Worth it Wednesday (kind of): Organizers
So to start out, I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a planner/organizer person. Like, ever. I hated having to write stuff in my agenda for school. The only thing I liked was being able to cross out holiday dates and writing in the fun stuff for weekends.
I didn’t really even use a calendar until I got one to review. I mostly would use my phone and put doctors appointments in it. Or forget to and just hope the phone call reminding me came :).
Then I came across a blog post (I don’t remember where) about a planner. Normally, something like this I would just pass on by. But this one… it stuck out to me. It really grabbed my attention. I wish I could remember where it was posted on.
I was lucky enough to get to review three different planners!
My first impression of the Tools4Wisdom planner is that it is big! It reminds me of the agendas from middle school. But I like the front cover with the colors and quote. It is also a plastic material and nice and thick.
Here you can see the size compared to my hand.
My favorite part of this journal is the tabs. I really like having tabs for each month. Makes it so much easier to jump and plan from month to month.
This is the first page you see. I like the frame where I can put my name. I kind of wish it had a section for other personal info in case, I lost it.
This is the inside cover. It has all this info about choices and goals and planning. I actually didn’t use this. I’m not really one to get into ‘personal uplifting’ stuff.
This is a place to start figuring out your goals. It has a section for mind mapping and note taking. If you are big on figuring out your goals, this planner is going to be great for you.
This is another goal/purpose/self-growth area. Again, I’m not big into this kind of stuff. There is a bunch of different sections, innovation, health, mind and soul, etc. You are supposed to write down in the notes section the answers to each question. Then the steps you plan to take to get to that goal.
Each month has a front page titled “Essential goals.” You figure out your biggest outcome for the month, why you want to get that result, and how to do it. I like figuring out goals for each month, compared to an overall entire year.
Next is a calendar setup for the entire month. Perfect to put birthdays, appointments, things like that. Just little reminders. I use it for planning out my blog posts.
This is the weekly setup for each day. At the top, it has a daily goal section. At the bottom is a section for other priorities. There is also a section for overall goals for the week. I don’t really like the setup with all the hour sections. I don’t really plan out my day like that, but I know it is perfect for others.
The back is the same as the front, a pretty picture, and quote. 🙂
The cover is kind of an in-between of cute and plain. The chevron makes it cute, but the word parts are plain. I like it though because it isn’t overwhelming. The size of the planner is nice and small. Between the size of a softcover romance book and a normal hardcover.
The first page is plain. Just a 2016 note.
I like the there is a section in the front for all your personal information. I didn’t fill all of it out because I don’t need all that info everywhere. 🙂 I like that it even has an emergency contact, so if there is an issue and you have your planner on you, someone can call your emergency contact.
On the other side of the front is the David Psalm. I don’t actually believe in God, but I really don’t mind that stuff. It is good for most.
There is a section in the front for goals. I like that it is really plain and simple. Kind of like a no pressure goal section. Plus there is a lot of room to write and doodle and stuff like that.
This is the main calendar page, for the entire month. The boxes are nice and big and easy for me to write in. I can cram a bunch of info in one box if I really want to.
The week is split up horizontally – something I haven’t really seen in other planners. You can fit a lot of info here. It isn’t split up for times, but I don’t need that anyways. Each page has a Bible quote – again, not something I really need or want, but I do like the quotes from Psalms. They are very inspirational.
The menu section is a hit or miss for some people. For me, it’s a miss. I don’t really plan my meals. Kind of hard to plan for midnight ramen. But I think it is excellent for a parent or someone on a specific diet. There is also a to-do section for each day, which is good for people who like lists.
The back has a pretty good amount of notes pages. You can use it to work on goals, as a journal, whatever you want. I think it would be perfect if you like to journal. Then you only need one book instead of two.
The last page has full year calendar. I like that because if I need to look up a future date really quick, I can.
The back is plain, but it at least matches the front with the chevron.
The Panda Planner is probably my favorite. Mostly because it is small. I like small. Small means portable, easy to throw in my (very) messy bedside table.
Panda Planner gives you a bunch of videos and ebooks when you purchase. The videos are good to skip through to learn about what each section is meant for. The ebooks are mostly self-help books.
You can see it is pretty thick for such a small book.
One thing you need to know is that the book is undated. You have to fill in the dates yourself. Which is kind of a pain, but it also means that you can start it at any point in the year without losing pages.
There isn’t much to the planner. For each month, there is a normal calendar. The boxes are small, but enough to put a single event in each box. My picture shows it unused, but I’ve filled it with my blog posts. It works perfect for that.
Unlike other planners, this one doesn’t have a monthly review. It has a weekly review. It is very big on reminding you about the good things you have, you’ve done, and your goals. I kind of like it.
The day part of the planner gets two pages. I like that it has the parts on the top for you to fill in: I’m grateful for and Today will be great because. I actually like filling these out. It makes me feel good about myself. You have a section under that for your top priorities – the things you MUST do. There is a lot of room to write if you need to plan something out.
On the opposite page is a section for your hourly schedule. I like that it is small because I almost never plan out my day like that, only really for appointments. So I can mostly ignore it. There is a little section for other tasks you want to get done, so you can make a list and check it off.
At the end of your day, you do the end of day review. It is really small, just three parts for each of the two main sections. You reflect on your wins and how you want to improve.
I wish it had tabs, but it does have two ribbons to use as bookmarks.
Each of the three planners I reviewed has their pros and cons. I think they would work perfectly for different people. They are definitely meant for a specific group of people. Personally, I’ve found out that I like a small planner with not much planning. Maybe once I get into the habit of using a planner more I will want to graduate to a bigger and more involved one.
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