6 Ways to Use a Franklin Covey Menu Planner

Menu Planner & Shopping List

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The first time I saw the Franklin Covey Menu Planner & Shopping List, I fell in love.  I purchased several packages and have been using them ever since.

However, I don’t always use the form just as a Menu Planner and Shopping List.  If you can think outside the box, you can see just how versatile this form can be.

But for starters, let’s take a look at it’s use as a Menu Planner and Shopping List because it does a fantastic job at both of those tasks:

Menu Planner

Shopping List

I use Franklin Covey’s two pages per day in my planner but every now and then I need to see a weekly view.  The Menu Planner form works perfect.  I use the first column for morning; the second column for afternoon; and the third column for evening.  I don’t use this form for a detailed view of the week – just an overview.  It helps me see how busy I am and when I have time available.

Weekly View

Then if I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, I sometimes use the back side to list all my tasks for the week.  I use each section for a different category of tasks.

Task List

I like to set goals for my life.  I usually set three daily goals at a time.  The Menu Planner is a perfect tracker.

Goals List

If you like keeping a food journal and don’t record too much detail, the Menu Planner can work great for that, too.  Again, the first column is for morning; the second column for afternoon and the third column for evening.

Food Journal

And finally, you can even use it as a weekly planner.  The first column can be for appointments; the second column for tasks; and the third column for notes.  Or whatever works for you.

Calendar Page

So what do you think?  Can you think of some ways you could use this form to organize your life?


A list of other time management/planner articles is available in the Time Management Index.


I did not receive compensation for this post.  I’ve been using this form for years and wanted to share with my readers how I use it.

Comments

  1. I love these! I definitely like to plan menus and shop accordingly and so far, I’ve always done it on the kitchen wall calendar or on scrap paper. Now that I’m back to using a planner again, these would be awesome. Do you know if these are compatible with DayTimer’s 5.5 x 8.5 size rings?
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  2. Patty, you have done it again! This week I’ve had an almost crippling “planner overwhelm.” I have a pack of these menu/shopping pages too but never imagined using them like this. After a bout with illness I am feeling so overwhelmed with all the work that I need to do to get life back on track and I started thinking I needed to make a whole new planner to calm it all down. I started making one in a notebook and wasted so much time, then got so frustrated. Once again you gave me an idea to use what I already have, but to not be afraid to think outside the box. Using these forms to manage my to-do list and weekly goals is just what I needed.

    Do you have any advice for me as I get healthy again and try so hard to get my houeshold and family “flow” back?

  3. These look fantastic! I might need to get some of these. ;)

  4. Very helpful suggestions…real thinking outside the box. I have used Franklin Covey for a long, long, long time.

  5. You can reconfigure the Shopping List side of the page as a Compass Card…upper left box (“Produce”) becomes Sharpen the Saw. The other boxes are for your Roles.

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