Covey

Managing Time Effectively Mindmap

My 7 Habits Weekly Planner continues to be one of the most popular posts on my blog, despite have been posted over a year ago.

As a follow up, I wanted to do something relating to Covey’s time management matrix as found in First Thing’s First.

In my research I stumbled across an excellent mindmap of the subject by Chance Brown. Conceptually, it’s spot on, but I wanted a cleaner version for myself.

So, here is my version of the Managing Time Effectively Mindmap in MindNode and PDF Format.

Enjoy!

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Usage advice: 

I keep this in my planner and also have a printed copy in my office for inspiration.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
MindNode or PDF Reader
Language: 
English

Time Management Matrix (Final)

A while back I did a post on my blog titled Covey’s Time Management Matrix Explained.

Here is a PDF with the charts and graphics used which are suitable for printing and inclusion in your DIY Planner.

Enjoy!

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Usage advice: 

At least once a week I explain Stephen Covey’s time management philosophy to someone. This is a great teaching tool and resource.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader
Language: 
English

daily household chore planner/appointment setter

Hi... this is my first attempt at a customizable Franklin Covey two-pages-per-day style template.

It's set up as a household chore planner/appointment setter in an Excel 2003 file, but it's too big to upload, so here's a pdf of Monday...

It's in a Christian Woman style, but hey, it's pretty simple to change the colors and/or images and delete the quotes.

Let me know what you think! If you'd like the whole shebang, I'll email it to you...

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Usage advice: 

Each day of the week is a separate, undated tab. Just print landscape style and cut down the center. I couldn't quite figure out how to set it up for back to back printing, any ideas?

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Reader
Language: 
English

7 Habits Weekly Planner (PDF/Numbers)

I was going through my copy of 7 Habits and noticed that the book mentioned that a copy of the Franklin Covey Weekly Habits Planner was available at their site. No such copy was available online so I decided to create my own.

This template provides a weekly dashboard for assisting you to not only get stuff done, but to help you do the right stuff. It should prove useful to anyone working to improve their productivity using Covey's acclaimed 7 Habits system.

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Usage advice: 

Using the PDF Reader of your choice specify the fit to page option to ensure the entire worksheet is printed.

I have also included the original Numbers (iWork '08) file for your tweaking.

[admin add-on]: BobH kindly contributed a Word copy of the template at the request of forum members.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Apple Preview, Adobe Acrobat (Reader), Sumatra PDF, Foxit Reader, etc to view/print. Apple Numbers (iWork '08) to edit.
Language: 
English

Day Diary Template 2008 v1

Updated version on my original Day Diary Templates.
Not likely to be the last as I search for the 'perfect' solution.

Appointment Page on left hand side
Notes/Tasks Page on right hand side
Monthly Index Page added for special dates & a Notes page

It's not perfect but I hope they are of value to someone.

PDF Paper size = A4, page design is for Covey Compact

Usage advice: 

Printing : Print duplex double-sided printing.

Punch boarders: Center of the page where the page will be trimmed.

Trimming: Cut down center of A4, then trim off Note sections. Cut note sections in half again. These will take a set of three holes punched. (or turn vertical to take 6 holes, but lines will also be vertical)

Page Date Order: Cut page down center then flip LHS onto RHS to get the date order.

NB: I used the spare paper down the bottom of the page templates to create small note pages. I found that I was writing small info notes for other people and having to tear up a large note page or giving them a whole note page, so the little note pages were made.
I also found i wasn't finishing some of my tasks so I now use the Floating Actions page and move it across the dates as I need it.

Cutting Sample document attached.

Paper size: 
Other
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Reader Preview, any PDF Reading application
Language: 
English

2008 Monthly 2-Up

Monthly overview pages for 2008, 2-up.

Usage advice: 

This is a fairly standard month-on-two-pages calendar, 2-up. I've included an "important dates" section on the front page and the GTD quick reference on the back for people who like it.

It's set up to have Jan/Feb on opposite sides of one page, etc. This template had some issues, but I think I've fixed them all -- it prints out okay for me. Every other page is upside down because that's what my printer wants me to do, but it should be fairly easy to fix that in any viewer if yours can do the right thing.

I have an OmniGraffle Template for the months (5-week and 6-week, 2 per page, right side up and upside down) if anyone wants it.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe/Preview
Language: 
English

Daily Planning Pages - 2up

A pair of pages for planning and tracking daily life. Left page has areas for work and personal todos, schedule and a list of who owes you what. Right page has a notes area and a small area of graph paper. ODG and PDF submitted. Comments welcome.

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Usage advice: 

I use these pages to track my goings-on for a day or more at a time - depends on how long it takes me to get tasks done, or fill up the notes area. When it gets too messy or too full, just transfer your stuff to the next pair of pages - I kill fewer trees this way. NOTE: This template is laid out is the way you'd use it in your planner. This is meant to be printed on US letter sized paper and cut in half and dropped directly in place. I find this layout much more intuitive than most designs and this way I could see both sides together as I was designing it. Print duplex, flip on the short side and everything will be lined up correctly.

***Updated. I added two new files. This is the way I settled on using it. I punch two holes in the right hand side and put it on top of a pocketed folder with 2.75" fasteners (like this. Inside the folder, I keep a set of weekly planning pages (also attached) and a stanadard yearly planning page for those far future things (didn't make my own for this - I think I use one from the standard DIY package), as well as any stuff I need to carry around. When the pocket folder gets beat up, a quick replace gets me back to work. I've found the pages get a little beat up on the outside of the folder, but not too badly before I replace them.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Open Office, PDF viewer
Language: 
English

Harmony (Classic Pouch Version)

Harmony, Pouch VersionSomething a little different today. This was a direct result of a request, and since it only took a few minutes, I was pleased to do it.

Users of certain day planners (especially those rhyming with, say, Shanklin Lovey) often use a special "pouch" pagemarker to indicate their current date. Inside this pouch --actually just a folded-over piece of flexible plastic with a ruler on the side and a tab at the top-- is generally kept a roles-and-goals type card. One of our readers wanted to know if it was possible to create a version of our Harmony template to actually fit into the pouch.

Your wish is my command. Here is a 4-up set of Harmony templates that can be used like a regular Harmony form. The major difference is that it fits snugly into a Shanklin Lovey classic pouch, and also makes a dandy bookmark, if you choose. The back is a place for notes.

Download: Harmony, Classic Pouch Version (draft #1)

This should print fine as-is on letter-size paper (I recommend 60-80 lb stock), and it should be okay on A4 size as long as you tell Acrobat to center the page.

Sharpen the Saw/Roles Insert

This is a Sharpen the Saw, and Roles for a today plastic thing with an insert. If you can make it better please do, and let me know.

Usage advice: 

I used like the roles sheet, execpt that it is more immediate.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English