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Recollections 2017 zip planner review

December 30
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Have you seen the new planner stuff Michaels has released this December? THERE IS SO MUCH AWESOME STUFF.  Seriously, so much. The company has released tons of planners, inserts, and stickers under its private label, Recollections.  Some of the hottest new items are the dated zip up planners.  Most of the December released items are undated, which is great for a crafty person w ho wants to add all the dates, but just doesn’t work for me. I am too afraid of making a mistake and somehow missing a meeting because I dated my planner wrong and thought the 5th was a Tuesday instead of a Monday.

 

Anyways, there are 10 versions of these cute little planners. I got the simple floral one as a gift for a family member but wanted to share it here first with my readers. (SHH)

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What I found most interesting when I first opened this planner was that it was not a traditional Personal or A5 size. These new planners inserts are the height of an A5 planner but the width of the personal size planner. This makes buying inserts interesting.  What is good is the ring size matches up with A5 items so you can use the same punch. Michaels does sell a set of additional inserts for this planner size. They are super cute and are for goal tracking, fitness, television, and other fun activities. They also sell cute dividers and folders for this planner.  I have not currently seen any dated yearly insert packs for this page size, but all of the zip planners come with 2017 inserts so they don’t really need more now.  Also, if you have any other personal size inserts they will fit in this planner. They are not as tall, but will fit the rings as well.

 

FYI:  A5  pages are 5.8″ x 8.3″ and personal size pages are 3.54″ x 7.5.” The inserts that come with this planner are 7.25″ x 3.54″.

 

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My personal size Kate Spade planner with the zip planner inserts. They fit the rings but not the binder.

 

So although these are a unique size, they are super versatile and the binder can hold several different types of inserts.

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The Kate Spade and Recollections planners size by side. (Yes, I totally have lipstick on my planner)

 

 

Anyways, on to the money shots…

 

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Is this title page not beautiful?

 

If you look closely you will see that there is a disclaimer on the bottom saying the company is not liable for any inaccuracies. Have you ever seen that on a planner? I don’t know that I have but it makes sense. A little CYA.

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One of the things I love about this planner is that every month has a goals page and a reflection page. This really helps to keep on track and ensure we fulfill our goals. As far as paper quality goes I would say that these are fine. They are not the thickest pages ever, but plenty good enough.

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Of course next comes the monthly calendar. I wish Saturdays and Sundays had their own spots, but I totally understand why they don’t on this planner.

 

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Each week has a nice and simple weekly view. There is room for goals as well as extra notes. The week starts with Monday and Saturday and Sunday have their own spots.

 

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Remember the reflection pages i mentioned? Yes, the reflection pages in the Recollections planner. This is what they look like. A great way to jump start each new month. Oh, and every month has its own cute divider but I am not going to show you all of them. Gotta have some secrets. :)

This planner can be purchased at Michaels both in store and online. They retail for $29.99 but can easily be purchased for less with a sale or coupon. We currently do not know if this is a one time product or if they will return to the shelves after they are sold out.

Anyways. I hoe you enjoyed this quick little review. If you have any questions feel free to ask them here or, for a faster answer, ask me on Facebook.

 

review of the 2017 recollections zip planners at michaels. This is a great weekly planner similar to a5 or personal size.

review of the 2017 recollections zip planners at michaels. This is a great weekly planner similar to a5 or personal size.

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The Happy Planner- This is your year- planner review and flip through

October 25
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I wasn’t going to do a full review on this planner but I had a few people request that I do a flip through of this one so I figured I’d post some actual decent photos here.

The planner I purchased was This is Your Year. This is a 12 month dated planner going from January 2017 to December 2017. The planner retails for $24.99 and is is set to be released in Micheal’s stores in the end of October and on the Me and my Big Ideas website on the 31st of October.

What drew me to this planner was the neutral colors.  I love that there are not colors to work with so I can make the weeks my own without having to work with a pre-assigned color. The current planner I am using. (review here) has colored weekends and date stamps which are nice, but kind of dictate the colors used on the page.

Below I am going to post photos of the pages, dividers, and monthly spreads to give you an idea of the setup of this planner.   Keep in mind that it is only one of several that are being released at this time.

Along with the items The Happy Planner is releasing deluxe covers, snap in covers, deco pens, and other accessories with even more items, including new sticker books to be released in December.

 

It is a great time to be a Happy Planner!

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Emily Ley – The Simplified Planner review

April 11
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The simplified planner review.  A review of the 2016 simplified planner by Emily Ley.  This is a dated daily coil bound planner like the Day Designer  So as you may know from my latest planner review, I recently purchased an a5 planner from Webster’s Pages.  Anyways, I had planer to used that planner as my work planner, but I had a hard time finding the best dated daily pages for it. That was, until I ran across an instagram post about putting a Simplified Planner into an a5.  I saw it and LOVED the idea.  It fit perfectly and her pages are perfect.  Because it is early April, I was able to purchase the planner in a boutique for 40% off which was a great deal.  (FYI this planner is currently sold out online but they will be introducing an academic version soon.) I wanted to share a quick review of this planner because I am really loving it and want to share a little about it.

In case you are not familiar with the Simplified Planner, it is the creation of small business owner Emily Ley.  She created her own brand to produce and sell items to help women live a simple, intentional life.  She has been making this planner since 2008.

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The cover of this planner is a nice hard cardboard.  I love how sturdy it is and can tell that this planner is made to last. Each year Emily releases the planner with a few cover options.  The one I grabbed was baby blue with white dots.  The coil is large but sturdy.  I can say from experience that a coil that seems larger than necessary is a good thing because by the end of the year your planner will be so stuffed with notes and papers that it will need all that space.  It is important to note that inside under the paragraph “Caring for your simplified planner,” Emily mentions that the planner is meant to be used lying flat and not folded over.  She also says that it should always be opened and closed from the front cover, not the back.  This is to keep the wire i good shape.

 

Inside you’ve got a sturdy pocket which is the perfect size for many of Emily’s other products.  The front page is set up for your personal info.  Be sure to add your name and some contact information here so that if your planner is lost it can find its way back to you.  Worried about the finder not calling?  Mention a reward!

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Inside there is a super sweet note from Emily about how and why she created this planner.  Have I mentioned how sweet and inspiring this woman is?  I cannot wait for her book to come out.  One the next few pages after the note Emily goes on to explain how to use the planner and great tips on how to plan your life and focus on what really matters in life.  Seriously, this lady is super inspiring.

 

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Each moth includes a monthly view calendar with a Sunday – Saturday setup.  (So many planners put this page as a Monday- Sunday which really doesn’t work for me.)   There are also flags at the top of important dates  with holidays.

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The daily page setup includes two columns.  Today and To Do.  Today is a dated calendar from 6 am – 9 pm.  One line per an hour.  The To Do column is just that.  A place to list you’re tasks with radio buttons to check off once they are completed.  The bottom of the sheet had a large spot for Dinner and Notes.

The weekend is together on one page with a half size untimed Today and a To Do column.   Sunday has a Weekly prep list to help you get yourself prepared for the week.  There is also a section between the days to jot down a happy memory from the week.  This is great for those who save their planners to review later.

 

The paper in the planner is thinner than that of thick weekly planners like The Happy Planner, but it needs to be to be able to fit the entire year into something manageable.

 

Of course, I told myself that I was going to uncoil this planner to place it in my a5, but its so pretty.  Do you have this planner?  Are you considering it?  Are you an Emily Ley fan?

 

 

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Webster’s Color Crush planner review

March 21
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Hey everyone, I am here with another planner review.  As you may have heard, Jo-Anns craft stores have recently started selling the Color Crush planners by Webster’s pages.  These planners come in personal and A5 size ans figured this would be the perfect time to grab an A5 planner to try it out.  This planner retails for $54.99 in store, but i had  a 60% off coupon so I got a great deal. Keep in mind this is what the TEAL planner looks like inside.  The dividers on the other planners may differ slightly, I have not had to chance to check.

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Here is what the display should look like in the store.

My store had the planners in stock but hadn’t yet brought them out to the floor.  My amazing husband was able to flag down a sales associate and get them to bring us a planner from the back.  I went with the teal color but I like the pink and stripes as well.

When you see the planner on the shelf you will notice that it comes in a removable plastic jacket with “Hello!” in gold foil.   This is to protect the planner from the elements of the store and shipping.  From what I have seen, if you purchase this item from somewhere other than Jo-Anns the planner will come in a nice box.

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 (FYI:  If you want to zoom in on an image click it and it will open up larger.)

Like many A5 and other ringed planners this planner has a snap closure.

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When you open the planner you will notice that there are lots of pockets on the left.  These are deep and look like they’d be great for stickers, notepads, and other smaller items.  They can also hold business cards but they may fall down in the pocket because of the depth.  The bottom pocket has a clear window and would be a great place to hold personal info or cards.  It is also deep but obviously more visible. (Seen below with a standard size business card in the pocket.)

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The rings on this planner are a sturdy 1.5 in set.  They meet standard A5 size which will allow us to interchange the inserts with other brands.  (Hello Day Designer Daily inserts!) I like that these rings are large enough to hold all that I need in a daily work planner.  (Basically, alot)

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One of the reasons I jumped on purchasing this planner was that it came with so many cute dividers and inserts.  On of those is the first sheet which says “Be Happy Be Bright Be you.”  What a great daily reminder when you open your planner.

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The next page is a piece of heavy card stock with a spot to place contact information on the back.  Always something important to have in your planner.

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Alright, now we have made it to the tabs.  Like I said, this planner comes with tons of cute extras and these tabs are one of them.  The dividers are labeled; I will give you a list of the tabs and then explain what in in each section:

Write it down
Memory Keeping
Lists to Love
Staying Inspired
Calendar

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Write it down
This section is just for note paper.  The planner came with six sheets of super cute lined paper.

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Memory Keeping
This section appears to be for journaling and such. It comes with six sheets titled “A week in the life” with a space for sketches, quotes and memories on the back.

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Lists to love
This section comes with six multi use pages.  The front of the pages are for “Plans & do!”  A place to list goals and plans and give them a due date.  This is great for keeping yourself on track.  The back of these sheets are menus.  The menu pages have a small spot for meals for each day and repeats for five weeks.  These would be great for planning dinners for a month but are too small to fill out all meals for five weeks.  An alternate use of this page would be to list breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for one week.  There is also a shopping list feature at the bottom of the page.

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Staying Inspired
This section is filled with 2 copies of 3 double sided sheets with inspirational prints on them.  These are cute but I am not 100% sure of their use.

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Calendar
Here we go, this is the mother load. This planner comes with both dated weekly and monthly inserts.  First it has simple monthly calendars with tabs for each month and notes page. The tab is attached to the dated calendar sheet. The moth view runs Sunday-Saturday and the calendar squares are lightly lined which is great when you have a lot to fill in.  These are especially helpful for me at work when I need to fill in events, staff leave,  and meetings on my monthly view.

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After that we get into the week view for the calendar.  The planner came with weekly sheets for October 2015- December 2016.  These dated weekly sheets are divided into eight sections in a horizontal fashion with the first section being notes.  The week runs Monday-Sunday and both Saturday and Sunday get a full section.  I love how minimalistic these weekly sheets are, giving the user the ability to add what they want and not have to worry about extra fluff they don’t need.  Holidays are not marked in either the monthly or weekly view.

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The back of the planer has another clear sheet and a nice little “Right Now” insert that can be used to hold your place.  The back cover has a deep pocket which would be great for a notepad.

 

Final thoughts:

Overall I think this is a great A5 planner for those on a budget but I can see where the binder might not last forever. Attached to the snap comes a little key chain piece and on mine you could see where the pleather was already wearing.  Because this is not real leather I am not sure how long it will last when used daily. Also the stitching feels like it could be a little stronger. Of course, if you don’t feel like spending a lot of money and want to try an A5 or you keep your planner nicely on your desk then they would be perfect.  I am going to look for some A5 daily dated inserts to use with this in July when my current work planner is finished.  Overall I think this is a great, affordable planner and a great way to get into using a binder planner system.  I am super glad that Webster’s was able to team up with Jo-Anns to sell this product locally.

 

 

 

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2016-2017 Happy Planner Review

February 27
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So my lovely husband was able to get me one of the new 2016-2017 happy planners at Hobby Lobby Yesterday so I figured I’d go ahead and do a little review.  When I was doing the research to see which one to buy I had a hard time figuring out what each one looked like on the inside.

 The planner that we decided to go with was this one called ” Enjoy the Little Things” which I feel is an important thing to remember and one that I sometimes forget. This planner was made by Me & By Big Ideas along with Sugar & Type. I love that the cover is nice and simple and it comes with the gold rings which my last Happy Planner has as well.

 The interior of the cover has a bold black and white stripes and of course the front page where you can put your contact information in case the planner gets lost.

 

 A new addition this year is a 2 page spread of all the 2016-2017 dates.  This is totally helpful in event planning and a great addition without taking too much space.

 This planner has a Currently page for each month were you can add in important information as well as a little bit about your life that month for memory keeping.  My current Happy Planner is “Every Day is a Gift’ and focuses more on upcoming events rather memories from the month.  The entire Happy Planner line is designed to be a planner but also has a heavy focus on memory keeping and this is evident in these pages.  Across from the Currently page, each month has a card stock page with an inspirational quote or print and a think laminated tab.  (Laminated tabs were introduced soon after the first Happy Planners came out.) Sadly I got first one before the switch and man, let me tell you, the lamination is going to come in handy.

 Sadly MAMBI did not fix one my biggest gripes with pervious planners.  In the monthly view the planners have a Sunday start to the week (like a regular calendar.) However, in the weekly view the week start with Monday.  This is difficult and annoying for many of us, especially for my husband who’s workweek is Sunday-Saturday. (Yes he has a Happy Planner, more on that in a upcoming post.)  I also run into problems in transferring information as they don’t line up.  But anyways, as before the weekends are highlighted on the month view and there is lots of space to fill in events.  I do love that both Saturday and Sunday get their own box. In my Kate Spade Wellesley planner they share a box which is annoying.

  Ok, on to the week view where we have my favorite change.  No more Morning, Afternoon, and Evening boxes!  Now I know that MAMBI came out with undated planners without the dates back around Christmas but I didn’t get one because I am lazy and would have screwed up the date placement. I am so glad MAMBI listened to this and got rid of the boxes.  I had been using stickers to relabel the titles but then I got lazy again (big surprise) and started just knowing what the boxes were without the stickers.  Now that they are gone we’re good to go.  This planner features black lines between the boxes. Other planners in this line have thicker pastel boxes.  I opted for the simple black.  Also, in this planner the dates are in pastel semi circles on top. Others have brighter colors, again this was a personal choice.

In this planner each month has one color for the accents.  It is used as the weekend color in the monthly spread and as the dates and weekend color in the weekly view.  In this planner the designers made some color choices that I don’t love, but will be able to deal with. For example, December 2017 is pink.  Pink?  Yes.  Luckily I will probably be on to another planner by then, but still!

Overall I am happy with the planner purchase and look forward to using it come July. Have you purchased a new Happy Planner?  Do you plan to?  I wanna know!  Let me know in the comments or tag me on instagram!  @_amberdowns

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Kate Spade Wellesley planner review

February 17
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Kate Spade Wellesley Planner Review - Check out this great 6 ring personal size planner similar to Fiilofax a6 , kikki k, and others. AmberDowns.net

I was wandering through the Kate Spade outlet the other day and ran across the coveted Kate Spade Wellesley planner.  This item has been super hot for some time now with planner lovers and I had been searching for one a few months ago but gave up.  The store was having a big 60% off sale so went ahead and grabbed one.  They had them in pink and black.  I went with black to match my other Kate Spade items.  I prefer to purchase higher end items in neutral colors and then accessorize with more inexpensive items in popular colors for the season.

For those who are not familiar with this item, it is an outlet only product and is the same size as a Filofax personal or a6 planner, which is a medium with Kikki-K.  This is the perfect purse sized product and can even be used as a wallet if the owner wanted it.  Because it is an outlet item, it is not sold online and can be quite difficult to get ahold of.  My store said they were always getting calls from girls looking for it and when they are in stock they fly off the shelves. This is my first planner of this size (The Target Dollar Spot planner is slightly larger.)

Alright, on to the review!

The planner (on the left) compared to the wallet from the same line.

 

This planner has a pebbled leather cover, similar to the wallet I own as well as several other items available from Kate Spade. As mentioned, when I went to the store they had it in pink and black.  Previously it was available in black, rose gold,pink, and red. From doing some research on the product I have gathered that they seem to make a few changes here and there and then re-release the item here and there. The planners sold over the summer have a tan interior with pink fabric but the item I purchased had a black interior.  I would have loved the tan as is matches my wallet, but hey, you get what you get.

 

The zipper on this planner is well made and ready to deal with daily use.  It is the same zipper as my wallet which I have had for almost two years and is still going strong.  Inside the front cover you will notice 8 pockets for cards as well as a slot on each side for a slim notebook or papers.

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The rings on this planner are gold and use the 6 ring system.  This is great for purchasing inserts from other companies. Although I am new to the ringed system,  I think that these rings will hold up well to use.

 

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The  planner came with a weekly insert set for 2016.  This included monthly sheets and a week on 2 pages spreads. It also came with inserts for contacts, birthdays, restaurants and to dos. The months and sections do not come with dividers so you may want to purchase or make your own. ( I made my own using this punch from Amazon.)

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The interior back cover has a pen loop and one pocket. This pocket is good for larger papers but isn’t as secure as the others.  I will use this area to hold coupons and the like.

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Overall I really like this planner. You can see the quality in the planer and I feel like this item would hold up well over years of use. My only complaint is that it doesn’t lie flat. This may change after extended use, but I’m not sure. It is still fine, just not the same as a large planner that lies well on your desk.

Once I get this planner all worked out and set up for myself I put together another post on how I have set up and use this planner.

Do you have this planner?  What do you think of it? Are you considering purchasing one? Let me know below!

 

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Planner Review- Freedom Planner

December 1
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Today I am doing a review on a planner that I recently acquired for reviewing purposes.  This is a new planner by The Freedom Planner company.  The main purpose of the freedom planner is goal setting and achievement.  The first page of the planner goes over its purpose to assist in this area.  Here is an excerpt from the 1st page:

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The new few pages of the planner review how to use the goal setting portions of the book.  After setting overall goals you move through the pages breaking these down into manageable tasks.  One of the aspects of the planner that I love is that the goal planning section is divided into two parts, personal and professional.  As a full time working professional I have several goals in which I am striving to reach in my career as well as personal goals to better myself as a human.  Dividing this into two separate sections is a great way to help us remember that our lives do have more than one part and we should strive for the best in both.IMG_1676

 

 

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Each month in this planner opens with a 2 page goal planning spread.  This area has a small monthly calendar as well as a place to rewrite your goals.  I would suggest waiting until the beginning of each month to fill these goals in as you may find that you refine them throughout the year.  The next page has an area to prioritize your personal and professional goals so you know what you need to work on first for the month.  This is awesome way to break tasks down again into manageable portions.

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Each week has a two page spread.  On the left is a column for “Tasks and Actions.”  This is where you will write down the action items for your goal for that week.  You then have a column for each day dated from 7:00am until 9:00pm.  7:00am – 6:30pm have half our increments of time, and 7:00pm-9:00pm are just hours.  Saturday and Sunday share a column so they don’t really have a time spot.

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At the end of each month you have another two page spread for reflecting on the month.  (FYI This might be my favorite part!) Here you can looks at your accomplishments and challenges and an area to discuss how you are doing on meeting the goals for the year.   The next page give prompts about how time was spent and what you can do to improve next month.  Lastly, there is a area to write down your personal growth as well as things that have made you happy over the last month.

These reflecting pages are a great way to rethink your goals regularly and keep them fresh.  It’s ok to revise goals as long as you are still working for the same general idea.  Often times, in the beginning of a new project or goal we are unaware of exactly what it will take to be successful.  Be forgiving with yourself when necessary.

If you think this planner might be right for you check them out on Amazon.

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Picking the Perfect Planner Style

September 17
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Picking your planner style

 

 

Daily, weekly,  or monthly?  For many who are new to planing, figuring  out what type of planner to get can be one of the biggest challenges.  Finding out what exactly you need can be difficult and finding out how to best manage your time with a planner can be even more difficult  Today, I want to go over a few common planner types to give you some ideas about what could work for you.  Please keep in mind everyone is different and these are just suggestions from my personal experience.

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Daily:

Daily planners are great for people with busy days full of appointments, tasks, and other needs.  These planners work great for super busy students,  employees, managers, and entrepreneurs.  Moms also like these planners as well.  I love using a daily planner at work. I use the  2015-2016 Day Designer for Blue Sky.  (similar)  Due to the nature of my job, I have many tasks that I may be working on in a given day.  I also have other tasks to plan to work on later and I also must prioritize my day to ensure I get the most important things finished before they are due.  Because of this, I find that this planner is a great option for the “work me.”  Daily planners usually have an appointments column and/or tasks and notes. My daily planner also has a monthly calendar that I use to record staff leave time and events at a glance. The daily appointments area is very popular with people who attend many meetings or have appointments regularly with their job.  Although I don’t have too many meetings, (I am lucky!)  I do have many regularly scheduled programs each week.  I mark these here so I can see when in my day they occur and I also records stats for these programs in this area as well.    Although I love this planner for work,  I feel that it would not suit me for home or personal needs and definitely does not work for all types of jobs.

Here are my favorites:

Day Designer by Whitney English

The Simplified Planner (I LOVE Emily Ley, she is adorable.)

Franklin Covey (a big kickstarter of the planner movement in business)

Weekly

Weekly:

Weekly planners are most the most common type of personal planner for a very good reason.  They are simple, functional, and give you a view of the entire week.  Weekly planners give you a great view of what you have to do, what you have done, and where you can fit other tasks.  Also, because they are so popular there are many formats to choose from to find what works for you.  Erin Condren planners have popularized the vertical planner layout where you see each day as a column.  Horizontal planners are also popular, giving you a rectangular box for each day.  Also, there are weekly appointment planners that are great for those who have those meetings, appointments and events to schedule.

I use a Happy Planner as my weekly planner to keep track of everything unrelated to my job.  This is where I write my husband’s schedule, menu plans, personal events and appointments, daily to-dos and my blogging schedule.  My planner divides the day into Morning, Afternoon and Evening, but I change that to Life, Tasks, and Blog.  Because I see the entire week at a glance, this planner really helps me plan my week and put my brain at ease.  I also keep shopping lists, and other tasks in it on sticky notes to ensure all important notes are in one place.

When shopping for a weekly planner decide the view that you want, (Vertical or horizontal) as well as if you need the week to start on a certain day. (You would be surprised how annoying a Monday- Sunday week view is for someone who uses a Sunday- Saturday scheduling system at work.)  These planners often come in several sizes depending on your needs.

Here are my favorites:

The Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas

Day Designer for Blue Sky

Erin Condren Life Planner (Check out their personalized items!)

Monthly:

Not sure about needing that much information in your planner but you need something?  Try a daily planner.  These are essentially a small calendar to record only a few things per day.  We use a large monthly calendar at make and record everyone’s schedule.  Checkbook sized monthly calendars are a great start and can be found anywhere, even dollar stores.

 

DIY Daily

Other planner types:

To-dos:  Whitney English recently introduced a to-do planner that has undated pages with to-dos and appointments that you can fill out as needed.  This means you don’t need to dedicate pages to days you don’t need to plan.   Of course, if you just wanted a place for to-do lists you could also pick up a inexpensive journal.

DIY:  Many, myself included, have made their own planners from journals, binders, and old planners.  Want to try a daily planner?   Pick up a Moleskine notebook or journal at target and date your own pages.  Once you figure out what you like you can stick with the notebook or pick up a dated planner in the style of your preference.

 

 

Still don’t know what you need?  Try some of these printable planner templates to get a feel for what works best for you.

Emily Ley free printables

Day Designer free printables

(Both of these sites have great planner printables and tons of extras. )

 

 

 

Please note:  These are just a small sampling of popular planners. I know I have skipped filofax and many other popular binder planners.  Still not sure whats best for you?  Leave a comment and see if anybody has any suggestions!

 

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