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Creative Planning: Build a One Page Planner to Organize your Day

teacher avatar Dee Naidoo, Data Nerd

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction to Creative Planning

    • 2. Planning 101: Setting up your Planner

    • 3. Setting up the Planner

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About This Class


If you need some organization in your day and like to find a balance, then this one page planner is made for you!

Creative planning is where you design fun planners which not only track your normal day to day duties, but also plans for fun tasks that you want to do! 

In just 15 minutes, you can be a pro at creating your own one day planner that can be creative and fun to do!

In this class, you'll learn:

  • How to determine what is important to you in a day by creating a mind map.
  • How to rate your productivity as a metric that you can compare
  • How to build a quick one page planner to make your life more productive and organized!

You'll be creating:

  • A one-page planner either by drawing it out or filling in the electronic version

All you need is yourself and a pen!

Downloadable Documents needed for the class:

Mind Map
Sections to Assign Scores
Creative Planner


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Dee Naidoo

Data Nerd


Hello, I'm Dee! I am a Chemical Engineer specializing in Data Analytics.  

I've been using Tableau daily for the past couple of years. I love creating visualizations and letting the data speak for itself.

Other than that, I love food, movies rated less than 5/10 on IMDB and escape rooms. I sound like a major nerd until I tell you that my favourite music is Rap. I adore a great view, hate raw onions, and I think that pineapple on pizza is the best combo ever!

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1. Introduction to Creative Planning: Hi. Welcome to cross on creative planning, Andy. I'm a data engineer. And in most feared time, I love to do some creative planning. So creative planning is the concept off not only tracking your work tasks or even your administrative tasks, but also tracking your recreational tasks within strolling, watching TV, having a box that's really important and therapeutic to get into the habit of writing important things in your life that make you happy. In this planet, every major task is visualized. So even if you do spend an hour a day watching TV have that as part of yourself clear routine to keep your mental state in a good shape. And obviously being a plan makes it really great for time management. You're not as what tasks slip through your fingers and what task, maybe take the most time. Every task is visualized, even the good tasks that you want to do and thus you can now associate planning with something positive. You can also take notes off things that you look forward to and things that you want to do after you complete a certain past. So what are you going to make? Well, we're going to make a one page planet that checks pull tossed you do Today we will also break down what is important to you on a daily basis. And we're gonna create this useful point system to track are productive you all today. So the project we're gonna cover is where you are going to decide what sections are important to your day and your life. Create this awesome daily planner either by hand or using the electronic version are made. Also, remember to upload an example of your plan so people can get some ideas. So if you wanna create the span, keep watching have you planning and hope to see you in the near future by 2. Planning 101: Setting up your Planner: Hi, guys. Things watching. So in this section, we are just going to go through why you should plan. What? The benefits off having a planner and the sections that we will cover enough there now. So I'll see you there. Okay, so we are going to owns of the really important question. Why should you plan? So why should you stop planning? Well, firstly, it's really great for time management to be able to visualize all your tasks. You get to see how busy you offer the day and just be more prepared, but that it also improves productivity and using the point system, you can actually rate yourself on how productive you were for the day. And what have also noticed while doing this Daily planner every day is that if you need more time to do a specific task, the next time you know that and it gets flagged early on, which is quite important so again to cover what we're gonna make. We're going to make this one page planner that tracks all our tasks that we do. We're going to understand what is important to you on a day to day basis, and we're gonna uses point system to help you knock off each task. So this is an example how you're planner is going to look. This is the Elektronik version that's available in the class info, and what it Mahaney does is that it contains different sections. So your one page planner is going to consist off two sections standard sections, which are important tasks. So think of it as tasks that take a long time to do or that are very important and need to get done. Another standard section is chores, so some activity is quite administrative that take less in 20 minutes, and another standard section would be self care. So these are fun activities that you do that you personally enjoy. Your planet will also consist of custom sections, so these are sections that are important to you specifically. But do you are going to decide then each section can consist off various tasks that have a similar topic, and you can see in the electronic version off the Creative planner Priorities. Chores and self que already written for you and the wrist are blank, so you need to fall them out so logically the next tip would be determining what important ? OK, so this is going to be a little activity for you to do. You need to decide what is important to you for the day. I've already listed the three standard sections that come with the planner, and you can fool in another three. You can do more, but I think three should be standard. So think about the tasks that do you do every day and see if you can actually create sections from them. I'll give you a few examples, so example is that if you like to paint or draw, art could be a section. If diet and health is a big thing, then that can be a section. If you are big on blogging, if your YouTube creator than content creation could be a section, so these are just a few examples off sections that can occupy your planner. But really it is up to you to decide thes three sections. So take a few moments and have a look at the mind map also available in the project brief and the class in falling and write down a few sections which would be applicable to you. Okay, so as you can see, I've noted down my sections that are applicable to me, which includes things like diet and water exercise. And I've listed emails and calls just because I usually like to know down the important emails and calls that I need to make, and that's important for me. Okay, So once you've done this, the next step would be how do we rate our productivity and up created this point system, which basically schools each section so you can grade yourself at the end of each day. So the next toss, what we're gonna do is assign each section an amount of points, and all sections need to add up to 100. So the next house you gonna do is go through each of your important sections and decide which ones get more points than others and make sure all of these sections add up to 100. So take a few moments to do that. You can download the framework for this, which is just a simple table. It's also in your project brief any class info description. Okay. And the logic behind this is that every day you're going to assign points to each section based on harmony toss. You got completed. So, for example, tasks under the important section or the priorities section. Maybe you didn't do two tasks, so you'll give yourself 20 out of 30 for that day. And eventually, at the end of the day, you can come in and add up the school and Rachel productive ity. Okay, so So this is an example off a completed planner and the full demo of how complete this planner will be available in the next video. However, you can see that I've scored each section and I've rated my final productive ity school. So to learn how to fall in this planner and my process off doing it with a different highlights and how rate missile Then watch the next video. We'll see you there by 3. Setting up the Planner: Hi. Welcome back. So now that we have all our elements that we need in our planner, which is the important sections and how to score them, we can stop planning. So I'm gonna show you a little example off how I plan my day from the beginning with the planner is cleaning blank to the end. We had decide what my carry over tasks are and raped my productivity. So let's get to it. Okay, So we're gonna just have a look at how I use my panna every day and just cover the sections and the process that I go through. So, as you can see, this is an electronic version off the planner and you can download the file. The link is in the class info description under Elektronik Planner. So I've taken the liberty to write my various tasks for the day and we just going to go over the structure before I do that. I just like to note that the Elektronik version you can print it out and write on it physically or if you have an iPad pro. It works quite cools a. You can import to the files into a knot up and write directly with the apple pencil. So really, just up to you. What method you want to choose on days which you want to be more creative. Maybe actually, physically drawing up a plan is better. Where's on days where you just wanna be quick record all your actions, ex cetera. The Elektronik version works well. I definitely switch between the two. Okay, so let's just go over my sections quickly, so I have my priorities. And as you can see, this is already written and they look trotting planner. And this includes my tasks that are very important to me that I need to get done by the end of the day. The next section is e mails and cools. This is one of my custom sections just because it's important for me to note them separately. If we scroll down, I have diet and water again. Important tasks, my custom tasks. I have chores on the right. So this is a standard section. I have another custom section which is exercise, and lastly, I have a standard section which is self care. Okay, so once up, edit all my tasks onto my planner. What I do is the next step, which is scoring. So I'm going to scroll up and on the top, right? He can see a school books here, and this is way I write my schools that I've assigned each section, so I'm just gonna zoom in. Okay, so my first section is priorities, and then it's emails or calls. It's diet of water. It's chores, exercise and self care. And now I decided the school of them so priorities. I'm going to give 30 e mails. I'm gonna give tin diet and water. I'm going to give 15 trolls. I'm gonna get 15 exercise. I'm going to give 10 and self camera. Think of twitting. So, based on what's important to you, you are going to assign points. And remember, the total must add up to 100. And the reason why I created the section is way you can write notes or re calculate your points ex cetera before you transfer them on your actual planner. So once I've done that, now it's time to transfer them onto my actual sections. So that's what I do next. Someone is zoom out. So four priorities. I'm gonna make it out of 30. So this little line here is where you score for emails. 10 for chores, 15 for diet and water for 15. Let's roll down for exercise tin and for self care 20. Okay, now the next thing I do is highlight my important tasks and my rewards. So my important tasks are tasks were basically I need to get done by the end of the day, no matter what and my reward or something that I'm really looking forward to. And my logic here is, if I do all my important tasks, then I've earned her award. So what I do is a picker highlighter color. So wait says legend. So here I highlight the color I'm referring to. So important is red. And now all my tasks that are important are in red, so I'm just gonna highlight some of them. Next, I'm gonna do my reward, which I often do in green. And usually my reward is something to do itself case And when the scroll down and I'm gonna highlight having a bought because I love that. Okay, now this is done. And the next time I come back to this planet would probably be at the end of the day. Okay, so now it is the end of the day. And when my first house I do is actually to do with the carry over and what I do is a pick a color which is usually orange for my carry over tasks. So carry over is now orange and I highlight any tasks that I didn't complete. And what this does is that it highlights tasks that you need to carry over onto the next day, which is quite important. And now the next step I do is obviously rate how well I did per section, so priorities. I'm going to say 25 e mails and cools. I've done everything something to say. 10 chores. I'm going to say 10 diet and water minus a 15 exercise. I'm going to say 10 and self K. I'm going to say 20. And once I finish rate myself, I now add up the school. So having a look, So having a final look, it gives me 90 over 100 which is pretty good and lastly a right, my thoughts and my feelings. And that's it. That is a planner for the day. Done and looking over it I think it's really cool because you can have a look and see how productive you were for the day and what tasks you need to carry over, which is quite important. And that is it. You can obviously do other versions off this. I've done a lot of different versions off physical copies, which makes it a bit more creative, and it just makes your life a lot more organized. So really hope that you enjoyed the senatorial and it helped you become a bit of planner. And there we go, your one page plan. It's really a great way to organize your day and to make you want to start planning things . It really has worked for me, and I hope it will work for you. Thank you so much for watching my class. And if you like this content, please follow me and I will post that more have you planning and hope to see you in the near future