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.
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 Instagram. Hang 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!