It’s a new year and you need a planner that will position you to make it fabulous!
Let me get right to the point. I have tried Erin Condren, Day Designer and the Ban.do (I am very busy) planners and did not like any of them.
Each one promises so much but just couldn’t quite fit my needs. And guess what, it’s ok.
I was so excited when each planner arrived, like a kid at Christmas.
I mean, c’mon, you’d have to be void of any fun if your heart didn’t race a bit from taking a look at each of these planners.
Say that name and women get really giddy. Erin Condren planners are available with many different covers and are quite fun, playful and motivational. They stand out with blasts of color!
Many girls around the web create “unpackaging” YouTube videos. Yes, it is just that serious. It arrives in the most gorgeous packaging and there are tons of planner goodies available for purchase.
Erin Condren planners were my first official exposure to the wonderful world of planners. But once my planner arrived, I was quite disappointed. Couldn’t quite put my finger on it, I mean, who wouldn’t love this beautiful, spiral bound, colorful book where I could plan out every single minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of my life?
While I tried to figure out my nonattraction to Erin Condren planners, I actually stopped carrying it and placed it on my nightstand. Sixty dollars sitting on my nightstand.
My next planner exposure came with the Day Designer. Now, you wanna talk about stylish goal setting…the Day Designer offers just that. Straight from a regular person like you and I, Whitney English delivers with helping others create “well designed days”.
Again, what’s not to love? The layout is minimalistic and beautiful. There are tons of features including an inspirational/motivational quote, top three goals for the day, other to do’s and an hourly schedule to plan out every single minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of your life.
Those funny feelings started to creep back in after a month or so of using the Day Designer. It didn’t make it to the nightstand but I stopped carrying it. Fifteen nine dollars just sitting on my book shelf.
Ban.do (I Am Very Busy planner)
Ok, so the Ban.do planner was a spur of the moment purchase. Being without a planner was weighing on me and I caught a glimpse of this planner on Instagram. It was bright, cheery, fun and came with an invitation to be part of a “girl gang”. How could I turn that down?
The Ban.do planner is all about fun and after it arrived I knew it was a mistake. I don’t mind being part of a “girl gang” but kinda want them to be around my age, you know, have some life experiences under their belt.
Full of color, funny phrases, stickers and thin paper, the “I Am Very Busy” Ban.do planner is great for planning your life. Ok, so this one has a weekly layout instead of hourly. This one factor turned on the lightbulb for me.
I noticed a trend with all three planners. I am not one who can be tied down to planning my life every single minute of every single hour of every single day of every single week of every single month. Two of the three planners had this feature. Daily layouts make for bulky planners which make it very difficult if you plan on carrying your planner around with you in your purse.
Here’s what I learned from carrying all three planners:
- I don’t like being confined to writing on lines
- I need white space to have a brain dump
- Life throws hurdles at unexpected times that cannot be scheduled
- I love spiral binding because of the ease
- I like stylish and mature planners with pops of color
- I like weekly layouts only if they are in a horizontal direction
- I prefer a monthly layout with boxes to put stickers or jot down notes