Product Review: Planner with Calendar

I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review*

plannerI am a #planner junkie. With three kids, homeschooling, volunteering, traveling, and, oh yeah, working, being organized is not an option. 

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:

  • planner page  - goal settingPages 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.
  • planner page - weekly highlightsA 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.
  • planner - monthly highlightsThe 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:

  *I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and ideas here are mine and mine alone. This post, like many others on this site, also contains affiliate links. If you use the link and purchase something, I may or may not receive compensation. (Really, they don’t always pay. The rules are… complicated.) But, regardless, you will not pay a penny more if you use my affiliate link.