Thursday, 22 November 2012

2013 will be a-ma-zing with these workbooks!!!

As you all know by now, I'm a huuuuuge fan of Leonie Dawson. I have been a member of here Goddess Circle for several months now. Being a member to the Goddess Circle gives you free access to all her stuff: workbooks, meditations, e-courses, kits ..... I followed her Creative Goddess e-course and her Biz Goddess e-course. Both of which were nothing less but a big treat!

And now she has just released her new Workbook plus Calendar for 2013!!!! Wooooohoooooo!!!! And that's not all! She released TWO different Workbooks! One Life edition and one Biz edition! How perfectly generous and amazing is that???

You must know, that her 2012 workbook (plus the e-course as well) have inspired me sooo much, that I decided to get my trainer certification. I'm currently writing my first own e-course! Very exciting times ....!

But now I'm off to print my 2013 workbooks on A5 paper to stuff my violet Domino Filofax to the gills!!!!!

By clicking on the images in the righthand bar, you'll navigate directly to Leonie's website! Highly recommended ... ;-)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Colorful menu planner for my Franklin!

So, I needed and wanted a colorful menu planner for my Franklin. Just to record dinner plans, so I didn't need any spaces for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Preferably undated, but with fun colors! Because I didn't find anything to my liking, I sat down and made my own using MS Word. It took me about 10 minutes tops!
I printed the inserts on Personal sized Filofax paper and I'm very pleased with the result!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Other mothers have handsome sons, too ....

Late in September I finished a huge work project. With everything in place and new activities ermerging, I suddenly felt the need for a planner change. My A5 Malden and me were working together just fine, but I didn't really need that much space anymore. At least, not for the next months.

As you already read in my last blogpost, I had printed out some DIY diary pages for my Personal Malden, that were kind of a mockup of the Franklincovey layout. They worked nicely, so I ordered a pack of nearly outdated Compact refills from Franklin Covey UK (dated from April 2012 to March 2013). They were priced at 8.95 GBP, so I figured it wasn't a huge amount of money, should it not all work out.

FC UK don't do tracking codes btw, and various phone conversations with the Scottish employee's revived a lot of memories (I had lived in Newcastle years ago, and the Geordie accent bears similarities with the Scottish tongue). Nevertheless, I received a nicely boxed package about one week later. Not too bad, considering they shipped it by road instead of air (yep, true that!).

The inserts fit nicely in my Crimson Malden, but it wasn't really all that perfect. By mere coincidence I stumbled upon an empty (and very ugly!) Exatime binder at a shop clearance that was about an inch wider than the regular Filofax Personal binders. Cool! I moved right into it, but hated the look of the binder (black pleather with a dark green mock croc - brrrrr). So I started scanning Ebay for FC Compact Binders. Plenty of choice there! I bought one from the US  (shipping was more than reasonable), but was truly horrified once it arrived: that thing was HUUUGE. I figured I didn't need 1.75 inch rings after all ...... (now, stop laughing!)

But one fine day, I discovered a very nice binder on Ebay UK, which had been listed as a Classic size. It arrived within just 4 days (thank you, kind seller!) and I am in love! I discovered that this model is called Aurora and has since been phased out. The leather is gorgeous, and absolutely equals the Malden magic. I have seen this binder in a dark burgundy somewhere on Ebay, but the one I won is a rich warm tan colour. Purrrrrrfect!

So, let's take a closer look at this beauty:

Meet Miss Aurora

Fully loaded.
View from the top

Backside, with a nice full height pocket - who knew?
Two very roomy penloops (hold two Lamy FPs without hesitation) and GOLDEN rings!

The rings are gorgeous! Not only are they super aligned and strong and golden, but they are 1.25" big!!!!

1.25" rings!

Obviously,it would have been insane to use this binder, have it with me at all times, and also use my Compact Chameleon as my wallet at the same time. So I decided to give Chameleon a break (she's been assigned another job now), and move her entire wallet contents over to Aurora. It actually works brilliantly!

6 cardslots, a secretarial pocket behind them, and a large open pocket where I store paper cash  

The zipper pocket holds my coins!

Post its- dashboard for my (grocery) shopping list (behind this my usual 4 wallet tabs).

 As for the diary portion of the planner: I really love the Original 2PPD pages! I'm still colorcoding as you can see, I love all the space on the right hand side where I also journal about my day before I go to bed. Great way to close up the day and never forget a thing. I also bought a Pouch Pagefinder, where I can insert a piece of paper with my weekly Task list.

Original 2PPD with pouch pagefinder
I use the monthly pages to record future events and appointments. They have replaced my weekly pages alltogether, how about that? I colorcode for a better visibility and I also use some Paperchase stickers to highlight special events.

Month on two pages

On the back of the monthly pages: Personal, Family and Household Todo's for the month; Work Todo's o the right (first page of the month)

The inserts I purchased only go until March 2013, so I only have the tabbed month until that time. However, the package also included a full year of untabbed monthly pages (on two pages!) after March 2013! I simply added a postit flag and can now plan forward for more than a year, until I buy my next inserts:

DIY tabs

As you can see, other mums really do have very beautiful sons ... ehm .. daughters, too! I am totally in love with this binder and also with the inserts. I like to be able to always have my planner with me. I also had a chance to listen to the Franklin Covey tapes (from Hyrum Smith's workshops) and got some great new insights. I started prioritizing my daily tasks (A = vital, B = important, C = should), and I use my Daily Tracker to record at least one task per day that is on my Longterm Goals list. It all just feels so natural and logic and really makes sense ....

So, anybody else considering moving over to Franklin Covey ....?