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The Franklin Planner is my planner system of choice. My first Franklin planner came with a CD that explained how to use their system to organize my time. The CD no longer comes with their planners, but there is a lot of time management information available on the Franklin Covey website. I am faithful to the brand because although the look of the planners has undoubtedly become more modern, they stay true to their concepts of time management.
The first time you order a Franklin Planner you buy a binder and pages to go into it. Then you simply order the annual refill for your binder. Binders range in price from $20 for a small Vinyl binder to $200 for a Leather binder. Binders are available in various sizes from pocket-size (about 4.5″ W x 6.7″ H x .79″ D) to Monarch (about 11″ W x 13.25″ H x 2″ D”) with two sizes available in between. Last year I traded in my simulated leather binder for a new grey Pebble Italian Leather binder in the classic size (about 7.25″ W x 9.5″ L x 1.5″ D). The rings on my binder are 0.75″. My previous binder was a zip closure but this one is a snap.
Aside from various styles of binder there are many different styles of planner pages. I previously opted for a weekly layout for my binder in the Her Point Of View Line. This line is gorgeous but I didn’t like the weekly layout as much as I had hoped. For 2016 I returned to a layout I love and decided to try a new line. I opted for the Wanderlust Ring Bound Daily Planner.
I chose this for its really nice clean layout. I am really enjoying having a full page on the right for taking notes. This year instead of just using my planner for daily to do lists and buying a separate gratitude journal I am keeping my daily gratitude journal in my planner.
I purchased some planner stickers and Washi Tape to try the planner decorating trend. I am trying to get the hang of it all but I must say I think I love my Washi Tape even more than the stickers. I am using the Washi Tape to section my planning pages adding further customization that makes the planner uniquely mine. I can see how planner decorating might become addictive. I have already ordered stickers for the next two months. I am looking for simple adds that won’t take daily planning into hour-long endeavors. I just don’t have time for that.
It’s 2016 why not just use an online planner? Well the truth is I have tried but I haven’t been able to find one I like nearly as much as the traditional pen and paper planner. I find them either too limiting or not well enough defined. The few digital planners I do like mimic the layouts of a traditional planner. I like the Opus One planner by Pisco 13 but unfortunately this app isn’t available for the iPod or iPad yet.