Monday, January 14, 2013

Franklin Covey 2PPD: Third time's a charm

Yes you read that right, despite loving my self-dated day per page planner in my beautiful Paperblanks journal, I'm giving my Franklin Covey two pages per day (2PPD) another go. Why, you ask? Well of course I have my reasons!

First a recap: I first tried the Franklin Covey 2PPD back in September, which you can read about here. I loved the format and the writing space, but it quickly failed because I wasn't using it in conjunction with a weekly planner (which I absolutely must do! No wonder it failed.).

In November I realized the cause of the previous fail and tried the 2PPD again, this time in my new Malden, which you can read about here. But after awhile the impermanence of the looseleaf pages really bothered me and I didn't trust myself to archive properly without losing pages, so I went back to a bound daily book.

Then a couple of days ago I was inspired yet again by Patty at Homemaker's Daily, with her excellent post on how she's been using her Franklin Covey binder to track her finances for the past 10 + years. Patty has achieved a level of funtionality and permanence with her FC that I can only dream of! I was previously inspired by her post on how she diligently archives her pages, which you can see here.

Also I discovered I needed more to my daily book than just the daily pages. I needed a place for categorized lists, timelines (lists of things that need to happen in chronological order) and other info. So back to my Filofax and 2PPD I went!

Here's the 2PPD setup, this is the Franklin Covey Seasons insert, I like the seasonally-changing images. I have this in my Aston (orchid color) now, I like how the winter pages look with the cool dark mauve cover. 
The tabs stick out the side of the binder but not hideously. I'm in the process of buying skhen's Veronica Franklin Covey binder (Latte color, Compact size) with bigger rings, so these pages will fit much better in that.
Below you can see my tabs setup. Me is for quotes I like, health and diet stuff, and anything else relating only to me. Notes is where I write quick notes because there's no note pad in the back. Home is a brand new tab for me, more on that below. Info is where I keep my maps and travel info. The blank yellow tab is for anything else. Currently it's containing my work-in-progress Philofaxy 30 days of lists for March!

For the first time, I have a Home tab. I realized I needed a place to keep lists of things I need to buy for the house, DIY projects, maintenance lists, cleaning lists etc. Here's what the first page looks like:
Cleaning schedule, shopping list for the DIY store, etc. On the back side of that page (which I'm still adding to) is a list of monthly cleaning and monthly tasks (like uploading the month's photos and filling in my Monthly Index page).

In my Home section I also have lists of monthly and annually recurring expenses/ bills, gift lists, and this form that I got from one of the Filofax Lifestyle packs. It has spaces to write contact info for utility companies, handyman, car repair, etc. Here it is blank, I have filled in the other side:
It's very handy to have those numbers in front of me! They are in my phone too, but nice to have in a list for easy reference.

In the back I have A-Z tabs, and a couple of business card holders which I find very handy for popping those cards into.
Even with 3 months of 2PPD and all those tabbed sections, it's not a crazy thickness. I have to admit though, I'm looking forward to the larger-ringed and wider FC binder coming my way!
So that's the current daily setup! Of course I am still using my weekly Plannerisms planner for all forward planning, goals etc. I'm going into my third year now of using a weekly planner for planning and a daily planner for recording. This system works so well for me!

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  1. I'm putting a home tabbed divider in my Filofax too, a sort of all purpose gathering place for stuff.

    I take my hat off to those of you who change binders and planner systems though, it must be so much work - it would do my head in to be chopping and changing all the time. Maybe I've just been lucky, my A5 Holborn had perfect rings and I love it to bits.

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    1. It does get to be a lot of work if there's a lot of recopying and reshuffling. I'm hoping I can stay with this system now. That would be a huge triumph for me to find The System so early in the year!!

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  2. I have just got a Veronica off eBay, shipping to the Uk cost me nearly as much as the binder! Just waiting for my FC inserts. It's a lovely binder.

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    1. I'm hoping the rings/ binder will be big enough for me to hold more pages than my Filofax. What do you think about the rings?

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  3. They are definitely bigger, like the cuban zip so about 30mm. The binder is bigger overall and I don't like my filofax pages in there as they look too small. I will therefore be using FC only and having to copy everything, so this better be it for me this year!

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    1. Hm I wonder if I'll feel the same about my Ffx pages!

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  4. I'm using an old FC compact binder I had from years past & find that I can interleave FF personal pages between the wider FC ones - that doesn't seem to bug me. I don't like having a whole tab section that size though. However, most of my reference section is FF personal. I just use a top tab for it so I can find it amongst the larger pages. Love the idea of the home tab.

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    1. So far I'm doing okay having all my FC planner pages in the front and all my Filofax reference pages and tabs behind those. This arrangement allows room for my pen to fit behind the FC pages in the pen loop. Luckily for me I'm not bothered by the difference in page sizes! I have so many packets of note paper, tabs and other Filofax pages I want to use those before investing in the identical thing in FC pages.

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    2. Laurie - What do you think of the Giada leather binder? They look great in Plum, but do you think 3/4 inch rings are big enough to be as useful as the compact Filofax?

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    3. I don't have a Giada, but Zoe does and she says it holds far fewer pages than a typical FC binder. Considering my personal size Aston and Malden hold about the same number of pages as my FC Veronica with 1.125 inch rings, you can expect the Giada to hold less than those.

      But, Filofax Compact binders have 15 mm rings which is 0.59 inch, a lot smaller than the Giada. So the Giada should still hold more than the Filofax Compact binders.

      Hope this helps!

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  5. Good luck, Laurie! I hope it works for you. Franklin Covey is a great system!

    You'll definitely be happier with how the pages fit and how much room you have with the new binder. That extra little bit of ring size makes a HUGE difference! Most of the FC binders have 1" rings but I won't even consider those. I have to at least have the 1.125 but I prefer 1.25 which is what my green one has. I can easily fit everything in there I need.

    I rarely have more than 2 months of daily pages, though. That's mainly because I have so much stuff in my other sections - like all those finances!!!

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    1. I'm hoping the 1.125 rings of the Veronica will be big enough for me. I still have my eye on the berry-colored Ava with the 1.25 rings! I'll see what I think when I move into the Veronica if I need more space.

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