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Planner Types and Tips – Find YOUR Best Fit

Planner Types & Tips

At Franklin Planner, we offer many different planners for you to choose from. They come in different formats, sizes, and layouts, and it can be difficult to know which is right for you. We know you don’t want to waste time and money trying dozens of planners, so here are a few questions to ask yourself to make the right choice the first time.

Project vs Schedule Based

What does your daily life look like? Are you jumping from project to project throughout your week, or do you have hourly appointments each day? If you’re more of a project person with a flexible schedule, our weekly layouts are perfect for seeing your week at a glance, big picture ideas, and focusing on goals. If you have time-sensitive appointments and need to plan daily and hourly tasks to ensure things run smoothly, try a one-page-per-day or our most popular two-page-per-day layout.

Portability vs Capacity

When it comes to planners, size matters. We offer four different sizes: pocket, compact, classic, and monarch. Pocket planners are 3.5” W x 6” H, while monarch planners are 8.5” W x 11” H. The size and weight of a planner influence portability, accessibility, the way you interact with it, how often you use it, and whether or not it enhances your life. What size you need will depend on how many notes you take, how many tasks you have each day, and how much information you need to keep track of.

Your Planning Style

While there’s no right or wrong planning style, it’s important to figure out the kind of planner you are. If you’re a crafty person, you might be drawn to a more artistic planner or even a blank planner with plenty of space for sketching, embellishing, and journaling. If you’re logically inclined, you may want something with more structure and a muted design. It’s also important to decide whether you want a colorful planner with bright images, and decorative fonts, or one with a more minimalist design stripped of distractions.

For more information about our different planner formats, sizes, and more, try taking our planner training course. Regardless of the design, once you understand the concepts and philosophy behind how and why we plan, you can incorporate all elements we teach into any of our planners.

4 Replies to “Planner Types and Tips – Find YOUR Best Fit”

    1. Hello Rene, many Franklin ‘planners’ who are also teachers choose the July start date planners, to line up more easily with the school year. There are several planner styles and accessories to personalize and fit your unique needs.

      We also have these planners that were created specifically for teachers, though they may be geared more towards a specific school age range. https://shop.franklinplanner.com/store/category/prod4750016/Office-Essentials/OPEN-DATED-TEACHER-LESSON-PLANNER and https://shop.franklinplanner.com/store/category/prod4750014/Office-Essentials/July-2021—June-2022-Teacher-Planner-Lesson-Plan-Book
      I hope this helps!

  1. I would so love it if you could sell planner refills that work with fountain pens. The 7 habits planner does not work at all with fountain pens. There’s a lot of bleed through to the next page.

    1. Thanks for your feedback! Fountain pens are great, and sometimes the amount of ink they lay down on the page can be a challenge. We will definitely consider your comments as we continually strive to provide high quality products.

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