12 Days of Planner Christmas – Photo Challenge

You’ve heard of the 12 Days of Christmas? Well starting December 1st we’ve got the 12 Days of Planner Christmas for you! Post a picture on Instagram and/or Facebook of the planner essential on the corresponding day in December on list below. For example, for “1 Binder” post a picture of your binder on December 1st.

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Be creative! Use the hashtag #PlannerChristmas and tag @franklin.planner so that we can see your pictures! Show us your favorite planner essentials and participate for a chance to win a 2015 FC Studio Planner!

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Winner will be announced Monday, December 15, 2014! Happy planning!

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Happy Holidays

From all of us behind the GO Community, Happy Holidays to you and yours. We’re looking forward to seeing you in an organized 2013!

 

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Create a Gift Wrapping Station

Gift Wrap Organizer White by JokariWrapping a present requires lots of small parts – scissors, tape, ribbon, bags, tissue paper, and the wrapping paper itself. If everyone in your house has gifts to wrap, it won’t be long until these wrapping tools have scattered to the four corners of your house. Setting up a gift wrapping station in a designated closet (this Gift Wrap Organizer certainly helps) can help keep things together.

 

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Make Room for the Feast

With the holidays come elaborate meals, both the ones you prepare yourself and the leftovers you bring home from work and school potlucks. Throughout the season, take the time to regularly clean out your fridge and make room for the next delicacies. Give yourself a recurring reminder each Thursday, and you won’t end up trying to fit leftover Bundt cake in between takeout boxes at midnight.

 

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Holiday Card Organization

Bound Address Book by Graphic ImageThe first step to tackling your annual holiday card sendoff – make a list. Whether you make a file on your computer or get a designated Address Book that you keep with your decorations, keeping the addresses from year to year will help the smooth out the process.

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Counting Down

31 Days of HolidayI remember one Christmas Eve as a kid. As usual, I couldn’t sleep and woke early only to discover that it was barely 4:00 in the morning. Far too early to slip upstairs and peek. So I tried to sing myself back to sleep by chanting Four O’ Three, Four O’ Three, Four O’ Three…. Four O’ Four. Right about then, I found myself at the bottom of a dog pile—buried by my older brothers.

One note of caution: It’s not a good idea to wake your older brothers at 4 am, even for a Christmas countdown.

I still count down the days until the holidays but I’m not in such a hurry for it to arrive. I’ve learned over the years that the best part of the season is before the big day. Once December 26th arrives, it’s all over, and we’re left with the pangs of Holiday Withdrawal—wishing for something more to anticipate.

Instead of anticipating and placing all of our hopes on one day, it’s more fun to make the days leading up to the holiday special. Family traditions are a great way to soak up as much holiday spirit as possible early and often.

At FranklinPlanner, we have a tradition as well—31 Days of Holiday. It’s the perfect time to find the planner, binder, organizer, or tech accessory you’ve been dreaming of at discounts you may not see again until next year. Best of all, new deals are available each week. So you have something to anticipate all month long…even after December 25th.

Check it out.

 

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Counting Down

31 Days of HolidayI remember one Christmas Eve as a kid. As usual, I couldn’t sleep and woke early only to discover that it was barely 4:00 in the morning. Far too early to slip upstairs and peek. So I tried to sing myself back to sleep by chanting Four O’ Three, Four O’ Three, Four O’ Three…. Four O’ Four. Right about then, I found myself at the bottom of a dog pile—buried by my older brothers.

One note of caution: It’s not a good idea to wake your older brothers at 4 am, even for a Christmas countdown.

I still count down the days until the holidays but I’m not in such a hurry for it to arrive. I’ve learned over the years that the best part of the season is before the big day. Once December 26th arrives, it’s all over, and we’re left with the pangs of Holiday Withdrawal—wishing for something more to anticipate.

Instead of anticipating and placing all of our hopes on one day, it’s more fun to make the days leading up to the holiday special. Family traditions are a great way to soak up as much holiday spirit as possible early and often.

At FranklinPlanner, we have a tradition as well—31 Days of Holiday. It’s the perfect time to find the planner, binder, organizer, or tech accessory you’ve been dreaming of at discounts you may not see again until next year. Best of all, new deals are available each week. So you have something to anticipate all month long…even after December 25th.

Check it out.

 

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Simplifying December

Simplifying DecemberDecember is a month to spend with family. Sometimes though, it’s a month spent as your family’s air traffic controller, keeping track of holiday parties, school concerts, classroom treat days, and family traditions. Here are five tips to help you simplify your December and reclaim some quality time with your family.

1.      Organize Your Holiday Gift List

Helping Santa get the things on everyone’s wish list can be quite a chore. You can simplify this with a basic spreadsheet: list the names of your family members, the gifts they want, where you want to buy it, the cost, and a running total on your budget. Then, when you’re going through the holiday ads and find a great deal, you’ll have a space to record it, saving you the trouble of bringing the mailers with you on your shopping trip.

Color Code Your Life by Board Dudes2.      Track Your Family Events

As your kids bring their school schedules home, take the time to mark their events on your centralized calendar with different colors for each child. Putting events up ahead of time can help you resolve scheduling conflicts with a minimum of hurt feelings.

3.      Make Room For Traditions

With all the holiday fun going on outside your home, make sure to make time for your own family’s holiday traditions. Whether it’s decorating the house, baking pies, dipping chocolate, or watching your family’s favorite holiday movie (“I can’t put my arms down!”), don’t let the holiday rush crowd them out.

4.      Prepare For House Guests

If you’re planning on having family or friends stay with you for the holidays, or even just inviting people over for a party of your own, you will want to present a clean and organized house. If you have any organization projects that you’ve been putting off, it’s better to tackle them well before your guests arrive. You’ll be dealing with travel schedules and other logistics – the last thing you need the day before they arrive is trying to find a home for the boxes in the guest bedroom.

5.      Schedule Down Time

Most importantly, as you look at your holiday calendar, make sure to schedule some down time. With many family members to visit, and all of them expecting a visit on the holiday itself, it’s easy for a series of celebrations to feel like a set of errands. Scheduling out visits on days other than the actual holiday can help make your holiday together time more enjoyable.

 

 

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Simplifying December

Simplifying DecemberDecember is a month to spend with family. Sometimes though, it’s a month spent as your family’s air traffic controller, keeping track of holiday parties, school concerts, classroom treat days, and family traditions. Here are five tips to help you simplify your December and reclaim some quality time with your family.

1.      Organize Your Holiday Gift List

Helping Santa get the things on everyone’s wish list can be quite a chore. You can simplify this with a basic spreadsheet: list the names of your family members, the gifts they want, where you want to buy it, the cost, and a running total on your budget. Then, when you’re going through the holiday ads and find a great deal, you’ll have a space to record it, saving you the trouble of bringing the mailers with you on your shopping trip.

Color Code Your Life by Board Dudes2.      Track Your Family Events

As your kids bring their school schedules home, take the time to mark their events on your centralized calendar with different colors for each child. Putting events up ahead of time can help you resolve scheduling conflicts with a minimum of hurt feelings.

3.      Make Room For Traditions

With all the holiday fun going on outside your home, make sure to make time for your own family’s holiday traditions. Whether it’s decorating the house, baking pies, dipping chocolate, or watching your family’s favorite holiday movie (“I can’t put my arms down!”), don’t let the holiday rush crowd them out.

4.      Prepare For House Guests

If you’re planning on having family or friends stay with you for the holidays, or even just inviting people over for a party of your own, you will want to present a clean and organized house. If you have any organization projects that you’ve been putting off, it’s better to tackle them well before your guests arrive. You’ll be dealing with travel schedules and other logistics – the last thing you need the day before they arrive is trying to find a home for the boxes in the guest bedroom.

5.      Schedule Down Time

Most importantly, as you look at your holiday calendar, make sure to schedule some down time. With many family members to visit, and all of them expecting a visit on the holiday itself, it’s easy for a series of celebrations to feel like a set of errands. Scheduling out visits on days other than the actual holiday can help make your holiday together time more enjoyable.

 

 

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Shop Online – Save Time

Last year, a record 226 million people shopped on Black Friday, crowding even the stores that opened Thanksgiving night. The smart shoppers found their deals online, saving gas, time, and their sanity. Take advantage of our Cyber Week Sale – we’re extending Black Friday discounts throughout the week. See Cyber Week Deals Here >

 

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Holiday Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

To Do Pad by Knock KnockWhen you plan a holiday party, you come face to face with one of the greatest stress-inducing situations of the holidays. You’re not just responsible for your own enjoyment, but also the experience of all your guests. Consider these ideas for being an effective and gracious host or hostess:

  • Remain Calm – planning a party can involve a lot of effort, so take the time to schedule out each step. Your guests will sense if you’re frazzled, and might feel guilty for causing you extra trouble.
  • Make A List – setting out all the steps to complete will help you keep on track and avoid last-minute surprises.
  • Make Clear Invitations – include all necessary information, like the date, time, venue, whether the dress is casual or formal, and whether or not kids or dates are invited.
  • Cook Food Beforehand – if you’re working in the kitchen, you’re not enjoying the party with your guests. Select meals that don’t require intense preparation: soups, stews, and even some frozen dishes work well and won’t keep you tied down in the kitchen.
  • Focus On Your Guests – throughout the party, keep an eye out for guests with an empty drink or guests standing by themselves. Making the effort to include them in the conversation can help them enjoy the night.

What if you’re attending a party? Here are some tips for being a polite guest:

  • Bring A Gift – the host or hostess worked hard to put together this get-together. Show your appreciation with a small gift.
  • Communicate – if your babysitter cancels on you at the last minute, call and let your host or hostess know that your significant other will be staying home with the kids. Communicating changes helps everyone plan better and avoids hard feelings.
  • Plan For Your Dietary Needs – if you follow a special diet, such as vegetarian or gluten free, offer to bring your own dish to the party. This takes pressure off the host or hostess and makes sure that you won’t go hungry.

Enjoy the festivities!

 

 

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Holiday Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

To Do Pad by Knock KnockWhen you plan a holiday party, you come face to face with one of the greatest stress-inducing situations of the holidays. You’re not just responsible for your own enjoyment, but also the experience of all your guests. Consider these ideas for being an effective and gracious host or hostess:

  • Remain Calm – planning a party can involve a lot of effort, so take the time to schedule out each step. Your guests will sense if you’re frazzled, and might feel guilty for causing you extra trouble.
  • Make A List – setting out all the steps to complete will help you keep on track and avoid last-minute surprises.
  • Make Clear Invitations – include all necessary information, like the date, time, venue, whether the dress is casual or formal, and whether or not kids or dates are invited.
  • Cook Food Beforehand – if you’re working in the kitchen, you’re not enjoying the party with your guests. Select meals that don’t require intense preparation: soups, stews, and even some frozen dishes work well and won’t keep you tied down in the kitchen.
  • Focus On Your Guests – throughout the party, keep an eye out for guests with an empty drink or guests standing by themselves. Making the effort to include them in the conversation can help them enjoy the night.

What if you’re attending a party? Here are some tips for being a polite guest:

  • Bring A Gift – the host or hostess worked hard to put together this get-together. Show your appreciation with a small gift.
  • Communicate – if your babysitter cancels on you at the last minute, call and let your host or hostess know that your significant other will be staying home with the kids. Communicating changes helps everyone plan better and avoids hard feelings.
  • Plan For Your Dietary Needs – if you follow a special diet, such as vegetarian or gluten free, offer to bring your own dish to the party. This takes pressure off the host or hostess and makes sure that you won’t go hungry.

Enjoy the festivities!

 

 

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Create A Holiday Organization List

The secret to success is learning from your past experiences. With that in mind, it’s helpful to create a master list for organizing your holiday season. As you go through the holidays, keep track of tasks and schedules and note what went well. If cramming all the holiday decorating into the day after Thanksgiving left everyone cranky, spread it out over the weekend next year. Over the years, tweaking your master list can help your family have a more stress-free holiday season.

 

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When Mad Men Meet Christmas – Vintage Gifts for the Holiday Season

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 5, 2012)  – It’s true that the hottest gifts this holiday will focus on technology including iPads, iPhones and Kindles; but even technophiles love classic gifts that were beloved in their first release even decades ago.  Knowing that the classics never go out of style, the gift specialists at FranklinPlanner have compiled a list of their top gift ideas that are vintage in styling, but updated for the modern user.

Among the vintage classics in FranklinPlanner’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide include:

Vintage Leather Messenger BagVintage Leather Messenger Bags by FranklinCovey (MSRP: $249.95) – One can imagine this bag being loaded on a steamship bound for Europe, or carrying artifacts from an archeological expedition. FranklinCovey updated this buckles-and-pockets design with signature organizational features, and added padded compartments to hold and protect a 15.4″ laptop as well as a 10″ tablet.

Etch A Sketch Case for iPad 2 & The New iPad by HeadcaseEtch a Sketch Case for iPad 2 & New iPad by Headcase (MSRP: $39.95) – Everyone loves Etch-a-Sketch! Now designed for the iPad 2 and new iPad, this impact-resistant plastic case features windows providing access all switches, ports, and buttons. With rubber feet and a felt backing, devices remain secure from scratches and slipping off the table, while the built-in kickstand accommodates viewing at a variety of angles.

Peanuts Portfolio Case for iPad 2 & New iPad by iLuv (MSRP: $49.95) — This plush portfolio case adds lasting protection to the iPad 2 and new iPad, with a unique twist. Its design allows several tilt positions in portrait or landscape for a customized view, and the iconic design reminds recipients not to take life too seriously.

Commemorative Leather Edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (MSRP: $84.95) – Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top-seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. This limited edition life-changing book is wrapped in genuine calfskin for a soft touch and quality that lasts for years.

Dr. Seuss Themed 16-Month Calendar by Graphique de France (MSRP: $14.95) – “Do you like to plan ahead? Yes I do, CEO Fred.” Come to think of it, we’ll leave the clever rhymes to Dr. Suess – which show up throughout this eye-catching, 16 month wall calendar.

Classic Century Gold-Filled Ballpoint Pen & Pencil Set by Cross (MSRP: $170.00) –  This icon of American design and innovation is the choice of successful movers and shakers since 1946. Generations later, passionate fans remain loyal to the iconic silhouette, while trendsetters appreciate its authenticity. The 10-karat gold filled/rolled gold finish is preferred over gold plate for its higher gold content and lasting beauty.

 

ABOUT FRANKLINPLANNER

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