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Mind Games: Strengthening Mental Muscles to Prepare for Q4

One of the best ways to prepare for success and mental clarity as you move into the busy fourth quarter, is to make sure your mind is sharp. Incorporating trivia and memory games into your routine can have a profound impact on brain performance across various aspects of life. These games challenge your cognitive abilities, …

Sharpen the Saw (Habit 7) – Take Time for Renewal

Sharpen the Saw (Habit 7) - Take Time for Renewal

As the Autumnal Equinox arrives on September 23rd, signaling the transition to shorter days and longer evenings, it’s a fitting time to reflect on the balance in our lives. Just as the sun’s crossing above Earth’s equator prompts us to ponder equilibrium, we can also turn our attention to Habit 7 from The 7 Habits …

Patriot Day

Patriot Day

Every year on September 11th, we observe Patriot Day to remember the tragic events that unfolded in 2001 and pay tribute to the lives lost. On this solemn day, we commemorate the lives of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who perished during the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. We also …

Celebrating Labor Day As An Entrepreneur

Celebrating Labor Day as an Entrepreneur

The origins of Labor Day in the late nineteenth century were steeped in recognition of the invaluable contributions made by workers to America’s growth, prosperity, and overall well-being. Traditionally, Labor Day has been marked by street parades and festivities celebrating the strength and unity of trade and labor organizations. Today, with the landscape of labor …

The Franklin Five: September 2023

September 2023 Franklin Five Checklist

Welcome September! Soon you’ll be bringing us cooler weather, the beginning of Autumn, new opportunities, and new experiences. September Checklist Pocket Size: PDF September Checklist Compact Size: PDF September Checklist Classic Size: PDF September Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Synergize (Habit 6) – The Habit of Creative Cooperation

Synergize - Habit 6

In the journey towards personal and professional effectiveness, one habit stands out as a catalyst for growth and innovation – Synergize. This sixth habit from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is all about the power of creative cooperation, where working closely with others and capitalizing on cumulative strengths can lead to outcomes that …

The Value of a Good Plan

The Value of a Good Plan

When it comes to navigating the complexities of life and achieving our goals, having a solid plan is crucial. Whether we’re students, entrepreneurs, community leaders, or individuals managing busy households, a good plan sets the foundation for success. Planning ahead allows us to anticipate challenges, identify resources, and make informed decisions. It provides a roadmap …

Respecting Oneself and Personal Kindness

Respecting Oneself and Personal Kindness

For many of us, being kind to ourselves doesn’t come naturally. We tend to downplay our achievements and criticize ourselves for not doing better. In a world where self-respect and personal kindness are often misunderstood and feared, it’s important to recognize that treating ourselves with compassion and respect is not an act of conceit or …

The Value of Striving and Overcoming

The Value of Striving and Overcoming

In a rapidly changing world, filled with both new challenges and overwhelming amounts of shallow distractions, it is easier than ever to avoid harsh or difficult realities and disappear into digital virtual spaces. However, by doing so, we miss out on the invaluable lessons and personal growth that come from striving and overcoming obstacles. Hard …

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood (Habit 5)

Seek First to Understand (Habit 5)

Communication is an essential skill in life. We invest years in learning how to read, write, and speak, but what about listening? How much training have we received to truly understand another human being? The truth is, most of us have had little to no training in the art of listening deeply. We often prioritize …

Honoring Sacrifice

Honoring Sacrifice - Memorial Day

In the wake of the United States Civil War’s deadliest battle, Abraham Lincoln framed the Gettysburg Address by saying: “We here highly resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the …

May Day

May Day 2023

In many cultures, May 1st is a holiday called May Day. This celebration marks the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. As with many early holidays, May Day was rooted in agriculture. Springtime festivities filled with song and dance celebrated the sown fields starting to sprout. Cattle were driven to pasture …

Why PAPER Works

Why Paper Works

Earth Day is on April 22nd, which often brings up questions and misconceptions about our reliance on paper and what we can each do to be the most environmentally-friendly as possible. Paper has run the full gambit – from being the best, to vilified, and back again. There’s a lot of misunderstanding and false info …

Inspiring Others

Inspiring Others

To inspire others is a transcendent goal that many would like to accomplish. History is full of inspirational people that have helped change the world, and whose impact continues to send ripples through the ages. When we see someone else achieve great things, it often ignites a fire within us to do something great as …

Failing Forward

Failing Forward

Winston Churchill once said, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” This quote perfectly encapsulates the idea of failing forward, which is a concept championed by John Maxwell in his book Failing Forward. This concept recognizes that all progress is through failure, learning, and adjusting. Failing forward means that a …

Making Goals Fun & Gamifying The Process

Making Goals Fun and Gamifying the Process

Statistics tell us that by now, most people have completely abandoned their new year’s resolutions. Why is that? The answer is likely a simple one: We’re not truly engaged in our goals. Just as teenagers and kids will describe their least favorite or most difficult subject in school as “boring”, what they’re really saying is …

Love Your Life

Love Your Life

When our day-to-day routine starts feeling more like a never-ending chore, it can be all too easy to forget that fresh and exciting lives require our active participation in order to become and stay that way. For the times when you’re feeling disenamored with your everyday routine, here are some simple methods for falling in …

From Big Plans to the Big Game – An Interview with Britain Covey

An Interview with Britain Covey

(Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.) Wide receiver and return specialist Britain Covey, after going unselected in the 2022 draft, was signed by Philadelphia’s football team as an undrafted free agent. After working hard to prove himself during practice, he was elevated to the active roster for their Week 1 game …

Believe In Yourself!

Believe in Yourself!

Many say it’s resources, luck, background, or connections that create successful people. While these all have some influence, the strongest contributing factor to achieving something significant is self-belief. Studies have proven that when you experience positive emotions such as love, joy, or contentment, you’ll see more possibilities in your life. If you believe in yourself, …

Decisions, Planning, & Commitment

Decisions, Planning & Commitment

It’s the second week of January, which means you’ve likely hit a few roadblocks to fulfilling your resolutions and beginning making changes. When you hit these roadblocks, what do you do to get over them? Many try “muscling through” difficulties and “just forcing it”, but this approach isn’t sustainable. Instead, let’s review the dangers of …

Slow It Down

Slow it Down

The holiday season is both a time of celebration and, for many, significant stress. With meals to prepare, presents to buy, and family dynamics to navigate, the holidays can find you caught in a balance between focusing on what matters most and checking off that lengthy to-do list. This overload of stress during an otherwise …

Embracing The Unconventional

Embracing the Unconventional

These winter months are filled with activities, tastes, sights, and sounds. Some of them are traditions that have been passed down and cherished – while others have perhaps been dreaded or discarded. For some, the long-held traditions are what make this season special–providing memories to recreate and nostalgia to share. Things like visiting light shows, …

Taking Control of Your Holidays

Taking Control of Your Holidays

Every year we imagine that the holidays will be a swirl of joyful parties, decorations, surprising loved ones with the perfect gift, cooking flawless meals, indulging in family vacations, and generally spending blissful time against a magical winter backdrop. We long for the magic and excitement of our youth and imagination, while dreading the worry, …

Belief Windows

Belief Windows

In his book, What Matters Most, Hyrum W. Smith explains why so many people feel something is missing from their lives: conflicts between actions and personal values. Like many people, you may not have heard of a Belief Window before, but it affects many of the decisions you make every day and how you behave …

Practice Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Practice Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw To “Sharpen the Saw” means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have—you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal. This may sound intimidating, but it’s actually much simpler than it sounds. It could include taking care of your body by eating right, exercising, and getting the right …

The Franklin Five: October 2022

The Franklin Five: October 2022

October embraces the excitement of autumn, tastes like pumpkin spice, provides a thrilling sense of the unknown, and fills us with hope for unlimited opportunities. October Checklist Pocket Size: PDF October Checklist Compact Size: PDF October Checklist Classic Size: PDF October Checklist Monarch Size: PDF  

Get Outdoors

Get Outdoors

Autumn is officially here, bringing with it cooler weather, wondrous colors, and a slower pace. These factors can make it tempting to start spending your days indoors, but this is actually the perfect season to get outdoors and enjoy nature with your family. Now that the hectic days of summer are over, it can feel …

Lifelong Learning – Curating Your Reading List

Lifelong Learning - Curating Your Reading List

Before the electronic era, everyday reading was a ritual that those who wanted to gain knowledge adapted to. Now that we have the internet, we’ve become so bombarded by information that it can almost seem unnecessary to read an actual book. However, there are many benefits to reading, including: stress reduction, memory improvement, stronger analytical …

Summer Sunset – How To End The Summer Well

Summer Sunset - How to End the Summer Well

September is almost here, bringing with it cooler weather, a stricter schedule, and the end of summer. Despite this ending looming in the near future, there’s no reason to stop crossing things off your summer bucket list. There’s still time to squeeze in last minute summer activities and make the most of every minute. Here …

Calming Back-To-School Mayhem

Calming Back-To-School Mayhem

Back-to-school anxiety is normal and understandable. Both kids and adults may worry about the upcoming school year and everything that comes with it. Unfortunately, this can lead to procrastinating until the last moment, causing an incredibly hectic first morning—starting the school year on a stressful, chaotic note. Instead, use these tips to prepare for back-to-school …

Finding YOUR Planner

Finding Your Planner

Picking the correct planner can make all the difference in keeping you organized and ensuring you use your planning system regularly. Franklin Planners are especially great for those that are new to planning, like youth and college students, because they teach you to define your values and priorities, and schedule your time wisely, so you …

Practice Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Practice Habit 5

A common default of humans is to listen with the intent of responding. We like to have something to say, something to add. We each filter everything we hear through our life experiences, our frame of reference. We then check what we hear against our autobiography and see how it measures up. Consequently, we decide …

Celebrate Mom

Celebrate Mom

Mother’s Day arrives every May, which means it’s time to celebrate the moms in your life. Moms are incredibly busy. They’re volunteers, teachers, doctors, managers, business owners, bus drivers, leaders, and so much more.  Even so, ‘Mothering’ is the job title they wear all the time, and there’s no clocking out. Regardless of their daily …

The Franklin Five: May 2022

The Franklin Five May 2022

With some focused planning in May, you can truly put first things first!  So… make some new memories, improve your health, and plan for more time spent with loved ones. May Checklist Pocket Size: PDF May Checklist Compact Size: PDF May Checklist Classic Size: PDF May Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

Paper, With Purpose

Paper, With Purpose

Our planet’s resources are varied and precious. Few are more important and significant in our human lives than paper. We utilize it in nearly every aspect of our many daily activities – from various sundries to product fulfillment, construction, fashion, food preparation, and beyond. Earth Day is on April 22nd, which often brings up questions …

Franklin Planner Training – How to Use Our Time-Proven System

Franklin Planner Training - How to Use Our Time-Proven System

Planning is about far more than managing your schedule; it’s about creating the life you want to lead. Your Franklin Planner is meant to be more than just a planner. They’re designed to help you become who you hope to be. That includes your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. What makes us truly unique is our …

Onward & Upward: Continuing and Completing Your Goals

Onward & Upward: Continuing and Completing Your Goals

Virtually every study tells us that around 80% of New Year’s resolutions will get abandoned this month. That is a sad statistic. Accomplishing goals leads to satisfaction and further motivation, while not accomplishing goals leads to the opposite. Making progress on and completing goals we set for ourselves increases our confidence and can help us …

Our Founding Fathers

Our Founding Fathers

Presidents’ Day was originally celebrated to honor George Washington on his birthday, February 22nd. The Founding Fathers have traditionally been granted great respect, and their achievements were indeed immense. They created the first modern country based on liberal principles, as laid out in the Declaration of Independence. The country they built was also the first …

The Health Benefits of Feeling & Expressing Love

The Health Benefits of Love

Humans are wired for connection, and when we cultivate good relationships, the rewards are immense. This isn’t just related to romantic love. Any kind of calm, stable forms of love yield clear health benefits. This could include love in a marriage, partnership, parent/child relationship, or a friendship. The key is to feel connected to other …

Focus on Health and Vitality

Focus on Health and Vitality

Vitality is your personal empowerment, productivity, creativity, health, and well-being. To be vital is to feel energetic and confident. The best way to cultivate this is by working on your relationship with yourself. Just like any other relationship, it requires commitment, time, and effort… and you can’t neglect it. Show some love to you! Self-care …

The Dangers of Relying on Willpower

The Dangers of Relying on Willpower

It’s the second week of January, which means you’ve likely begun making changes in your life to fulfill resolutions, and have already hit some roadblocks. When you hit these roadblocks, what do you do to get over them? Many try “muscling through” difficulties and “ just forcing it”, but this approach isn’t sustainable. Instead, it’s …

Organized October – First Steps: How to Plan / Where to Begin

First Steps: How to Plan/Where to Begin

The purpose of planning is to complete goals in every aspect of your life. Planning allows you to prioritize the events and tasks throughout your day so you can do the things that matter most first. However, in order for you to understand what matters most, you must first have a goal in mind. The …

Creating Your Reading List

Creating Your Reading List

There are many benefits of reading in your adult life. Reading slows the progress of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, reduces stress and relaxes you, improves focus and concentration, can reduce depressive thoughts, make you more empathetic, improves your general knowledge, boosts sleep quality, and more! There are so many books to choose from, it can …

The Franklin Five: October 2021

The Franklin Five: October 2021

October arrives, offering cooler weather, richer colors, tempting flavors, and an opportunity to breath, plan and reflect before the holiday season kicks in. October Checklist Pocket Size: PDF October Checklist Compact Size: PDF October Checklist Classic Size: PDF October Checklist Monarch Size: PDF  

The Franklin Five: September 2021

The Franklin Five Checklist - September 2021

September, for many, begins a new routine. Print, punch, and include this checklist in your planner to help you stay ahead of events, activities and the new season. September Checklist Pocket Size:   PDF September Checklist Compact Size: PDF September Checklist Classic Size: PDF September Checklist Monarch Size: PDF  

Back to Busy – How to Continue Sharpening the Saw

Back to Busy: How to Continue Sharpening the Saw

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey discusses the importance of scheduling time to relax. Just like you can’t cut down a tree with a dull saw, you can’t perform to your greatest extent without taking time to rejuvenate yourself physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially/emotionally. But with September comes a …

Becoming Independent

Becoming Independent

Every 4th of July, Americans celebrate the independence of our country. This independence was hard fought for, and something we must continue to support and promote constantly in order to maintain it. But how many of us can say that we are personally independent? Learning to take care of yourself fully, allows for more confidence, …

The Franklin Five: July 2021

Franklin Five Checklist - July 2021

July brings sunshine, ball games, barbecues, fireworks and traditional family celebrations.  Taking a few minutes daily and weekly to plan for summertime success will make all the difference. Print, punch, and include each Franklin Five Checklist as an extra help in your planning sessions. July Checklist Pocket Size:   PDF July Checklist Compact Size: PDF July …

Appreciating Dads

Appreciating Dads

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”  -Jim Valvano Fathers don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Their roles can often get overlooked as they’re traditionally not home as often as mothers and tend to be a bit more distant emotionally. However, the amount of time …

Flag Day

Flag Day

A flag can represent a club, team, state, or country that you’re a part of. By respecting and honoring it, you’re saying that you stand behind that community and the people who are part of it. You may disagree with some aspect of the group, but you’re willing to set that aside to show support …

Why We Remember

Why We Remember

Memorial Day is typically a day for spending time with family and enjoying the warm weather. However, with all of these festivities, it can be easy to forget why we’re really celebrating. Here’s a quick history about the holiday: The day was first celebrated in 1868, originally called “Decoration Day”, a day to decorate the …

The Mighty Pen

The Mighty Pen

We’ve all heard that the pen is mightier than the sword, but how does it compare to the keyboard? Research shows that not only does it hold its own, but there are many benefits to this old school practice. Here are a few reasons to break out your notebook and pen. Boosts Creativity A blank …

The Franklin Five: May 2021

Franklin Five Checklist May 2021

Print, punch, and include each Franklin Five Checklist as an extra help in your planning sessions. May Checklist Pocket Size:   PDF May Checklist Compact Size: PDF May Checklist Classic Size: PDF May Checklist Monarch Size: PDF  

Tired of Failed New Year’s Resolutions? Try It This Way Instead

Failing? Try This Instead - New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year when most people start thinking about goals and resolutions for the new year.  You know what I’m talking about  – those things we think we should do but we don’t really want to do.  Somehow, though, with the start of a new year, we have fresh motivation and think this …

3 Ways to Use Your Planner for Holiday Budgeting

You Holiday Budget - How your planner can help

Here are three ways your Franklin Planner can help keep your budget healthy during the holidays: Individualized Gift Budget Tracker Take a moment today and write out a list of everyone you plan on giving gifts to this holiday season. You can include your family members, extended family members, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, caregivers, and others …

The Franklin Five: December 2020

The Franklin Five for December

December is here! Time to prepare for the upcoming holidays and more family time.  Here are a few things to add to your list: December Checklist Pocket Size: PDF December Checklist Compact Size: PDF December Checklist Classic Size: PDF December Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

The Franklin Five: November 2020

The Franklin Five for November

Welcome November! The month of gratitude is here! As the holidays approach, take time to safely plan family time and what matters most to you. Here are some more things to add to your list: November Checklist Pocket Size: PDF November Checklist Compact Size: PDF November Checklist Classic Size: PDF November Checklist Monarch Size: PDF

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