If You’re Stressed About Choosing a Planner for 2015 . . .

Planner Choice

If you haven’t chosen your planner for 2015 yet, I’m guessing you either haven’t had a chance or you’ve been stressed about what to buy and unable to decide or commit. For years I never questioned what I was getting – it was always my 2015 Franklin Covey compact.  The only decision I had to make was which design. But for about the last five years, I’ve stressed big time from about September … [Read more...]

Planning for Special Days

Planning for Special Days

Thanksgiving is coming up next week and it looks like we’re having about 22 people over for the big meal.  I love hosting Thanksgiving but it does take some planning ahead.  Thank goodness for my planner. I started something new this year that I think I’m going to do for every special day.  I decorated the Thanksgiving page in my planner with washi tape.  I also put a tab on the Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Planner Use: More on Consistency

planner use inconsistency

Apparently I’m not the only planner user who struggles with consistency.  I uploaded a You Tube video on this subject last week and found out that I wasn’t alone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ESeD0yFpA I’ve still been thinking about it and wanted to say a little more. There are a few people who use their planner consistently and efficiently.  I am not one of them.  I thought I was … [Read more...]

Brain Dump or Master List – What’s the Difference?

Brain Dump, Master List

Brain dumps and master lists.  They’re similar but not the same. Brain Dump To do a brain dump you sit down with a blank sheet of paper and record everything that’s floating around in your brain.  The list includes anything and everything.  It’s not just limited to tasks but also to goals, dreams and desires.  It can be things you need to do today, tomorrow or someday. You usually do it in one … [Read more...]

An Updated Look at My Planner Set-Up


I've been enjoying the DIYFish Life Mapping Inserts for the last five months or so and thought it was time to share a planner update. It was more difficult than I expected to leave behind the Franklin Covey system.  I used it for 20 years and it's familiar and comfortable.  I know it backwards and forwards and inside out.  We've been together for 20 YEARS!!!  But I needed (or maybe wanted) a … [Read more...]

Keeping Good Records in Your Planner Can Save Time & Money!

planner, time and money

Hyrum W. Smith, of Franklin Covey, said:  “Keeping good records in your planner can save you money and frustration when it is necessary to retrace your steps.” That’s right.  It can save you MONEY and FRUSTRATION.  I have so many examples in my planners of information I’ve recorded in case there was a problem later.  Most of the time there wasn’t a problem, but when there was, my good … [Read more...]

A Tale of Three Planners


No, they aren’t all mine, although I do often sit on the couch with three planners on my lap (personal, compact and classic) trying to decide which one to use.  But in this case, that’s not what I’m talking about.  What I’m talking about is how three different people use the same planner but in completely different ways.  Take a look: Rachel Rachel is my daughter.  She’s married and expecting … [Read more...]