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Great ideas.  I've been a little dry lately so this is very helpful.  

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I found this great image that gives a list of the 29 ways to stay creative. 29 ways?!? You've got to be kidding, right? So, I figured I'd go through them with you and see if we can come up with any more to add to the list. ...
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Working hard should result in success, but you're right, it doesn't always do so.  However, working hard gives you a clear conscience knowing you're doing the right thing.  My son is working hard at a job and not seeing success.  He feels like giving up.  He says what does it matter.  He works hard; the next guy doesn't; the result is the same.  But it isn't. You feel better about yourself when you know you've done your best.  
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I'm sorry I am just seeing this comment! I am not familiar with the google+ change/comments and I am not getting notified!  Anyway, that is so hard - especially as a parent - to see. There is a lot of unfairness in the work place and in life in general.
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Price isn't everything.  For years I used Franklin Covey's cheapest binder and it worked great for me.  
I used the Paperchase binder for a week and quickly learnt that it is not as solid as I would have liked. It was very 'floppy' and when left in a position for too long it tended to stick there for a while (unless you bent it ...
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It does!  I love rearranging the furniture but our floor plans have never allowed us to do that much.  But since we moved, every room has been a blank slate.  I've enjoyed it.

I have the sitting area in our bedroom at an angle.  I've never really done that before.  I've had it away from the wall, but never at an angle.  I'm not sure I love it but it works for the room.
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I've been using FC binders for a long time and haven't ever had any problems with the rings, either.  And I use my planners hard!

Have you thought about trying to replace the rings?  You might be able to find a really cheap binder and switch out the rings.  

My binder has 1.25" rings and they're perfect.  Not too big; not too small. They're hard to find, though.  I usually end up going to the Franklin store, choosing one with removable rings, and having them switch them out for me.  

Thanks for sharing.  Love the holiday decorations pages.
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Thank you, Patty!  I have a classic-sized FC binder that I used exclusively for over 20 years and never had a single problem with the rings.  This one, though is pretty bad.  I've never replaced rings in a binder, but may look into that.  The Franklin store we had in our area has closed, so I'm on my own!
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I can't either.  It looks cool but I can't wrap my head around it.  I think more in terms of the vertical layout.  Although I do wear a watch and I look at it all the time!  You'd think this system would be right up my alley.
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I agree with Claudia.  If you're not using the FC wider pages, ditch the binder and go back to your Malden.
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That's a great idea!  I always get my mid-section wet when I'm doing dishes - even when I wear an apron.  I didn't know such fabric existed.
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That is awesome, Josh.  I would never have thought to limit the daily pages like that.  And I LOVE that stamp you had made.  I'm going to check on that because that's what always keeps me from wanting to use pre-printed pages - my dailies.  I don't want to re-write them every single day.  
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Thanks Patty!  The single best thing about this setup is that it forces me to do the weekly review every single week.  

The stamp is wonderful.  As you probably saw in the video, I don't necessarily tick off every single item every day, but I get to several of them every day and just seeing them every day really reinforces the routines for me.  Definitely worth looking into.  I also tried writing these things onto my day pages but they took up a lot of lines in the task list and it becomes so tedious to keep re-writing the same things day after day.  
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Would love to try this out.  
To celebrate both the new year and the recent passage of this blog through the 1 million pageviews barrier, I have a special giveaway to host. A week from now, one blog reader will have won this A5 size Traveler's notebook...
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That would be awesome, josh. I'm glad you knew what I was talking
About. A lot of people don't. 
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You hit on something I struggle with - you mentioned using the weekly pages as a place to write things in advance - for example, I might write that on Friday I need to mail a birthday card; Saturday I need to make a grocery list.  Then when I get to Friday, there are already things on the list.  But I want to make a clean list for the day - maybe in a certain order - but the page is already written on.  It's like I need a place for advance planning and then a separate place to actually write out my plan for the day.  Does that make sense?  I haven't figured out how to do that yet.
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Hi Patty,
I started putting a blank notes page to log random tasks onto, which I can then copy into the official planner pages closer to the date.  I will make a video to demonstrate.  It might address your issue.  
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