I really want to use a Filofax as my planner. I’ve tried several times but I can’t make it work. I’ve been wracking my brains trying to figure out what the problem is. And then it hit me:
I’m not good at creating things from scratch.
When you buy a Franklin Covey, it comes with everything you need. Everything is there and you just have to learn to use it. And once you’re comfortable with how it works, you can easily start tweaking it to make it fit your life. But the basics are already there. You’re not creating anything new.
With Filofax, you start with a beautiful binder that’s a blank slate inside (it comes with weekly inserts but those aren’t my format of choice). You pull pieces from here and there to make it exactly what you want. You’re basically starting from scratch and building a system that works for you.
Apparently I can’t do that. I actually have trouble starting from scratch on anything. I’m more of a tweaker than a creator.
Every time we move into a new house or remodel a room, I panic a little about where to put things. Right now I’m looking at my brand new kitchen and all those empty cabinets and wondering (okay – stressing) about where to put everything.
So I’m not good at creating things from scratch but I’m really good at tweaking existing systems to make them work better. And that’s why I haven’t been able to use a Filofax. Every time I’ve tried, I end up with a Franklin Covey wannabe. And if I’m going to do that, I may as well just use Franklin Covey.
How about you? Are you a creator or a tweaker?