At the start of the New Year, I was searching for a new planner. I wanted something that blended short-term to-do lists and appointments with long-term goals. And Facebook was continually suggesting the Full Focus Planner, so I decided to give it a try.
Full Focus is a quarterly planner that is supposed to clear your goals, help you feel less overwhelmed, and help you progress. It feels and looks like a Moleskin notebook. And it runs $40 per quarter or $125 per year for the basic planner.
I’m going to cut right to the chase: I hated it. I bought two, returned the second one, and am still waiting on a refund 6-weeks later.
Why did I dislike the Full Focus Planner so much?
The first day the planner arrived, I was so excited. I felt like my long-term goals were being sacrificed for my daily work, and a planner that could help me do both sounded amazing…until I opened it.
Intimidating is the first word that comes to mind. It was clear upon first glance that keeping this planner was going to require learning how to keep it. So I watched this 10-minute YouTube video.
This video was so overwhelming that I went to a different 3-minute video to learn how to get started. This video was just about using the daily to-do list pages. But it was clear that the company expects users to spend weeks developing methods of using the planner before they will feel comfortable with all of the features. Who knew a planner could have a learning curve?
I spent another hour trying to find a video that clearly and succinctly explained the method, but everything was either unreliable sponsored content or rambling drivel. There were just too many videos.
So I decided to do what the second video said, and try to use the daily pages. But despite costing $40, the calendars aren’t dated or numbered. You have to fill that all in yourself. So I started numbering. And an hour later, I had a working calendar.
After three days of keeping the planner, I abandoned it.
Thee Full Focus Planner is more work than it was worth. Numbering pages. Making lists. Filling out goals pages each week, each month, each quarter. Making detailed plans for how to accomplish said goals. Following up on progress.
People across the Internet rave about how the Full Focus Planner changed their lives and removed worry and chaos from their day. All it did for me was create one more onerous task to complete so that even the act of making a to-do list felt like work.
And to seal the frustration, I tried to return the second planner I purchased, and I still haven’t received a refund. I had to call them to request a return label, and tracking that label reveals it was returned to them five weeks ago. But when I inquire about my refund, I get no response from customer service. The phone reps are probably too busy numbering pages and making goal lists to get back to me.
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