11 Things To Know If You’re Considering Using Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner System

Andy Traub
Dec 18, 2017 · 7 min read

Earlier this year I purchased an annual subscription to Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner system. Every quarter I get a beautifully made hardback planner optimized to run Michael Hyatt’s life, and potentially mine.

That’s not a shot at Michael, he’s a friend, and his system is great, but when adopting a system you have to take into consideration who built the system.

It’s Adaptable

The Complaints

To be fair, some of their criticism is legitimate, and Hyatt and his team have already made changes to the planner after getting thousands of pieces of feedback.

What bothers me though, is how critical people are of the FFP when their grievance is unfair or inaccurate. So before you:

1. Quit using the planner 2. Get discouraged and blame yourself for “doing it wrong.” 3. Dismiss it as something you can’t use

Remember these 11 ways to improve your experience with the FFP.

1. Read/Watch The Instructions

2. Step Back Before You Dive In

3. Lower Your Expectations

Unless you were already using a similar planning and goal setting system, then there’s going to be an adaptation period. You won’t run, you’ll crawl. It starts by buying the planner system, watching the tutorials, then writing annual goals and habits you want to build.

It’s a process, and you won’t have it figured out right away.

4. Don’t Hide it

If you want to make it part of your routine and allow it to help guide you through the day then keep it visible. The fact that it’s attractive helps too. You won’t want to hide it.

5. Fill It Out

Here’s some good news. You’re not just dreaming, you’re planning. The difference between dreams and goals is a plan. You probably won’t achieve everything you hope to achieve, but you guarantee failure if you don’t set a goal and make a plan.

I’m not an over-achiever. I’m an under-achiever, and it haunts me. I am haunted by what I haven’t achieved with the time God has given me. That’s one reason I started using the FFP system. I use it poorly, but I use it.

I’m an under-achiever and it haunts me.

I’m not an over-achiever. I’m an under-achiever, and it haunts me.

6. Get Back On The Horse

No, I encouraged the progress they made and the attempts they tried. This is a new system. It’s a new habit. Don’t quit. Build it and get back on the horse when you fall off.

The first quarter I used my planner I used about 10% of it. I gave it to my kids to draw in. No guilt. Just a fact. I’ll do better next quarter.

7. Go Annual

It’s cheaper to get the annual subscription, and it’s a sign of your commitment to yourself. It also gives you something to look forward to. It’s a new start every quarter. You can give that last quarter’s planner to your kids like I did and do better on the next one.

Also, getting stuff in the mail is fun, and the packaging is legit.

8. Don’t Try To Make It Do Everything

The FFP will help you achieve what you set out to achieve. It probably won’t be the single place you keep all of your meeting notes, grocery lists, journal, brainstorming, blog posts, and the thousand other things that you keep track of.

The FFP will help you achieve what you set out to achieve.

It does a great job at what it sets out to do. When I get frustrated in the online community is when people want the FFP to do everything for them. Even Hyatt doesn’t rely solely on the FFP for his productivity. He uses Todoist, a multi-device app/service that tracks tasks.

9. Skip Some

10. Trust It

There are parts of your life you’ve never considered optimizing or tracking. Rest, relationships, diet, recreation are all areas that you can track and set goals around in the FFP. If you’ve never thought about those areas of your life, then consider starting now that you’ve got a FFP to help you focus on them.

Michael and I at a recent Free To Focus Live Event

11. Don’t Try To Be Michael Hyatt

His system is his system, not yours. Don’t try to build the exact life or business that Michael has built just because you’re using FFP. Take time to pray and consider what you’re supposed to achieve using the FFP. Michael doesn’t want us all to be clones of him; he wants us to reach our unique God-given potential.

That’s what we all want, isn’t it?