After I’ve been asked to write a review, here’s how the colourful little planner helped me so far:
1. It’s pricey, but it stands out.
Not your average business planner, this planner is so colourful! I also ordered a bunch of coloured pens and kept dragging them with me wherever I went. I found myself using them not only on the planner itself, but also for taking notes, where it was necessary to use different colours to showcase different arguments or text sections.
It’s not something you use, really, but the aesthetics of the planner is what made me buy it in the first place. I wanted something colourful, happy and that stands out. It definitely does the job.
2. It’s great for weekly planning, but no use if you want to take notes.
So I use two notebooks – this Life Planner for monthly and weekly overviews, and a simple blank Moleskine for meetings and note-taking.
I finished the few blank pages at the end of the planner in just a few days.
And even if I ordered extra notepads that get clipped in at the back, I couldn’t really use those because they’re flyaway pages you’re supposed to rip off once you’re done with the notes on them.
On the positive side, however, I’m especially appreciating the monthly overview. I find it easy to write down the monthly goals on the side, and then mark business trips, vacation days, or personal events with the stickers at the back of the planner.
Same with the weekly view – on Monday mornings, I write down the 3-4 most important goals for the week, and mark my pre-planned meetings, trainings or events. I don’t write down every single meeting (that’s what the Lotus Notes Calendar sync’d with my BlackBerry is for!) and I don’t see any issue with that.
3. I didn’t use:
the gift stickers or the plastic pouch at the end.
the numbers and addresses pages (I have them all in my phone!)
In conclusion, I love this planner, mostly for how it makes me feel when I open the “Make Every Day a Happy Day” bookmark. I love its colours, its stickers and inspiring quotes.
However, if asked again, for a note-taking girl like me, who doesn’t write ALL her appointments in her planner, but mostly uses it as a long-term overview tool, I think the (new) notebook option would be better. It comes with a monthly overview, plus lots of note-taking pages.
Oh well, maybe for next year