The iPad and Franklin Covey

Sad iPad

I’m thinking the two should meet sometime.

Ok, let’s tie this together and I’ll tell you a short story.

Many years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the Franklin Planner system. Along with exposing to the art of planning and being proactive about your day he also had gotten a set of 3 tapes with his planner (back then, Franklin Planner sold you a day planner along with the training materials for it. I know. Nuts). These tapes were never transferred to a more modern medium like CDs. I know. I spent a crap load of time looking for them.


I was playing around on Amazon one day and found someone who had a used set of the very tapes I was looking for. I bought them and using a tape deck and a line input on my iMac, I soon has these tapes in a new CD format. Ahhh…Hyrum Smith and his training seminar lives.

But wait. New problem.

I haven’t owned a Franklin Day Planner in about 3 years. Bad Mike.

Yesterday, I listened to all 4 hours of the seminar.

There are no comparable software programs written for the iPad. It seems a natural fit. That’s my gripe this morning.

If I want the software for the iPad, I’m going to have to write it.

I can’t believe that not even Franklin Covey has written a descent software app for the iPad.

Before you ask, I won’t be allowed to sell the software I’m writing. I wish I could share it but I’m sure the powers that be at FC will get sue happy over software they didn’t authorize.

Oh yeah, I saw the software FC has for the iPhone. It has gotten lousy reviews and the planning piece hasn’t been updated or supported in two years. Bad FC.

Update: (04/05/11) I broke down and bought a new planner from FC.

A Novel Idea

This is the first post I’ve written from my iPad.

We are going to be having internet work here at our office building so I thought I would test the iPad and see how the WordPress app works.

Typing on an iPad is a heck of a lot better than typing on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

Just sayin’

iPad 2 News

In my area of Lancaster, this is how the iPad2 sales went down…

Best Buy – A few iPads to sell. How many? I never got the number but there was no chance of getting one. It looked like about 10 people in a small line in the back of the store. No signage and just a very weird “vibe.” It felt like Best Buy just sold the few they had to close friends and relatives.

Wal-Mart – One of the area Wal-Mart stores we stopped at only had 2 iPads to sell. That’s right. Two.

The Lancaster Apple store. A line that took forever to get to the end of and when I did…

…I was greeted by an Apple employee who said, “Oh, Hi Mr. Williams. I hope you aren’t here for the iPad2 ’cause we’re sold out.”

First. I frequent the store so often that the employees actually DO know me by my name.

Second. The store sold out of the iPad2 in less than 1 hour.

What kind of crazy ^*^&^$&( is this?