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"If you're spending a good portion of your day planning instead of doing, there's a problem."
As CEO of multiple multi-million dollar businesses, I have a lot to do.
I knew I needed a planner to help me focus, be productive, and I also realized that if I tried to track my productivity on an app or computer or phone, it would have so many distractions.
I just wanted to grab a pen and paper.
I need to be able to write things down, keep track of everything I needed to get done.
I didn't want all the fluff that fills the pages of most productivity planners.
A good planner, to me, is one that plans as little as possible but empowers you to do!
Nothing on the market was exactly what I was looking for...
So I made my own!
This thing is high quality, simple, and will be your best companion when it comes to getting things done.
Let me introduce you to my new company and productivity planner Plan Tomorrow!
In this video I'm going to cover:
- The three things any good productivity planner needs
- My new company, Plan Tomorrow, and the productivity planner I created
- And... how to get on the waiting list for my brand new productivity planner!
What planner do I recommend well as a CEO of several multi-million dollar companies, as well as an author, a speaker, and an investor, I have to get a lot done. So which planner do I recommend? That's what we're going to cover in today's video. And don't forget to subscribe as I release new videos each and every week.
Hey everybody, Dan Henry here, and in today's video, I'm going to cover what planner do I recommend? Now, one thing I have seen repeatedly is people trying to be productive and find the best planner to help facilitate that. And I see a lot of complaints. I see a lot of people, you know, having trouble finding the right planner. And so what I'd like to do in this video is cover exactly which one I recommend and why. And the answer may shock you as well. Let me know in the comments if you use a planner or not. I would love to know how many of you use a paper planner. So a few years ago, I really decided that if I wanted to get to the next level, I needed to become more productive. And I also realized that if I tried to track my productivity on an app or computer, or phone, it would have so many distractions.
And, you know, if the phone dies or whatever, I really just wanted to be able to grab a pen and paper and write it down and track it. So what do I do to be so productive, and how, and which planner do I use? Well, first of all, when it comes to managing your calendar or something like that, I still do use Google calendar. I only manage my daily tasks on a planner. So when I sat down to find one, here's what happened. I bought the top 15 or 20 planners literally on the market because I said, you know what? I'm not going to spend time going through a planner, figuring out if I like it or not. And then ordering another one, I'll just buy all of them all, lay them out on the floor, and I'll see which one I liked. And out of 20 or so planners, I liked absolutely none of them.
They were all terrible, over-complicated, or just plain ridiculous. I mean, some of these planners I literally had, I had to have an astrophysics degree to use, like it needs to come with a manual. What kind of planner needs to come with a manual? I mean, if I have to learn how to use a planner, then it's not a very productive planner because I shouldn't spend time learning it. I should be spending time doing. And as well, I started listening to a lot of billionaires, sharks on shark tank, and people that really talked about being productive. And there are a few things that I saw that were specific that I did not see in any of these planners.
Number one, it has to be simple, right? It can't have a bunch of crap everywhere and daily affirmations and all this stuff. Like, I get it. Those things are good, right? They are good reflections. That's all good. But there's too much of it. In most of these planners, it takes up too much of the page, and there's not enough for doing. I mean, imagine if all I did every day was sit around, reflecting on how grateful I am instead of doing things, I won't have much to reflect on how grateful I am for because I wouldn't be doing anything right. You should be grateful. You should reflect, but it should be a percentage of your day, not the whole day. And with these planners, there wasn't much actual productivity in there. It was just a bunch of fluff. And so that's the first thing I noticed. And when I looked at these billionaires and how these people ran their businesses, they kept it simple, right? They didn't load it with a bunch of gunk as well.
They had a structure, but a very simple and open structure, meaning look, plan tomorrow today, write down what you got to do tonight. And the next day, just check it off. That's it, keep it simple as well, prioritize your tasks by important, somewhat important. And it'd be nice if we got it done. I call that the ABC method at productivity, absolute tasks, beneficial tasks, and C-level tasks, which they're nice to get done, but they're not, they're not critical. And you just move those tasks every week over. And I remember watching Barbara from Shark Tank talk about how, you know, as a CEO, she likes to, you know, here are all the things I need to get done. I get them done as fast as I can. The top priority ones I get done first, and then if I don't get these other things done, I move them over into the next week.
And by doing that, she was able to build and invest in multiple companies and keep track of everything because it was so focused. It was so it was just so one after the other, right. And it wasn't like if you're spending a good portion of your day planning instead of doing, there's a problem. And so I was like, I want to find a planner that allows me to do, empowers me to do and not to plan, right? I want to do. I don't want to plan. I want to do. And so what I ended up doing was grabbing a planner like this, and this is one of these cheap Walmart planners. And when I feel it in my hand, it just feels cheap. But you know what, you know, what I liked about it was this, it was blank. It was blank.
It didn't have a bunch of crap on it. And so what I did was I took this planner, and I drew a structure, and I just drew it with a pen. And I went, and over time I developed a very certain structure, and I started using it over and over and over. And I began to become massively productive. I was focused. Sure, my appointments and whatnot were on my calendar. Sure major project management in my company happened on Trello. But as far as what I got to get up every day and get done, who I got to call, what do I gotta do? What I got to work on? What I got to find out. It went in here right in this planner, and I checked it off. But after a while, I got sick and tired of taking a blank planner and drawing out my structure and drawing out my planning method.
And so I went to like a Kinko's or a 48-hour Books. And I had them printed up. I drew it out on a PDF. I had it printed up. I started using it every day. And then I started giving it to some friends of mine, some other CEOs, and some of my staff. And they all said, Dan, this is the planner. This is the planner for doers. This is the planner for entrepreneurs. This is the planner for CEOs. Why don't you sell this? And I went, wow, I should sell that because that's what I do. I create companies. And so I thought, well, you know what I'm going to do. I'm going to create not only a planner that gets things done that's simple. It does have things like productivity tracking and, you know, daily quotes, and productivity tips, and a place for reflection, but in moderation.
And I'm going to create something high quality so that when you're an entrepreneur or a CEO or a doer, you don't feel like you have this cheap crap in your hand. No, you feel like you have this in your hand. This is the Plan Tomorrow daily planner. So which planner do I recommend? The one I created, honestly, because this is the only thing that I can sit down, open it up, and begin doing. And that is how simple it is. You have a work focus for the day and a personal focus. You write down your work and personal focus at the end of the night, and the next day you check it off. There's a note section, a reflection section. A daily productivity tip, as well as an inspirational quote from a high-level entrepreneur or thought leader. That's it pretty simple. And then, when you plan your week, you write down your absolute tasks, your beneficial tasks, and you can wait tasks.
And as long as during the week, you get all of these A-level tasks done, you are good to go. Get them done as fast as you can, as efficiently as you can. And then you move to the B, and you move to the C., And this is what a lot of billionaires and the sharks on Shark Tank talk about. This ABC method of productivity it's built into this planner. And then, throughout each day, it's super, super simple as well. At the end of the week, you can track your productivity by circling your total productivity score for the week. Anything you learned that week, for instance, you can write down three things that you did to improve. You can review the different things that you did during that week, and you could really reflect. And then what you do is when you're done with this planner, you go back, and you look at the scores, and you look at the weeks that we're more productive than others.
And then you look at what you wrote down, and now you can begin reverse engineering, your own productivity. And so you see how I don't make you follow a certain productivity structure or plan it's wide open. It's like open source. And I allow you to empower yourself to be productive, not to be stuck planning, right? You don't want to get stuck planning. You want to do. So good planner to me is one that plans as little as possible but empowers you to do. And there's some other cool stuff in here, like over 90 productivity tips. As well as at the end of the planner, you can calculate your total productivity score. So you see how you're productive over the 90 days. And because I, my roots are in info products and online courses. I decided to throw in a free productivity class when you buy the Plan Tomorrow daily planner.
And yes, that is the name of my new company Plan Tomorrow. And I would never have been able to get that company up and running while still maintaining my other companies, investments, books if I wasn't productive. And this is my secret weapon. So what planner do I recommend? This one. If you want to get on the early notification list, check the link below this video, and you can get on the waiting list for when these are ready to ship. When you hold this in your hand, it feels so high quality. Trust me; you will never be able to hold another planner again cause you just won't want to take a step down. So grab this and also subscribe because I release new videos like this all the time. I'll tell you about my new companies, my new products, new stuff, and reflections on building an eight-figure company along the way. Talk soon. See you in the next video.