Monday, November 23, 2015

I Only Need 3 Things to Plan My Day.....

As the topic says, I only need three things to plan my day - a monthly calendar, a writing instrument and a piece of paper.  However, I want to do more than just "plan my day", I want to plan "My Life".  So maybe you are asking "What's the difference?".

Planning a day is easy - anyone can do it.  You are merely reacting to a given set of circumstances...for example if you are sleeping you need to wake up, if you have an appointment you need to go to it, if the house is dirty you need to clean it (or not, depending on your cleanliness standards), if you need groceries you need to go to the store.  See - it is reactionary - you are reacting to circumstances around you.

But what if you want to plan your life - moving forward with your goals, dreams, projects all the while continuing to react to the situations around you?  If you want to do more than just "plan your day" you need a system.  A system to record your goals, dreams and projects where you make an action plan and execute those plans.

Enter my planning system - while it works for me, it may not be the best fit for your life.  I follow (with a few deviations) the Franklin Covey Planning System.  The first thing that I had to do was create a Mission Statement - a mission statement is a summation of who I am as a person, where I want to be and where I want to go and what I want to accomplish (literally and figuratively).  Once I determined this, the rest of my "system" was dictated by my Mission Statement.  

For example one of the parts of my Mission Statement is to act in a manner that brings out the best in me.  So I had to determine what brings out the best in me and one of those things is being creative, whether it is with my business, reading a good book or actually creating a craft. So I have sections in my planner that are geared toward reading, crafting and business (to name a few) and within each of those sections I have goals and projects.  The goals and projects are further broken out by action steps or a plan of action and those action steps are integrated into my daily plan.  So my daily plan now consists of more than just reacting to my surroundings (cleaning house for example) it also includes individual steps that I am taking each day to make me a better person and work towards specific goals that I have created that support my Mission Statement.

If any of this interests you or if you are ready to do more than just react to your day, I encourage you to join my Franklin Covey Addicts Facebook Group, look up Stephen R. Covey and his books - a great starting point might be First Things First or 7 Habits of Highly Successful People or get your hands on a Franklin Covey Starter Pack (less than $10 on the website.  

Disclaimer: these opinions are my own and I am not an affiliate of, nor anyway compensated by Franklin Covey/Planner.

Thank you and check back soon for a more detailed look at my planner and it's contents.

Take care,


  1. In addition to the Covey books, I recommend Hyrum Smith's "10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management" which precedes Covey's involvement in the Franklin planner system. The starter packs sold now neatly synthesize these two methodologies. I am rereading the Smith book right now and finding it particularly enlightening.

    1. Josh - I have Hyrum Smith's book on my need to read list. I have read a couple of detailed summaries and they definitely peaked my interest in getting a copy of the book and reading it! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi, KerrieLynn ~ I have enjoyed this post this morning and you've got me thinking. You may have already covered this somewhere, and if you have, I've missed did you go about creating your own personal mission statement? That's a very compelling idea for me. Any direction you can give would be appreciated.
    Thanks, again. Sending you warm regards from the chilly northeast corner of the country.

    1. Hi Roseanne! Franklin Covey actually has paperwork to walk you through the process (purchase one of their starter packs) they also sell economy lines of binders that come with an undated set of inserts and basic directions/forms for building your personal mission statement.. These economy binders/planners can be found at most office supply stores or purchased directly from their website. They also have an online process that walks you through building Mission Statements (from personal to family to business) and if I remember correctly, I think they give you some examples of Mission Statements done by others. You can check out the online version here:

  3. I enjoy learning about your planning journey! Is there anyway I can get my hands on your weekly/ daily inserts? They're just what I need and I've been looking everywhere for some like them. Thanks in advance!


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