I have spent so much money and so much time downloading goal and time planning apps. You don’t even want to know how much. So, the other day when I saw this article, by the lovely Britt, that mentioned Opus Domini Mobile Pro and how close it came to the Franklin Covey planning system, I knew I had to try it. You see, I love Franklin Covey. The system literally changed my life. I purchased my first FC yearly planner in, I think, 2000. I worked through all the exercises and I completely fell in love with that way of planning. It just made sense. Something clicked and I was able to figure out how I was blocking myself from achieving the things I really wanted. Heck, I was better able to figure out what it was I wanted in the first place. I became a huge Covey geek and religiously followed the planning methods, quadrant theories and read all the books. I even bought the software to design and print your own forms on their specialty papers with the rounded corners so that everything matched. I had a raspberry colored binder and even an engraved plaque for the front in case someone couldn’t figure out that the pink, geeky, very thick binder belonged to me.
When I first started to go digital, my first smart phone was a Palm. A Treo, I believe. I bought the FC software for desktop and the Palm and I loved it. The planning became so second nature that I didn’t even have to buy the kits anymore. I tweaked and adjusted everything to really fit my needs and I even started to teach other people how to do it. (There are pages of posts that mention Franklin Covey and goal planning on ColorMePink!).
When I started using iPhone, I started searching for Franklin Covey apps and I was really disappointed at how there really weren’t any. Maybe the company is going more towards a corporate training business model, but I really think they dropped the ball on the iPhone planning market. Reading reviews in the iTunes store, there seem to be many people who agree with me.
In giving you all this information, it’s my hope that you’ll see just how much time went into finding an app like this.
Without even thinking about it, I downloaded the Opus Domini app. For $5.99 it was a no-brainer. Opening it for the first time was a little like coming home, if you’ll indulge my drama for a bit.
The first screen is your daily page. Whether they be scheduled appointments and tasks, or a general list of the things you’d like to accomplish for the day, you can structure them however you like. You can even rate them according to quadrant and importance (here’s a link with a quick explanation if you’re not familiar with that), the other side of the page is for note taking, etc – I use that space for not only notes, but to record my list of gratitude for the day (five things I’m grateful for each day). Above is a weather widget, which you can turn off if you don’t like it and an inspirational quote (I love quotes). The tasks have lots of options for recurring, priority, etc.
The next tab is for Master Tasks: Things that I have on my plate right now that I need to make sure I work on.
Next tab is Compass: I don’t have this filled out in this screen shot because I tend to get very personal and brutally honest with this and clearly, I already share too much. In a nut shell, there are four areas of your life that you need to focus on to get into, or maintain balance. They are: Physical, Social, Mental, and Spiritual. It’s so easy to let one or more of these slip, but for me, when I am paying attention to all four, I’m much better balanced, happier, on track, etc. Running a business, being a mom and wife, whole food advocacy, meal planning, blogging, homeschooling, friendships, creative pursuits – it’s hard to keep them all in balance. I find that the compass idea helps me tremendously.
Goals: Tangible, real, goals. I love that I can list these and then use the slider to track the progress. Looking at this, I can see how far I’ve come and how close I am to releasing my book. I can keep track of where we are in the kitchen remodel and I can gently remind myself that I’m trying to get healthier. I like to chunk the really tough goals into smaller pieces so that I’m not overwhelmed.
Mission, Vision and Values: To me, this is the core of the planning system. Again, I started to get really personal, so I’m just sharing a portion. My mission statement (which needs updating) will go under “Mission”, my “Vision” are the things I have my sights set on. And my “Values” are the things that are important to me. The most effective way I’ve found to do this is by writing a clarifying statement for each value (again FC’s idea, not mine). For example: ”Honesty: I am impeccable with my word, honoring my commitments, yet telling the truth in a way that is never mean.” Doing it that way really hones in on what the definition of each value really is to me. It helps me to get real with myself and sometimes things that were valuable to me in the past, are not valuable now. Writing out that clarifying statement helps me to determine what it is that I want to be, not what I think others want me to be or what I’m supposed to be. Make sense?
So, there it is. I give this app 4.5 stars. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn close. There are no syncing capabilities, I’m using this on my iPad and it would be lovely for it sync to the phone, but they promise them in the near future and the only other thing I would add is a “Have, Do, Be” checklist. I find that to be so helpful and I have one in Evernote, but it would be nice to have it all within this app.
Great job Piso13!
Disclosure: I love the app. No one gave me anything to say this.