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Quick Review on Franklin Covey’s Classic Planner

Quick Review on Franklin Covey’s Classic Planner

Recently I have attended a time management course in my corporation. All the content of the course are based on the FranklinCovey

      ’s FOCUS: Achieving Your Highest Priorities Workshop. One of the good things about this training is you have an extensive one full-day course on setting goals, values, and managing your tasks and time. The bonus on top of it is that everyone in the training will have a set of Frankin Covey Classic Planner Kit with all goodies inside. I love the setup of the kit.

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      Franklin Covey Classic Planner - Front ViewFranklin Covey Classic Planner - OverviewFranklin Covey Classic Planner - TabsFranklin Covey Classic Planner - PocketsFranklin Covey Classic Planner - Quick Start GuideFranklin Covey Classic Planner - Daily page

        There are different components within the planner kit:

        • 12 months of Dated Pages (Original Daily)
        • 12 Monthly Calendar Tabs
        • Personal Management Tabs & Forms
        • Storage Binder with Slip Case
        • 26 Weekly Compass Cards
        • Pouch Pagefinder
        • Quick Start Guide
        • Zippered Binder
        • Blank Pages
        • A/Z Tabs
        • Information Record Pages
        • Zipper Pouch

        How does it help?
        The planner is built around Stephen Covey’s methods and books The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First. Basically it helps you focus on four steps for focusing your time on what you value the most and what you want to accomplish in life. They are:

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        • Identify values
        • Set Goals
        • Plan Weekly
        • Plan Daily

        Each of the section worth to write an article by itself. In summary, the foundation on achieving your highest priority is built from Values > Goals > Plan Weekly > Plan Daily. Without values you cannot set high focus goals; Without goals you cannot plan your weeks and days effectively. Those four steps will enable you to priority your life based on the values and goals you have set. The planner faciliates you on managing your time and thoughts. Read more about Values, Mission Statement and Goals.

        One of the good things about Covey’s Planner is it has pretty detailed manual on the Quick Start Guide and Introduction to the Planner Guide for getting started on managing your time. If you are getting started on managing your life and time, this is a highly recommended tool for everyone.

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            Reference:
            Six Step Weekly Planning Process
            The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
            First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy

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            The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

            The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

            Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

            Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

            The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

            Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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            Program Your Own Algorithms

            Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

            Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

            By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

            How to Form a Ritual

            I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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            Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

            1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
            2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
            3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
            4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

            Ways to Use a Ritual

            Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

            1. Waking Up

            Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

            2. Web Usage

            How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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            3. Reading

            How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

            4. Friendliness

            Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

            5. Working

            One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

            6. Going to the gym

            If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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            7. Exercise

            Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

            8. Sleeping

            Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

            8. Weekly Reviews

            The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

            Final Thoughts

            We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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