Friday, November 20, 2015

Franklin Covey Classic - Back to My Roots & Miscellaneous Updates!

Vintage Franklin Covey Classic (inserts are US half letter - not to be confused with A5 size, which is different)
I am still working on this whole blog thing and regular updates….but as with most things in life trying to develop new habits is a work in progress.  

So on to the updates – I am back in a Franklin Covey Classic Size Planner which is not to be confused with an A5 size – here in America the standard size paper is letter size and our 7 ring binders use half letter size paper which is 8.5” tall x 5.5” wide.  Franklin Covey, Day Runner, ACCO, Greenroom Eco (available at Target) and Daytimer are a few of US brands that use the 7 ring system.  Also noteworthy is that you can purchase half size 3 ring binders (Avery brand) at most office supply stores and the 3 ring configuration on those will also hold 7 hole pages without re-punching. 

Now you have the rundown on 7 ring binder systems and the fact that they are not A5 systems.  Side note: it’s a personal pet peeve of mine when they get called that as I am a firm believer that if you post on YouTube, a Blog or other Social Media you need to do your research before running your mouth and providing incorrect information. Ahem, let me remove myself from my soapbox and carry on….

I am a long time Franklin Covey user (almost 30 years, yep I am THAT old). I have dabbled in other systems from rings to spirals to elastics and I always seem to gravitate back to Franklin Covey.  So what brings me back?  Both the binders and the planner system….how do I count the ways?!?
Two major things about the binders – whether they are leather, vinyl or plastic coated canvas they seem to have a longevity that is not seen in very many binders (unless you count some European binder companies) plus if that wasn’t enough there is also the fact that you can remove and replace the rings on many of them (they are screwed in instead of riveted). That means you can upsize, downsize or just replace the rings. So the binders are great, but I also need a planning system – not just a calendar that I can throw some decorations at (I can buy those at my local DollarTree) and list out my appointments and tasks, but I need a bona-fide, tried and tested planning system.  You know what I am referring to - I need a planning system that does more than just record my appointments and need to do’s and looks pretty and gives me something to post pictures of on Instagram.  I need something that ties in all phases of my life from appointments, to tasks, to life goals, to family goals/tasks and events, journaling, mission statement (the standards by which I live and strive to follow), my finances and so much more. I need to see where I’ve been, what I’ve done, where I’m going and what I need to do and along the way I need to work on improving myself so that I am continuously learning and moving forward using my past successes and failures as a guide for the future.   If I toss a little bit of deco on my pages, then it is just a secondary thought and not the main point of having my binder and system.

Enter the Franklin Covey planning system….check it out – google it, look up books written by Stephen R. Covey. In fact I am running a Facebook Group Book Club and we are reading First Things First by Stephen R. Covey. Everyone is welcome to join – we start the reading Plan this Monday the 23rd, but the archives will be kept in our group for future reading and resources.

Definition of Plan (taken from ): A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.  If you would like to read a more detailed, in depth definition I encourage you utilize the link or do your own research.

Important to note that I read through multiple definitions of the word “plan” from many sources and not one mentioned keeping a calendar with appointments, events and tasks as a Plan. Therefore by my summation "A Planner" as it relates to a system is more than a calendar keeper; a planner is a system that utilizes the sum of all parts of the planning process to get to the end in mind – a goal or a set of goals.  

Therefore I can conclude with the utmost certainty that I. AM. A. PLANNER. PERSON. (I personally like the term Planner Nerd) and I use a binder (Franklin Covey) that houses a complete planning system and keeps me on track and always moving forward.  Are you a planner person or a calendar keeper?  There is a difference and if you think that your system is not working for you then maybe it is not the binder, but it is the need for an actual system.  I don't sell inserts, nor am I compensated in any way by Franklin Covey, but I do know what works for me and I am happy to promote it.  I run a Group on Facebook which is dedicated to Franklin Covey (Franklin Covey Addicts) - look us up, we welcome all and would be happy to have you (we love coverts, LOL).  Perhaps this post won’t be that popular or it might be controversial, but that’s ok, I know wo I am and I know where I’m going and I’m ok with both. 

On a side note, watch for future posts of how I actually use my planning system and maybe some totally non planner related random stuff, 'cuz that's how I roll - kind of Random!

Take care,