Just Three: A Better Planner

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To Do Lists are Broken

We make our lists for the day and the week with the best of intentions. We list the dozens of things we have to do, and we tell ourselves that today is going to be the day that we get them all done. We set ourselves up to fail. At the end of the day, when you only did half of your list, you feel like a failure. You feel like you’re constantly struggling to catch up. You feel like you’re drowning, and you feel like you’re checking things off a list without any direction or bigger picture.

Introducing Just Three.

In the Just Three system, you’re forced to make conscious decisions about what is worth spending your time on. At the beginning of each week, you identify the three most important things for you to get done that week, and then, each day, you identify the three things that you can do that day to reach your goals. Just Three turns your to do list into a value statement.

Prioritizing Balance

In your Just Three planner, you actually have 6 spaces for each period– 3 things that you’ll “Do For Others”, and 3 things that you’ll “Do For Yourself”. It’s important to prioritize your own goals and not just get overtaken by work and other external obligations– Just 3 gives you equal space and priority for both.

Identifying components of your productivity

Every day we partake in numerous behaviors that influence our ability to be productive. Just Three helps you identify those behaviors so that you can better understand how your brain and body work. We have spaces for you to record information about your sleep time and quality, exercise, substances (coffee, alcohol, drugs), and mood. Then, at the end of the day, you can record how productive you felt, allowing you to review your past days and identify patterns.

What does it look like?

Here’s a sample page from a Just Three planner. Just Three planners are the same size as a passport and cover one fortnight each, making them easy to carry with you everywhere.

Take a look:


What else is in the planner?

There are pages to keep a running list of things you’d like to get done, and blank list pages to keep track of projects or shopping. (For example, I keep a running list of things I need to get at Home Depot) There’s also a place for you to track things “to do when I have a few minutes”– need to make a quick call or shoot off an email? List it there and work through this list when you have downtime.

Built by people with ADD, for people with ADD (and everyone else)

sam_and_momThis planner is a mother/son project of Carol and Sam Hotchkiss. Carol has 40+ years of experience working in schools, focusing on learning disabilities and how we get things done. Sam has built and run multiple successful technology companies and currently leads development on a large open-source project used by millions of people every day. Both Sam and Carol have big time ADD, so they know a thing or two about how hard it can be to get focused.

Want a Just Three of your own?

We’re out of beta planners right now, and were working on figuring out the next iteration. No plans yet, but sign up below and we’ll let you know how we decide to move forward.