A few weeks ago I wrote about the planner I used in 2014 and showed how I was modifying it to be a better fit for my needs. When it was time to order my 2015 planner (I think I did this in September?) I knew I wouldn’t get the same planner again. Decorating with washi tape is fun and I still do it, but it shouldn’t be necessary to make your planner work for you.
When it came to picking a new planner I wanted something that:
- Suited the way I plan my days
- Was stylish, but still professional
- Had plenty of room to write
- Was neutral so my color coding/decorating was the only color in the book
The Day Designer had a lot of great reviews on blogs and YouTube. Yes, I caught myself watching 20 minute long YouTube videos where girls did a walk through of how they set up their planners. Inevitably, I would roll my eyes and ask myself “why are you still watching this??” Click, click, repeat.
I ordered my 2015 planner as soon as I had an opportunity. Now let me tell you, this is one pricy planner. Part of what I liked about The Day Designer was the community. You get access to webinars aimed at helping you get organized, define and establish really solid goals and so on along with your purchase. Bonus!
The Day Designer is just that, a daily planner. It’s set up like this:
And then, of course, here are some pictures of what it looks like when I start decorating. Weekends are combined on one page so you lose some of the daily items. I don’t really schedule my weekends, I usually turn those into checklist pages.
Here’s what February looked like at the beginning of the month. I’ll share a picture on Instagram when February is over so you can see how it evolved. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I obsessively post pictures of this planner because I love it so much.
In addition to the planner pages, the 2015 version of The Day Designer comes with strategic planning worksheets. I know that sounds a bit weird/intimidating. When I first got the planner I was like “wait, why do I want this? I’m not a business! I don’t need a strategic plan.” False. Those worksheets really helped me with my goals for this year and empowered me to set myself up for success in a way I hadn’t thought about before.
The downside to this planner is that just like me, everyone else decided this was the year they wanted in on The Day Designer awesomeness. It’s a small company and they’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of orders they received. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited for Whitney English and her team because that’s what everyone dreams will happen to their small business, but this has cut back on some of the community aspects I fell in love with. I’m already not sure I’ll be able to get my hands on one of these for 2016!
There are other things I wish I could do with this planner, like add pages or sections. I’m pretty sure I could re-create most of what I love about this planner with a ring-bound planner just by finding the right inserts. So we’ll see! For now, my obsession continues.