15 December 2016

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 42

Planning vs Organising

The answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Yes, we have reached out to Deep Thought and what she gave us was the answer we’ve all been waiting for: 6 rings or 9 rings = 42.

Or listen in to see the variations in D minor as Morton and Tovmassian tackle what a planner is versus what a planner is not, what is organizing versus what planning is and defining planners by purpose.

Be a hoppy frood and listen in!

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

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions
02:00 - Planning vs Organising the differences
10:00 - Getting the most out of a short stay
12:30 - Travel packing list
16:00 - What a planner is and what it isn't
17:00 - What should be in your planner
19:30 - Prepare for the week ahead
22.30 - Tabs or separate planners
23:45 - Only carrying relevant information
25:00 - Purpose of your planner
27:15 - Just because you own an organiser doesn't mean you are organised.

Episode 42 - Planning vs Organising

A direct download is also available here: Episode42.mp3

Show notes: 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 - Karine Tovmassian and Steve Morton
Editing and production - Steve Morton

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Karine: Plannerology, Karine Tovmassian (IG)
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Previous Episodes:

41 - Short and Long Term Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
40 - Good and Bad Planner Habits - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
39 - Tackling Planner Size Change - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
38 - Self-Improvement or Personal Development - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
37 - What is productivity anyway - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
36 - The Planner Community - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
35 - Wellness Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
34 - Listeners Question - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
33 - Pens and other writing instruments - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
32 - Proper storage, care and shipping of planners, rings etc - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
31 - Guest Interview - Louise Umeki - Plannercon 2017 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
30 - Form Following Function -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
29 - Seasonal To Do Lists - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
28 - Making and keeping annual goals - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
27 - Organising the family - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
26 - Guest interview - Theresa Hall - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
25 - Guest interview - Ray Blake - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
24 - Defining the important things from the urgent things - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
23 - Guest interview with Rita Sedani - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
22 - Printing your own inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
21 - How to derail your planning system by over thinking - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
20 - Digital devices/services and your analogue planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
19 - What To Keep In Your 'Others' Tab - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
18 - Zombie Apocalypse Preparation - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
17 - Managing Finances In Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
16 - Planning for those of us who actually can't live without planning, with guest co-host Carie Harling - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
15 - Automation NirvanaA5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
14 - Work Life Balance and Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
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. Loved this episode! Yes, my planner/organizer/binder is a tool. It is my ‘Sacred Anti-Anxiety’ book. If I know WHERE I’m going, WHAT I’m doing, and WHO is involved, I’m much more relaxed than when I’m winging it. Since I only keep 3 months (1 past, present, and 1 future month), keeping a page for future notations is a big help. So, when April comes around, I copy what ever into the appropriate spot in April’s calendar. ‘Anti-Anxiety’. ‘Sacred’ because 1) no one has permission to write in my book. If anyone has anything to say, they’re welcome to leave a sticky note, and then it’s only a suggestion until it’s in my handwriting. 2) These are MY thoughts and plans.

  2. A bit more general: Organising is for things you already have whilst Planning is future oriented regarding your resources being it time, money, tools, tasks etc. pp.

    Which makes it hard to effectively plan if someone is lacking good skills in organising, whilst good organising is a pre-requisite of seamless and successful Planning.

    1. Organising goal: keeping everything tidy, functional and available to be found again so it can be used on purpose.
      Planning goal: achieving a meta-goal, e.g. using your scarce time more effectively in general ore more specific building a house or going on your annual holidays.
      The process of Planning starts by figuring out which resources you need in order to achieve your goal and within the second step it moves to allocate the appropriate resources of your project to the appropriate time spot and location. Even re-locating a task, process sequence etc. is a step of planning after recognising a deviation in the original project map.
      To not further dive into more detail, jumping back to the meta-meaning:
      If you don’t have a goal that you want to achieve – you have no reason to start planning. And if you have no goal, no planning, you are not able to organise your life or your resources.

    2. Well, sorry - tasks don't belong to the resources. Just cross them out in your mind. Cheers :-)