Update: Meanwhile I switched to the printable Go For Your Dreams Planner. The only pages I currently use from the High-Performance Planner are the morning and evening pages as part of my morning and evening routine.
Original Review Post from 2019:
I love planning and reaching my goals and decided to use along with other planners also the high-performance planner to stay focused and to rock my goals in 2020.
In this post, I’m solely focusing on the high-performance planner created by Brendon Burchard, so you can see what this planner is all about.
But first of – who is Brendon Burchard?
Brendon Burchard is a world’s leading high-performance coach, personal development trainer, and multiple New York Times, bestselling author.
His best-selling book called high-performance habits – how extraordinary people become that way was first published in September 2017.
It’s an awesome book and also available as an audiobook.
Speaking from audio, he also has a great podcast called the Brendon show – I highly recommend checking it out as well.
In November 2018 he added the high-performance planner to his portfolio.
TABLE OF CONTENT
- High-performance planner review
- What is in the planner
- Feel and the look of the planner
- How is this planner different from other planners
- What I don’t like about this planner
- What I like about this planner
- The bottom line
HIGH-PERFORMANCE PLANNER REVIEW
The high-performance planner is a high quality 60 days planner with 192 pages in size 8.4″x11.5″.
It’s based on the 20 years of experience of Brendon Burchard by working with and studying the habits of high performers.
This planner is not just a notebook with a few random pages in it.
It’s a science-backed tool helping you to improve your mindset, to plan out each day with intention, to track what matters, and to increase your overall performance in life.
Some of the tools presented in the planner were built upon the findings of the world’s largest study of high performers.
Before publishing the planner, Brendon Burchard tested this planner for 3 years with his best clients and friends.
All pages are date-free, which means that you can start using them at any time of the year.
WHAT IS IN THE PLANNER
Included in the planner is:
- An introduction to the high-performance planner by Brendon Burchard
- A whole life assessment sheet similar to the level 10 life concept
- High-performance habits assessment sheet based on the 20-years long study of high performers
- Monthly page at a glance (undated) with space for major projects, events, deadlines, and personal goals
- Monthly review: learning and reflection page + long-term goal alignment and whole life assessment sheet
- Daily page with journal prompts for the morning. To start the day focused and with an intention
- Daily page with journal prompts for the evening to review the day and to assess own performance of the day
- In the daily page section, there is also room to schedule tasks from 6 am to 7.30 pm and some space to write down the top 3 goals of the day, deadlines, and notes
- Weekly review page to assess the whole life similar to the level 10 life concept + journal prompts for weekly review
- The weekly review page also has an assessment sheet to review your own performance of the week
FEEL AND THE LOOK OF THE PLANNER
The planner comes with a high-quality hardcover and with high-quality pages.
I have to admit that I was surprised when I opened the box because somehow I expected the planner to be in a journal size.
But unlike other planners and journals, this one comes in size 8.4″x11.5″ and therefore is also quite heavy.
So it’s not a handy planner you can carry along with you in your purse.
Meanwhile, I got used to it and only fill out the planner at home in the morning and at night.
The setup of the pages is clear and not crowded which is really pleasing to the eye.
There is also enough room for your own notes on each page.
HOW IS THIS PLANNER DIFFERENT TO OTHER PLANNERS?
The high-performance planner is a daily planner and journal in one.
It’s based on the study of high performers.
In particular on how high performers: set goals, create supportive habits, prioritize in their lives, and improve their productivity and mindset each and every day.
The journal prompts and assessment sheets help you do the same in the way high performers do.
The high-performance planner claims to help you to:
- stay focused
- accelerate your productivity
- build supportive habits
- know yourself better
- see and measure clearly what matters to you most
There is a life assessment sheet after each week and a high-performance assessment chart for every day where you can track your performance of the day.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT THIS PLANNER
1. BIG & HEAVY
I don’t like the fact that the planner is so huge and heavy and therefore not so easy to carry along in a purse or in a smaller backpack.
2. PREMADE DAILY SPREAD TO BIG AND ONLY FROM 6 am to 7.30 pm
Besides the size and weight, I also don’t like that the premade daily spread takes up so much space in the planner and is only from 6 am until 7.30 pm.
I personally have another schedule and can’t make use of this premade schedule so much.
3. MONTH AT A GLANCE AT END OF MONTH
The month at a glance page is after the month is over which is an unfortunate aspect as well.
4. THERE IS NO TABLE OF CONTENT
There is no table of content at the beginning of the planner and no page count, which is sometimes like playing hide and seek when I want to find a particular page in the planner.
5. 1 PLANNER ONLY LASTS FOR 2MONTHS
The fact that I need 6 planners for the year because each planner is just for 2 months is also something I don’t like about it.
From minimalism and a sustainability point of view, this is a clear big minus point for the planner.
They take up a lot of space and the fact that I need 6 per year isn’t so good for the environment.
6. NO GOAL SETTING SECTION
Although this planner is designed to help increase long-term success what I find missing in this planner is the overall goals section.
There is a whole life assessment chart, but there is no weekly, quarterly, yearly, 3-years, 5-years, 10-years goal setting section in this planner at all.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS PLANNER
1. + 2. MORNING AND EVENING JOURNAL PROMPTS
I like about this planner, in particular, the morning and evening journal prompts.
They are unlike the prompts I’ve seen in planners before.
The prompts are more a holistic approach to start and to end an intentional day considering all areas of life + they are written in an empowering way.
If I would describe the planner in my words I would say:
It’s not a “get stuff done planner” (what I thought it would be), but more of a “live each day with intention and do what matters to you most each and every day + stay focused” planner.
And I really like this approach.
It’s not just about tackling goals, but more of creating a fulfilling life each and every day while staying focused on your goals.
The premade morning, evening and weekly journal prompts help you to do so.
3. TODAY’S MESSAGE TO MYSELF PROMPT
I also really like in particular “Today’s message to myself” prompt.
Somehow this just reminds me every day that I know best what’s good for me.
Taking a few minutes in the morning and reconnecting with myself thinking about what I want this day to be like is really empowering.
We know best what’s good for us.
4. + 5. WEEKLY REVIEW SETUP & PROMPTS OF THE WEEKLY REVIEW
The set up of the weekly review page and the prompts of the weekly review are great as well.
6. + 7. WHOLE LIFE ASSESSMENT & PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT SHEETS
There is a whole life assessment every week + performance assessment daily and weekly to track your life and performance.
The only thing I have to really get used to is the life assessment sheet every week and the high-performance habits assessment every day and each week.
I’ve never tracked my performance before and was also used to check my life assessment much less frequently.
THE BOTTOM LINE
From today’s perspective, I can say that considering the negative and the positive aspects, overall I like the high-performance planner.
We ordered 2 full-year packs one for my husband and one for me.
I believe this planner is awesome for you if you want to learn how to create your days with intention, sharpen your focus and increase your overall performance in life.
It takes into account all areas of your life and is not solely focused on increasing your productivity as the Productivity Planner does.
If you are looking for a daily planner to plan out your day in the mornings and to review your evenings at night as part of your morning and evening ritual, this planner just might be the perfect fit for you.
Just keep in mind that it’s a bigger and heavier planner than usual journals are and 1 planner can be only used for 2months. It’s date-free which means you can start with the planner whenever you want.
I bought the full-year pack for this year.
Download the free Go For Your Dreams Guide and learn about the steps you have to take to achieve your goals.
Use the templates from the printable Go For Your Dreams Planner and turn your dream into an actionable plan.