A big thank you to Patty from 'Homemakers Daily' for this guest post about the differences between Filofax and Franklin Covey.
Earlier this year I stumbled across the Philofaxy website and it changed my life! I’ve always loved paper planners but most of the people in my life don’t share my passion. They know I need a paper planner but they aren’t interested.
When I discovered Philofaxy, I found a community of people who LOVED paper planners the way I did. And as I read through the articles and comments, I realized that I wasn’t alone!
I’ve been a long-time Franklin Covey user (compact, 2ppd) but have been experimenting with Filofax for several months. As I’ve learned more about Filofax products, I’ve discovered six big differences between how Franklin Covey (FC) planners are used and how Filofax (FF) planners are used.
1. The most popular format for FF planners seems to be some form of the week on two pages. For FC planners, the most popular is two pages per day. Franklin Covey does sell a lot of weekly pages these days but the day on two pages is by far the most popular.
2. Filofax planners don’t come with monthly pages. If you purchase the pages, they’re not tabbed and are printed back-to-back. This makes sense when you consider that Filofax users usually have a week on two pages in their binder. In that case, monthly pages aren’t as important. But in a Franklin Covey planner, the monthly pages are extremely important and come with every set of pages whether the pages are weekly or daily. The calendars are tabbed and have a blank section on the front of each month for a Monthly Index and a blank section on the back for monthly tasks.
3. That brings me to the next point which is that Filofax users usually have an entire year of weekly pages in their binder (hence the reason the monthly page isn’t as important). Franklin Covey users usually only have two or three months of pages at a time. When a month is complete, that month’s pages are moved to a storage binder.
4. Filofax users tend to store their used pages in boxes or throw them away. Franklin Covey users store their used pages (and unused pages) in a storage binder. When the year is complete, the storage binder contains a permanent record.
5. Filofax pages are pretty plain so it gives Filofax users the freedom to personalize with color and design (which they love doing!). Franklin Covey pages are already colorful so there’s no room for creativity.
6. And this is the biggest difference, I think. Since most Filofax users use weekly pages, there’s not a lot of room to write anything but appointments (although I’ve seen pages that held a LOT of info!). So Filofax users rely heavily on the tabbed sections at the back. That’s where all the good stuff is.
Franklin Covey users write nearly everything on the daily pages and use the tabbed section at the back for short-term projects or certain types of information. For example, I have my financial information in the tabbed sections. It wouldn’t make sense to keep that on my daily pages. If I’m working on a project, I would put it in one of the sections. And I have reference information in one of the sections. But everything else goes on the daily page and then the important information is recorded on the Monthly Index sheet for easy future reference.
I found it interesting to see the differences between the two systems. It also helped me figure out why I was struggling to switch from Franklin Covey to Filofax. Even though the two systems look very similar, these are pretty major differences.
And thank goodness. None of us are alike and nor do we do things the same way. I love the fact that there are so many choices. We get to pick the system that works best for us.
Now . . . if I could only decide.