Your productivity will fluctuate based on the season you find yourself in.
In this episode, we talk about how knowing your productivity season is a key time-management skill that can help you set goals and priorities accordingly. We talk about seasons of Surviving, Reviving and Thriving, and discuss different strategies for how to approach productivity depending on the season you are in.
Time-blocking is a powerful productivity tool for maximizing the amount of time you have available, and for liberating your time to focus on what matters most. Yet we’ve found that many women are intimidated by time-blocking, and don’t know how to make it work for them, or feel like it’s just too structured and stiff.
In this episode we chat about why time-blocking is one of our favorite time-management tools, and we discuss our simple, step-by-step process of how to make time-blocking work for your unique rhythms and lifestyle.
Have you wondered how we approach planning? Or what advice we give when we talk with friends about planning? Are you simply curious to know more about us and how the Evergreen Planner came to be? For the final episode of this season of our podcast, we dive into questions we received from our community! They range from personal questions, to planner-related questions, to general productivity questions.