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The Day Designer, By Whitney English

I’m borderline obsessed with brightly-colored office supplies and organizational tools. There, I said it. As we’re still getting to know each other here on EvannClingan.com, I consider that an important detail. I actually miss Back to School shopping because I can’t fill an entire shopping cart at Staples with colored pens and spiral notebooks anymore. Somewhere between switching my language from “school supplies” to “office supplies,” I became most obsessed with yearly planners. I realize that’s a funny thing to be obsessed with, but you might agree with me after learning about my new favorite planner–The Day Designer, By Whitney English.

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Last year, I was head over heals for my Erin Condren Life Planner. I was within weeks of ordering a 2013-2014 edition, when I came across Jessica’s picture on InstagramHang on a minute. Read the description on the front cover of the Day Designer and tell me that this planner wasn’t made for people like me. At only a few dollars more than the Life Planner, I was sold within less than 24 hours on a product that I consider the glue to my busy schedule.

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On the outside, the Day Designer is a hardback, metallic-striped book with spiral binding. I added tabs for each month. That’s the one and only thing I think the Day Designer is missing.

The most unique part about this planner is that it starts with worksheets to fill out at the beginning of the year that will help you identify values, set goals, and track progress. The worksheets push you to think about what you truly want to accomplish in the next year, then give you a place to record those thoughts and revisit at any time.

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After the worksheets at the front of the Day Designer, there is plenty of room to plan for day-to-day activities. At the beginning of each month, there is a Month-At-A-Glance section, with a full calendar and space for longer-term planning.

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Finally, each day of the year has its own full page. Some people (like me) need that room to spread out, doodle with Sharpie pens, and make some big plans. These daily pages include lines for every hour, as well as space for a to-do list, dinner planning, budget tracking, etc. There’s even room to record a Daily Gratitude in the bottom corner. Whitney really thought of everything.

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I’ve only been using the Day Designer for a week, and I already love it. Yes, it’s an investment as far as a yearly planner goes, but I love that it was created as a tool for strategic planning. The next batch of Day Designers will be printed for January 2014. If you love organization and beautiful office supplies as much as I do, go order one. To convince you a bit more:

NOTE: I purchased this product and was in no way compensated to review it. These are honest opinions. I really do think you should buy the Day Designer!

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17 Comments

  • Reply Kathleen Walpole (@KatieWalpole)

    Love your review of the Day Designer Planner! I’ve seen it everywhere on instagram the past few weeks, and I wanted to get a better grasp of what it offers before I buy one!

    August 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    • Reply evannclingan

      Hi, Kathleen! So happy to give you a peek inside. This isn’t even a fraction of the awesome content, especially in terms of the worksheets in the front of the book. I highly recommend purchasing the January 2014 edition. Have a wonderful weekend!

      August 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply Samantha

      Evann – I just ordered my planner for 2014 and am psyched! Your review was awesome. Where did you get those monthly tabs?

      October 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve been seeing the Day Designer everywhere but haven’t seen many inside pics. I think this will be PERFECT for me!

    August 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    • Reply evannclingan

      Absolutely! It surprises me that there weren’t many pictures of the inside of the Day Designer floating around. Hope you enjoy the product, and thanks for reading!

      August 31, 2013 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Dondrea Owens

    This is such a tease! But a much appreciated one. :) I’ve placed my order for January 2014, and I’m trying my best not to rush the rest of the year along so that I can get my hands on it. Lol!

    August 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply evannclingan

      Ah! That’s so tough. I believe I found one of the last few August 2013 Day Designers. I had to purchase it through a boutique that carried them. I totally understand your anticipation. Enjoy!

      August 31, 2013 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Brittany

    Really great review! I’ve been on the fence about ordering but this settles it. Day Designer for me it is. I do have one question do you mind sharing where your monthly tabs are from?

    August 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Victoria Crispo

    Well I might be putting this on my “wishlist”! :)

    September 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply evannclingan

      You absolutely should! It’s so beautiful and useful. Thanks for reading!

      September 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Sandra

    What was the biggest difference between this planner and the Erin Condren planner for you? They seem similar in several ways and cost but the Erin Condren planner seems to have more bells and whistles…really watching my budget and getting into being more organized so I’m a newbie to this.

    September 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • Reply evannclingan

      Great question, Sandra! I would say the biggest difference is that Erin Condren focuses heavily on the day to day scheduling, whereas Whitney English offers worksheets in the front to put some thought into strategically planning your year. Perhaps decide if that planning is something you’d like to do. Erin Condren is more colorful throughout, Whitney English has a clean, black and white design. Finally, (and this is big for me) Whitney English offers one full page for every day of the year. Erin Condren has each day in a column, so you’re viewing the full week at once. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      September 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
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  • Reply Lauren Evans

    So Sharpies are okay to use in the day designer?
    I’m afraid to use them but really want to (I just bought 24 Sharpies!) – I don’t want the pens to leak through to the next page, as they do in many books I own!

    Cheers!

    July 22, 2014 at 6:36 am
    • Reply Evann Clingan

      Lauren – I did use these thin, Sharpie pens. I think the ink is specifically designed not to bleed through. A regular Sharpie might bleed. The ones pictured work great!

      July 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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