I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review*
My friend Jaime, she understands me. Jaime is always coming home with a new planner and posting pictures on Facebook to make me drool. Me, I don’t buy them… I just keep searching for the “perfect” planner. I have printed my own, I purchased one from a great coach (it was good, but only came in pdf, soooo many pages to print, and too much “stuff” that I wasn’t using). My mentor sent me another, which is a great planner, but the calendar isn’t really useful for me – more of a daily checklist of goals. I need a enough space to write my daily to-do’s.
So, when I came across this request from Tools4Wisdom to have someone review their planner with a calendar, I thought it would be a great fit. I’m picky, I’ve certainly had my eyes on plenty of planners, and I know what I find useful.
When my planner arrived, I was initially surprised at the size. I had thought it would be smaller, a sort of 5×8, book-size. What I got was this gorgeous 8½ x 11 inch, coil bound, colorful, cheerful book. I admit, I was feeling pretty eager when I dug into it.
Cutting to the chase: This is the best melding of a planner and calendar that I have come across. It’s large and easy to read. Here are the features I like the most:
- Pages of content designed to both inspire you and help guide you toward creating a functional plan. There’s just enough to keep nudging you, without overlaying your ideas with their own. It’s about your ideas, thoughts, goals and plans — the planner is just that: a structure to help them work for you.
- Nice big month at a glance spreads.
- Weekly views spread over two pages, for every week of the year. This is a biggie for me.
- A daily breakdown, weekdays, by half hour, from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Um, that’s perfect. (Weekends the breakdown is every two hours, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Even I don’t need a half-hour breakdown all day on the weekends.)
- Pages for helping you identify actions needed to reach your goals, and spaces to specific goals to specific months.
- Tabs – clear, big – so you can flip back and forth to specific months. As someone who has in the past, made do with “almost perfect” planners using binder clips and book marks, I very much appreciate this feature.
- The last section of the planner is for “Notes and Ideas.” I’ve had that in other planners, but this one includes a nice feature I didn’t anticipate: next to the space to type your ideas is a corresponding column where you note actions that are directly tied to the idea. Nice.
Is it truly a perfect planner? Well, nothing’s perfect. There’s a typo inside the front cover. I’m not sure if that’s because I got a first printing and it slipped by or not. But honestly, that was the only criticism I could find. Some of the illustrations aren’t the slickest I’ve seen, but they’re effective, and in my book, effective always beats slick.
Here’s a little slideshow of the planner. See what you think: