30th Anniversary Story: Kristi Kreiner

Read Kristi’s story and see how her Franklin Planner has helped her keep her life organized.

Wow! It’s been nearly 30 years since I started using Franklin Planners in high school. I did not realize that I began my journey with Franklin inBlog Photo their grassroots! At the time, I recall being so excited to catalog and organize all of my activities and homework in one place. I was a very involved teen, and continue to be that way as an adult.

Now, 30 years later, I still use my Franklin Planner every day and take it with me almost everywhere I go. Yes, there is technology (like my smart phone) that can do scheduling, as well, but I just love writing in my Franklin Planner! It has served me well over the years!

My Franklin Planner got me through demanding high school years, all through my college days and through careers in child welfare, childcare, real estate, and personal business ownership. It has also been a vital part of keeping track of my mom duties over the past 17 years.

At one point a couple of years ago, I figured out that I was managing between 34 and 46 comings and goings with my kids every week! And it would change from week to week! I was looking at my Franklin Planner every 10 minutes to see where I needed to be next, or what task I needed to complete before I went for another pick-up.

I have used the prioritizing features of my planner – A, B and C – for years. This habit truly helps me manage my tasks and prevent things from becoming an emergency due to lack of planning. There is peace and ease which comes from completing things in advance and on time. My Franklin Planner has been an integral part of that accomplishment in my life!

I remember one time a couple of years ago when I was working with a bookkeeper to catch up Quickbooks for my husband’s corporation. There were some deposits in his account whose source we did not know. I pulled out my Franklin Planner pages from the past and was able to extract the information the bookkeeper needed about those deposits based on records I had in my planner. I had records of making those deposits (written in my to-do list and checked off the day I did it; this allowed me to verify which deposit was which) and I was able to look at my husband’s speaking engagements and work schedule that I had noted in my planner to decipher the source of the income. My bookkeeper was amazed that I was able to produce that information from 8-12 months prior. Go Franklin Planners!

My kids know that my life is in my planner, as well. They check dates for availability in the future if they are invited to a party or want to attend a special camp in the summer. They know I’ve got it all in there. They are now good at using their own planners for school and life activities.

I am very grateful for the Franklin Planning system, and I am excited to be celebrating 30 years of use of my planner with Franklin this year! Thank you, Franklin Planner, for continuing to be the leader in time management and organization! I’m a Franklin lifer!


Kristi Kreiner

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