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062 The Best Productivity Planner

Most don’t think about it, but aside from finding the best productivity planner for ourselves, the very paper planner (a/k/a agenda, diary, journal, scheduler, notebook) didn’t even exist until roughly 90 years. What did humankind do for the prior millennia upon millennia?! It wasn’t until Gustav Grossmann came around with his own 200-page manifesto and leatherbound planning notebook in the 1930s, that the modern organizer was born.

Today, we who pay attention to our productive lives take it for granted at the plethora of options for planners on the market, as well as learning how to use them effectively. In this week’s episode, the ProductivityCast team discusses the factors that make the best productivity planner the right one for you.

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In this Cast | The Best Productivity Planner

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Francis Wade

Show Notes | The Best Productivity Planner

Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

History of Day Planner

Levenger Circa system


Staples Arc system

Day Runner

Apple Reminders

Remember the Milk


The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

Casts referencing BuJo:

Time Design (Time/System) 


Panda Planner

Freedom Journal

Productivity Journal

Five-Minute Journal

Volt Planner


The High Performance Planner (Brendon Burchard)

Commit 30 Planner

Revo Journal (caveat: site was not loading, or loading very slowly, when we were trying to visit it: http://revojournal.com/)

Travelers notebook

Raw Text Transcript

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