As a Filofax user, I guess it was only inevitable that one day I would want to try something else. After browsing online I came across the Franklin Covey Day Planners, oh my, are they beautiful! Filofax really needs to take a leaf out of FC's book and get some less boring diaries going on. So anyhow, I had a look on e-bay to see what kind of prices they sold for and this what I found!
And better still, it cost me £4.99. What a bargain eh! A5ring binder, a Paper punch and the A5 Organiser all with inserts, dividers and 2 years worth of Diaries and calendars.
Why so cheap you may ask.....you'll see!
First is the Binder, this is A5 size. Notice it is Franklin Quest and not Franklin Covey, I believe this is before Mr. Covey bought into the Organisation.
And lordy be, it can hold some paper.
And still has plenty of room for more:
But it keeps everything neat and tidy.
Next is the A5 Organiser, I don't think this is actual leather but it feels really nice.
Unlike Filofax's standard 30mm rings, these Organisers can be ordered in various sizes. The rings on this one measures 40mm and it holds lots.
Inside the front cover, no credit card slots, just the one big slot. But bright and cheery divider tabs.
Side View of the tabs included, there are also monthly tabs behind these ones.
Some of the inserts:
Month to a page Diary:
Month to view Diary:
Two Page per view layout:
More notes and index pages and a page marker with cellophane still on it:
Plastic pockets - Credit card holder and zipped pocket:
An odd little book which can be used to carry in your pocket then transfer notes to your main organiser. It has graph and lined paper inside.
This is the booklet from the front cover, explaining how to use and get the best from your organiser. When this was brought new, it came with some cassette tapes giving more information, but there was none with the one I bought.....which is well, because I don't own a cassette player!!!
So did you guess why it was only £4.99? Go back and look at the Diary dates....it's from 1997 - 2000, there's full 1998 and 1999 diaries included. But lots of the other inserts are very useful so it was still a good little bargain. Especially as this Organiser and Binder have never been used!
The only problem I am having is getting some up to date Diaries for it. I spent a long time ordering from FC online and on the telephone, eventually got my order sorted (or so I thought) and waited for it to arrive. When it didn't, I called them, only to be told it hadn't been put through and they couldn't tell me a delivery date. So I gave up! I've made a complaint to the company (3 actually) but they can't be bothered to answer that either! Shame really as I really need some updated stuff for this little guy. HELP!
Edited: 20th September 2012
Just want to add, I did find another contact address to make the complaint and I was told that that FC is now with a Scottish agent and FC can't do anything, only the agent can and sorry they couldn't be more helpful.
The title of this post is "From Filofax to Franklin Covey....well I just want to say, it should say " From Franklin Covey back to Filofax"
I have had to deal with Filofax Customer services in the past, I found them polite and friendly and only too willing to help in whatever way they can, nothing was too much trouble. Packages were received within a couple of working days and freepost every time. Thank you Filofax for making me as a customer, feeling wanted!
Just remember everyone, it's not always better going for the prettier inserts, sometimes the service your receive is just as important!