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Full Focus Planner: The Difference It Makes

Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner developed by both Michael and his team is the best productivity tool I have added to my locker in many years. It’s even changed the way I use my digital productivity tools. Over the past three weeks, I have been posting photos on social media of my Daily Big 3 in my Full Focus Planner and a number of friends have enquired about the Planner. So, I thought you might like to know! Over the next three weeks, in this Full Focus Planner review, I’m going to explain all about Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner; the productivity principles behind it, and how I use it in my setting. This is the first post in a three-part series. You can read the second post here and the third post here.

About the Creator of the Full Focus Planner

Michael Hyatt is a Christian. That doesn’t mean he rams his religion down people’s throats, but you can certainly tell how his worldview impacts on his business and productivity. I am comfortable with that. He was the CEO and Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, a big publisher of Christian books. When he left, he set up his own company and began blogging on productivity and technology, writing books like Platform and designing online courses. I can’t remember where I first heard of him now, but I can tell you I have avidly followed him throughout that journey.

Digital Productivity Tools

Michael has been a huge fan of digital productivity tools during all that time. I think he may have put me on to OmniFocus which I use for task management, although he switched to Nozbe some time later. At his suggestion, I added a digital calendar of my ideal week (more on that below) to ensure I put the big rocks first into each week. In OmniFocus, I soon had a Morning Ritual, a Workday Startup Ritual, a Workday Shutdown Ritual, a Weekly Review and a Quarterly Review. All of Michael’s tools helped me to become more productive and focused.

A Paper Planner?

So when around 12-15 months ago, Michael started mentioning a paper Planner I was intrigued. Was he going rogue on digital? No. What he was advocating was a hybrid system. Michael had begun to take notice of research that says we retain more information and we are more committed to what we write down. A fully digital productivity system doesn’t cut it in the same way. Writing engages a different part of your brain. You have to slow down to write, and this helps you process your thinking better.

Next Time

In my next post, I’ll flesh out my Full Focus Planner review. I’ll set out the productivity principles Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner is based on, and the difference a hybrid productivity system (a mix of paper and digital productivity tools) rather than a fully digital productivity system makes to my effectiveness. Continue reading my Full Focus Planner review.

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