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. For shirts that don’t hold as high a sentimental value I take a picture. I then donate or throw away the shirt. Today I realized it was time for me to depart with my Franklin Covey leather planner.
Public Health and All-Hazards Incident Management
This planner seems pretty old school in the day of iPads and other electronic alternatives. For me, 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 since I started as as a Local Health Emergency Coordinator. I lead the planning efforts for mass vaccination exercises and disease outbreak response. It traveled with me on every Incident Management Team (IMT) deployment. I scribbled notes in it for many Public Safety special event planning sessions.
EMS Scheduling and Special Events
The knowledge I captured in this planner was used as I passed along experience to new IMT members. It held drafts of my Emergency Medical System (EMS) staffing and shift plans. The planner helped me capture project objectives and requirements to help our project teams succeed.
Additionally, this 8.5″ x 11″ notepad helped me build relationships. It held many different business cards over the years. Helped me build trust with strangers through combined teamwork and planning for events or response to incidents. It stored pamphlets and other information from networking events. Most importantly this planner was by my side as built the strongest friendships I’ve ever had.
Thank you to the people who were with me along this journey. Thank you to my Franklin Covey planner for helping organize my life along the way.
Stay safe, wash your hands and Godspeed,
Kevin Pannell, PMP, Creator & Host, ‘People, Process, Progress’ podcast
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