The 7 Minute Life Review

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

What if you could stay organized and on task in just a few minutes every day? I personally struggle to keep all my tasks prioritized. Having somewhere to put everything, keep all the important information, and keep me on task is important. That is why I was excited to have the opportunity to review The 7 Minute Life company’s The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner.
What is The 7 Minute Life
Did you know that the average person’s attention span is only 7 minutes? I didn’t but it seems believable. (Sometime less in my kids case I think :)) The 7 Minute Life came about in order to harness that 7 minutes a day into a more effective 7 minutes.
In a nutshell, The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner can be explained in 3 words: prioritize, organize, and simplify. Who doesn’t need more of those? The 7 Minute Life daily planner gives you the tools to organize and simplify your life by identifying your goals and tasks and then helping your priorizing them. It isn’t just a “to-do” list but a tool to keep you organized and move through your tasks quickly and effiencently.
The pre-planning stage enables you to identify goals and tasks and then prioritize them effectively. The 7.3″ by 8.5″ physical planner is a good size to fit in your bag to take with your anywhere and the plastic covers are durable.
Some of The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner sections include: Unfinished Work, Tasks, Daily Progress Reports, Monthly Calendar at a Glance, Annual Calendar at a Glance, and Monthly Progress Report. There are also sections to read to help you identify your tasks and goals. There is a contact section to help you store your contact in one place. I really like the Mental Clutter section! You can even tally your water intake and exercise on your daily planner, which is good for me.
The bottom of the planner page has a box for “Did You Do What You Said You Would Do Today?” This is an interesting concept and can be very motivating (or not) for many people.
Check out this video about the premise behind The 7 Minute Life.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

How I Used It
After you begin your journey through the The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner I was at home, conducting my usual business of running a household of 4 children and planning their homeschool year. Additionally, we had just moved so there was a lot of extra tasks with moving in that needed to be done. And, ironically, I had my Navy Reserve time during this review periods. So I had a LOT to take care of track. I think having the planner at this time was God’s way of helping me keep things straight.

As a homeschooling mom, I can say that the planner was missing some sections that would be helpful to the stay at home, homeschool mom. There are several sections I would have liked to see and less room for contacts and voicmails (though those are valuable sections.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED the “What I will do…5 before 11″ section. This was good. To me, this was the MUST DO TODAY section. I didn’t always get it done before 11 but it was there at the top of the page for me to work on. If I completed this section I considered myself successful in my day and checked the box at the bottom for “Did I do what I said I would do today?” If the “5 before 11″ wasn’t completed those uncompleted tasks were moved to the next day’s “5 before 11″ section and the day was not considered complete.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

Daily Planner Page 1

I liked the bottom of the page allowed me to log my water intake (something I’m working hard on doing and, amid all this life craziness, I have cut my soda intake during this review time from several per day to 1 a day and increased my water intake from 2 glasses per day to 6-10 per day so— love the water log accountability).  Tracking my sleep, exercise, reflection and reading, as well as what I ate, was nice to have on there in one place. This is also some accountability I need.

I used the note section on the 2nd daily page to track the kids work and the babies eating and sleep (these would be nice additions to a homeschooling/stay at home mom planner). I found the appointment section good, but a section for “appointments to make” would be helpful, this went into my “Unfinished Tasks” section.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

Unfinished Work Tasks page


My “7 Minute Life Connections” section was good to use to remember who I did need to call, like appointments, friends, and playdates. This section was definiately not big enough for me while staying home. The voicemail section was rarely used for voicemails but was used, like I said, for calls to make or return.

The “What I Spent” section was good. We do like to try and track expenditures but I didn’t use it faithfully. The Daily Contacts section is meant to write down who you need to contact or contacted. There are 25 lines for this. I NEVER use 25 lines for that so I wrote miscellaneous things in this section as well as I progressed through using it.

Now, as I mentioned, I had a few weeks of full time work during this time as well. The The 7 Minute Life Planner was great during this time and obvioulsy what it is meant for. Though, again, 25 Daily Contacts was never reached and I rarely filled all the voice mail lines. I still had to track homeschooling issues and home life during this time as well as meal planning (another possible great section for homeschooling/SHM planner), which I used the blank lines on the 2nd page of the planning pages for.

I really liked the preplanning pages like “90 Day Personal Goals” and “Discovering Your Purpose.” These were great pre-planning exercises and were helpful in determining goals and tasks as well as my priorities.

Overall
I loved it! I loved the size, it was easy to put in my bag. It is durable and didn’t get worn out quickly being carted in my bag or around the house. I loved that all the information was in one place, including my short and long term goals and contacts. When I had a minute my goals and unfinished tasks were right where I could find them so I could go to my lists and decide what to work on. Overall I think its great and is especially good for those that like checklists and to do lists and priority lists – which I do! It is all there for me to refer to and I can take a moment in the morning, look over the day before, make my 7 before 11 priority list and get going. That was my favorite part. I felt that if i didn’t get everything done that was ok as long as I accomplished my priority lists – my 7 before 11 list. It was great. I think the 7 Minute Planner is a great asset to my life and in helping me stay focused and on task in my busy, homeschooling mom life. Who doesn’t need a little help with that, huh?
You can purchase your very own The 7 Minute Life Planner for $24.95.
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Word of the Week – T is for Thespian

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As I am catching up on my alphabet word of the week posts and we continue through Blogging Through the Alphabet with some of our homeschool friends, we come to the letter T.

This week we get to a voabulary word that my daughter will have no problem with – as a lover of the theatre and a natural on the stage, this seemed like an appropriate word to use.

My children are elementary age so these words are aimed at developing my elementary school aged kids vocabulary but are generally words that I think are interesting, unique or something kids should know.

This weeks Blogging Through the Alphabet – Word of the Week begins with T.

T is for Thespian

Definition: pertaining to tragedy or to the dramatic art in general; an actor or actress

Used in a sentence:

She loved doing the school play and thinks that she would like be a thespian professionally.

A person who is an excellent at the performing arts can be a called a thespian.

How we worked with the word:

  • Write the word and its definition in our vocabulary notebook.
  • Read the definition out loud.
  • Write two sentences using the word properly.
  • Use the word each day in some manner to try and make the use of the word part of our vocabulary.

The kids like to see who can remember to use the word of the week at breakfast each morning. We are now giving points each day for using it in a sentence properly each day. Whoever gets the most points gets to choose the weekend movie.

Do you use vocabulary words in your school? What do you like to do with developing vocabulary for your children?

Read more Blogging Through the Alphabet posts by clicking the below button.

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Word of the Week – S is Sever

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As I am catching up on my alphabet word of the week posts and we continue through Blogging Through the Alphabet with some of our homeschool friends, we come to the letter S.

My children are elementary age so these words are aimed at developing my elementary school aged kids vocabulary but are generally words that I think are interesting, unique or something kids should know.

This weeks Blogging Through the Alphabet – Word of the Week begins with S.

S is for Sever

Definition: divide by cutting or slicing; put an end to or break off

Used in a sentence:

She wants to sever her relationship with her afterschool club.

The branch was severed from the tree.

How we worked with the word:

  • Write the word and its definition in our vocabulary notebook.
  • Read the definition out loud.
  • Write two sentences using the word properly.
  • Use the word each day in some manner to try and make the use of the word part of our vocabulary.

The kids like to see who can remember to use the word of the week at breakfast each morning. We are now giving points each day for using it in a sentence properly each day. Whoever gets the most points gets to choose the weekend movie.

Do you use vocabulary words in your school? What do you like to do with developing vocabulary for your children?

Read more Blogging Through the Alphabet posts by clicking the below button.

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