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Since its introduction in 1984, the Franklin Planner has become one of the most popular time management tools on the market. It is used by an estimated 15 million people today. It is significantly more elaborate than a standard daily planner in that it offers training programs for its use. Learning how to use one effectively takes some preparation, but it is worth the effort thanks to the effective time management skills that you will have at your disposal.
Record your to do list regularly. This may seem like an obvious step, but before you can explore all of the resources that the Franklin Planner has to offer, you need to ensure that you are in fact in the habit of keeping a written daily schedule.
Familiarize yourself with all of the sections. In addition to the standard daily planning section, there are also others that include goal setting, financial planning and personal mission statement. In order to get the most out of your planner, it is essential that you take every section seriously. If you deem any feature to be extraneous and not for you, then its benefits are diminished.
Attend a workshop. FranklinCovey (the company's official name) regularly offers seminars on how to use the planner better. This may seem like overkill to some, but the training sessions can be very informative, as they enlighten you on ways to use your planner that you may have never thought possible.
Utilize the resources made available to you. In addition to the workshops, FranklinCovey's website offers a wide array of tools to help you get the most out of your planner. Every section of the planner is explained in detail, along with testimonials and case studies from successful people who have used it to its potential.
Stick with it. It may seem odd at first that a daily planner can positively influence you to such a high degree, but give it time. Efficient time management and organization go a long way towards fostering productivity.
Dave Stanley has covered sports, music and hard news since 2000. He has been published on CBSSports.com and various other websites. Stanley is also a feature writer for "WhatsUp!" magazine in Bellingham, Wash. He studied journalism at the University of Memphis.