Mastering Planning Vol 3: Monthly Planning
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Mastering Planning Vol 3: Monthly Planning

Learn how to plan out your months so that you can develop a long term vision that will guide you through your weeks.
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Created by Timothy Kenny
Last updated 11/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Plan out their entire month in just 60 minutes
  • Integrate their weekly and monthly planning in a seamless system
  • See their progress month over month is the unique "story view" perspective offered with this planning system
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  • An Interest in long term planning
  • A willingness to spend one hour a month planning
  • Take the previous two courses in this series

As you know if you've taken the previous two courses in this series, the key thing that makes this planning system unique is that it is designed to help you improve your planning, scheduling and time estimation skills over time. 

And it's at the monthly level of planning where all the time recordings you've been doing on a day to day basis start to pay off.

There are 3 important documents you will be creating each month during the hour long monthly planning process.

The first one you can see in the course image. This document allows you to plan out your major projects each month to ensure that you aren't over scheduling yourself with too many concurrent projects. 

The second document is the review and planning one pager that you are already familiar with from the weekly planning course.

And the third document is the Planning Skills Assessement one pager. This is the place where you collect your learnings from the previous month, keep track of your Planning KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and track yourself as your planning skills improve months by month.

The 30 day time scale is where people start to lose visibility, meaning beyond a week or two in the past or the future, their memory of the past (and imagination of the future) becomes very foggy. 

Just as in my accelerated learning courses, I advocate a spaced repetition solution to this memory problem. Simply put, if you aren't getting spaced repetitions on both your future long terms goals, as well as your past successes and failures (and most importantly, what you learned from both), then you are not going to be able to effectively chart the course of your life.

The unique method of planning using the one pager template you get in this course will allow you to see your last months in "story mode," meaning that you can lay the pages out on your desk or table one over the other and quickly get a birds eye view of the last however many months you want to look at.

The other great thing about this system is that it's designed to help you get clarity, down to actual numbers, on your time constraints. Most people have very little visibility into how constrained their time actually is, with all the hidden habits and routines that are part of their lives, but that they never get fully aware of.

You can only plan effectively if you really understand all these constraints. Only then can you consistently plan things and have them come to fruition on time and on budget. You will learn, for example, how to incorporate buffers into your monthly planning project. 

This monthly planning routine goes hand in hand with your weekly planning hour. On the Sunday before the first day of the next month, you will spend 2 hours planning: a half hour to Measure and Learn from your previous week, an hour to go through the full PAMeLa model at the monthly level, and then one more half hour coming back down to the weekly plane to plan your upcoming week.

This course will be the first step in getting your long term planning handled, and get you ready to take the next steps into Quarterly and Yearly planning, as well as the time periods beyond that, which are coming next in this series.

See you on the inside,


Who is the target audience?
  • Professionals who want to plan out longer term projects
  • Entrepreneurs who want to manage their limited time more effectively
  • Students who want to think in months instead of weeks
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
1 Lecture 04:54
4 Lectures 38:43
3 Lectures 29:49

Learning by Review - Spaced Repetition on Your Top 4 Things

How to Fill Out the Planning Skills Assessment One Pagerr
3 Lectures 19:16

How to Create Your Big Picture Plan

How to Create Your Month Calendar Plan
2 Lectures 19:02

Action and Visuaization with State Diagrams
2 Lectures 11:38

Google Slides Document Template for Month Calendar
About the Instructor
Timothy Kenny
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Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

Timothy Kenny is the author of “Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs.” He teaches classes and speaks to groups about how to accelerate their learning so that they can build successful businesses faster and with more confidence in their success.

Timothy has taught at the Harvard Innovation lab, The Tufts University Entrepreneurs Society, General Assembly in Boston, and has been a featured teacher on Skillshare, among others. He has consulted with startup teams on how to accelerate their learning, creativity, and growth.