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September 2017

Productivity Journal Review: The Productivity Planner by Intelligent Change

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The Productivity Planner by Intelligent Change is a journal aimed at boosting your productivity.

It focuses on single-tasking rather than multi-tasking and doing the most important task of the day first. It also uses The Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is working on a task for 25 minutes without distraction or procrastination and then taking a 5 minute break.

Here are some images of the Productivity Planner:


The Productivity Planner cover.


Weekly Task Planning.


Daily Planning.


Weekly Notes.

Like any productivity journal the Productivity Planner has Pros and Cons. Here they are:

Pros Cons
  • Its design is smart and business-like.
  • It’s compact and light to carry.
  • It’s dateless, meaning you can start using it at any time.
  • It prioritises tasks into: Most Important, Secondary and Additional.
  • It has Weekly Planning/Review sections.
  • It has a place for Notes on each day and a full Weekly Notes page.
  • Every daily page has an Inspirational Quote and a Productivity Score (1-10).
  • It has circles next to tasks to measure time. You set a Target and then record the Actual, helping you to allocate a more realistic amount of time for tasks.
  • It has a bookmark ribbon and an elasticated closure.
  • It is really designed for business use. It only has a 5 day week.
  • There’s no Done boxes to tick tasks off on the daily pages.
  • The planner only has 6 months worth of pages in it. Meaning you would need to buy two for 1 year.
  • It is expensive for a journal, being priced at £20+.
  • There’s no short term, medium term or long term goal setting pages.
  • There’s no monthly or yearly view pages.
  • It is black and white throughout.
  • There isn’t anywhere to record rewards for completing tasks. I find rewards really motivating.
  • There’s no way to organise tasks into groups, e.g. Personal, Business, Health, Family/Friends, etc.

The Productivity Planner is available to buy on Amazon.

In my next Productivity Journal Review I will be reviewing the far superior Inspire Now Journal by Inspire Now Daily, which I absolutely love.

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Book Review: The Jungle Book (CollinsClassics Edition) by Rudyard Kipling

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The Jungle Book is the story of man-cub Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle.

Shere Khan, the stripped tiger, was Mowgli’s reason for ending up in the jungle in the first place. And as Mowgli grows, Shere Khan makes himself Mowgli’s nemesis.

Mowgli is taught The Law of The Jungle by Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. At one point Mowgli is taken by monkeys in the canopy above. Baloo and Bagheera rescue him with the help of Kaa the Python.

The Jungle Book has probably become a classic because it taps into our curiosity of wildlife and our desire to learn about foreign and exotic lands. Kipling brilliantly crosses the worlds of animal and human with main character Mowgli.

Kipling uses anthropomorphism, giving all animal characters human traits, emotions and intentions. The Jungle Book was written in 1894 and as such some of the language has dated and some of the description is unclear.

The Jungle Book would probably be called a novella today, in terms of word count. The CollinsClassics Edition I read contained four other Kipling short stories.

The Jungle Book is well worth a read, although the reader will probably only want to read it once. The Jungle Book is available to buy on Amazon and at all good book shops.

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Causes For Celebration

By Amazon, Happiness & Joy, Health, Shopping6 Comments
celebration-large What a week it’s been! There’s so many causes for celebration for me right now. Here’s the list:

  • Working to become smoke-free. I did 8 days without a cigarette, substituting cigs for Nicotinell 2mg Fruit Nicotine Gum. I’ve had a little lapse, but am determined to become smoke-free, mainly for health reasons.
  • I got £30 back from an old car servicing contract.
  • The BIG NEWS is that I’ve been offered and accepted a new job. As a rule I don’t blog about work, but I couldn’t resist sharing my good news. The new job is a fantastic opportunity and something I am super excited about.
  • A friend of mine got some good health-related news.
  • It is Papa’s Birthday today. We are having a family BBQ to celebrate tomorrow.

My mum took me out for tea to celebrate my new job. To celebrate I treated myself to 2 duck feather pillows and 3 books (The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan, It by Stephen King and Spun by Catherine Mckenzie). I plan to continue the celebration with a little Prosecco tomorrow with the family.

You may have noticed a lack of new blog over the last few weeks. This is because I was preparing for the interview. Now that it’s done, I shall get back to regular blogging.

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