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 They worked nicely, so I ordered a pack of nearly outdated Compact refills from Franklin Covey UK (dated from April 2012 to March 2013).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|
|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!!!!
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).|
|Original 2PPD with pouch pagefinder|
|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:
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 ....?