How to Use the Franklin Covey Planner

Updated April 12, 2017

Workplace stress can often be caused by an unorganised environment. When your meetings overlap, you're constantly in a hurry or do not have time to eat lunch during the day, it is time to find a better way to organise your work life. One way is to use a Franklin Covey day planner, which can help you organise your schedule, address book and more.

Carry your planner around with you everywhere during the workday. New plans, events, meetings or other information will come to you in different ways. You may receive an e-mail at your desk, get an order at a meeting or be reminded of something truly important at lunch. If you have your planner with you always, you will never be left unprepared to write down this crucial information.

Consolidate your planning tools. If you have a separate date book, address book, web address book or other planning tools, take the time to copy them all into your Franklin Covey planner. Having information in several different places will only get confusing or leave you wondering where things are placed when you need them most.

Use a pen to write in events whose date or time will never be changed. This way you are not tempted to forget or erase it. This is especially useful for personal events or milestones you need to accomplish by a certain date. If an event, such as a meeting, has a very tentative time and date, use a pencil, which can be erased should the event be moved.

Colour code your planner by associating certain colours with recurring events. If you always have a lunch meeting on Wednesdays, associate this with a particular colour, such as light blue. Whenever you see light blue in your planner, you will automatically know what this is.

Write events on both the monthly view and daily view of your calendar. You may not always use the monthly view every day to see what your schedule is, but it will come in handy when you need to make a quick decision about a meeting date. Use your daily view to write down your responsibilities in detail. Write in reminders as well. For example, if you have bills due one day, write down a reminder to mail them a few days in advance. Using your planner should not just keep you on top of your life, but you also should be able to work ahead of events.

Things You'll Need

  • Franklin Covey day planner
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Coloured Sharpies
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About the Author

Bailey Richert is a 2010 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a dual bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and hydrogeology, as well as a master's degree in systems engineering. After several years in the environmental consulting industry, she is now attending MIT for graduate school. An accomplished traveler, she has visited 23 countries and published her first book about international travel in 2014.