How to Set a Consistent Goal Using Your Planner

64721_lrgcaseThere is a path that lets your dreams become reality: consistent goals. But in order to keep this path open, you need to keep your goals in mind, rather than letting distractions clog your attention and your focus.

Your planner is an indispensable tool for keeping your goals fresh. As you break your goals down into tasks, your planner can hold daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reminders to help you stay on track. This can give you peace of mind, and set realistic expectations for timelines. For example, when you plan out how to stick with a fitness goal for six months, focusing on consistency rather than scale fluctuations, you’re less likely to get discouraged after two weeks.

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Happy New Year – Looking Ahead, Moving Forward

25127_lrgcaseHappy New Year! OK, so it isn’t exactly the New Year yet, but hopefully this post will help ensure the coming year is a happy one. A new year comes with fresh expectations, but like a much-anticipated movie, if our expectations are too high we may feel some letdown if things turn out to be just really good instead of great.

As the New Year begins, take some time for reflection. Decide on one thing you’ll do differently this year. Think about the ways this year will be different. Then contemplate and set realistic goals, break them into achievable pieces, and set out to meet those expectations each day. Good Luck, and may this year be one of joy and accomplishment.

Identify Your Values

34711_lrgcasePerspective is an essential part of a happy life. When you feel unfulfilled, stressed, or otherwise unhappy, it’s worth stepping back and taking the long view. Your daily tasks stem from your intermediate goals, your intermediate goals form your long-term goals, and your long-term goals (hopefully) are based on your governing values, or the things you want most in life.

As you clean out your planner from 2014, take stock of your activities over the past year and assess how well they match with your values. Prioritizing your family, career, and personal development and setting goals accordingly can help match your goals with the inner motivation to accomplish them. And for daily reminders of putting First Things First, try the 7 Habits Planner.

Merry Christmas

From all of us at FranklinPlanner, here’s wishing you a very merry Christmas. May it turn out to be even better than you planned!

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Delegate!

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All the cheery greetings and pleasant gatherings associated with the holidays bring their own portion of stress. Don’t shoulder that stress alone. Reduce it by delegating tasks. Ask guests to bring a dish, solicit help from family to prepare for parties by cleaning, cooking, or sending out invitations. People like to feel included and important, and nothing does that more than getting them involved.

Set time limits

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse, spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. During that time, she heard several of the same regrets. She recorded them in a book called, The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

How much time do you spend on your daily to-dos? Does your list of tasks dominate your day? Consider setting time limits for each daily task so you can devote more time to yourself, your family, friends, and hobbies. After all, whatever you don’t finish today will still be there to work on tomorrow.

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Out with the old, in with the new

A home can only hold so much before it looks cluttered. You’ve likely noticed the same phenomenon with your children’s bedrooms. Before shopping for more gifts, clean out and throw away what isn’t being used. If you have young children go through their things together and find several items that they can throw away or give to a local charity. Many of your own items are likely in great condition, but rarely used. This is a great time to find a new home for them. You’ll likely find several good, charitable donations. It’s always wise to eliminate waste before you bring more holiday additions into your home.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is four days away. If you haven’t already, you’d better hit the grocery store. Make a shopping list today. Organize your list by produce, meats, dairy etc., so you won’t forget any essentials as you race through the store.

While you’re there, take note of Black Friday deals ahead of time so you can plan your bargain shopping.63772_1lrgcase

Progress, not perfection

follow-us-pinterestWe’ve all seen those amazing images on Pinterest. Chances are good you’ll want to create something similar for your holiday get-togethers. Just remember that sometimes our efforts are successful and other times they aren’t so great. With all you have to think about during the holidays, try to keep a practical perspective. Don’t worry about being perfect. Do what you can and enjoy it. Remember that joy is found in the company you keep more than in the image you create.

 

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Of course, we aren’t suggesting you give up your dream of the perfect table setting or the decedent dessert. Just keep it real. Plan ahead and decide what you can do this season and what should wait until later. What you’re after is progress and not perfection.

 

Time Management During the Holidays

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Holidays are wonderful, but they add stress to your daily routine. You can reduce that stress with regular planning. As you schedule the events of the season into your day, be sure that you don’t neglect the time you spend with family. Time with those you love can lower your stress levels. Be sure to plan time to sleep at night and keep your daily exercise routine intact. Adequate sleep and exercise will keep you feeling fresh and relieve stress.

Plan out your Calendar

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The holidays are busy. They come with a lot of important dates and deadlines—shopping lists, shipping deadlines, and family parties. To ensure you remember it all, write down important information as soon as you get it. Schedule time in your planner so you’ll be sure to finish tasks on time. And plan your holiday events in pencil in case things need to be adjusted.

Happy Halloween from the FranklinPlanner team

Halloween is a day to bid October farewell and kick up your heels a bit. Celtic tradition says it’s also a time to take stock 62138_lrgcaseof your supplies and plan for winter. So, as you enjoy Halloween activities with friends and family this weekend, start thinking about your holiday checklist. Discuss dates for parties you’ll be hosting and start a holiday gift list. It pays to plan ahead for holiday travel, shop early, and get tickets in advance for cultural events you’d like to attend this coming season.

Happy Halloween from your friends at FranklinPlanner!

Organize your holiday events

Gorgeous holiday events don’t just fall together. They’re planned into perfection. With Halloween on its way and more61242_lrgcase holidays coming, now is the time to plan your season. So, as you pick up candy for the trick-or-treaters, take a look at holiday invitations and schedule dates for upcoming holiday events you’re hosting. Once mid-November swings around, you’ll be glad you did.

Finish your summer tasks

With winter just around the corner, now is is a great time to tackle things you want to have done before it gets cold. Set 63538_lrgcasea goal to tidy up your garden areas and dispose of leaves and debris before the first snowfall. Garden clean up keeps your yard tidy and cuts down on pests. Autumn is also a great time to organize your storage areas (including closets, garages, and attics). With your household in order, you can quickly access holiday items that may otherwise be hard to spot.

Plan Your Trips

35655_lrgcaseWith the holidays only a few weeks away, now is the best time to plan out any trips you will be taking to visit family and friends. Make a list of the things you need to accomplish before you go, from arranging time off work to booking flights and accommodations. Getting the details in your planner now can save time and stress during the busier weeks at the end of the year.47717_lrgcase

 

Organize Your Bag

Most people have three main accumulation spots: the junk drawer, the garage, and the inside of their bag or briefcase. 45261_lrgcaseWhether or not you spent your summer traveling, you probably have quite the collection of things in your bag. Empty your bag in a clear, spacious location and go through all of the contents. Get rid of old receipts, notes, reminders, and expired coupons. It’s a great way to start autumn fresh.

Plan Your Year

Now that autumn is in full swing, it’s time to count down the weeks until the end of the year. Take some time to set goals for the remaining 62759_lrgcasemonths of the year, and write them down in your planner. Whether it’s picking up a new hobby or finishing off your holiday shopping while still wearing sandals, you can accomplish more when you plan in advance.

Picking a Planner

Why do we buy planners? Perhaps the biggest reason is because we want more free time, and the best way to find that is to plan out your day.64175_lrgcase

The question is, what planner is best for you? Do you want a daily or weekly variety? The answer to that question is personal. You’ll have to decide what works best for you. Typically, a daily planner is great for people who have hectic daily schedules and need to be sure each hour is scheduled (or protected). Others with less frenetic daily schedules may find that their weeks can get out of control. A planner that allows them to see their week at a glance works better for them. You’ll find several great layouts in each variety that can help you make the most of your time.

Look over the planners to find one that fits your personality and needs. If you’re looking for something especially personal, we’ve recently unveiled the FC Studio Wire-bound Weekly Planner with room for daily events, notes, personal inspiration, and even photos. It’s a creative blend of planner, scrapbook and journal rolled into one beautiful package.

You can customize it before you buy it and add even more embellishments after it arrives at your home. For example, you can personalize the front cover with your name and place a photo on the back cover as you are placing your order. Once you start using it, you can add embellishments like washi tape, enamel dots, photos, and your own creative thoughts. You’ll find room to plan and create all in one very organized book.

Order Your Midyear Planner Now

There are few things more irritating than opening your planner and finding out that you’re out of pages. Your planner is62953_lrgcase finished, and you have no way to maintain your schedule or take notes. To avoid this dilemma, order your next planner early. The minute you think you have plenty of time to order, someone will schedule a meeting to plan for an event that is still months away. Your planner is vitally important. So take time today to order ahead. If your start date is in July, order now so you can stay organized. We have some great new layouts and designs. Take a look today and be one of the first to try them.

September is Self-Improvement Month

With every school from elementary to college starting at this time of year, it makes sense that September is Self-Improvement Month. Enrolling 60723_lrgcasein a college class is a great way to improve areas of our lives, but it isn’t the only way. Your planner is poised to make your life better right now. Take a minute and focus on something you would like to improve. Write it in your planner. Imagine yourself achieving your goal and set a date when it will be accomplished.

For example: If your goal is to learn to oil paint, set a date when you will have your first painting completed. Work backward from that date to decide what you need to accomplish between now and then.

Your planner is the perfect tool to help you balance your work life with your home life, become more organized, or even arrive earlier to meetings. It’s simply a matter of deciding what you want to focus on, setting goals, and planning the steps into your daily life. Start improving your life today.

Use Your Planner Well

Your planner is great for everyday use, but it could be even better. With a few tweaks it could become your ultimate62009_lrgcase survival tool. Here are some examples:

  • Use additional forms and tabs to stay on top of your different activities, such as: maintaining your budget, watching your health, and tracking your mileage.
  • Add additional calendars to keep your family’s schedules coordinated.
  • Separate different schedules with Custom Tabs.
  • Use a foldout calendar to schedule out months in advance.
  • Add lined pages and make note taking easier.

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is often the last barbecue of the summer. As you celebrate this extended weekend, use caution around the grill. Be sure to turn 61996_lrgcaseeverything off when you’re finished and clean out your grill before you cover it for the winter. That will make it even easier to fire it up next grilling season.

Eat Healthy Tip

We all know that it’s important to eat healthy, but it isn’t always easy to do. The best way to eat healthy is to keep healthy food on hand. 39673_lrgcaseNutritious food tends to be more filling than unhealthy food; so healthy snacks help us consume fewer calories. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, we could grab a handful of almonds or a few carrots.

We don’t have to restrict our healthy eating habits to home. If we keep extra snacks in the car, we can resist slipping into the convenience store while we fill up with gas. If we send healthy snacks with our kids, they’ll have energy for their after school activities. This doesn’t mean that they won’t spend money in the candy machine, or slip across the street to McDonalds now and then, but giving our kids a healthy snack can reduce the number of unhealthy calories they consume.

Create a Study Area

Distractions can turn a 30-minute project into something that takes hours.

Make study time easier for the kids by creating an area in the house for homework. Make sure it has very few 41716_lrgcasedistractions, and that it’s loaded with extra pencils, paper, sharpeners, highlighters, and room for books. If possible, keep it away from televisions, video games, and cell phones. If your kids claim they study better with music, keep it quiet so it isn’t interfering with their thoughts.

Coordinating Schedules

As the new school year begins, take the time to coordinate everyone’s schedules so you don’t miss any events.

Write each item in your planner so you don’t double schedule your time. You’ll also want to track all of these items on a 60376_lrgcasecentralized Family Calendar.Having a centralized calendar will ensure that schedules stay organized and that your family stays informed.

Back to school means back to busy. Make sure you don’t miss a beat.

Pick the Right Bag

Do your back a favor and get the right bag for your schoolwork load. Cramming a lot of books in a messenger-style bag will pull on one shoulder,49994_lrgcase and can lead to back pain over time. Use a backpack with padded straps if you carry a lot of books. Of course, if you tend to take one book at a time, then a small tote might be a better fit, or if you use e-books for your courses, then sticking your laptop in a messenger might be just the ticket.

Managing Time

Once school starts up again, it’s back to the daily runaround. Between work schedules, homework, and extracurricular activities, there’s a lot of 63827_lrgcasepotential for schedule conflicts. Whether you’re keeping track of a once-a-week appointment or reminding yourself of the doctor’s visit you scheduled back in April, your planner is there to help you.

And to take some pressure off, you can teach your kids the same strategies you use with Premier Agenda Academic Planners. Designed for each grade, these planners help your kids keep track of their assignments and projects (so you don’t have to.)

Reorganize Your Office

Summer tends to be a slower time for most businesses. Take advantage of the break to reorganize your office with some smart 41715_lrgcasefurnishings.

Start by recycling old documents that you no longer need, then tackle your tangle of cords. Giving yourself some elbow room will make going back to busy an easy transition.

Stock Up on Supplies

When it comes to school supplies, you can never have enough….and now is the time to start stocking up! 38439_lrgcase

Start with one set of notebook, pencils, tabs, and folders for each subject, and have replacements on hand. Create a station or area to keep all of your extras so you know where they are when you need to grab one.

The dog might not eat homework, but there’s sure to be another reason that schoolwork gets lost.

Smart Back-to-School Clothes Shopping

If you want to get the best selection on back-to-school clothes, then it’s time to take the kids shopping. Before you head out, take stock of which 49027_lrgcasearticles of clothing you need to replace and list them on your writing pad (e.g. t-shirts, jeans, socks, underwear, etc.) Print out any promotions and check for coupons in your mailbox. While you’re shopping for autumn clothes, watch for any clearance specials on spring or summer clothes, as they often have some of the best discounts.

Mid-Year Goal Setting

Time races by. It seems like the year just started yesterday, but it’s already half over. How are your goals coming along? Look back through your 62510_1lrgcaseplanner and find that list of aspirations you jotted down back in January and see how you’re dong. Often you’ll find that you’ve done better than you thought.

Some of your goals will have happened almost without thinking about them, but we’re sure there are others that need a little work. That’s O.K. Look over your list of goals and see if any need to be altered. Think through the rest of the year and decide if you need to create new goals.

A lot can happen in six months. Your career may be heading in a whole new direction by now. Your children may have reached new milestones you hadn’t expected. Find an open space in your planner and write a new list of things you’d like to accomplish before next year. Give yourself deadlines for each goal and mark them in your planner so you have instant reminders along the way.

Good luck and happy planning.

Tasks On The Go

Heading into a situation where you can’t take your paper planner? 49066_3lrgcaseWe have a solution for you:

The new FC Tasks App for your iPhone or Android phone can help you connect with your task list, wherever you go. The app allows you to easily sync your tasks from your paper planner. It is a free app that offers your a quick and easy way to stay more organized. If you need even more features, the app allows you to upgrade to a more advanced version.

Sync up your schedule in the morning, and you’ll have a constant reminder of your day’s most important tasks and events.

Productive Vacation Planning

Are you planning a summer vacation? When it comes to vacations, planning ahead opens up so many more options than taking an impromptu 60946_lrgcasetrip.

Taking the time now to book your lodging and travel arrangements can save you money, and makes sure that there’s a place for you. You can also research activities near your lodging place to make sure that your plans don’t involve an inordinate amount of on-vacation commuting.

Do your research now to save you time and money later.

Father’s Day: The Gift of Recognition

Father’s Day is coming up and now is the time to plan for it. No matter what you give for Father’s Day, it’s important to give it with the right 60896_lrgcasepresentation.

Pick up your cards in advance, shop for any necessary gifts or items, and spend time planning out any special meals or family get-togethers for the special day. The men in your life will appreciate it.

Summer Planning

Early June is a great time to assess your summer plans. The kids will soon be out of school with extra time on their hands. Before you know it 61987_lrgcaseyou’ll be buying new school clothes and sending them back.

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes this week to set your goals for the summer. Do you want to get away for a while? Do you have home improvement plans? Are you planning any private lessons over the summer break? Now is a great time to schedule art classes, plan for holiday traditions, and draw out your next landscaping project.

Father’s Day Plans and Recognition

What has your dad done for you?

It’s likely a lengthy list. Show your father exactly what he means to you this year with something more than the 60896_lrgcasetraditional necktie. Write down some of your dad’s attributes and interests, and some of your favorite memories of times you spent together. This will give you a head start on planning out how you’ll recognize him, and in selecting the right gift.

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Take this down.

Getting into the habit of taking notes can help you remember important details and tasks, especially during long meetings. 38426_lrgcaseHaving a notepad near you also lets you quickly write down flashes of inspiration as they come, before other thoughts and tasks push the finer details from the front of your mind. As you practice writing notes, there’s no need to write verbatim quotes.

Just write the most important parts and expand on them when you review your notes.

Schedule Your Memorial Day Plans

Memorial Day is the first great getaway weekend of your summer. Take the time to plan it out, and you’ll have a great vacation from start to 61075_lrgcasefinish.

If you’re taking a trip over the extended break, then start jotting down your packing list in your planner. If you’re just having a barbecue with your family, then it can’t hurt to start organizing food assignments and making ingredient lists.

Mother’s Day Plans and Recognition

It’s one of the most special days of the year, when you recognize one of the most special people in your life. Whether you’re thanking your mom 60944_lrgcasefor a lifetime of example, showing your wife your appreciation for her daily efforts, or celebrating your daughter’s successes with your grandchildren, Mother’s Day is a day that brings families closer together. Start planning out the perfect celebration today, while there’s time to order gifts and arrange events.

Graduation Gifts

As spring continues on, graduation ceremonies at high schools and universities nationwide are only weeks away. Whether your family’s graduates 37927_lrgcaseare planning on traveling abroad, interviewing for their dream job, or staying organized as they head to the next level, a thoughtful gift from FranklinPlanner.com is the perfect way to celebrate.

New Tasks for Spring

With warm weather firmly established, it’s time to add some new tasks to your task list. Consider yard maintenance like mowing and watering the60837_lrgcase lawn, or schedule out morning runs around your neighborhood rather than in the crowded gym. Plan ahead on planting flowers or vegetables, and write the tasks on your planner well in advance. This extra preparation can help you accomplish everything you want to this spring.

Plan Your Easter

Whether you’re planning on attending church services or waiting for the Easter bunny, Easter is a great time to come closer to family. As you plan61972_lrgcase out your Easter activities, include some relaxing time for conversations with those you love. Your kids might be frenetically rushing from one egg to the next, but that doesn’t mean that you have to.

The Importance of Important Dates

With holidays and events coming up, such as Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation(s), etc, it helps to use your planner to keep track of the chaos. Add37935_lrgcase tabs or extra note pages to keep track of big events. And be sure to add reminders a week in advance so you don’t forget to pick up a card, flowers, or a gift. Looking for a unique gift that makes a great impression? Check out the Apogee pen. It’s a great way to congratulate your graduate and add a professional touch to their attire.

File Organization

Since tax season is coming to an end, you have all of your documents together in one place. Take advantage of this and being to organize and file 41719_lrgcaseaway all of your paperwork for next year. As you file everything away, take the time to organize your file storage. Purge old documents, including your tax return information from five years ago, and make sure that your documents are in the proper location. Adding notes and tabs for your files can help make this task easier.

Early Spring Cleaning

Spring-cleaning doesn’t have to be a giant chore. Cleaning or organizing one small thing each day or each week can minimize the amount of 43899_lrgcasecleaning you do. And if you make it a habit all year long, you can eliminate spring-cleaning altogether. After all, who wants to be inside when the best weather of the year is happening outside? Like any other big goal, if you break it down to achievable daily tasks, it becomes simple.

Use Your Forms

Your planner is an excellent system for planning your life, but with the right forms, it can take your success even further. From blank notes pages 26887_lrgcasefor recording important information to menu and fitness trackers to help you with your health, you can change many aspects of your life with these helpful tools.

Personalization Equals Success

Strengthen your planner with a personal touch. Adding forms and tabs specific to your needs such as the Financial Plans Supplement, or the year 31573_lrgcaseat a glance Fold-Out Calendar can make your planner a more robust tool. You may also choose to keep extra business cards, photos, and extra pages for notes all neatly contained in your planner.

See all Calendar additions here.

See all planner Forms and Tabs here.

Why Keep Your Old Planner?

How long has it been since your last physical? When did you last change the furnace filter? Did you remember to change the batteries in your 60610_lrgcasesmoke detectors? Writing these tasks in your planner gives you a concrete reminder when you need to provide this information – but only if you store your old planner for further reference.

The Importance of Shredding Documents

Each year, identity theft becomes a larger problem for individuals nation-wide. Protect your information: keep an organized space for all your 45350_lrgcasedocuments, and you can make sure that documents with sensitive information end up in the shredder, and not in the hands of an enterprising dumpster diver.

For more information on identity theft, visit http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

 

Being Prepared for Tax Season Eases Stress

Reduce the stress of money management by documenting your financial activities. By collecting all of your necessary paperwork for your taxes31659_lrgcase throughout the year, you will be more prepared and less stressed when it comes time to file your taxes. If you use an accountant, it will allow them to complete your paperwork quicker and easier. The convenient Financial Plans Supplement fits nicely in your planner and offers a comprehensive set of forms to track your expenses.

Valentine’s Day Plans

Make Valentines Day easier by planning ahead.

Organize your evening plans by scheduling everything several days in advance, and confirming any reservations you may have. Make sure to note it all down in your planner so you don’t forget anything you may need to pick up. Doing this will make your evening go much more smoothly.43896_lrgcase

Be Realistic in Your Planning for the New Year

Remember to be realistic in your goals for the New Year when it comes to relationships, your job, and even your home. Make your goals attainable and 75899_lrgcasesurround yourself with people that can help you reach those goals. Tell your friends and family about your goals so they can be a support. Consider the changes you want to make and ensure they are maintainable. It can be discouraging to finally reach a goal only to find that you can’t maintain that activity well enough to keep on the wagon. Set your goals in realistic increments so you can build your strength and resistance enough for them to stick.

Ways Your Planner Can Help You This Year

If you have struggled to stay organized in previous years, here are some great ways your planner can help keep you on track:

Tasks. Many of our planners have a column just for tasks. You can keep your tasks in order by priority, and work through each one daily or weekly.60662_lrgcase

Appointments. If you find that you sometimes miss appointments or are scrambling to get there on time, the Appointments section of your planner can give you a great reminder in advance. Remember to give yourself a time buffer before and after your appointments so you aren’t rushing from thing to thing.

Goals (monthly and yearly). Keeping track of your long- and short-term goals in your planner is a great way to ensure success. That constant reminder can help hone your focus and give you the boost you need to get things done. There’s something surprisingly motivating about being able to cross things off your list.

Reminders and notes to self. The notes section of your planner is perhaps the most used portion of all. That’s where you can keep reminders and notes to yourself pertaining to the daily tasks at hand. It’s also a great place for jotting down great ideas, important thoughts, or cool song lyrics.

Organize Your Essentials for the New Year

Make your workspace more useful. The beginning of the year is a great time to organize your desk. Clear out everything that isn’t necessary and give yourself61087_1lrgcase plenty of room to work. While you’re at it, don’t forget your briefcase, or laptop bag. As you clean it out you’re sure to find plenty of things to toss out. File away any receipts and notes that you still need. This is also a good time to clean and condition your leather to increase the life of your bags, even if you don’t see any visible signs of damage.

Being Accountable for Your New Year’s Goals

One of the biggest reasons that people break their New Year’s resolutions is because they get busy with their lives and lose track of their goals. That doesn’t have60341_lrgcase to be you. Write your goals down in your planner and give yourself helpful reminders each month to keep you on track and focused on your goals. Adding additional lined pages throughout the year so you can describe where you are in your journey toward your goals will also act as a great reminder.

Prepare Your Planner for The New Year

Get ready for 2014 by clearing out your old planner and loading up with a new one. Before you refill your binder or cover, take a close look at it. If your leather is looking scuffed and worn, polish it up with a good leather cleaner and conditioner.61089_lrgcase

Maybe you’re ready for a whole new look. If so, sort through our beautiful selection of Binders and Planners, and possibly even enhance your love of music.

This is also the perfect time to add new tabs and accessories to make your planner an even better tool for organizing the coming year. You’ll love our pagefinders, tabbed dividers and the durable plastic inserts to add a personal touch to your planner.

Welcome 2014

Welcome to 2014! We hope you are as excited about the New Year as we are! Remember to spend the last little bit of the holiday season with your family and friends, and start getting ready for a whole new year of planning and organizing. We know you already have a few ideas about what your resolutions are, but save those for the next week—now is the time to celebrate a new beginning!

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Merry Christmas

From all of us at FranklinPlanner.com, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your time with family and friends, and recharge your batteries for the upcoming year.

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The Miracle of Delegation

Trust is a marvelous thing. It brings value to money, success to businesses, and love to relationships. When you’re feeling overwhelmed with tasks62354_lrgcase this holiday season, exercise your trust and delegate a few of them. They might not do it exactly the way you would do it, but they might surprise you in how they accomplish what needs to be done.

Set Time Limits

Do you find that you get caught up watching a season of your favorite television show? Or perhaps your favorite hobby keeps distracting you from48641_lrgcase more important things? Setting down your schedule in your calendar or to-do list helps you chunk out your time, and can help you set limits for each activity.  Post these reminders near where you spend your time, such as on your computer or tablet.

Limit Your Commitments

As time goes on, the list of holiday must-dos tends to get bigger. Your family adds in new traditions and keeps up with old ones, your kids grow up and60624_lrgcase have more activities, you meet new friends and get invited to more parties. All of these engagements can quickly overwhelm your schedule.

Before this happens, decide on a limit of activities per week. Plan out ways to respectfully decline invitations – few people will object to family time during the  holidays.

Don’t Be A Perfectionist

If you’re ever down on yourself because one of your projects didn’t turn out exactly as planned, take a moment and Google “Pinterest Fails.” Unlike 43895_lrgcasethe perfect world that people post online, which only shows their strengths and successes, real life is full of near misses and learning experiences. Focus on your goals in your daily planning sessions, and keep track of your daily growth. Knowing that you’re progressing can make all the difference when your waffle iron cookies go south.

Time Management During the Holidays

The holiday season schedule is usually packed full – along with the many activities you have on your plate, there’s the extra push at work to completeOrange Planner Pages all your projects before your time off. Consider these important points when planning out your schedule:

  • Don’t miss sleep: while late nights might seem like a great place to cram in more fun or productivity, sleep deprivation can actually take a toll on both. Plan enough sleep each night, and you’ll be surprised at how much more you enjoy your waking hours.
  • Keep up your workout: as with your sleeping habits, keeping up your daily workout will help you feel your best, and can also relieve some of the stress of the holiday season.

Plan Out Your Calendar

The upcoming holiday season is a smorgasbord of school concerts, parties, term paper due dates and work deadlines.  Make sure that you keep tabs 41985_lrgcaseon things with some solid calendar solutions.

When it comes to family schedules, nothing beats putting a whiteboard in a public space. Then as new things come up or dates and times change, you can write them down where everyone can see, without filling up a calendar square. For your personal planning, it’s a good idea to use pencil – if you need to change the time of your medical appointment, you can erase and save some space.

Happy Halloween

Plan on some spooky shenanigans this week! 38801_lrgcase

Getting an early start on Halloween will make it easier on your younger ghouls and goblins, making sure that they get plenty of candy before it gets too dark. As for all the candy, let your kids choose how they eat it – if they overdo it, it will be a great moment to discuss self-control.

Travel Tips

Off on a trip? Whether you’re going for business or pleasure, keep these points in mind:

  • Schedule downtime into your agenda. While there may be an exciting world of attractions to see or great productivity to be had, you need to 48985_lrgcasepace yourself to get the best results from your trip.
  • Focus on fitness. If you’re a frequent traveler, pack appropriate workout clothing or a swimsuit, and take advantage of the hotel’s amenities. Or develop your own hotel room routine to keep your energy high.
  • If you’re going on a guided tour, pay attention to the tour guide’s instructions. Their familiarity with the city can help you get a richer experience from your journey, and you won’t run the risk of getting disoriented.

Record Keeping

So much of life runs on a yearly schedule – you’re supposed to have a doctor’s visit every year, a dental cleaning every six61078_lrgcase months, an oil change on your car every few weeks. With so much filling your days, it can be hard to remember what month it is, let alone everything that needs to happen during it.

Writing your appointments in your planner creates an easy-to-access paper trail, letting you find when you last checked your oil without digging through old receipts. You can keep track of how often you visit with friends or figure out the last time you went to the theater, all with a simple flip of the page.

Mixing Paper and Pixels

With the advent of modern technology, you can get even more from your Franklin Planner. For instance, your iPad might41933_lrgcase be able to provide audio notifications for your appointments, but the tiny calendar square doesn’t have much room for notes. Taking your planner to your meetings lets you focus on the discussion without any online temptations.

Tips for Better Tech Traveling

If you’re taking your technology on the road with you, then you know the advantage of a well-packed laptop bag. Here are a few important items 60692_thmto put on your packing list:

  • Writing instruments
  • Laptop battery charger
  • Notepad/Portfolio
  • Floss
  • Water Bottle
  • Cell phone charger