The Secret to Getting Your To-Do List Done!

How to Get Your To-Do List Done 2

If you’ve ever wondered how you can get your to-do list done on a regular basis, there’s an answer to that question.  But you’re not going to like it.  I know I don’t.  Are you ready? You have to do the things on your list. See? I told you you wouldn’t like it.  But it’s true.  One of the main reasons most of us don’t get our to-do list done is because we don’t do what’s on the list.  Instead we … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Special Tasks Stand Out in Your Planner

10 Ways to Make Special Tasks Stand Out in Your Planner 1

If you have a special task on your to-do list that needs to stand out, there are a bunch of different ways you can make it stand out.  Here are 10 of my favorites: Put an asterisk next to it. Write it in a different color. Write it larger than the other tasks. Indent the task. Highlight the task. I don’t usually do this one because I like to highlight tasks that are … [Read more...]

Does Hurrying Really Save Time?

Does Hurrying Save Time?

Not usually.  Because I’m really busy right now, I catch myself hurrying a lot.  I don’t mean to.  I don’t usually even realize I’m doing it.  Unfortunately, I’ve found that not only does hurrying not save time or get things done faster, it actually can slow things waaaaaaay down! Here are a few examples from my personal experience: Hurrying makes me forget things. Frequently in the evening … [Read more...]

Why I Save My Planner Pages

Why I Save My Planner Pages

Since I first started using a Franklin Covey planner in 1993, I’ve saved ALL my used planner pages. In case you’re wondering why, here are a few reasons: I use my Notes page as a journal. I was very busy when I first started using my FC planner and I didn’t have time to keep a separate journal.  I jotted notes about my family on my notes page.  I love looking back through those storage … [Read more...]

A Tale of Three Planners – An Update

A Tale of Three Planners, Part 2

Planner use changes as circumstances change (or when we get bored!).  My daughter, daughter-in-law and I have all changed our planners since I wrote A Tale of Three Planners in September 2014.  If you missed that one, you can read about it here.   So I decided it was time to give you a peek at how our systems have changed. Ashley I’ve been a ring-bound girl for a long time now. So when my … [Read more...]

A Creative Way to Use Your Planner While on Vacation

A Creative Way to Use Your Planner While on Vacation.

By Ashley Gardner There won’t be a lot of logistics on your planner pages while you're on vaca, but alas, it feels wrong to leave it home by its lonesome. My husband and I just went on a little 4-day getaway to Omaha and I brought my planner along, even if only to take notes about our excursions. But then I got an idea. I used brochures and maps to create somewhat of a scrapbook page … [Read more...]

Pen Color Matters on your Planner Pages

Pen Color Matters on your Planner Pages.

I love ah ha moments and I had one recently regarding the pen color I use in my planner. I'll admit up front that I am not a pen connoisseur.  I used a 4-color Bic for years, and my current favorite is a Papermate Profile (black or blue) I get at Wal-mart. A while back, I was at Target and found a 4-color pen that was pastel colors:  pink, teal, lime green and purple.  It was so … [Read more...]