FranklinCovey v. GTD

March 16th, 2008

A week ago I got a FranklinCovey planner as part of a course I attended on time management. A week before that I found Toodledo (a friend of mine showed it to me). Now I’ve got this dilemma. I find that Toodledo does a great job of managing my tasks for me. At work we use Outlook for email and meeting planning. I am not terribly mobile. I spend most of the day sitting at my own desk at work. I’m struggling to find a use for the FranklinCovey planner. I tried to use it, but so far it just feels redundant. It duplicates all my electronic planning and to-do lists, but it doesn’t update automatically. I feel like it’s doubled the work it takes for me to stay up to date and on top of my projects.

GTD says I’m supposed to have one bucket, one place to collect my stuff that comes in. I have found that there are way too many buckets as it stands now, and FranklinCovey isn’t making things easier.

If there’s a good way to integrate GTD with FranklinCovey, I’d sure like to find it. For now, I’ll just have to stick with what I’ve got, I suppose.

UPDATE: I took the second half of the FranklinCovey class today, so now I know how I’m supposed to use the planner. I’ll report on my progress integrating this with Toodledo and Outlook.

3 Responses to “FranklinCovey v. GTD”

  1. Jon says:

    Try using FranklinCovey PlanPlus for Outlook. It integrates the FranklinCovey planning system with Outlook and you can print your pages to all 4 sizes of planners.

  2. Shawn Dowler says:

    I would use PlanPlus for Outlook (I got a 30-day trial when I took the class) but it’s not approved on our computers that connect to the network, so I’m out of luck there, unfortunately. Thanks for the suggestion, however!

  3. Mike says:

    You may want to try PlanPlus Online is CRM technology with FranklinCovey ’s proven productivity methodology applied to it. It enable’s users to quickly adopt and change the business process along the way. It also allows user’s to prioritize their tasks, mission statement, values, goals, top priorities, and daily activities with ease.

    The following link will allow you and your associates to create a VIP account for a test drive without having to enter a credit card.



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