Hello! 🙂 This week I’m reviewing my custom Agendio planner!
Agendio has been around since 2005–they are a longstanding company that knows what they’re doing. They offer an in-depth customization process for their planners, with the philosophy that:
Most planners have preset layouts, so you must adapt to your planner.
At Agendio.com, customize your layout and personalize all your content before we print and assemble your individual planner.
Because Agendio is so customizable, I can only provide a snapshot of what you can create with their platform. I highly recommend playing around with their customization software for a while–seriously, set aside an hour or two for some calm, fun exploration. The combinations are endless. In their video, they showcase only some of the ways in which you can build and design your planner:
Agendio offers 349 models, 17 page configurations, and 3 sizes (Journal, Medium, and Large). The ways you can organize and arrange your planner are pretty limitless. I spent about three hours building my planner on their website. They utilize a drag and drop platform that shows you what the planner you are creating looks like in real-time. You can label sections, title pages, change the text around, add Events, repeating tasks, & etc. in your planner all on their website. You can create columns, sections, choose whether you want lines, grids, or blank sections, choose the type of bullet point you want for lists. (I have circle bullet points because I think they look pretty.) If this all sounds a little overwhelming, that’s okay–it definitely can be. But Agendio has put extensive resources into polishing their online planner builder & editor software to create a truly in-depth customization experience for you. I highly recommend playing around on their website. Planner Peace may be elusive, or it may just be a myth, but you can get pretty close with Agendio.
The Agendio Personal-Year Planner varies in price–mine was over $70 once I was done creating and customizing everything. Expect to pay somewhere between $50–75 for your planner.
Agendio offers Inserts for all types of binders, Standard, and Personal-Year planners. The difference between Standard and Personal-Year planners is outlined as: “Personal-Year planners are Agendio planners with all the features of a standard planner, but which also include pages after each week or month for customizable planning pages. Select from an assortment of both Planning and Extra pages, customize them, and then plan throughout the year with questions that matter to you, in a format you personalized.” This means that you can start the Personal-Year planner whenever you like–I started mine in April. It will run for twelve months from your chosen start date. Another thing you can do, which Agendio suggests, is to begin the planner on your birthday (you can actually start on the week of your birthday) so that you cover a year of your life–not the calendar year, not the academic year, but your 30th or 55th or 24th year.
You can also configure the layout of your planner–they have 17 configurations. You can have Month, Week, Extra Pages, Week, Extra Pages, etc. for example. You can create a Daily, Weekly, or Monthly planner and add extra pages throughout the planner. My weeks are six pages long (I’ll get into that).
This review will focus on the Weekly Agendio planner I created in Large size.
The functionality of this planner varies depending on the choices you make–but the canvas is there. Likewise, you can make this agenda a heavy-duty planning machine or merely a place to jot down your running task list–the choice of how functional you want it to be is all yours.
When you open your Agendio, the nameplate page greets you with the name of the company and their tagline, “Follow your own agenda.” 😉 Then you get the dates your planner runs through and the models used in its creation. At the bottom of the page are a couple of lines for writing your name, number, etc.
Next you have two year at a glance pages–I love how Agendio does this. They use the dates of your planner to map out the year. So mine, as you can see here, starts in April 2018 and goes until March 2019. The next page contains April 2019 through March 2020.
I use this page to keep track of my pay periods for work but it’s a simple, clean layout for whatever your needs are.
Now we get into the custom pages. I included a “Prep” section (you get to name your tabs if you choose to include them!) in my planner, which I put at the very front of the calendar pages. There are several types of pages you can add–Agendio has a whole collection of them–or you can use the pages as templates to create your own. I chose some reflective workbook-style pages to start the planner with.
The way Agendio works is that each page is customizable with a drag and drop editor. So all the Life Balance, Self-Awareness, Goal Achievement, etc. pages that you see here come pre-loaded with content, but you can change it to better suit you and your particular concerns. I chose to keep the standard text that these pages included to show you how they were initially set up, but you can change any of the text.
There are four layouts for your monthly spread. I chose the one with little circles around the dates, which I love the look of. You can customize the daily boxes (I made mine lined), decide whether your month starts on a Monday or Sunday, control how the column is divided, and choose what to do with the blank boxes that don’t have dates in them. I decided to use those a places to track birthdays for the month, and whether I purchased and sent a gift or card out to that person. These boxes move around each month, of course, as the blank days differ in each spread. I also chose to include mini month-at-a-glance boxes for the months preceding and following the spread. I broke my column into four sections: a blank box for whatevs, To Do list, To Go list, and To Buy list.
You can also choose which holidays you want to add to your Agendio–they have an impressive list. You can even add state holidays, which I have done for Maryland (where I live)! If you have included events in the creation phase of your planner, they will be printed on their corresponding days here. You can also have them printed in your weekly or daily spreads. You can select whether or not you would like your weekends to be shaded in the monthly spread. I did, because I like keeping the work week and weekend visually separate. 🙂
Ah, my weekly spread. I started with a template layout and customized it to best suit how I wanted to use my Agendio. I chose to start my weeks on a Monday, how I wanted the day & date configured, whether I wanted moon cycles, how to break up each column, and how I wanted the righthand side of my planner utilized. I broke each daily column into three parts: Priority box, schedule slots from 6 am to 12 midnight, and a To Do list. You can choose when you want your schedule to run–only need your planner from 9 am-5 pm? You can break it down into 15-minute increments if you like. Want two lines per schedule slot? Easy. Half-hour time slots? You can do it. Just lines? Fine. I wanted a larger scope of time–I’m a bit of a night owl so I like a planner that goes past 9 pm. I have never seen a planner that takes its schedule all the way to midnight so I was thrilled that I could create one!
The To Do box was my own label for that space. If I added recurring tasks in the creation phase of this planner then they will show up here in my To-Do section. I use this space to write in tasks that I must do that day. I have struggled between Daily and Weekly planners because I want a space for tasks that don’t have hard deadlines but should be done that week, but I also want a space where I can keep track of daily to-dos. It’s a hard balance to strike, but with this custom layout, I can do it. I get my space for day-based to-dos and I get a place for weekly tasks to keep on my radar.
In this particular layout that I configured, each column is 1.5″ wide. It’s enough space to write things in, but I definitely needed the Large size to make this layout work for me. I have two columns on the righthand side of my spread–I managed to get the work week all on one page, while the weekend and weekly columns are on the second page. I created one column that is just a blank, lined space. The second column has organized to-do lists: Home To Do, Work To Do, Misc., and Don’t Forget. I chose circles for my checkboxes, and chose to have four separate and designated lists instead of one big one. You could use this space for so many things–keeping track of the schedules of your kids, tasks for each child, habits to keep track of, meal planning, etc.
I chose to include the two months following the current one in tiny at-a-glance set-ups in the upper righthand corner. I thought it would be useful to have them there for planning ahead. I’m kicking myself a little–I wish that I had used the space for something else now. But when you are building your Agendio planner, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do with each and every little section. I recommend coming to the creation process for this planner with a clear idea of what you need your planner to do for you, and exploring the options from there. Take a break after an hour, come back later after you’ve had time to reflect on the configuration choices you’ve made, and then adjust as needed. Take your time. I cannot stress this enough–because this planner is so customizable, you can’t really blame Agendio for a layout you aren’t 100% into, because you have almost all the power in creating it.
I said that my weeks are size pages long–it’s true. I decided to add Extra Pages at the end of each week (you can add them at the end of each month, beginning or end of the planner, etc.) because there were things I didn’t want to cram into a weekly spread. I included a Habit Tracker, and as you can see I wrote in the habits I am trying to track for each day of the week. I also left the bottom part of the page blank for any reflections about my habits, changes needed, or brainstorming for additional habits to keep track of. I don’t use the notes section of this page every week, and that’s okay.
Next, I added a page for Meal Planning. I love the long column on the righthand side for my Grocery List, which I can add things to as I plan out the week’s menu with my husband. There are, of course, many layout options for Meal Planning pages, all of which you can customize. I chose a layout that gave me room to write out my meals for each day and didn’t stick me with a strict Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner construction of eating. Girl gotta snack!
Next, and I admit in hindsight that this was a little excessive of me, I included two notes pages at the end of every week. I never thought I would say this, but it’s too many notes pages for me. If I don’t use them that week then I feel like I’ve “lost” them. If I were to go back, I would add notes pages to the beginning of every month instead. The cool thing about these notes pages is that you can title them if you like (I left mine blank), and you can choose the format of your page. I chose to have one lined page and one dot grid page. Variety!
Then my week starts again. As you can imagine, this is a pretty big planner. Each month has like 16 pages (double-sided).
And then, because why not more notes, I added a Notes section at the back of the planner along with the double-sided folder. I can’t even describe the material of this folder. It is like a silky but durable flexible paper. (I tried.)
As you can see, there is a lot you can get out of this planner! 🙂
Most of Agendio’s resources have gone into making sure their online editor where you create your planner is as seamless as possible. They have two cover options: hard eco-leather Wrap cover or a soft printed spiral cover. The hardcover can only accommodate 160-168 pages, while the soft cover with spiral can handle up to 464 pages of planning perfection.
I, of course, love thick planners and was delighted to have a planner that could handle over 400 pages in one book. Hardcover planners have solid color covers, but there are several patterns to choose from with the soft cover option. The available cover patterns aren’t the best I’ve seen–you can choose from multiple colors on many of them, and there are a couple that I really like, but I would love to see some more options that look less…Office Depot circa 1997? I believe that Agendio will soon turn its attention to the aesthetic offerings it provides, like cover options, and release some new ones later this year. I love the cover option I did go with, which includes a lovely fern and flower pattern. I chose the color, as well! You can also add a monogram (Ara is short enough to be a monogram so that works for me!) or a band along the spiral-side of the planner with a full name or phrase.
The Large planner is, well, large. I chose this option because I don’t usually get to review a large planner and I have been approached by people who would like advice on where to find bigger-sized planners. I designed this planner to serve as a home-base planner, one that mostly stays on my desk (or on the floor next to my bed if I’m completely honest) that I plan ahead in and refer to throughout the week.
But how large is Large? The planner pages are 8.5″ x 11″ (10.25″ x 11″ including the spiral and tabs) and 1″ thick. The spiral is about 1.5″ in diameter. This planner is heavy, but the soft cover makes it both delightfully floppy and lighter than it otherwise might be.
My contact at Agendio, Dan (hello Dan!), also hooked me up with one of their elastic bands (they have simple or decorative options), which you can see expertly holding my planner together here, and a page marker. 🙂
There are two important things about the Agendio creation process that I haven’t mentioned yet (I know right!?): (1) you can customize your font, and (2) you can choose which color you want the month to be accented in. You can choose from quite a few fonts, from traditional serifs to playful swirly options. I chose Raleway, which is one of my favorite fonts and has a clean, light sans serif look that I just love. I should mention that you only get one font choice for the planner–you can’t customize different areas with different fonts.
You can also choose the colors for each month–don’t like yellow? Avoid it simply by not selecting it. Want to separate your planner into quarters? You can make Jan-Mar the same color to clump them together and so forth. Are you into simplicity and minimalism? Make everything one color, or better yet, black. It’s up to you. 🙂
The page marker is unobtrusive but easy to find. It has the capability of clipping together multiple pages, which is great when I have completely given up on habit tracking and meal planning for the week–I can clip them together in my page marker and forget all about my planning faux pas.
The tabs and folder in the back are an extra cost–if it’s really important to you to have tabs, you can make it happen, but you also aren’t tied to them. You also get to name your tabs–I chose to spell out the months (which appear in their designated color) rather than abbreviating them, but you can choose whichever look you like best!
When you add an event or recurring task to your planner, it gets printed. I do wish the lettering was a little bigger, but I understand standardization. It’s nice ot have that reminder to post on my blog (ahem) and Meal Plan. I also have a reminder to pay my rent every month on the 1st, which I love not having to write down myself. It’s already in there, Agendio has taken care of it. )
I also LOVE that you can select how you want your task lists to appear. I love circles for checkboxes and think that they look a little cleaner and neater. Creative control over this small detail really makes me feel like I have a personalized planner in a way that other custom options haven’t–the depth of detail Agendio strives to provide is unparalleled.
I love that the aesthetic of your Agendio really depends on you, rather than any predetermined stylistic choice made by the company. You can have a bright, colorful, fun-font planner. Or, you can make a simple and minimalist planner by choosing a more austere font and monochromatic colors. That choice really is yours.
Agendio uses 90 gsm paper for Daily planners and 105 gsm paper for Weekly planners. (Thanks for finding this out, Amanda’s Favorites!) The paper used is bright white and relatively smooth. The only bleed was from the Sharpie Permanent Marker, which is to be expected. The Erin Condren marker was a little heavy for this planner, as was my inkier Stabilo Boss highlighter. My Tombow brush marker did quite well, though! I’ve enjoyed using Micron pens and my Pilot Juice 0.38 pen in this planner. I find that the paper makes thicker felt tip pens spread out a bit (check the Papermate Flair). Rollerball pens and ballpoints did quite well! While there is a little ghosting, I am happy with the paper overall.
So! After all that–Interested in seeing how I am using my planner? 🙂 I thought you might be!
This planner works well for me because I had control over most of its appearance. I built it to be the perfect in-between planner–more content than a normal weekly planner but not as spread out as a daily one. I love that I have the same amount of space on weekends as I do during the week. I use my weekly lists on the righthand column of my layout as a place to brain dump things I should probably get to that week, and that system works well for me because it is already organized.
It’s a little difficult to do my usual Fit discussion with Agendio, because I believe that you can customize it to fit almost any situation you need.
Are you a student? Designate a place for homework assignments, create a page for keeping track of your grades, add a notes page each week or month to write down tidbits from your club or Greek Life meetings, etc. As a student, I would have loved loved loved the customization ability of this planner. There is no one-size-fits-all academic planner–students vary so much in what they need from a planner. College students might need a place to keep track of social meetings, due dates, and homework descriptions. Grad students may need a habit tracker to make sure they are working on that thesis or dissertation every day, but not need to manage a class load in the same way. High school students may have a demanding extracurricular schedule that is outside the scope of a 9 am to 5 pm timeframe. My husband played football in high school and regularly woke up at 5 am and didn’t get home to start homework until 7 pm.
If you are a working gal or dude or non-gender binary folk, then Agendio can provide a monthly planner for the most basic at-a-glance experience, a weekly planner for more intensive managing of your schedule, or a daily planner for super busy days at the office or in the field. This planner can be as portable as you like with the Journal size, or as hefty and all-encompassing as the Large planner that I chose. Never even use a monthly spread? You don’t have to have one with Agendio.
I would not recommend this planner to anyone who doesn’t want to do the work of designing their own planner layout. If decision fatigue is super real for you and you just want a place to write down your appointments, then this planner might be a bit much. It is a process to create, and a bit of a wait to receive (2-3 weeks usually). It is not a planner for anyone with serious budget restrictions. (No shame–money is a thing and sometimes a planner isn’t your spending priority.) This planner, while not egregiously more expensive than other options out there, is also not a cheap purchase. I personally think that it is worth the cost because you have such a rich customization process. I will absolutely be using mine all year.
All in all, this planner has so many possibilities that it’s hard to think of what type of person/planner might not be a good fit. If you invest a little time upfront into creating a truly versatile and personalized planner, then Agendio could carry you through the year with a tailored experience that you love.
One last important thing I should mention: Agendio does a stellar job of walking you through the creation process. It’s a bit complicated to build your planner, but Agendio doesn’t leave you hanging during the process in any way.
I love how in-depth the customization process is. I love choosing my layouts, changing my bullet point style, adding events in when I create the planner so I don’t have to remember them throughout the year, etc. I have never been able to create such a complex and personalized planner for myself before. I am pleased as a peach!
I wish there were some more cover options! I think Agendio could really ramp up their offerings with some aesthetic variety. I would also like to see some more font choices that aren’t in the swirly department–a variety of sans serif font options, for example. Although I am, of course, pleased with Raleway. 🙂
Do you have an Agendio? What choices did you make about the design of your planner? Did it improve your planning process? Tell me everything–in a comment! I would love to hear from you. 🙂
Until next time!