Has anyone hear of "Action Day" an "innovative", weekly planner available only at Staples?

I was looking for an academic planner for a middle schooler with ADHD and I found this [Ed: linkified by ygor]

Has anyone hear of "Action Day" an "innovative", weekly planner available only at Staples?

The only version I saw at staples was black and came in a stiff paper back. They only had about three of them. I can't remember if it has any miscellaneous sections for addresses and the like. It must have been available through Amazon at some point, that's where I got the descriptive info linked above and summarized below.

I don't remember seeing any monthly sections. The weekly format and three supporting sections are spread out over 2 pages as follows:

1) Weekly Planner in the upper right section of two pages
2) Weekly Tasks to execute, in a narrow column to the far left
3) Delegated Projects, in the middle of the bottom
4) Goals/Projects, Intended Results, Next Step: far right on the bottom

I was struck by an introductory section which contained a stripped down GTD type philosophy. It looks like they also publish a book that alludes to this in the subtitle "Things To Get Done."

It might be an inexpensive off the shelf way for someone to get started with GTD.

I would have picked one up for the student in question but the stiff cover and the lack of any color options was a deal breaker. It's bad enough that you can't insert any pages but if you can't open it up and leave it open that doesn't seem very user friendly.

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I would not mess with the web page

They are offering only 2008 planners -- no 2009's
Correction: They say that 2009 planners are only available at Staples, but they will sell you an overpriced 2008 planner
The price is $6.47 USD plus Shipping & Handling: $11.43 USD

OMG !!

Besides, that page image is detailed enough for one to make a template >:D
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I had that same thought

I'm sure someone could tweak the format and perhaps even improve the format.

However, the Intro seemed to contain an oversimplified version of GTD, probably not a bad thing for a young student to learn about.

I wonder if the book is available on Ebay.

~Cath

My Staples had none

and then the guy gave me a bogus SKU number
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I don't know if you have

I don't know if you have seen this article:

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/2010.html

I'm not sure what specifics you are looking for a student planner, but this article indicates any student planner should be OK. You may want to look at these, but it seems they only sell in bulk. They look similar to the ones issued to my kids.

http://www.qualityplanners.com/images/html/planners.html

Good luck,
Ken
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Ken, Thanks for the links

I did pick up a planner but I will pass the article along to my friend for her daughter.

ETA - The school issues planners to the kids? It seems so obvious once someone with a little bit of common sense starts doing it. Next thing you know they'll be teaching personal finances in High School.
~Cath

Where in Stapes was this planner ?

Was it with the Day-Timers and Franklin-Coveys or was it with the composition notebooks and Rollas ?
FWIW, my kids have been getting agenda/planners since (I think) the 5th grade, but I doubt anyone has taken time to teach them any sort of time management.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Rolla at Staples

These are in with the pads such as steno pads etc. Just ask someone where the rolla products are.

Located with the "At A Glance" type junior sized calendars

I came across them with the "At A Glance" type junior sized calendars.

In my particular Staples this is in the same aisle as the higher end Franklin Covey type stuff, but at the other end. It wasn't prominently displayed on an end cap and I only saw a very few of them, 3 or 4 at most.

~Cath

Thanks to both for the locater info

I have another Staples on my commute I can check.
Film at 11
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Found it, but...

had problems. Cost me $13 at an alternate Staples (not the one near my home)

I then changed my mind about keeping it and took it to my local store for refund -- Staples is Staples, right ? Wrong.

Despite having a staples receipt, my local store was unable to easily process the refund as the item did not show in their inventory/catalog. The manager had to be called in to force the system to accept the transaction.

Something ain't right about that.
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Alternate location

For me, they were with the various notebooks - Mead, Red&Black, etc. No special display, just stacked next to everything else in a short stretch of shelf-space on the bottom shelf.

I missed 'em the first time and had to go back and look carefully.

Also, my Staples was running a sale: basic paperboard folders for school, regularly 15 cents, sale price was *free*. Limit 10, several colors to choose from.

Action Day®Planner -the philosophy

The Power of Attitude, Goals, and Actions

Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside us, unplayed.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man meets three workers at a building site.
He asks the first one: “What are you doing?” – “I’m laying bricks.”
He asks the next one: “What are you doing?” - “I’m building a wall.”
The man walks up to the third worker and asks him the same question.
He looks up with a smile on his face and says: “I’m building a church.”

This anecdote emphasizes the fact that to be man or woman of action
you need to keep three things in mind:

• First, to have the right attitude toward your work, you must see “the church.”
• Second, you need to decide which walls you are going to build, i.e., establish your goals.
• Third, you have to lay the bricks that are needed to build the wall. Without action nothing happens.

Action Day is a tool that helps us better ourselves so our actions speak for themselves.

Action Day® is comprised of two main parts. The first deals with the power of attitude, goals and actions.

• Attitude – The power of attitude and how you can form the right attitude about yourself, your work, and communication.
• Goal – The power of goal setting and how you can set your goals.
• Actions – The power of action, how you can form an execution process in order to get things done.

The second part of the book is the Action Day Planner, and now it’s easier to get things done because you have special places and proven process for all your actions.

Action Day is your tool to improve yourself—to develop power mind to get things done.

I wish you good luck in your work,

Thorsteinn Gardarsson

Am I crazy or ...

is this the first page of the planner, exactly word for word ?
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Praise for Action Day®Planner -from users

Thank you for the planner. I love it. I have been searching for the perfect planner and now I've found it.
- Cadigan

Thank you for the fast service. I received the planner on the 12th and I have already found it to be useful.
- Beth

Hello,

I picked up your ADP at Staples yesterday and it looks, at first glance,like it is going to really help!
Thank you, Linda

Hey Thor !

If you would like to join the community, you are welcome to do so.
But please do not use us as a means of free advertising.
We have merchants here and they are not shy about hawking their wares, but they are participating members of the community group as opposed to an anonymous/unverified guest poster.
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Hmm, according to a Google

Hmm, according to a Google search, "Thorsteinn Gardarsson" is the creator of this planner.

Yes, this stinks...

of anonymous advertising.

You will note that the poster has not responded.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I know it's naughty but...

I'm so tempted to log out and start posting negative messages about this product in our anonymous advertiser's name. Just to balance the conversation.

I won't do it.... but it is very tempting. :) Excuse me while I sit on my hands to stop myself. :)

It's not a bad product...

I am not certain if it is a great product, but I would say it is worth considering.

It is the anonymous praising/endorsing that irritates me.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Stinks, yes, but not totally anonymous

It looks as if the poster did at least leave his real name.

Thorsteinn Gardarsson is the creator of the Action Day (or ActionDay) planner. And yes, his messages were cut and pasted out of the planner introduction pages and the 'praise' section on the actionday {dot} com website.

Too bad he didn't just come out and say that.

I bought one of the ActionDay Planners recently (before I saw this string).
+ Not a bad layout, really. I like the extra lined note pages in back.
+ Honestly, it probably doesn't give me enough room for the week to list intended goals/projects, etc.
+ BUT that may force me to limit my main focus.
+ A physically larger page would be better for me.

But, I'll likely try to make it work for my personal activities.

I'll try a lined post-it note over the task section for additional space - and supplement with additional small notebook for upcoming/ongoing project breakdown.

-Dan

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"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act,
but a habit." - Aristotle

Definitely get this Planner !!

I have been using planners since I was in the 4th grade. Now a college senior, I was blown away by how helpful action day planners are in planning you life. In a nut shell, it takes you step by step on how to get the most out of your day and most importantly, it caters to a need to look at the over all picture and one's overall future goals, while educating you on how to better manage all facets of ones personal life. I would definitely recommend this planner.

Also, the CEO of this company is just wonderful. Not only did he respond to my inquiries promptly, but he also sent me a 2008 version at a much reduce PRICE because the year is almost out. I liked this planner so much that I already have thde 2009 version waiting for me in me Residence Hall.

For the quality of this product, it is a steal to get it at the price that it is being sold. Trust me! I have gone through 12 planners within the past decade. This planner helps categorize things in a very easy and organized method that anyone can follow.

Lastly, for someone looking to step out into the real world in a matter of months, this is exactly the planner that I need.

Try it!

You could probably do a

You could probably do a better job of making your posting not seem like you work for the company, such as personalizing your username, registering with diyplanner, and doing your research on what are the typical habits one observes in usernames. Also, the tone of the entry feels similar to the previous postings by an unverified user who can be assumed to work for the company. It would be great if you could tell us any specific event that made you decide this was the end-all-be-all planner.

Weekends

The biggest problem I have with this planner, like many commercially made, is that "they" assume my Saturdays and Sundays are not as important as my weekdays. To be honest, planning my time with my family and friends, not to mention all the tasks involved with my life outside work, is more difficult than planning my workday. This Sunday I have four timed events, church, a bookfest downtown, a friend's birthday lunch, and my writing group. Several of them overlap and I may have to skip the bookfest depending on how long the dog can go without being let outside, how tired my family gets, and how much laundry I get done on Saturday (in between the kid's soccer game and grocery shopping). I just don't have those kind of scheduling problems at work. I need big weekend days, which is why I DIY.

Weekends are just normal days

The biggest problem I have with this planner, like many commercially made, is that "they" assume my Saturdays and Sundays are not as important as my weekdays.

I wholeheartedly agree. I have weekend responsibilities familial, professional, and theological. As a sign language interpreter who worships in a church with a large Deaf community the last two regurlarly overlap. Plus I have w/e gigs, for example interpreting at a wedding or conference --- both of which I have this month. Saturdays and Sundays are normal working days as far as I'm concerned. And much of my professional development training also takes place at weekends.

Thankfully my current planner choice (A5 filoFax time management) has reseasonable space for each of Saturday and Sunday on their shared pages but it requires me to label up the sections as they are untimed. Also need to write smaller as there is only 40% of the printed area available for each full day so I go for hour scheduling rather than 30minutes available on "workday" pages.

Action Day Review from Actual Human

I bought my Action Day (and returned it after deciding on buying the software.)

The Good: Action Day planners are actually really interesting pieces of planning equipment. They take a real simple approach to a problem that I always have: finding a planner that I'll update and one that will mirror my view of my day's work/life. The way it is put together actually mirrors my idea of a functional planner, especially for my ADD addled brain. But...

The Bad: These things are pretty shoddy. The planner itself is basically a glorified notebook that runs a pretty penny for some innovative design, but its made with very basic materials and fell apart pretty quick. From what I understand, this company was bought by Staples for distribution but is largely footing the bill for printing and equipment (RR Donnelly is a company I am very familiar with and I went ahead and did some snooping around.)

My Verdict: Buy the software and make your own planner pages. That way you can have a planned out weekend (ADD doesn't care about whether or not it is Saturday) with or without the inflexible option that is a paper notebook. I did buy a notebook... but only because I didn't know better. I promptly returned it today and downloaded the 30 day trial. I'm satisfied with the plug-in and separate program.

How does it look?

I took a look at actionday.com and at staples.co.uk but could not find a proper picture of how the setup of their planners and notebooks.
Based on the above post and on the fact that they do not present their lay-out, I am definitely not going to order anything.

If anybody has any of ActionDays notebooks (Action Day, Meeting Notebook and Knowledge Notebook) I would love to see a picture of the setup. As inspiration as well as to evaluate whether this is for me or not.

Otherwise I will continue making my own and using ygors dynamic templates.

/Mich