Confession: One of my sisters-in-law and I could talk planners all day long. We exchange WhatsApp messages comparing their perks and what we love. It’s sooo fun.
My choice this year is Sue Hooley’s Daily Planner, available from Christian Light Publications (who produced it), Christian Learning Resource (if you’re from my hometown), or Amazon. Here’s what I love about it.
1. Pretty cover, spiral binding
The cover is laminated and durable, besides just plain cute. I love the colors. The spiral binding is nice and big, easy to work with – pages don’t catch when you turn them.
2. Laminated tabs
We have Year, Month, Week, Tasks, Projects, Info, and Shopping. These sections offer spreads of each category, with space to plan and personalize. Plus those divider pages are full color, leading to a nice little pop in the middle of monochrome pages.
3. Muted background graphics throughout
All text is in plum color to match the cover. But most pages have background variations of the cover images – think more like stationery than plain pages.
4. Highly adaptable sections, with LOTS of space for brainstorming
This is usually missing from the planners I buy. Either there’s not enough space, or the space is too specific – like “plans for personal development at work” or “my garden layout down to the last seed” when what I really want to write about is the menu for a child’s birthday party, or the Bible verse I just came across, or my upcoming schedule for dog vaccines.
In this planner, inside the Tasks, Projects, and Info sections, there’s a ton of flex with how they’re used. Just pretty pages, varied designs, and whatever I want to do. Yay!
5. Perforated shopping lists
Lots and lots of them. And a pocket inside the back cover.
6. Weekly spread that covers thirteen months, starting December 2020
Which means I get to commence sooner. Insert big cheesy grin.
7. Perfect price
I’m not sure how you can beat $15.99 on Amazon – I think that’s pretty thrifty.
In short, it’s a nicely compact and efficient planner, but charming and spontaneous too. I’m excited to give it a try!
What’s your favorite planner?
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