The Emergent Task Planner (ETP) is a paper-based daily planning sheet designed to keep you focused in the face of chaos. Start the day by declaring what you want to get done, and the ETP helps you stick to the plan by with task, time, and scheduling support.
Because it’s paper, it’s easy to keep your task list in view without fiddling with computer screens. Portable and always-on, with ample space for note taking, the ETP is designed to make your day more productive by serving as an anchor for your mind.
You can download the free versions to print-out at home and try it out. There’s also versions you can buy if you need something extra-special.
The ETP is designed around three ideas:
The ETP, refined continuously since 2006, is designed to meet several usability goals:
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You don’t have to use the Emergent Task Planner exactly this way, of course. Its main purpose is to keep you grounded about your time and tasks.
Remember, it’s a challenge to get even one thing done on purpose when working with other people! Use these sheets to get a handle on where the time is going.
The first version of the ETP was posted in September 2006. For a historical overview of its development, read the original post. Enjoy!
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TIP: To download the PDFs to your computer, right-click (control-click on Macs) the links and choose "Save Link As..." Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended for printing. The built-in "Mac OS X Preview" and "Chrome Browser" PDF viewers do not always draw dotted lines correctly.
A lovely 365-page dated print-it-yourself PDF for $9
Half-sized versions templates for making a half-sized journal.