TV Binge Watching to Reading More Books

Watching TV and reading books are both sedentary activities, but reading engages your mind, awakes your imagination, and broadens your vocabulary. If you’re unhappy with how much time you spend in front of a screen—whether it’s a television, computer monitor, tablet, or smart phone—replacing a portion of that time with a good book will be highly rewarding. The world is loaded with interesting books.

Make a list of the books you want to read on your Monthly Index pages and start checking them off. If your list is too long for one page, use a set of alphabetized address phone tabs to keep your list organized. Or, pick up a set of customizable tabs and create a section in your planner for your book list. As you finish each book, note how well you enjoyed it with a rating system.

Workaholic to Work/Life Balance

It’s true—you can have too much of a good thing. There is a certain high that comes with a job well done. Accomplishments can be addicting. Of course, for many of us the reason we work late has more to do with our workload than our egos. Either way, your planner can help you replace those late hours at the office with family time, time enjoying hobbies, or simply more rest.

Often the best way to reduce the time you spend at work is by sharpening the saw. Planning time to practice a skill, read up on the latest trends, or study your trade can greatly improve your productivity when you are at work. Taking time to exercise, eat healthy, rest, and regenerate can go a long way as well. If you feel like you are able to make time for you, it’s easier to give your all while you’re at work—and then get out.

Add a personal improvement task to your Prioritized Daily Task List each day, and make it an ‘A’ priority, so you’ll be sure to get to it. Schedule time with your spouse, children, and friends in your appointment column each week, and be sure you’re out of your office in time to enjoy them. See if doing these things doesn’t bring a spring back into your step.

Staying Up Late to Healthy Sleep

Does it feel like you’re always running behind? Chances are you aren’t getting enough healthy sleep. The best way to start fresh in the morning is to get to bed at a decent hour each night. If you’re in the habit of staying up with the owls, this may take a while to correct. You can do it.

Set an alarm on your phone an hour before you’d like to go to bed, so you can start the process. None of us can just drop into bed at 10:00. We need to wind down. Also, studies show that the blue light of computer monitors, tablets, phones, and televisions confuse our body clocks because they resemble the light of early dawn. That color of light tells our minds to wake up, and is no help when we’re trying to fall asleep. Determine to turn off all electronic screens an hour before you go to bed.

Set a goal in your planner to be in bed at a reasonable hour. Mark on your monthly calendar each time you successfully retire to bed on time. Plan a reward for yourself if you have been successful 80% of the time by the end of the month.

Unproductive Chaos to Focused Daily Progress

Life comes at us surprisingly fast. Sometimes big events in the distance seem far away—until they aren’t. When life charges at us, we have little choice but to react. We jump, run, and grab whatever we can. That’s an exhausting way to get through the day.

Planning for a few quiet minutes each day will put you in the driver’s seat of your day. You will determine what matters most to you and set your focus there. Your Franklin Planner is deigned to encourage your long-term visions by giving them a place to grow—a place that you’ll see often and reflect on them. It is also designed to ensure you don’t forget your short-term goals and the daily actions that will keep you moving forward.

Sitting All Day to Exercise and Movement

Do you sit at a desk all day? Do you have a commute on top of that? Chances are, you’ve felt some of the effects. Low back pain, sore wrists, and a stiff neck are only the beginning. Sitting for extended periods of time can damage your nerves, tendons, and ligaments.

Taking regular breaks from sitting can relieve the short-term aches, and reduce the long-term damage. Set an alarm on your phone or on your computer to remind you to get up and walk. (Drinking more water can help encourage walking as well.) Take a break to stretch your back, legs, and arms, and set aside time each day outside of work to walk and do resistance training.

Schedule walk breaks and exercises on your appointment column in your daily planner, so you don’t forget to get up and move. Our Health and Fitness Tracker is an ideal way to manage the nutrition you eat and the type of activities you do each week.

Drinking Soda to Drinking More Water

We all know that sugar isn’t good for us. As it turns out, diet soda isn’t any better. A 2014 study found that consuming too much added sugar increases your risk of dying from heard disease, even if you aren’t overweight. Also, a 2015 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that older adults who drank diet soda daily for nearly a decade experienced almost triple the increase in waist size compared to those who never drank it.

But quitting soda cold sounds nearly impossible. Start slow. If you drink more than one can of soda per day, try replacing one can with a glass of water instead. Water is a far better source of hydration. Keep a water bottle at your desk and drink from it throughout your workday. See if having plenty to drink reduces your cravings for sugary soda.

Make a note in your planner for each 8 oz. glass of water you drink. If drinking water starts to get boring, try adding sliced citrus fruit to kick up the flavor.

Eating Out Regularly to Bringing Food From Home

We all know that eating out is expensive. The average fast food lunch costs around $7.00 and is usually less than ideal in terms of nutritional value. If you buy your lunch five days per week, you’ll spend $35.00 weekly. The average person works about 50 weeks per year, bringing your total lunch expenses to $1,750.00 annually. Imagine what you could do with that money!

It costs far less to prepare your food at home. The average homemade lunch costs about $1.50, or $7.50 per week, for a total of $375.00 annually. If your goal is to save money by eating out less, you can start by preparing larger meals on the weekend and packing leftovers two or three days per week. Or you could store sandwich supplies in your office. Each week you could try a new, creative dish. After a few months, eating out will be the exception rather than the rule.

Plan your lunches into your grocery shopping and menu preparation. Our Menu/Shopping forms are ideal for this. They give you a convenient place to plan your meals on one side, while the other side is divided into sections you’ll find at your grocery store, so you can write your shopping list and keep like items together. It will streamline your shopping, which can also save money and time.

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Peace of mind and satisfaction have little to do with the circumstances of our lives, and much more to do with the focus of our lives. The secret is maintaining that focus each day. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of daily matters and lose track of the things that matter most. Over the next three weeks, you’ll chart a course and navigate your way toward your goals. Through the simple act of daily planning, you’ll begin to bring about big changes in your life—and start achieving what matters most to you.


It takes at least 21 days to form a habit. In the early days of FranklinPlanner, we routinely issued a 21-day challenge to our clients and asked them to write us with the results of their efforts. We received unimaginable stories—people reconnected with loved ones, got out of debt, started successful businesses, and re-arranged their activities to align with their core values. Their lives were more rich and meaningful, with a greater sense of purpose. We’re confident you’ll see similar results as you incorporate planning into your daily routine. Just try it for 21 days. Find our most recent 21-Day Planner Challenge here.


We believe the key to successful planning is prioritizing. But first, let’s establish the difference between tasks and appointments. Appointments have a set time when they need to happen, but tasks are the things you choose to do with the time you have left. Since you have a limited time to accomplish your tasks, it’s important to ensure you’re working on the tasks that matter most. This is where prioritizing comes in. Your Prioritized Daily Task List makes that easy with three simple steps: brain dump, assign value, and give order.

1. Brain Dump – Write all the tasks you’d like to accomplish in your day. Don’t worry about order or importance.

2. Assign Value – Designate which items are most urgent and important and place an A beside them. Place a B next to less urgent tasks and so forth.

3. Give Order – Number all of your ‘A’ tasks by priority 1, 2, 3. Do the same with your ‘B’ and ‘C’ tasks.



Moving toward your goals is a simple four-step daily process. It takes about ten minutes each morning, but it’s sure to save you time throughout your day.

1. Review yesterday to determine which tasks need to be finished today.

2. Check today’s appointments and block out the necessary time.

3. Make a realistic list of tasks for the day.

4. Prioritize your tasks (ABC, 123).

We challenge you to practice these four steps daily for the next three weeks to discover how powerful this small daily exercise can be in your life.



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

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


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


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

Ben Franklin’s Method for Identifying Values

From the time we were little, our parents, teachers, caretakers taught us certain governing values that have been programmed into our brains. It’s the “why” of life – why we do what we do. As we mature and become more aware of this programming, we can be more conscious of this “why”. Ben Franklin became very intentional about his “why” with the 13 Virtues he wrote. His method for finding these governing values can still be applied today to help you identify your highest priorities. Hyrum Smith said, “Your governing values are the foundation of personal fulfillment.”bens-method-final1.Identify virtues – Here is a list of sample governing values. Review the list and write down 5 that you identify with the most.


2. Prioritize them – From your list, prioritize them in order of most important to less important. This exercise can help you to learn about yourself – what is actually most important to you?

3. Clarify what they mean to youBeauty or Faith can mean something very different from one person to the next. Take your prioritized list and write a clarifying statement for each. For example, if you chose Fitness, your clarifying statement could be,

“I am energetic and have adequate strength to accomplish the physical and mental tasks I undertake. I am physically active, getting enough exercise to help maintain a weight consistent with my heath and build.”

After you have done this, take some time to reflect on your list and your statements. Draw conclusions about what they mean to you. Do these governing values reflect your day-to-day tasks and your long-term goals? Put your list somewhere in your planner where you can refer to it often or get the Starter Pack and fill out the Values form. Allow your governing values to actually govern your daily tasks and how you prioritize what you get done in a day. This is the beginning of achieving what matters most and becoming who you want to be.

How to Use the Goal Planning Form

The intention of the Goal Planning Form form is to help you map out your goals and create a plan for achieving them. Make the big lofty goal attainable by having a visual plan to accomplish what it is that you want. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.


Value/Mission/Role (why?) – This is your why and your motivation for wanting to set this goal in the first place. Review your values, mission, and roles, and choose what is driving you to accomplish this goal.

Governing Values – your highest priorities

Mission – your unique purpose

Roles – your key relationships and responsibilities

Goal (what?/when?) – Define what the actual goal is and what deadline you are giving yourself. If you associate a timeline with your goal, it will make it easier to break down into smaller chunks.

Steps (how?) and Deadlines – How are you going to accomplish this goal? Use this space to break your goal down into smaller “bite-size” pieces. What will this goal look like on a weekly basis? And on a daily basis? Set some deadlines for each step. Once you have the timeline written out, write these same deadlines in your planner on the day each task is to be done. It may also be helpful to write other reminders before the deadline happens to keep the goal fresh on your mind.

The Productivity Pyramid – This is a reminder to incorporate your goal into each step of the the Pyramid.

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.

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.

3 Keys to Using the FranklinPlanner

We can’t control how much time we have, but we can control how we use our time. Think about what matters most to you in your life and fill in the blank:

“Effectively managing my time, gives me _______ in my life.”

Whatever this may be, you can use a Franklin Planner to achieve that. Here are 3 keys to using your planner effectively.


Key 1: Only use one personal management system. Your planner can only be as effective if you use and integrate it with the rest of your life. Whether you use a planner, a calendar, or an app to manage your contacts, notes, appointments, and tasks, integrate them to be one system that works to support you.

Key 2: Keep the planner with you always. Regardless of where we are, information is coming at us constantly. One of the main purposes of a planner is to capture information. Keep your planner with you to capture the data, and relieve your brain from having to remember it later. When it’s not appropriate to have your planner on you, consider using the Satellite version.

Key 3: Eliminate floating paper. Floating paper is any piece of information you have written down that you cannot have at your fingertips within 10 seconds. According to one study, we spend as much as 28 minutes a day looking for pieces of paper. The message here is to have a place for everything, and everything in its place.

Task Symbols

Use the following symbols to keep up on the current status of your tasks. Some may be self-explanatory, while others could use a little clarification.


√  Completed – when the task is completed and there is nothing more to do or to follow up on

→  Forwarded – when the task is forwarded to the next day, next week, or future date

×  Deleted – when the task no longer needs to be completed or becomes obsolete

G √  Delegated – when the task is delegated to someone else, put his/her initial next to a checkmark

  •  In Process – when a task is making progress to completion, underway, ongoing

What Planner Personality are You?

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While each of our planners is designed to help organize your life, no two planners have the same personality. With many different formats and designs to choose from, finding the right planner to complement your personal planning style makes all the difference. Take this brief quiz to see which planner designs match your planning personality.

Click here to take the quiz!


How to Use Your Prioritized Daily Task List







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.



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.


Wanna Get Organized? 4 Must-Do Steps

You’ve vowed to finally transform your “clutter mountain” into a “clutter molehill.” Now that your mind is set, how do you successfully negotiate the ins and outs of getting organized?

(1) Have specific goals.

Don’t say: I want to get organized.

Do say: I want to organize my estate.

Speaking in generalities leads to doing in generalities – or no results. Take the time to make specific organizing goals so that you get the fabulous organizing results you deserve.

(2) Calendar it to make it real.

Don’t say: I’ll get to organizing the garage when I have time.

Do say: I need to schedule a day to organize my garage.

If you treat organizing like a regular appointment, you are more likely to take it seriously and follow through on your get-organized goals.

(3) Focus on one thing.

Don’t say: This week, I’m going to overhaul my kitchen, organize my files, get ready for taxes, clean out my closet, update my address book, re-do my schedule…

Do say: This week, I’m going to organize my tax paperwork.

If you try to take on too many organizing projects, you will surely fail. Focus on one task, and one task only, until it is complete. And let that success, as little or big as it may be, propel you onward.

(4) Have a positive attitude.

Don’t say: Organizing my closet? Yikes! I don’t know if I can…

Do say: Organizing my closet? I’m ready! I’ll save so much time getting dressed each morning…

Your thoughts channel real power to help you achieve your organizing milestones – so think positively not only about the process but also the end result, and put those brain waves to good use!

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.



Organize your Kitchen and Start Cooking this Fall

By Monica Friel 

The fall is a great time for cooking and eating, creating new recipes and bringing back old ones. Having a well organized kitchen is crucial for good meal planning and preparation. Making optimal use of the space in your kitchen is more important when you’re spending extra time asdsdcreating new recipes and making some of fall’s favorite comfort foods. Of course, every kitchen is different. Some are sprawling with plenty of open cabinet space to fit every appliance and gadget on the market. Others are tiny and tight without an inch to spare. However, many of the same rules apply when it comes to organization. Here are a few tips to keep your kitchen in tip top shape.

Maximize every inch of cabinet space. Somehow we always find a way to fill up every inch of cabinet space no matter how big or small our kitchen is. Make use of containers, and organizational items inside your cabinets to make the best possible use of space. Lazy Susan’s, helper shelves and drawer dividers will not only help to keep things organized, they will also help you fit much more.

Shop Wisely. If you have a tiny galley kitchen, you shouldn’t be shopping at Costco. When you live in a smaller space, you have to make frequent trips to the grocery store. Don’t purchase in bulk unless you have somewhere to keep the excess. Often the deal is not worth compromising your space over. If you do purchase extras, consider storing them separately so you don’t have three boxes of the same cereal circulating.

Make use of vertical space. If you have available wall space in your kitchen, add a fruit basket on the wall (see image) or free standing shelving. Also remember to keep frequently used recipes and notes on the inside of cabinet doors.

Consider a Hanging Pot Rack. If you don’t have great space for keeping pots and pans in cabinets or drawers, make use of a hanging pot rack. It makes them easy to access and frees up cabinet space.

Refresh your Fridge. Every time to shop, your fridge should get a once over. A simple weed out of stale food and a wipe down of shelves will make incoming items accessible and more appealing too.

Keep your Freezer Functional. Your freezer is great for storage of items that can be used for meal preparation rather than heading out to the market. Don’t forget to label, date and properly package items in the freezer so you know what you have and when it expires.

Keeping an organized kitchen will help make meal preparation more efficient. It will save you money on purchasing groceries and will help to ensure you enjoy mealtime with your family.

 Monica Friel


My Favorite 30 Pinterest Contest

What are your 30 favorite FranklinPlanner products?

We are hosting another Pinterest Contest to give you the chance to win one of your favorite FranklinPlanner products for spring! The instructions are listed below in the contest image, but feel free to comment or email any questions you may have to

To enter simply begin by following our Pinterest boards.

Remember to pin the below image to your board using the Pinterest Button, and have fun pinning your 30 favorite products! Remember…if you win you could receive one of your favorite products!

*Note: To follow FTC guidelines, please remember to include in your board’s description that the board is for the FranklinPlanner Pinterest Contest.

The contest begins April 2 and will end April 16, be sure to email your board’s URL to

For any additional Pinterest help, visit their Help Center.


Tips to Achieve Your 2014 Resolution: Travel

Did you travel anywhere in 2013? Are you looking to visit a new place for 2014?

We found that one of the top resolutions revolves around traveling. People tend to set a goal to travel somewhere new during the year, and they sometimes never make it. If that is your goal for this New Year, these tips will help you accomplish it. By doing small things like creating an actual plan and reading travel books, you can stay motivated to make your trip happen.


Making the Most of Your Pagefinder

 By Patty Gardner

Page Finders Franklin

I don’t know about you, but my planner’s page finder is a really important part of my system.  Most of the time my planner is open, on the counter or my desk, where I can see it easily.  But if it’s closed, I need to be able to get to my daily page FAST and my page finder allows me to do that.

But it’s not just a page finder!  It can be SO much more, especially if you’re using a pouch page finder by Franklin Planners.  The pouch can hold so many interesting things, including:


Page Finder - Menu

The Weekly Compass cards have 8 boxes on the front side.  You can use 7 for meals and 1 for dessert.  Then your meal plan right in front of you.

Inspirational Quotes

Page Finder - Inspiration

Who doesn’t love to be inspired?!  If you have quotes that motivate or inspire you, write them on a piece of paper and put them in the pouch page finder.


Page Finder - Memorization

If you’re trying to memorize something, type or write it on a piece of paper and put it in your page finder.  Every time you look at your planner (which hopefully is often), you can work on your memorization project.

To-Do List for the Week

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Page Finder - To Do's Side 2

If you’re using the Weekly Compass cards you can put your top 8 priorities on the front, one per box, and everything else you need (or want) to do on the back side.


Page Finder - Dailies

Tired of re-writing those dailies every day? Put them on a Weekly Compass card or blank piece of paper, put the paper in the pouch and use a dry erase marker to mark them off each day.

Shopping Lists & Reminders

Page Finder - Grocery List

Use post-it notes to keep track of your shopping lists and other reminders and stick the post-its directly on the page finder.  You can still keep things in the pouch, too.

Besides the awesome pouch page finder, here are some other page finder ideas:

 Colored Page Finders

You can also use different colored page finders.  Franklin Planners has an assortment of bright colors.

Multiple Page Finders

You can use multiple page finders.  Sometimes I put one page finder in the correct way and the second one in upside down so the top sticks out of the bottom of the planner.  It makes it easy to grab the one I want.

Page Finder - 2 page finders

Progressive Task List Page Finder

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Page Finder - Progressive Task List

Franklin Planners sells a page finder made of heavy cardstock that you write on directly.  It’s called a progressive task list.  I’ve used it a lot, too.

So if you’ve used your page finder as just a page finder, maybe it’s time to spread your wings and see what other uses you can find for that unused planner real estate.

Do you do anything special with your page finder?


Thank you, Patty! Patty is a guest blog contributor to the GO Community and we are so excited to learn new tips from her.

Patty GardnerPatty Gardner is a full-time homemaker and writes at Homemakers Daily. The purpose of the blog is to share what she has learned through her many phases of life with others. You’ll find practical, nitty gritty, to-the-point articles to help you in your everyday life as you try to stretch your budget and your time and make a home for your family!


The Power of Organization

You’ve probably noticed that the more organized you are, the more smoothly your life goes. You don’t waste time in the morning searching for socks and car keys. You don’t forget to pack your toothbrush before you zip up your carry-on, and you show up on time.

But few of us, if any, started our lives organized.

Most of us can relate to my five-year-old daughter—the one who dumps her toys onto her bedroom floor before she plays with them. By noon, her bedroom carpet is covered with tiny dolls, plastic ponies, and fake jewelry. It’s a minefield. Any wrong step could send a parent to the hospital for emergency foot surgery—a tiera-ectomy. Of course, this is the same child who can never find her toys.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we can all remember our childhood, with parents constantly reminding us to clean our rooms and pick up after ourselves. Our parents had discovered the power of organization and the freedom it gives us to live our lives. With time we learned the same thing—that the right tools in the right place at the right time make all the difference.

That’s why is here. Our goal is to help you keep up with the rhythm of your life. And hopefully, as you model organized behavior, those sweet children can learn to be tidier as well. At least we can hope.

Here are a few tools to help you along the way.



Shell by Moleskine 



Compass Wire-bound Daily Planner by FranklinCovey 



Classic Envelope Cover for Wire-bound Planners by FranklinCovey 



Terrace Scrunchy Case by Wellspring 



Ginger Tote by Amy Butler 



Brenda Clutch with Chain by Amy Butler 

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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.