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3 Keys to Using the FranklinPlanner

We can’t control how much time we have, but we can control how we use our time. Think about what matters most to you in your life and fill in the blank:

“Effectively managing my time, gives me _______ in my life.”

Whatever this may be, you can use a Franklin Planner to achieve that. Here are 3 keys to using your planner effectively.


Key 1: Only use one personal management system. Your planner can only be as effective if you use and integrate it with the rest of your life. Whether you use a planner, a calendar, or an app to manage your contacts, notes, appointments, and tasks, integrate them to be one system that works to support you.

Key 2: Keep the planner with you always. Regardless of where we are, information is coming at us constantly. One of the main purposes of a planner is to capture information. Keep your planner with you to capture the data, and relieve your brain from having to remember it later. When it’s not appropriate to have your planner on you, consider using the Satellite version.

Key 3: Eliminate floating paper. Floating paper is any piece of information you have written down that you cannot have at your fingertips within 10 seconds. According to one study, we spend as much as 28 minutes a day looking for pieces of paper. The message here is to have a place for everything, and everything in its place.

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