Planner Quote: November 20, 2017

“Ideas bring people together, but ideals hold them together.”

– Dan Zadra

Planner Quote: November 13, 2017

“If we have a big enough ‘why’, we will always discover the ‘how’.”

– Tara Semisch

Holiday 2017 Gift List

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Whether you have or not, give yourself some peace of mind by having your gift giving organized and in one place. Download this Holiday Gift List and track who you’re giving the gift to, what it is, how much it cost, and its wrapping status!

Holiday 2017 Gift List – Classic

Holiday 2017 Gift List – Compact

Holiday 2017 Gift List – Monarch

Holiday 2017 Gift List – Pocket

Planner Quote: November 6, 2017

“Set your goals to paper and you’re halfway there.”

– Don Ward

Daylight Saving Times Ends This Weekend

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour!

The Franklin Five: November 2017 Checklist

Welcome November! The month of gratitude is here! As the holidays approach, take time to plan family time and what matters most to you. Here are some more things to add to your list:

November Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

November Checklist Compact Size: PDF

November Checklist Classic Size: PDF

November Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Happy Halloween from the FranklinPlanner Team

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday with your family and friends. But before you go, be sure to check out our Halloween sale – get 20% off your entire order when you use the promo code HALLOWEEN at checkout!

Planner Quote: October 30, 2017

“A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded.”

– Tyne Daly

Planner Quote: October 23, 2017

“Let me listen to me and not to them.”

– Gertrude Stein

The results are in! Survey says….

The much-anticipated Vintage Aurora Binder is now here and in two new colors! We asked our social audience back in February of this year, which of four colors (turquoise, red, chocolate brown and navy) they would prefer and here are the results!

Turquoise/Teal – 46.2%

Red – 21.9%

Chocolate brown – 16.9%

Navy – 15%

Enjoy your new red or teal Vintage Aurora Binder!

 

Planner Quote: October 16, 2017

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”

– Don Herold

Planner Quote: October 9, 2017

“You are one of the forces of nature.”

– Jules Michelet

Planner Quote: October 2, 2017

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

– Steve Jobs

Organized October 2017

Organized October is back! This time, it’s all about getting your planning system organized and working for you.

The FranklinPlanner system isn’t just about checking tasks off a list or remember your appointments – it’s about helping you achieve what matters most! In order to do that, your planner needs to be as multidimensional as you are.

For each week in October, focus on organizing one of these five aspects of your life in your planner. Click on the link below, and we’ll show you several examples: http://www.franklinplannertalk.com/us-organized-october/

As part of this month-long event, we are also giving away a planner and binder! Click here and enter your email to win the planner and binder of your choice! The winner will be announced here on November 1, 2017.

The Franklin Five: October 2017 Checklist

Sweater weather is here! The leaves are falling and it’s time to make sure the drains are in working order and your yard is ready for colder weather. Time to get your Halloween costume ready! Here are a few other things to add to your list:

October Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

October Checklist Compact Size: PDF

October Checklist Classic Size: PDF

October Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Tyler Leather Zipper Binder and Cover

The color black signals high performance, whether in sports cars, dinner attire, or our newest collection. Crafted from genuine pebbled distressed leather with semi-structured construction providing extra flexibility, the Tyler Binder features sleek, black rings, two pen loops, two secretary pockets, card slots, and a notepad slot, all secured with an antique brass zipper.

Organized October: Career

Your career is important. It’s been said that if you enjoy your job, you won’t work a day in your life. Plan to develop your skills, improve your knowledge, and strengthen your relationships at work, so you can enjoy your job – no matter what you do. To ensure you are meeting expectations, be sure to plan your:

  • work schedule
  • project deadlines
  • meeting times
  • training/conferences

Goal Planning

Stay ahead of your work projects, goals, and team meetings by tracking your progress in your planner.

Goal Planning Form, FranklinCovey Basics Unstructured Leather Binder

Work Schedule and Tasks

Write work-related appointments, projects, and events in one color, and use a different color for personal events.

5 Choices Ring-bound Weekly Planner, Classic Noblessa II Strap Binder

Tracking System

Take better care of your clients by devoting space for them in your planner. You can also use forms to manage your auto mileage, and your expenses.

Client File, Simon Binder

Planner Quote: September 25, 2017

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”

– Pema Chödrön

Organized October: Relationships

Relationships matter. Love is the essence of life. Spending time with others is one of the most fulfilling tings you can do. Learn to make positive first impressions, but even better, show that you care with your actions over time. You can’t do this consistently without planning. As you plan, sure to include:

  • together time with your spouse/partner
  • family members
  • friends and neighbors
  • coworkers
  • anniversaries, birthdays, weddings
  • recitals, auditions, sporting events, etc.

Important Dates and Occasions

Track reoccurring dates and gift lists for birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions.

Blooms Monthly Calendar Tabs, Antique Glass Leather Binder

Coordinating with Family Members’ Schedules

Maintain multiple schedules in one place. Hold regular family planning meetings to discuss upcoming events. Keep in contact with distant friends and family and coordinate times to meet.

Multiple Schedule FormClassic Breckenridge Zipper Binder

Planning Trips and Vacations

Your planner is the perfect place for your itinerary, packing lists, airline arrival and departure times, reservations, and important contact information such as hotel phone numbers.

Blush Florals Planner Love Weekly RB Planner, Blush Planner Love Binder

Holiday Planning and Gift Giving

Create a list that you can add to throughout the year when you think of a gift idea for a family member. Make a note in your planner when they mention something they would like. Then when birthdays and holidays arrive, you will already have a list of great ideas. Use your planner’s Address/Phone tabs to keep track of where you send your holiday cards, and designate a place to manage the gifts you give.

FranklinPlanner Talk Holiday Gift List (coming soon!), FranklinCovey Basics Binder

Organized October: Personal Growth

Personal growth is your “me time”. We refer to it as “sharpening the saw”. You need to spend time strengthening yourself if you intend to be effective at the things you do. To keep your saw sharp, be sure you’re including activities like the following in your planner on a regular basis:

  • mental health check
  • physical health goals
  • exercise
  • doctor and dentist appointments
  • educations goals, skill mastery
  • hobbies
  • meditation, spiritual renewal, relaxation

Journaling

It’s important to keep a record of your life. Use your planner to remember significant and even simple day-to-day events.

Dot Grid Wire-bound Daily Planner, Jordan Wire-bound Cover

Schedule Self-care Appointments

Take care of yourself by scheduling doctor, dentist, and other regular checkup appointments. Plan to treat yourself to a massage, pedicure, therapy, or even a great movie or book.

Flora Ring-bound Daily Planner, Charlotte Snap Binder

Continued Education

Continue learning. Register for a class that interests you, make a list of books you’d like to read, or dive more deeply into your hobbies.

7 Habits Ring-bound Daily Planner, Classic Logan Zipper Binder

Track Fitness and Health Goals

Use a stamp, write, or color in how much water you drink. Plan healthy, homemade meals, and schedule time to move, stretch, and breathe deeply.

Foodie Daily Ring-bound Planner

Big Picture Perspective

Take time to reflect, plan yearly goals, and consider where you’ve been.

Living Color Daily Ring-bound Planner, Floral Planner Love Simulated Leather Snap Binder,

Yearly Foldout Calendar

Organized October: Community

We enjoy things more when we put our time and effort into them. The same is true of our neighborhoods and communities. Strengthen your bond with your community by involving yourself in local activities such as:

  • volunteer opportunities
  • neighborhood block parties
  • local events
  • service projects
  • church
  • sporting events
  • school activities

Volunteer Opportunities

Keep up with local civic activities, neighborhood events, and opportunities to serve and give back in the community.

Compass Wire-bound Weekly Planner, Elliott Suede Snap Wire-bound Cover

Charity and Fundraising

Very few things in life bring more fulfillment than charity work. When we lift others we lift ourselves as well, and the issues we face in life feel just a bit lighter.

La Vie en Rose Wire-bound Daily Planner

School and Local Sporting Events

Get a list of dates from the local school district of upcoming plays, fundraisers, and sporting events throughout the school year, and attend to show your support.

Classic Simplicity for Moms Wire-bound Weekly Planner, Classic Slim Wire-bound Cover

Organized October: Resources

Our resources help enable us to do the things we love. As we manage our finances, maintain our homes, and keep our vehicles in working order, we enable ourselves to keep lifting, loving, serving, and smiling. Be sure to track these important things in your planner:

  • your annual budget
  • income/pay day
  • savings plan
  • car maintenance and registration
  • bill payment schedule
  • tax filing notes
  • investment details
  • subscription renewals

Maintenance

Keep track of your scheduled car and house maintenance items such as oil changes, furnace checkups, and rain gutter cleaning. Use your Address/Phone Tabs to update your maintenance contacts. A: air conditioning, C: car repair, D: dry cleaner, etc.

Leadership Address-Phone TabsMason Leather Binder

Finances and Bill Payments

Track when you have payments due such a mortgage, car insurance, or car payment. Mark each payday in your planner.

Textures Ring-bound Weekly Planner, Tyler Leather Zipper Binder

Manage Subscriptions

Know when your subscriptions should be renewed, cancelled, and when you’ll be billed. Cable, Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc.

Her Point of View Ring-bound Daily Planner, Classic Noblessa II Strap Binder

Planner Quote: September 18, 2017

“Whenever I get to a low point, I go back to the basics. I ask myself, ‘Why am I doing this?’ It comes down to passion.”

– Lyn St. James

Planner Quote: September 11, 2017

“I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

Planner Quote: September 4, 2017

“You don’t win games on optimism. You win games with preparation.”

– Monte Clark

The Franklin Five: September 2017 Checklist

School is now is session! Take time to learn something new yourself – especially before the hustle and bustle of the holidays approach.

Fertilize for fall, get the water valves tested, and prepare for the weather to start changing. September is a great time to for preparation and maintenance updates.

September Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

September Checklist Compact Size: PDF

September Checklist Classic Size: PDF

September Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Bailey Leather Zipper Binder

Immerse your plans in color and contrast with this soft, flawless, nappa leather binder. Rich colors are enhanced with monochromatic contrasting hues on the spine, and offset with bright accents that highlight the scalloped details throughout. Bailey offers full leather inside and out with a buttery smooth, supple touch. Stay organized with a gusseted zipper pocket, document pockets, card pockets, two pen loops, and silver rings. A comfortable zipper closure secures your plans and holds it all together. Designed to lay flat when open.

3 Questions to Evaluate Your Daily Routine

Humans thrive on routine. We’re creatures of habit. So why do we sometimes feel trapped in our day-to-day activities? Why do we lament another routine day—the same old, same old? How many times have you felt like you were in a rut, anxious for a change of pace and a different view?

Summer break often gives us the change of pace we think we need. By the time school comes to a close both parents and children are usually burned out from the school routine. Yet, having no routine is often even more exhausting. By the time summer break is over, most of us are eager for the school year to begin. We often say how nice it is to get back into our routine. But is this new routine the best routine for you, or will it also drain your energy over time?

How can you get into a routine that gives you the security of consistency, while still allowing for occasional surprises and personal growth? Here are three questions to help you evaluate your daily routine, so you can carve a path that’s all your own—a path that takes you where you want to go. If you take time to thoughtfully answer these three questions, you’ll thank yourself for years to come.

1. What are the most important aspects of my life?

Devote a notes page or a monthly tasks page to answering this question so you’ll have it readily available for reference. Start with a list—your spouse, children, friends, your faith, your talents, art, fitness, music, dancing, the outdoors, etc. Get specific—it won’t take long to fill a page. Refer to this list often as you make your daily plans.

2. Am I devoting enough time to the things that matter most to me?

That list you just wrote can feel overwhelming as you consider how you’ll fit it all into your daily routine. This is where planners change lives. Look over your list and determine which items on your list are A-priority items—things that need daily attention. This list would include your spouse, children, employment, and so on. These are items that you would add to your daily tasks.

As you plan your daily tasks, ensure that these A-priority items are included. Perhaps one day you plan to study with a daughter, prepare a meal with your spouse, and attend your son’s recital. Before long, you’ll notice that you’ve devoted time to your top priorities. Now with the time you have remaining, determine which other items from your list you’d like to add to your day.

As you look over your master list, you’ll notice that some things simply fall into their place as you attend to the most important items first. In time you’ll develop a routine that includes daily, weekly, and monthly activities that lead to personal growth and quality together time with those you love. Your routine will become rewarding.

3. What specific action can I take to increase the quality and quantity of time I spend doing what matters most?

As you look over your list, chances are, you’ll find things that you want to improve—areas that could use some focused attention. Whether you want to improve your physical endurance, develop a talent further, or focus on your upcoming retirement, your planner can help ensure you reach those goals.

Determine a specific act that will bring you closer to your goal and set a date when you will complete that action. Write the completed activity in your planner on the day you plan to achieve it. Break that activity down into small, steps that you can complete in a day and schedule each step in your planner starting this week and ending on your completion date.

Working these more meaningful activities into your daily schedule will break up your routine and help you feel that sense of accomplishment you’re looking for. As you focus your time and efforts on the things that matter most to you, you’ll find that your everyday routine is anything but mundane. It can be refreshing, exciting, and fulfilling even if it includes the same general activities day after day. After all, those daily activities will be the things that mean the most to you.

This won’t happen overnight, but with consistent effort, you’ll start seeing significant results as the days and weeks add up. Keep at it and your daily routine will become a life path that takes you exactly where you hope to go.

Planner Quote: August 28, 2017

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”

– William James

Planner Quote: August 21, 2017

“There’s no such thing as ‘zero risk’.”

– William Driver

7 Ways to Manage the First Day Mania

By the end of summer break most of us are ready for the steady cadence of school. We’ve improvised long enough. However, we also realize that we’ll miss the relaxed routine where even our scheduled events have room to slip. School and its associated activities have a much tighter grip on our time.

So we look forward to the first day of school with eager anticipation and more than a flicker of anxiety. As we watch them climb onto the bus, we’re already planning how we’ll use our quiet time at home, yet we realize that school has tightened its grip on us as well. To a large degree, their schedule is our schedule, their homework is our homework, and no matter how good or bad their teachers are, their report cards reflect our effort.

That means that buying more time in the morning and finding pieces of time throughout the day can be the difference between a harried life and an orderly routine. You can do that from day one.

  1. Try to reduce the anxiety of the unknown by visiting the school a few days early. Let your kids find their lockers, classrooms, lunchroom, library, and the office so they aren’t stressing about that on the first day.
  2. Collect any necessary school forms, make sure you’ve read and signed them, and be sure your students know where they are so they can turn them in on time.
  3. School mornings are often rushed. Reduce the hectic pace by packing backpacks the night before, ensuring homework, school projects, and gym clothes arrive at school with your kids.
  4. Fill your fridge with lunch foods so that preparing their lunch is quick, easy, and healthy.
  5. Pick out an outfit the night before. They have plenty of things to be anxious about already, the last thing they want to do is fret over their clothes. Teach them to reduce that stress by planning ahead.
  6. Fill your car with gas. If you drive your kids to school, you don’t want to stop for gas in the morning and make them late. If you’re sending your kids to school for the first time you’ll want enough fuel in your car to follow the school bus and watch your little ones walk through the door. (Don’t tell us you don’t want to.)
  7. On that note, be sure your camera and video camera are charged and that you have plenty of room on your memory cards. The first day of school is a great photo opportunity.

Once you’ve made the effort and you’re ready for the big day, all you’ll have to do is stand ready and listen for the drum. You should have no problem staying in step. Welcome back, school routine.

Planner Quote: August 14, 2017

“We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring.”

– David Grayson

Meal Planning Around the School Schedule

We’ve all seen people stopping by the grocery store on their way home from work to purchase the items they’ll need for dinner. There’s nothing wrong with that—we’ve all done that at some point. But you have to admit; last minute shopping gives you even less time to prepare your meal, and less time with the kids. We can make mealtime a bit more relaxing by simply planning ahead.

After all, the few hours of family time you have between the end of your workday and bedtime are crammed. You have sporting events to watch, play practice, dance lessons, piano lessons, and art classes to taxi, and community meetings to attend. We haven’t even mentioned the yard work and house cleaning you hope to finish before you fall into bed. Finding time to prepare a meal among the chaos can be a real challenge. Making healthy meals you and your family will love can be even harder. So what do you do?

Plan to plan. Meal planning is easier said than done. You need to schedule it into your week before it will happen. Designate a time each day to look through the coming week. Take note of after-school events and evening activities on your schedule. Those events will determine the meals you prepare. Busier days might require a simple meal, or something that you could prepare ahead and keep in a slow cooker. The days that are more open might allow you time to get really creative.

Meal plan when you’re hungry. It’s hard to think of food when your stomach is full, so plan meals when you’re feeling a little hungry. That hunger will keep your mind open to several meal options and help you keep variety in your plans. Write down your meals for each day and a list of ingredients you’ll need to buy. Try to think of everything so you can get it all in one trip.

Shop when you’re full. Plan to shop after a meal, for example: Saturday after breakfast, or Thursday after dinner. Shopping on a full stomach helps you resist impulse items and loading up on unhealthy snacks. Get everything you’ll need for the week (or even two), so you aren’t running back and forth to the store. Fewer trips to the store will give you more time with your family.

Don’t forget school lunches. Planning out lunches or snacks at the beginning of the week makes it easier to know what to throw into their lunch sacks.

Use a meal planner to sort out options for the week. Preparing healthy meals every day is a challenge. It can 1405025 GOMenuPrintable_Finalbe tough to provide healthy foods that you know your family will eat. Once you’ve determined meals that fit that bill, try to keep things interesting by avoiding repetition. Our free, printable meal-planning sheet can help you keep your meals interesting, nutritious, and diverse.

Take requests. If you feel like you’re stuck in a meal prep rut, ask your family for suggestions. Sometimes knowing you’re fixing someone’s favorite food is all it takes to keep you excited about dinner.

Create your food budget. If you haven’t already, take some time to assess your finances and decide what you should reasonably spend on food. If you’re really serious about it, you can keep all your receipts from grocery shopping to fast food and determine what you spend each month. Then you can decide if you need to cut back. Often the fastest way to cut down your food expenses is to eat fewer meals that are prepared outside your home. Of course, that makes meal planning even more important.

The best-laid plans are bound to fall apart, evenings will turn crazy, and your amazing kids and grandkids will keep you running from one event to the next. Knowing what’s for dinner can give you a sense of calm in the storm. Of course, even then, you will find days when you simply need to pull out sandwich fixings or grab takeout, but now those days will be an exception rather than the rule.

Choosing The Right Planner For A Successful School Year

Choosing a planner that will get you through the rigors of the school year is a personal decision. What works for one person will definitely not work for another. We won’t begin to prescribe the perfect planner for you. Some people find a planner that works for them and they stick with it religiously, while others like to shake things up a bit. If you’re wondering what planner will work best for you, consider your schedule and your workload, then take a look at these great options:

Academic Planners

Planner by Grade

Calendars – July Start Date

FranklinCovey Planners – July Start Date

Planner Quote: August 7, 2017

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

– Melody Beattie

The Franklin Five: August 2017 Checklist

School is starting and the summer is coming to an end! Prepare this month’s to-dos as your routine changes.

August Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

August Checklist Compact Size: PDF

August Checklist Classic Size: PDF

August Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Planner Quote: July 31, 2017

“Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.”

– Bob Moawad

Planner Quote: July 24, 2017

“Let’s give the historians something to write about.”

– Propertius

Planner Quote: July 17, 2017

“Don’t agonize. Organize.”

– Florence Kennedy

7 Ways to Help Your Kids Transition to Their School Routine

Summer is a great respite for your kids. It gives them an opportunity to do their own thing on their own time frame. But too much freedom can make it difficult to adjust when the new school year begins. Here are some ways you can help your children transition smoothly into their school routine.

1. Stay busy.

Sign your kids up for summer activities—dance lessons, swimming lessons, piano lessons, art class, soccer, or baseball games. Giving your kids fun activities will require them to maintain a schedule. It won’t be as busy as school, but at least they won’t stop activity completely. School activities demand a lot of their time, keeping your kids active during the summer will prepare them to comply with those demands.

2. Assign daily chores.

Daily chores may not be fun for the kids, but it gives them something to do, and helps them learn the value of stewardship. Encourage them to set an alarm so they can get an early start on their chores and have more time to enjoy themselves.

3. Maintain a weekly planning session.

Even though their schedules may be lighter during the summer, maintain a weekly planning session with your kids to address their schedules and the activities they hope to accomplish before school begins. Doing this will encourage and motivate your children to do more with the time that they have.

4. Spend time teaching your kids.

Set aside a time each day to teach your kids something new. Read with them, listen to their reading, give them writing and penmanship assignments, and create math problems for them to complete. Students lose about two months of math computational skills and a significant portion of reading and spelling ability if they are left to do nothing during the summer break. But studies show that when parents take an active role during summer the loss is greatly reduced, if it happens at all.

5. Attend the public library.

Visit the library and check out some new books. Set a goal for the number of books each child will read over the summer. Ask questions as they read to make sure they comprehend the meaning of the stories. Assign a small written report or project about one or two of the books they read. Don’t simply ask them to paraphrase the book, but encourage them to write how they felt while reading the book, how they would change the ending if they could, or have them explain the characteristics they liked most about one of the characters and why.

6. Read a book and compare the movie.

Find a movie that is based on a book and read the book with your children. When you finish reading, watch the movie together and compare the things they discovered in the movie that differ from the book. Have them explain what they like best about the book and what they liked best about the movie.

7. Help them celebrate summer.

Give them an assignment to write a narrative, shoot a video, or create a visual arts project that addresses their favorite part of summer. Give them an opportunity to share their work with the family.

Doing these small activities throughout the summer, and ramping them up as you draw nearer to the start of the school year, will make the transition back into the school routine significantly easier for your kids. Their study habits will be stronger and they will be able to start the school year running.

We hope these suggestions have sparked some ideas of your own. If so, we’d love to see them in the comments below.

Help Your Child Discover Their Planning Style

Planning is a simple skill with enormous benefits. The sooner a person develops the habit of planning, the better they’ll perform in school and in life. Show your kids how you use your planner. Teach them some basic time-management skills to help them see the importance of taking charge of their choices. Determine together what sort of planning style your children prefer and help them pick out their own planner based on how they plan, schedule homework deadlines, and take notes. Include your children in your personal planning sessions during the summer so they can see how you plan. Help them recognize the benefits you find from planning. During the school year, treat their planning sessions like you would treat their homework. Help them become masters of their own fate.

Click here to view our 2017-2018 Academic Planners.

Planner Quote: July 10, 2017

“Reach for your dreams and they will reach for you.”

– Hana Rose Zadra

Planner Quote: July 3, 2017

“I am not afraid…I was born to do this.”

– Joan of Arc

The Franklin Five: July 2017 Checklist

Welcome July! Now that your summer is in full swing, it is time to remember the few things you wanted to get done before the warmth is over.

Make sure you plan out a time to finish updating your yard, cleaning out your garage, or taking that vacation you have wanted. It is also important to remember to schedule some down time for yourself. Summer is the perfect time to relax before the busy holiday season starts, so take some time for yourself and for your family and friends.

July Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

July Checklist Compact Size: PDF

July Checklist Classic Size: PDF

July Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Planner Quote: June 26, 2017

“Hope comes furnished with light and heat.”

– Don Ward

Planner Inspiration from Fellow Planners

Sometimes we need a refresher on how to use our planner or could use some new ideas to improve our personal planning systems. Other planner users can provide some of the best inspiration. View this slideshow and see how other’s from Instagram use their FranklinPlanner.

Planner Quote: June 19, 2017

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Zoe Simulated Zipper Binder

Add a creative spark to your plans with this playful simulated leather binder in violet or coral with navy accents. You’ll love the bold colors, removable navy tassel, and simple message on the cover. Includes two pen loops, secretarial pockets, a large document pocket, and card pockets. Coral binders have silver rings—violet binders come with gold rings. A zipper closure holds it all together in orderly fashion.

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Planner Quote: June 12, 2017

“Life is in the here and now. Either we meet it, we live it – or we miss it.”

– Vimala Thakar

4 Ways Your Planner Can Help you Accomplish Your Summer Bucket List

Summer usually means time away from school, and vacations from work—but that time goes by so quickly! It’s easy to wind up at the end of your break with things left undone. You wonder where the time went. When this happens it’s easy to rationalize by saying that you were relaxing, but if that were true, wouldn’t you feel more refreshed?

Instead, you feel a little cheated—like the time gods sneaked down and stole hours, even days from you while your back was turned. So what can you do about it? How can you make your summer break more refreshing and productive?

1. Make a List

The secret to a successful summer is effective planning. Your planner is the ideal place to write your summer bucket list. Write exactly what you’d like to do with your break and refer to that list each time you plan. If relaxing is something you want to do, planning will give structure to your day so you can make time to relax in a meaningful way. You’ll find the time to truly refresh your body and mind.

2. Organize Your Vacation

Your planner is the ideal place to plan vacations. List the places you want to visit, the experiences you hope to have, and the cost of travel. Manage airline tickets, travel dates, arrival times, hotel reservations, gas mileage, and food expenses. Track the reservations and accommodations you’ve made, and take note of what you like about each place in case you decide to take the trip again.

An organized vacation is far more restful that an on-the- fly trip. You’ll return from your visit with a sense of accomplishment—knowing you saw what you had hoped to see, done what you had hoped to do and visited with the people you had hoped to meet.

3. Tackle Summer Activities

Stay on top of summer projects by listing your goals and tracking each step from start to completion. Keep up with family summer activities, baseball and soccer games so you won’t miss any of those big events.

4. Broaden Your Mind

Keep a summer reading list in your planner and make sure you always have a book from that list with you. You can read it in the shade in the back yard, at the beach, and while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store.

People so often squander time it’s hard to grasp how precious it is. But your planner will ensure you make the most of the time you have this summer and throughout the year.

Happy Planning!

Planner Quote: June 5, 2017

“To be is to do.”

– Immanuel Kant

The Franklin Five: June 2017 Checklist

June is here! Time to celebrate your dad and summer will officially begin! Be sure you schedule fun time with the people who matter most to you. Whether it’s organizing a swim party, s’mores night, or camping out under the stars, be sure you plan a simple night of fun now, before the summer gets away from you.

June Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

June Checklist Compact Size: PDF

June Checklist Classic Size: PDF

June Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Planner Quote: May 29, 2017

“Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.”

– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

8 Activities to Make the Most of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is intended as a way to remember our brave neighbors, friends, and family who gave everything they had to ensure our freedoms and to help maintain freedom for others. Because it’s a Federal holiday, many of us have the day off work so we can devote time to celebrating and remembering.

How we celebrate varies. It’s personal. Some people aren’t comfortable with cemeteries, so they spend time outdoors with their families. That’s a great opportunity to remind your children that the freedom to go where you want and enjoy time together came at a high price.

If you are looking for simple ways to celebrate the holiday and to help instill a stronger sense of patriotism in your family, here are a few ideas that might help.

1. Put a flag in your yard. That simple act serves as a great reminder of the sacrifices that have been paid for our freedom.

2. If your community holds a parade or fireworks, go and enjoy the sights.

3. Hold an outdoor barbeque and invite your neighbors. Make homemade ice cream.

memorial-day-1569293-1279x9274. If you have relatives who are veterans, call them on the phone and say thanks or send them a thank you card.

5. Visit the graves of veterans and other family members with your children.

6. Go on a picnic with your family.

7. Read about a military conflict, study the historical events that lead up to it, and discuss with your family what happened as a result of the war.

8. Find a story about one of your ancestors, veteran or not, and share it with your children. Even if your ancestors didn’t serve in the military, they still sacrificed to provide for their families. Sharing their stories helps us celebrate their challenges and successes with our loved ones.

However you choose to celebrate and enjoy the time away from work, be safe and have fun. With a little planning, the time you spend with your family and friends will be memorable and enjoyable.

Happy Memorial Day!

Planner Quote: May 22, 2017

“It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”

– Eric Hoffer

How to Choose Your Big Rocks

It’s a classic object lesson: you can’t fit big rocks into a jar full of sand, but put the big rocks in first, and you can fill up the space around them. Keep this principle in mind as you commit tasks to your planner pages. At this point, you have your Master Task List and Weekly Compass Tasks ready to schedule. Once those are in, you can plan your other important and fulfilling activities to round out your week.

But how do you choose what’s a Big Rock and what matters less? As you plan your week, ask yourself this question:

What is the most important thing I can do in this role this week?

Big Rocks come from:

  • Conscience
  • Mission
  • Goals
  • Key projects

Big Rocks can be:

  • Tasks
  • Appointments
  • Areas of focus

As you develop strong weekly planning sessions, your life will have a new sense of perspective. A good weekly plan helps you see past the daily grind to where life’s milestones await. And that perspective makes all the difference.

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Planner Quote: May 15, 2017

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

– Confucius

4 Spring Cleaning Tips – FREE Checklist Download

It’s time to clear the air in your home, remove the dust bunnies, stir up any spider webs, and get the grime off your kitchen cabinets. The trouble is, your life is just as busy as it’s always been. With end-of-year school activities, filing your taxes, a hectic work schedule, and the itch to get out in the yard, making time for deep cleaning is a challenge.

The ideal solution, of course, is right in your hand. Your planner will help ensure you have time for this important annual task. Whether you do your deep cleaning in one or two days, or sort the tasks out and complete them over a matter of weeks, using your planner will help you finish without interruptions.

Download this Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you get started:

Pocket size (3.5″ x 6″)

Compact size (4.25″ x 6.75″)

Classic size (5.5″ x 8.5″)

Monarch size (8.5″ x 11″)

Here are some other tips to keep in mind as you clear the clutter:

1. Motivate yourself with a pen

Write each item you plan to do, no matter how small, in your planner and check them off as you finish. Marking things off your list actually has a positive biological effect. Our brains create chemicals that make us feel good each time we mark an item off our list, and that encourages us to do more. That’s why, when we complete a task that isn’t on our list, we write it in our planners anyway, and immediately cross it off. It feels good and it gets us in the mood to do more.

2. Divide it up

Divide your tasks up by room, closet, or space. This helps ensure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you’re working in a bedroom, your list could include your chest of drawers, closet, and under the bed as separate items to sort and organize. That way you can finish each task in a short time, cross it off your list, and move ahead. You’d do the same in other rooms: Kitchen sink, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, pantry, and so forth. Doing this can help keep you enthusiastically moving toward your end goal, and before you know it, you’ll realize you’re nearly finished.

 3. Focus

As you work toward your goal of deep cleaning your home, tackle one project at a time. If we flit from task to task without finishing one completely, we run a huge risk of burning out. We need that motivation and satisfaction of completing a task to keep us going. Stick with one task and finish it, so you can cross it off your list and get the boost you need to tackle the next task.

4. Sort and donate

As you go through your closets and set aside items to donate to a non-profit organization or thrift store, note the items in your planner along with their value. Next year, as you file your taxes, you’ll have a complete record of your donations.

Your planner can play such a crucial role in your life if you choose to use it to its fullest potential. This list is just the beginning and is only intended to help spark ideas of your own. If you have some great ways that you use your planner while you deep clean each spring, we’d love to hear them.

Planner Quote: May 8, 2017

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

– Joseph Campbell

Meal Planning with Your Planner

Use this helpful step-by-step process to integrate meal planning into your planning system. Make it easier with the Menu Planner and Shopping List forms.

Planner Quote: May 1, 2017

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

-Ayn Rand

The Franklin Five: May 2017 Checklist

Welcome May! Remember to take care of the mother figures in your life and let them know you appreciate them. Now is also the time to get your summer plans in order and prepare for warmer weather. Here are a few more things to add to your list:

May Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

May Checklist Compact Size: PDF

May Checklist Classic Size: PDF

May Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Planner Quote: April 24, 2017

Never ask yourself, “Can I do this?”
Ask instead, “How can I do this?”

– Dan Zadra

Planner Quote: April 17, 2017

If you really want something, work hard, take advantage of opportunities, and never, ever give up. You will find a way.

– Jane Goodall

Compass vs. Clock – Focusing on Top Priorities

Have you noticed how being busy is not equal to being productive? We’ve all had frustrating days when we’ve felt incredibly busy but had nothing to show for it. Equally frustrating are the days when we’re caught up in urgent matters and accomplish a lot, only to realize that we’d spent our day in meaningless pursuits. Urgent does not always equal important.

We all have things we want to accomplish for others, and ourselves—but when we cut out time for work, appointments, and other interruptions, the precious time we have remaining is scarce.

Consider the following two mindsets and how they differ: Ineffective – “I put urgent things first.” Effective – “I put important things first.”

Effectiveness requires the integrity to act on your priorities. If we can manage this, the results are much more validating. True effectiveness leads to increased organization and productivity, fewer crises, a reputation for follow-through, more life balance, and peace of mind.

It sounds like a lot of manage, but here is an analogy that can help you keep the right perspective. Contemplate the difference between a clock and a compass. What are their purposes? The clock represents your appointments, schedule, and activities – how you manage your time. The compass represents your mission, direction, and values – what you feel matters most. Although they are both important tools, the compass must come before the clock, because where you’re headed is more important than how fast you’re getting there.

Planner Quote: April 10, 2017

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

– Ingrid Bergman

Planner Quote: April 3, 2017

“Alertness and courage are life’s shield.”

– Philippine Proverb

The Franklin Five: April 2017 Checklist

Welcome April! Spring is in the air and so are taxes. Create a system to keep your papers in order and use your planner to track your expenses. Get the garden ready for a nice harvest or summer blooms! Here are a few things to add to your list:

April Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

April Checklist Compact Size: PDF

April Checklist Classic Size: PDF

April Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Mason Binder Collection

Here’s a fresh approach to a classic favorite. Mason features rich, genuine pebbled, distressed leather on the cover and interior with contrasting smooth leather on the spine. The two-tone deep gray color with complementing silver rings is a perfect combination for subtle sophistication. The interior is complete with leather pockets and durable vinyl lining, two pen loops, business and credit card slots, and an ID window. A smooth zipper closure keeps it all neatly contained.

Jordan Wire-bound Cover

Wrap your wire-bound planner in soft, full-grain leather and convenient organization. Jordan fits all of our classic-sized wire-bound planners including our thicker, Dot Grid and Five Choices planners—draping them in a rich, earthy gray. Made of full grain leather inside and out, Jordan offers large document pockets, card pockets, a notebook pocket, and two pen loops to help you move smoothly through your day. Open design.

Charlotte Binder Collection

Brighten your day with this lively binder. Crafted from quality faux leather, this durable binder can take what your busy life throws its way—and it wipes neatly clean. Its lightly textured exterior feels soft to the touch, and a beautiful die-cut flower embellishes its sturdy snap closure. Inside you’ll find smooth faux leather, silver rings, two pen loops, a large side pocket, secretarial pocket, and a notepad slot. Classic and Compact versions also include a gusseted zipper pocket for loose essentials.

Classic ring size – 1.5″

Compact ring size – 1.25″

Monarch ring size – 1.25″

Planner Quote: March 27, 2017

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

– J. Pierpont Morgan

Planner Quote: March 20, 2017

“Most people don’t aim too high and miss, they aim too low and hit.”

– Bob Moawad

Planner Quote: March 13, 2017

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Planner Quote: March 6, 2017

“The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can become.”

– Max DePree

The Franklin Five: March 2017 Checklist

Welcome March! It’s time to incorporate more green in your life – the healthy stuff and the lucky stuff. Plan your family budget, give service to someone in need, or plan a play date with your kids or grand kids. Here are some more things to add to your list:

March Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

March Checklist Compact Size: PDF

March Checklist Classic Size: PDF

March Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

21-Day Planner Challenge

It takes at least 21 days to form a habit, and this specialized tool makes it easier than ever to develop the habit of planning.

WHAT: The 21-Day Planner Challenge – This planner contains 21 days (3 weeks) of planning pages in both weekly and daily format, a Master Task List, Monthly Index, and a Monthly Calendar—along with explanations of how to use them. Plus, it teaches why and how to use your Prioritized Task List, reveals the secret of the Time Matrix, and gives a brief explanation of the Productivity Pyramid.

HOW: Click here to get yours today! 

WHY: There are lots of reasons to try it out! Here are a few:

  • If you’ve ever said a paper planner is not for you, try it out before you turn it down.
  • Do you have a friend that you think would like using a planner? Give them one!
  • Maybe you’re already an avid planner user, but would like to try a different format – this 21-day planner has 21 days worth of BOTH weekly and daily formats.
  • Perfect your system before you commit to a certain format! Learn the FranklinPlanner system (all the details are included in this 21-Day Planner) and practice it for 21 days!
  • Turn a goal a habit – try it out, track your progress, and hold yourself accountable – 21 days is a good place to start.

THE CHALLENGE: Try it for 21 days, and see how your life begins to change! Once you’ve done that and had an experience you’d like to share, send us a video, pictures, or a simply a story to 21days@franklinplanner.com.

WATCH: COMING SOON! Meet Becca and James! They are two new users that have never tried a FranklinPlanner before. Watch their experience with a planner and check back for updates on their planner journey.

Week 1: Meet Becca and James

Week 2: Using the FranklinPlanner

Week 3: Making a Difference with the FranklinPlanner

Planner Quote: February 27, 2017

“What is it going to be – reasons or results?”

– Art Turock

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing a Personal Mission Statement

So it’s February.

By now, some of your New Year’s resolutions may be trying to flake off. That’s OK; we’re sure you’ve benefited from the effort you’ve made toward them already. But there’s no need to give up on any of your goals—the year is still young. Instead, pick them up, adjust them, and apply a bit more stick-to-it-iveness. You’ve got this!

One way to help your goals stick, is to align them with the things that matter most to you. Weigh your goals against your personal mission statement to ensure they are in line with your core values.

If you don’t have a personal mission statement, now is the perfect time to create one. It sounds complicated, but it’s easier than you might think. All good things start with questions and introspection. The right questions lead to the best solutions. The following six questions will help you create a mission statement that will reflect who you are and who you want to become—a foundation for your goals that will stick.

  1. What are my greatest moments of happiness and fulfillment?
  1. What are the activities of most worth to me in my personal life?
  1. What are the activities of most worth to me in my professional life?
  1. What are my natural gifts, talents, strengths, and abilities?
  1. What am I motivated by, fascinated with, and passionate about?
  1. How can I best contribute to my community?

Take your time with these questions and provide as complete an answer to each as you can. Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll notice a core list of values, talents, and interests that continue to arise. Circle those and include them in four or five sentences that describe you.

Read your paragraph out loud and adjust it until you feel comfortable with the person your paragraph describes. Then write, “My personal mission is to:” and consider how you might re-arrange the sentences to create a mantra for your life. It’s fine if this process takes more than a day.

If you take the time you need to create your mission statement, you’ll be surprised at how much of what you write today will last throughout your life. Your mission statement will act as a reminder to plan worthwhile activities that bring happiness and fulfillment to your life. It will guide you into the joy of meaningful service, and allow you to improve upon your strengths while helping others around you. Best of all, it will inform your decisions and influence your goals—so you’ll be more likely to see them through to completion.

Take some time now, while the year is still young, and develop your personal mission statement. It may be the perfect dose of stick-to-it-iveness you need to reach your goals.

Planner Quote: February 20, 2017

“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens in life, I find.”

– John F. Kennedy

Planner Quote: February 13, 2017

“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”

– Robert Southey

How to Accessorize Your Planner

You get out of your planner what you put into it. With the right accessories, you’ll be surprised at what you can get  from your plans. Here are a few examples!

Planner Quote: February 6, 2017

“Be true to your work and your word.”

– Ben Morrow

The Franklin Five: February 2017 Checklist

February is here! Do small things all month to stay on top of your New Years goals and plans. Organize your paperwork for tax season, plan your garden, break a habit, and even complete and indoor project. These small things can help keep you on track and feeling accomplished. Here are some more things to add to your list:

February Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

February Checklist Compact Size: PDF

February Checklist Classic Size: PDF

February Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Planner Quote: January 30, 2017

“Aim so high you’ll never be bored.”

– Linda Biggons

How to Use Your Planner to Prioritize

One of the hallmarks of the original FranklinPlanner process, the Prioritized Daily Task List (PDTL), compresses the time you spend prioritizing and tracking progress on the things you do each day. Each task gets a priority marker and a follow up symbol, letting you see at a glance where you are and where you’re headed.

Planner Quote: January 23, 2017

“Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another.”

– Norman Mailer

The Vintage Aurora Binder

Looking for a showstopper? This exquisite binder has been crafted to exact specifications with attention to every detail. The hand-selected, textured Italian leather was meticulously inspected for a soft touch and rich color. A unique tanning process ensures a stunning, variegated patina that will grow deeper and richer with time and use. Contrasting, horizontal stitching detail, with gold rings, zipper pulls, and rivets add a lush accent and complete the vintage look. This deluxe binder is loaded with intuitive organization, with a full-length exterior pocket, two pen loops, a gusseted zipper pocket, and pockets for documents, cards, and an ID window. Combine all this with a secure, magnetic strap and loop closure, and you’re sure to enjoy its function and timeless fashion for years to come.

The Vintage Aurora Binder is available in Classic and Compact sizes in rich, cognac color.

Classic Measures         7.75” W x 9.5” H x 2.5” D 1.5” Rings

Compact Measures      6.5” W x 7.75” H x 2.5” D 1.375” Rings

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Planner Quote: January 16, 2017

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How to Choose the Planner for You

Every FranklinPlanner is designed to help organize your life, but they’re also designed with different personalities and planning styles in mind. To get the most out of your planning sessions, it pays to have the planner best suited for you. So, how do you do that? Consider the following four elements of a planner:

Planner Quote: January 9, 2017

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

― Winston S. Churchill

4 Reasons to Review Your 2016 Planner

We can learn a lot from data. From our browsing history to Fitbit stats, we’re recording and analyzing more information than ever before, and using it to shape the future. As you move into 2017, it’s time to review your own data—the information contained in last year’s FranklinPlanner. A quick way to do that is to use your Monthly Index pages.

Your Monthly Index is designed to act as a reference page for your monthly events. If you’re planning a big event, have an important assignment at work, or want to note the day your child took his or her first step, simply list that event in your Monthly Index along with the date. This makes it much easier to find the information you kept regarding that event when you need it later. Looking through each Monthly Index will remind you of how much you accomplished during the year, and prompt you to pick up any tasks that may have slipped. Here are some other ways your 2016 data will be helpful next year:

Scheduling: What weekends worked well for your summer vacation last year? How long has it been since your last dental appointment? Reviewing your appointments and calendar entries from last year can help inform your current plans—ensuring this year’s plans go as well or better than last year’s. A quick review will also remind you when to schedule doctor check-ups, vaccinations, and dental visits.

Brainstorming: We can never flesh out every good idea from a productive meeting. Take the results of last year’s work meetings further. The notes you recorded in your planner can be a valuable source of inspiration for projects in 2017. For convenience, you might consider storing work notes in a separate Storage Case, so that you’re not flipping through weeks’ worth of pages to find the notes you need.

Learning from Failure: It’s natural (and mentally healthy) to move on when you make a mistake. But failures often teach us more than successes do. Take a moment to look back through 2016. If you let one of your goals slip, find the week where it happened and conduct your own analysis. Why did you fall off the wagon? Now that the pain of failure is insulated in the past, you’ll have a valuable resource to help you avoid pitfalls on this year’s goals.

Celebrating Your Success: On the other side of the coin, reviewing your 2016 planner can also help you see how far you’ve come. There’s a psychological phenomenon known as Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome brings intense feelings of inadequacy, leading you to feel like you’re bluffing your way through life, that your accomplishments only come by luck, or that you’re taking credit where it isn’t due. If you’re facing Imposter Syndrome, use your planner to review your past processes, struggles, and achievements. Your planner is solid evidence of your contributions to career and family. It’s proof that your efforts have taken you in the right direction, proof that you’ve shaped your own destiny—that you truly are making progress toward your goals.

As you advance through 2017, the valuable insights from your 2016 FranklinPlanner can give you the data you need to succeed.

Planner Quote: January 2, 2017

“For myself I am an optimist – it dose not seem to be much use being anything else.”

– Winston Churchill

Planner Quote: January 1, 2018

Look forward to 2017

The New Year is just around the corner. Take a few minutes now to prepare your planner for the coming events. Clean out your binder, sort loose papers, and give yourself a clean slate as you start another year. Planning now will let you start the year with fresh hope and optimism.

Planner Quote: December 26, 2016

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

– John F. Kennedy

The Franklin Five: January 2017 Checklist

Welcome January and a brand new year! Write down your goals, make plans to achieve them, and get your new planner ordered if you haven’t already! Here are some more things to add to your list:

January Checklist Pocket Size: PDF

January Checklist Compact Size: PDF

January Checklist Classic Size: PDF

January Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Planner Quote: December 19, 2016

“Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.”

– Ray Lyman Wilbur