End of an Era: Goodbye to My Franklin Covey Planner

I’ve worked over recent years not to become too attached to material things. This is especially true of my t-shirt collection. I have t-shirts from my time in the Navy (’94-’00) that I will keep until they fall apart, but for shirts that don’t hold as high a sentimental value I take a picture, then donate or throw away the shirt. Today I realized it was time for me to depart with another item that’s been with me through many major part of my professional life, my Franklin Covey leather planner.

This planner seems pretty old school in the day of iPads and other electronic alternatives, but I will always enjoy a nice planner and notepad to take notes and capture action items for projects. The planner pictured here has been with me through my time as a Local Health Emergency Coordinator leading the planning efforts for mass vaccination exercises and disease outbreak response, it was with me on every Incident Management Team (IMT) deployment as a Planning Section Chief or Medical Unit Leader from working missing persons, civil unrest contingency planning or helping with Public Safety planning for international sporting events and even a U.S. Vice Presidential debate.

I used this to keep my notes as I passed along my training and experience in the Incident Command System and All-Hazards Incident Management, to hold drafts of my Emergency Medical System (EMS) staffing and shift plans and to help me capture project objectives and requirements to help our project teams succeed.

In addition to behind a handy holder for a 8.5 x 11″ notepad, this planner helped me build relationships as I collected business cards, built trust with strangers through combined teamwork and planning for events or response to incidents, stored pamphlets and other information from networking events, but most importantly this planner was by my side as I started, fostered and strengthened some of the strongest friendships I’ve ever had.

Thank you to the people who were with me along this journey and thank you to my Franklin Covey planner for helping organize my life along the way.

Thank you for reading, wash your hands and Godspeed,


Kevin Pannell, PMP Creator & Host, ‘People, Process, Progress’ Connect and subscribe at https://linktr.ee/peopleprocessprogress

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