What does a Journal-Planner Hybrid Do?
We all know the benefits of a planner: they help keep deadlines, appointments, and important dates easy to view and remember. There are also benefits of maintaining a regular journaling practice: insights into our views and beliefs, better memory recollection, physiological problem solving, and deeper feelings of gratitude. A Journal-Planner Hybrid combines the best of both of these tools.
A hybrid allows you the daily opportunity to consciously view, not only what the tasks are for the day, but to see if the daily agenda is actually in line with your life’s bigger ambitions and goals.
Sounds exciting right?
Well I’ve pulled together a list of five of the best journal-planner hybrids for you to choose from, and many of these offer free samples on their websites so that you can try out different ones until you find the one that works best for you.
The Passion Planner is one of the most popular journal-planner hybrids. “It is the one place for all your thoughts. It’s more than just a planner—it’s a tool that helps you break down your short and long-term goals and incorporate them into your daily life. It has been designed to encourage you to plan for the future, reflect on the past, but most importantly, act on the present. Think of it as a paper life coach — ready 24/7 to challenge you to focus on what is most important, accept your thoughts and ideas without judgment, and prompt you to reflect on your everyday life.”
Want to give it a try? They offer free downloads of the planner (and more) on their website.
Mel Robbin’s “5 Second Journal”
“Mel Robbins has spent the past decade coaching, elevating, and motivating millions of people around the world.” She is a motivational speaker, best selling author, and a TV show host. She created the 5 Second Journal for herself to use personally, but when it changed how well she was able to improve and manage her life she decided to share it with others.
Learn more about the design and functions of The 5 Second Journal here. You can also get a free PDF copy of The 5 Second Journal.
Commit 30 Planner
The idea behind the Commit 30 planner is that it takes 30 days to develop a new habit. This planner-journal hybrid is designed to give you the skills and motivation to stick with it for the whole 30 days.
You can download a free sample of the planner on their website here.
Donald Miller’s “Productivity Schedule”
Donald Miller is an author, motivational speaker, and business owner. He is the CEO of a company called “Story Brand” which is a business that helps both entrepreneurs and other business owners get clear on their marketing.
He knows how to help you get clear on your life purposes too with his Productivity Schedule. Visit his website for both an article and a podcast about how his Productivity Schedule works, and to sign up for a free PDF copy of it.
Rachel Hollis “Priority Planner”
Rachel Hollis is a best selling author, motivational speaker, and blogger. She’s set up her Priority Planner with a quarterly design. So you can focus on one primary goal for three months. There is also a section to review your progress each month. Plus, daily pages with different prompts to help you focus your day.
Rachel also has a “Start Today” journal. The journal is wildly popular, but is not the same as her Priority Planner. You can find more information about both of these items on her website. She also offers video tutorials that walk you through how to use these tools to benefit your life.
I hope these journal-planner hybrids bring clarity and focus into your life, and help you accomplish all your biggest goals.