Real Simplicity

The Hebrew Day Planner

HDP CoverIn Real Simplicity, Randy and I share a new vision for managing the hours in your day.   It is based on the priorities the Jewish people followed as they lived and worshiped. The Hebrew Sabbath began at 6 p.m. on Friday evening.  This was the most important part of the Hebrew family day–Their worship day began with dinner and relationships around the table.

The tool we offer is called the Hebrew Day Planner and it has 3 things to offer:

  • First of all it will enable you to put your planning for the relational season of your day first.
  • Secondly, it can help you become more productive focus on getting your workday to cease at 6 p.m.
  • Third, the HDP can enable you to sleep better than you ever have.
(For more information on these 3 benefits read Chapter 5 of Real Simplicity.)

The Hebrew Day Planner helps make the relational season of the day, the dinner table and beyond, the first priority in our daily planning by placing it at the top of page.  This highlights 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. as the hours to linger around the dinner table and waste the rest of the evening away with family, friends/neighbors.  If wasting the evening hours away with friends/neighbors or family sounds good to you, you might be closer than you think to a life of Real Simplicity.

We would like to introduce you to a broader sample of  The Hebrew Day Planner right here on this blog.  It is available in the upper right hand corner of this blog and can be downloaded to your computer for you to print off and use.  Simply click on it.

If you’re like me, when you first begin to use it, it might mess with your head.  It’s harder than you think to plan the last part of your day, first.  Keep at it though and it just might be what you’ve needed to help you not only enjoy your relationships more, sleep better than you ever have, and also make you more productive than you’ve ever been.

(For more details about why we developed this tool, read Real Simplicity.)

If you try it, please comment here and let me know what you thoughts.  I would LOVE to hear from you!

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Comments on: "The Hebrew Day Planner" (7)

  1. Jacob Pearson said:

    Hi, I enjoy your blog and books. I found you a very inspiring figure in World’s Strictest Parents too, keep up the good work!

  2. Hi there, I have been listening to the archive talks on the oakhills website with my husband over the last couple of weeks. This all makes such sense, however my husband is an associate minister in the UK and we were wondering how Randee does all the church meetings? Are they during the day in the week or Saturdays?? Also would you as a family have a day off other than the Sunday? We would really like to try this but at present all my Husband’s meetings are in the evenings, some until quite late at night. Thanks so much for your help :-)

    • Greetings from Texas! I totally understand your question. It was very hard at first for my husband and I to live the Hebrew Day Planner when we first started as a pastor’s family. There were meetings with volunteers that had to happen and meetings with elders who worked. It took about 2 years to really begin to see the life-style change completely, but we took very deliberate steps (we had no choice — given my husband’s health issues) to moving in this direction. He began to work at home on Monday. He worked on his sermon for the next week, then on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, he went to the offices had meetings. Tuesday was Administrative day, Wednesday & Thursday were meetings that were focused on other things like vision casting and moving things forward. Friday became his day off.

      He decided that he would have no more than two nights a week given to meetings and that we would begin to do dinner at 6 p.m. (or so) every other night. The elders understood the struggle my husband was having and agreed to move their meeting to 6 AM to 8:30 AM on a weekday. Now my husband’s weekly meeting with his elders is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and this works well now too (however, this is his only standing weekly meeting left).

      We found that the early morning elder meeting was very effective and efficient. When they met late at night, they would go until the wee hours of the morning. When they moved it to the morning, most of the men had to leave at 8:30 a.m. for work, so the meeting had to end. This made them really get after what they were there to do and kept them from getting off-focus or off the agenda before them.

      If he needed to add another meeting and he already had 2 scheduled, he opted to use Saturday morning. Working 6 days is okay, but the evening time to wind down and get your body ready for rest is so necessary. Meeting with volunteers on Saturday morning works well too since they would have the rest of their day also.

      Here is my email address if you would like it for future reference. Also, if you don’t already have it, I could send you a complimentary copy of Real Simplicity, our book with a whole chapter on the Hebrew Day Planner, and other chapters on how we pulled that life-style off.

      I will look forward to hearing how it works for you! I will be praying for you and your family. :)

      • Hi Rozanne,
        Thanks so much for your very helpful reply. I have sent you an email about the book, which would be wonderful to have a copy to help us look into your experiences more, thank you for your generosity! Many blessings for your day at Church. Love in Christ :-)

  3. Rick Yonker said:

    Hello, I attempted to locate the Hebrew Day Planner App you mention in your book but I’m unable to find it in the Apple Store. Please let me know if this is still available. Thank You!

    • Hi, Rick,

      I am so sorry, but Zondervan never developed the app. I don’t know why hey included it in the book. I believe they wanted to do it, but did not have the capacity to pull it off at the time we published Real Simplicity.

      However, if Randy or I can be of assistance in any way, we would love to help. My email address is

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