It’s finally Monday again (I love starting the week!)

And here I am as always, trying to improve my productivity and keep myself organized.

A few days ago I was talking about how to organize your gmail inbox using gmail labels and gmail filters.

Well I just ‘discovered’ a new item that is going to help me quite a lot to keep me even more organized now.

The Monthly Planner

The reality is that I needed to buy some double layer DVDs.

And yesterday after some roaming around the local office store, I found some incredible whiteboards.

Magnetized, non-magnetized, black boards, fluorescent boards, digital boards, I was in whiteboard heaven.

I did not go crazy though and decided to bring home one tiny 30x40cm whiteboard (monthly planner) with me.

A Few Ideas For A Monthly Planner

From the top of my head, you can use this for:

  • Important Webinars
  • Skype Interviews
  • Business Chat Meetings
  • Blog Schedule Posting
  • Product Launches
  • Product Development
  • Book Creation
  • Software Projects
  • Etc

Really, you can do just about anything as long as you consider the size of your whiteboard. 

I also found some big plastified monthly planners and they were actually cheaper but I was sold on the little one since I want to test how this works out first for me.

The Pareto Principle (80-20 Rule)

The pareto principle states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes (taken from Wikipedia).

I still use Gmail’s Calendar quite a lot and I’m not giving up on it but I have a very special task designed just for this small monthly planner.

I’m going to write only the activities that bring real results¹ and I’m going to try to do this first thing in the morning for a few weeks.

Then I’m going to determine if this works for me or if I need to adjust this to suit my goals better.

(¹) By real results I mean more subscribers, more sales, better conversions, etc.

Why You Need To Watch The Monthly Planner Video

I just shot the video a few moments ago and I was testing out:

  • a lapel microphone and
  • a hand recorder

I clapped my hands before starting to speak to use that ‘clap’ sound and synchronize both signals together inside Camtasia at editing time (just like in the movies!).

Needless to say, I forgot to hit the record button on the hand recorder TWICE so I actually had to shot the video three times. (lol)

I think the results were good although there’s obviously a lot of room for improvement, but i’m pretty sure I’ll get there.

So let’s just watch it now, shall we?

Monthly Planner Video

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVXg53-chUw[/youtube]

Well there you have it.

Apart from the stuttering, uhms and ahs (I don’t do that in Spanish) I think the video message comes through and you can have  an idea of how big (or small) the whiteboard is.

Conclusion

So what do you think?

Do you believe that investing $5 on a monthly planner could maybe improve your productivity, help you keep yourself organized or even better, make you stick to your project’s deadlines?

If you don’t mind, let me know in the comments area in case you have a better idea that works for you. Sharing is caring after all.

Take care and hope you had and awesome start of week!

Sergio

PS. Special shout out to Jon Olson from The Jon Olson Project for always doing +1’s and teaching me the power behind using whiteboards.

PPS. The music on the video intro & outro, is a song I recorded about 12 years ago… we had a record deal and… oh well enough of that musical past. ;-)


Sergio Felix
Sergio Felix

Hi, I'm Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I'm highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.