Clever Fox recently reached out to me and sent me a notebook and a planner to try out. These items were sent to me as a gift and the post below is my personal opinion and not an ad.
I’ve tried a lot of planners and I review a bunch of them here on the blog. This planner really holds it own as a solid weekly planner in a compact size. If you’re looking for something super portable this might be your planner.
I love the faux leather on this one. It looks and feels great and I love the soft, matte finish. The little engraved fox is pretty cute too. I really like it when planner companies offer understated, neutral options for covers. They are perfect for th workplace.
The paper in this planner is a 120 gsm paper which does not seem to bleed through, even with my Micron pens. (Seriously the best.) This planner is A5 sized which is perfect for your desk or bag. It comes with a pen loop, a fabric strap and three bookmarks.
I was sent an undated planner which makes it super flexible. You can start whenever and take a break if needed. Just be sure to double check when you write the dates in so you don’t mess up! I use an erasable pen for this task just in case. Dated planners are also available.
A trend in planners right now is having a few pages at the beginning of the planner that guide the user to find and envision their goals. Clever Fox does this as well and even includes an area for a vision board within the planner. I love the idea of always having that vision at the tip of your fingers.
One of the aspects of this planner that is a little different than the norm is that all of the monthly calendar pages are are the front of the planner and the weekly pages are in the middle. I can see this being useful but have not used it much. It would be easy to keep one ribbon bookmark in the monthly page and another in the weekly page that you’re using.
The weekly layout reminds me of the dashboard layout of the Happy Planner that I am using. I am finding more and more that this style of planner layout really works for me. A lot of planners seem to focus on each day itself and what you are doing that day, but with this dashboard layout it seems like the focus is shifted to your goals for the week and then a smaller space to write appointments and day-specific tasks. I have a feeling this is one of those things that just kind of depends of each person and their lives and planner needs.
My one big tip with this style of planner is feel free to change the categories on the dashboard. Use stickers to customize this area to track and manage the things that are important to YOU. This may mean added a big grocery list, or a reminder of bills to pay. Maybe you just need a space to write down how you are feeling mentally or somewhere to record workouts.
The best part about this planner? The 60 pages of dot-grid paper at the end. This is perfect for note-taking, lists, or trying your hand at some bullet journaling. My only wish is that the pages were numbered like they are in the dot grid notebook. Maybe next year?