02 June 2016

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 14

Work-Life Balance and Your Planner

Have you wondered how to manage your work-life balance with your planner?

You know you have! You, the one clutching your planner. Calm down. 

Have a seat, get yourself a drink and enjoy the gruesome twosome discussing how to employ your planner as your first employee when you are working for yourself. Social life, work life-manage it all here in Episode 14.

If you have ideas for future episodes please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)

00:45 - Introduction
02:00 - An Index and Table of Contents in your planner
03:00 - A place for your planner
04:00 - Managing travel details
06:30 - Purging your planner of un-necessary contents
07:10 - Treasury Tags
07:45 - Managing Contacts
09:00 - Annual planner updating
10:00 - Transferring forward unfinished work
11:15 - Meshing of Work and Personal lives in your planner
11:50 - Contexts
12:20 - Key contacts in your planner
14:00 - Your Planner is central to organising your life
15:30 - Planner planning
16:15 - Vertical Week per View
17:30 - Increments of time required for your inserts
18:30 - The span of your day
20:30 -  'Hot Desking'
23:30 - Listeners... how are you viewed in the modern office world using a paper planner
27:00 - Tip - Balance will come if you work in harmony
28:35 - Tim Ferriss Podcast
29:00 - A special hello.....

Episode 14 - Work-Life Balance and Your Planner 

A direct download is also available here: Episode14.mp3

Shownotes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.

Presenters - Steve Morton and Karine Tovmassian

Our Websites: Philofaxy  TN Times and The Streamlined Life Thinker Extraordinaire Thinker Extraordinaire (Services)

Naturally we would love to hear your feedback on the podcast. If you use iTunes please gives us your rating or reviews of the podcast.

Previous Episodes:

13 - GTD Productivity And Using Your Paper Planner -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
12 - Job Seeking and Keeping - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
11 - Planner Fail -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
10 - Planner Hacks - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
9 - Planner Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
8 - Choosing Inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
7 - How do you carry your planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
6 - Planners on the go - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
5 - Why would you pay more than the price of a Filofax? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
4 - Using Your Planner To Create Permanent Habit Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
3 - Getting on with two or more planners - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
2 - Where to start your planning journey and why - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
1 - What size and why....  - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


  1. Great episode once again! I am finding that in meetings I am much quicker to find out when I am available for follow ups, or have access to reference material than my colleagues with their electronic devices. Most of them have small screens and they seem to flip through them for ages before they find what they need.

  2. Oh, you two! We got to the end of this episode while riding in the van today and Liam just about lost his little mind! :) "Steve says hello Liam! Karine says hello Liam! Mommy! You hear?!" Week. Made.

    (I'm also teaching him to recite the nostril-finger joke. Mother of the Year, right here.) :)

    Thank you both sooo much. His face was absolutely priceless!!

  3. I find this podcast very useful as it touches so closely about all the things that are vital to me- people´s payrolls, keeping ahead with planning, having everything organized and keeping information at hand at all times becauseyou just never know what happens and when you have your life and its responsibilities relying solely on you...

    However, I would like to comment to something Steve took up in the conversations. It is my experience that in corporate world, using a paper planner is considered being entirely ancient. The few times I have seen people with planners, they seem to shy away from using them and once I heard a "oh, why don´t I write this date to my planner for once!" and was astounded. She absolutely sounded thrilled to be working on this very important mission. What else does one do with a planner if not for... say, plan!?! There are those who have openly laughed at my face for using analoque system and that is when I remind them of the times I´ve needed to clear up the mess they created for NOT writing things down. And they also know I can track down anything and everything in my planner because it´s all written down there. When I show up at the meetings, I go prepared. In every way possible. It´s been noticed and instead of giggles, I now get queries of the facts.

    I talked of this with my doctor once (he´s a planner person and due to our several diagnosis, we are quite friendly already- we need to go in so often) and noticed his a5 DPP- planner on the desk, filled to the brim. His response was brilliant and on the point. "Well, when you have people´s lives depending upon you, you don´t want to take any risks of things slipping from your attention."