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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


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:

035 What Is the Bullet Journal? How Does It Work? – ProductivityCast051 Managing Digital Notebooks047 Reflections on Getting Things Done (GTD): What I Wish I Knew When I Started GTD, Part Two – ProductivityCast024 Can Productivity Be Fun? – ProductivityCast022 Productivity Pet Peeves – ProductivityCast016 The Power of Reflection – ProductivityCast013 Getting Unstuck! – ProductivityCast

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:

Travelers notebook

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Voiceover Artist 0:00 Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17
And Welcome back, everybody to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney Smith.

Francis Wade 0:20I'm Francis Wade.

Augusto Pinaud 0:23 I am Augusto Pinaud.

Art Gelwicks 0:24 And I'm Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:25 Welcome, gentlemen to this episode of productivitycast. And today we are going to be talking about something that a lot of people use every day. But they probably don't give very much attention to it. And so the people who are listening to this podcast you listening to this podcast, are you probably more aware of the concept than not. But I thought what we would do today is we would talk about the productivity planner, the what we would call a personal organizer, or a day planner,

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