I attribute my “love at first sight” for this binder to the fact that I have been looking for a binder with big rings where I can put a spiral bound planner, or that I can use to add many, many pages and that I can also take with my occasionally. This will be the second binder that I order from Franklin Covey, the first one was the flourish binder with undated inserts that I bought in January and which I absolutely love because of its quality. I tried to find additional pictures and videos that would help me decide whether I should get an A5 or a personal size of this Audrey binder. I could not choose! Eventually I decided to go for the A5 size or classic, in Franklin Covey’s language. Because this size would allow me to add my Erin Condren planner to use as a work log or to use it as a work binder where I can store everything work related (since my personal size work planner sometimes is too small to add all the information I need to have) to avoid carrying my planner and additional notes or notebooks that don’t fit in my personal size planner.
As I started looking for more information on this particular binder and I started thinking of how I would be using it, I started browsing the Franklin Covey website and I saw that they sell different kinds of inserts. I am new to these inserts but the more I learned about them, the more I started to think that maybe, just maybe, the Franklin Covey system could work for me. Franklin Covey has actually published various books on time management, habits management and other things. It turns out that they actually have their own system and this is why their inserts have been created that way.
I have not had the time to dig into this more but it turns out that they sell monthly inserts with an index that will allow you to note down a list of contents for each month, so that you can quickly refer to in case you need to find something at a different point in time. Also they have inserts with a day on two pages, a weekly spread and a day on one page. The last time I used a day on one page was in college and the reason why I stopped using this format was because I could not have an overview at a glance of my entire week. Because I could not see my whole week at a glance, I would end up forgetting things or missing things. When I changed to one week on two pages it allowed me to be much more effective in managing my time and remembering things.
As I keep looking more and more into the inserts designed by FC, I start playing with the idea that maybe, at this particular point in time, it’d be a good idea to consider having the day on two pages inserts, just because I find myself running out of space with my personal Filofax original. Also, the day on two pages has an area where you can have your day divided into hours, then you have an area where you can categorize your priorities, an area where you can keep track of different things, and a whole page where you can write additional notes on anything you want. You have PLENTY of room for everything and you are not constrained to having only a time management log, or a priorities log or a whole empty page for a whole day. It is like having all of the Filofax formats in one!
While I love the idea of having much more room for different categories during each of my days, I still face the recurrent problem of not having an overview of my entire week! As much as I would love to love these inserts, I keep thinking what can I do to have everything at once? An overview of my month, an overview of my whole week either on one page or two pages and still have a day on two pages. I don’t think there’s a binder that would take ALL of these pages!
So my question remains: How can I make this work without having to add tons of pages to my binder?
I have not been able to find the answer to my question or even learn more about the FC system and how to use it EXACTLY. If you have more ideas, information or suggestions about how you deal with these inserts while still having a visual overview of your entire week, please leave me a comment below! I’d love to hear what you think and get some inspiration from you.
Thanks for reading and visiting my blog!