Purposeful Planner 2018 Daily

Hello hello! I’m back again post-move! It can be quite a stressful endeavor, moving from one city to another (even when they are close by). Thank you for being ever patient with me as I settle into my new home, new job, and each new planner I review for you! ❤ 🙂 I’m also delighted to announce that my planner reviews will be happening twice a week again, on Thursdays and Sundays! 🙂

This Thursday I’m digging into the Purposeful Planner by Corie Clark. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the 2018 Daily edition of the planner, which retails for $58 plus shipping (right now there is a 30% off code!). Corie Clark also has weekly versions of her planner as well as bound “leatherette” covers!

Corie Clark had a planner journey, just like the kind that all of us are on. 😉 She couldn’t find what she wanted:

For years, I’ve been on the search for the perfect planner. I have found many that come close but none have had everything I’ve wanted. I wanted a place to be encouraged and inspired, reminded to live on purpose, and keep my life and family organized. I wanted a place to budget and menu plan, to be reminded to take care of myself, and to keep up with those little things that I always forget to do.

So Corie created her own planner in 2013 and has been rocking the planner market ever since!

I reached out to Corie with an interest in reviewing this planner for all y’all and she was kind enough to send one my way!


The Purposeful Planner is a daily planner designed for functionality and a holistic approach to your life. It packs in a lot!

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When the planner arrives you get a nice note from Corie Clark thanking you and welcoming you to the Purposeful Planner community. There is a pocket folder attached to the inside cover that’s tall enough to hold plenty of loose notes or receipts. The first page of the planner is the nameplate page, with just a simple lined space to write who “This planner belongs to…”

When you turn the page you come upon a thoughtful letter from Corie, thanking you for “investing into your life” with the Purposeful Planner. Popular language that Corie uses throughout her products is this idea of “finding miracles in the margin”–giving you space in the margins of all your responsibility, tasks, schedules, etc. to create the life you want amidst all the demands on your time and energy.

Next, you get a page explaining what’s in the planner and how to use it. And there’s a lot packed into this book, lemme tell ya! You have a monthly Budget, Menu Plan, Master Task List, and Daily Planning. Then you have a Planning with Purpose page, which sets you up for success by prompting you with a deep dive into who you are and what you want to do. After you fill out those sections, which are designed to help you generate goals for the year (and life in general), you’ll find a Bucket List page. It’s simple and lined–you can make a bucket list for the year, the next 5 years, life, etc. I think it would be nice to make a bucket list for your lifetime and then check in with it every year.

Then, of course, you get a 2018 and 2019 year at a glance page, followed by a list of 2018 holidays.


Boom! You’re into your monthly spread! Corie gives you big boxes for your monthly layout. You have a Monday start, which means that the weekends are together. On the lefthand side of the layout, you have a lined Notes column for whatever you need to make note of. The name of the month is displayed in the upper lefthand corner, while the upper righthand corner contains an inspirational quote.

The Purposeful Planner brand is intertwined with Corie Clark’s personal ethos–as Corie strongly identifies as a Christian, you will be seeing Bible verses and a light focus on faith throughout the planner. Something to keep in mind–while motifs of faith are dappled throughout the planner, this isn’t an overtly Christian planner. It’s designed to capture your busy, multi-faceted life, of which faith is only one part. I just wouldn’t necessarily recommend this planner to an atheist, is all I’m saying.

Four unique pages to the Purposeful Planner follow–a monthly Budget page conveniently categorized into sections for you, and a Menu page where you can list your Top 20 Meals and make a mega-grocery list of all the ingredients you need for them. Then you have a Master Task List which is fabulous for keeping track of any cleaning, redecorating, or other projects you have going on in the home. Lastly, you have a Dreams & Goals page, which is just a simple lined page for you to brain-dump, write in sparks of inspiration, write out your goals for the month in greater detail, or general notes.


The daily page–the heart of the Purposeful Planner! This is a very structured page so those of you who benefit from a strong sense of composition will adore it. Your page is spread over two columns. You get a quote at the top of the first column, followed by a top three “Today I Will.” I like the flexibility of this because it could be task-based, goals based, or just friendly reminders to yourself. “Today I will… be kind to myself. Today I will… finally hang the art in my apartment.” & Etc.

Next comes your schedule. Corie gives you slots for 6–9 with space for half-hour increments. I love that Corie doesn’t put AM or PM–not everyone operates on a 9 AM–5 PM schedule, so this Schedule section could be used starting at 6 AM or 6 PM–whichever you need!

The second column starts with the day and date, then has two smaller boxes for Health and Water. The Health box could be used to track calories, time exercising, exercise activity, remembering to take medication, or whatever else you need! The Water box has 8 circles to check off your daily water intake. Below this is a 15 minute challenge. Each day, your Purposeful Planner challenges you to spend 15 minutes doing something, whether it’s “declutter a book shelf,” or “wash a window to two.” These are helpful little reminders that you don’t need to invest an extraordinary amount of time in cleaning/organization tasks if you tackle things little by little, day by day.

Below this box is the Prayer & Praise section, which is part of that dappling of faith throughout the Purposeful Planner. You could also use this section as a place to write scripture, gratitude, or a psalm notation you like to return to. Next is a Brain Dump section with 15 lines for things to remember, tasks to complete (which is how I use it), notes on the fly, or whatever else you need. Below that is a Retail Therapy space–to be honest, I’m not quite sure what to put here. Things you bought? Money you spent during the day? Things you want but aren’t getting yet? All are possibilities. The last box is for your Menu–squeeze Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in or just focus on the biggest meal of the day. 🙂

Saturdays and Sundays share a page–you essentially get a condensed version of the second column in the daily spread minus the Retail Therapy box and with the Today I Will top 3 added.

It’s also worth noting that you don’t really get any notes pages–much like the Simplified Planner and the Day Designer, this daily planner has space for you to write down stuff on each daily page, but otherwise, you’ll want to carry a compact notebook around with it.


The Purposeful Planner has a very clean aesthetic and is designed for heightened functionality with a touch of minimalism. The planner arrives in a gorgeous white keepsake box.

The Purposeful Planner is a hefty book. It measures 9″ x 9 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ including binding. You get 395 pages of planning goodness with it. There are a few cover designs for the daily coil planners: Marble (which I have here), Black Floral, and CoCo Stripes. The cover is a smooth scuff-free matte laminate material that feels wonderful to the touch. The name of the planner, date that it runs for, and Corie’s name, are all organized into a gold-foil box and placed in the center of the upper portion of the cover.

The inside covers are a soft baby pink, which complements the white of the marble design perfectly. The inside front cover has a pocket folder for storing all your extra papers. The tabs are attached to the monthly spread, so there isn’t a separate divider page. The tabs are small but grabbable and white text on a black background.


The Purposeful Planner has a very simple, visually lightweight design. A lightweight sans serif font is used throughout the planner, adding to its consistency. The lines are dotted instead of solid, which is a little easier on the eyes. Headings are in all caps to more easily delineate them from messages or quotes. The monthly spread makes fantastic use of space, giving you the maximum space for your day boxes. The daily pages are similarly full, providing a great deal of space while still managing to look uncluttered. The margins are small, but they are there, so they add some white space to the spreads.


The coil is wire-o binding but feels quite sturdy. It’s a bright gold. The corners of the planner have protective metal covers in the same bright gold as the coil. These corners are fantastic–they are slightly rounded so that the tips of them don’t feel as sharp or stabby.

The marble cover is beautifully designed–it isn’t too visually heavy on the eyes and looks like Carrera marble. I love it. The accents throughout this planner have a light touch and complement the beautiful but minimal overall design.

Overall this is a large and in charge planner with plenty of structure for your days. It’s visually neutral and feels impressive to carry around.


Pen test! Obvi.

(Is that picture blurry? 😮 ) This planner has 100gsm (approximately 60-70lb weight) paper. It’s a bright white, which I usually prefer in planners. The paper feels fairly thick when you’re leafing through it. While most of the pens I used seemed to write well enough without bleeding through (except, as always, the Sharpie permanent marker), inkier pens are definitely noticeable once the page is flipped. Pens that aren’t necessarily inky will still leave a bit of an imprint on the other side. I mostly found that this paper help up well for it being a daily planner with 395 pages, but you do need to be okay with some ghosting and imprinting. My friend Liz has this planner, and she said that the paper was too thin for her favorite pens.


I would recommend this planner as a catch-all for someone who needs one book to hold their life in. A sort of “One Book to Rule Them All” kinda deal.

But seriously. This planner has a ton of thoughtful content. If you want to check your goals, menu, master task list, and budget every month but still have daily planning pages, this is a fantastic planner that does it all.

If you are a very structured person, then you would enjoy this planner. The daily pages have all the organization mapped out for you–you just need to fill it in. If you want a planner because you feel terribly unorganized and overwhelmed (no shame!), then this planner will help you feel like you’ve got your sh*t together, or at least that you’re in the process of getting it together.


I would recommend this planner to anyone who wants a desk planner to leave at home or at work. This planner is heavy–you could carry it around but it is a big planner so I would recommend leaving it at home or the office. Bonus points if you have a home office to leave it in! This would be an excellent planner for stay-at-home moms or dads. It gives you space to write in all your appointments, your children’s appointments, tasks, & more while also carving out space for you to take care of yourself (water, health, etc). Because this planner includes a Master Task List, I want to say that it would be best utilized when focused on the homefront.

I would recommend this planner to anyone who wants a daily planner that also holds them accountable for habit-forming goals, like consistent health tasks (30 mins every day, or calorie counting, etc), gratitude/prayer, water intake, and more.

I would not recommend this planner to students because it’s heavy to carry around and is focused more on holistic life-organizing rather than specialized organizing (academic, etc). I also would not recommend this planner to people who are not religious at all. There is a religious bent to this planner, even though it is tastefully interwoven throughout the pages and not overtly in your face or anything.


I love the sturdy gold coil (despite it being wire-o!) and the smooth marble cover. I also love that the metal corner protectors are rounded–it’s a thoughtful detail that I really appreciate. No one likes getting stabbed by their planner’s protective corners!

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I love me a hefty planner, so I really love the size and weight of the Purposeful Planner. It feels very substantial to carry around and use. I love the cover design and texture, the consistent sans serif font, which looks so fresh & so clean.


I would rather see a blank box than the Retail Therapy box. I haven’t had much to put into it and feel like it would work well as a “whatever you need this to be” space. I think that the house-focused Master Task List is a little limiting–I’d rather see sections that are unnamed so that you can adjust them to your needs. Even though I have a home it’s an apartment and doesn’t have some of the rooms that are listed, so those sections just go unused while I wistfully dream of a second bathroom one day.

There you have it! My review of the 2013 daily Purposeful Planner by Corie Clark. I hope you enjoyed my take on this fan favorite! Do you have a Purposeful Planner? Do you enjoy using it? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Until next time!



2018 Karen Adams Designs Agenda

Karen Adams Designs got its start in 1999 with a Stationary Show. It’s an award-winning family business based in Memphis, Tennessee and focuses mainly on stationery but also creates calendars, agendas, greeting cards, invitations, art prints, menus, and more. Karen Adams got her start with a degree in apparel design from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked in New York City for companies like J. Crew.

I want to be clever, innovative, classic but in a fun way. I want people to smile or laugh and feel good. You know when you are out for a walk and pass someone who smiles and says “hello” and you think “ I love that people smile and say hi, this world is pretty great.” That is how I want what we send out into the world to make people feel.

I’ve had my eye on the Karen Adams Designs agenda for about a year now, since I saw a review of the 2017 Agenda from Earn Spend Live. I reached out to Karen Adams Designs with an interest in reviewing their recently released 2018 agenda. I communicated with Karen’s daughter, Wallis (who also has a design background), who kindly sent me an agenda to review for all of you!

The Karen Adams Designs Agenda launched in 2017, so this is their second year of designing and providing a daily agenda. While Karen designs the complementary page of stickers in the agenda, much of the design is from Wallis, and reflects thoughtfulness and ingenuity.

This is a big agenda, measuring in at 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ including the spiral. It retails on the Karen Adams Designs website for $44 plus shipping, which is a little below the average cost for a daily agenda of this caliber.


This is a daily planner. There is a generous page per day in this layout–shared weekends–along with monthly spreads and notes pages.

When you first open the planner you see a page of stickers (designed by Karen Adams herself!). These are creative, cute, and really just gorgeous stickers. There are a lot of holiday stickers as well as some more general ones. The inside cover includes a pocket folder. It’s loose enough to easily slip some papers in and high enough that they won’t immediately fall out again.

Then you have your nameplate page (adorably encased in a pineapple), along with the Karen Adams Designs logo and the dates covered by the agenda (January–December 2018).

You also get a page to record your passwords–there are prompts for Email, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and others. Nothing financial is included, which is generally a good policy. Then you get a page for 2018 Goals, with a checkable circle for each line.

You get a page to record must see movies and must see books. There isn’t a lot of space to record your entire To Read list for the year, but probably enough space to write down books and movies that are coming out in 2018 that you want to keep your eyes out for!

Next is a page for Dates to celebrate in 2018, which is a perfect place to record important dates, birthday, holidays to look out for, etc. They layout of this section is clean and roomy–lots of space for you!

You get your standard page for 2018 Holidays. Karen Adams Designs is thorough–you get New Year’s Day, but also some fun ones like Coffee Day and Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Then you have your 2018 year at a glance on one page.

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The monthly spreads are two pages. Karen Adams Designs’ monthly layouts are unique because of the extra design elements that are included. Beautifully drawn thematic embellishments surround the monthly name. For example, January has snowflakes and a snowman. February has arrows, hearts, lips, and xo’s, in reference to Valentine’s Day. This adds a nice touch to your monthly layout. The designs are all in black and white, so you could even color them in if you want. Each month is different, and the hand-drawn designs add an extra pop of festivity to the spread!

The monthly spread also includes a Notes column on the left hand side of the layout. The bottom right of the layout includes two month-at-a-glance calendars, for the months preceding and following the current one.

This planner has one page per day. The daily layout is simple and elegant with the day and date, Today’s Top 3 Goals, To Do For Myself, Today, To Do, and Notes sections. If there is a holiday it is printed in the top right hand corner of the page, otherwise you get an inspirational or motivational quote. The Top 3 section forces you to prioritize your tasks for the day, or you could also put immovable appointments, reminders, etc. there. You could also write in your top three goals to keep in mind throughout your day–you don’t necessarily need to use this space for to-dos. The To Do For Myself section is nice because it just gives you a couple lines to use for jotting down some self-care, listing a couple tasks that are just about you, or even writing a sentence a day in gratitude or reflection. This section also reminds you to take care of yourself. This could be a nice reminder for these of us who spend most of our time and energy worrying about others.

The Today column is a one hour per line schedule from 6am to 9pm (or 6pm to 9am if you prefer). The To Do column includes 16 lines with circles that you can use to check off tasks. Again, this planner is pretty big, so there is a decent amount of space for writing in your schedule and to-dos. At the bottom of the daily page is a short box for Notes. This can contain anything you need it to–meals, gratitude, note taking, habit tracking, water intake, etc. It is a blank space that can fulfill any need you have of it.

The weekends are combined into one page. You get a column for Today and a column for To Do. Each day still gets its own quote! The today column just has lined space for you to write in whatever you need or want to record. The To Do space has 7 spaces for tasks.

At the bottom of the weekend page is a section where you can write in any big events happening “next week.” Similar to the Day Designer, this quick little layout allows you to see the upcoming week at a glance. This is especially helpful with a daily planner because sometimes you can lose sight of the bigger picture o your week.

The back of the Planner includes a few Notes pages for any additional stuff you want to write down or keep track of.


Packaging can be an important part of receiving a planner. It lets you know that there is a lot of care going into sending you the product and that your aesthetic experience starts before you have the actual planner in your hands.

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My Karen Adams Designs Planner came beautifully packaged with brown paper and white tissue paper. Wallis (my contact at Karen Adams Designs) included a lovely card with the planner!


The agenda comes in a keepsake box, which is minimalist in design. It is sturdy and could easily be used to store papers/stickers/etc. or to hold your planner in for safe keeping once the year is over.

Wallis sent me a lovely little notebook and card along with the planner! And your planner, of course, comes with a welcome card printed on card stock and keying you into the social media avenues for engagement with Karen Adams Designs.

The planner itself comes in two color schemes–I chose the cream and tan option (Madame Gres) because I loved the way it looked with the gold foil and how it used a two-tone color scheme to make a busy design look clean and sleek. The planner cover is smooth to the touch and is a soft matte material over a hard board. It feels sturdy. The corners have metal protectors in gold, and the Wire-O coil is white. There is also a white elastic that keeps your planner together so that loose papers don’t come out as easily. The year (2018) is centered on the cover in gold foil embossing.

The back cover has the same image/design as the front cover of the planner, and includes a minimalist version of the Karen Adams Designs logo in gold foil.

This is a daily planner and thus it is a bit hefty. With its 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” size, the planner manages to stay manageably svelte. I’m not sure what the paper quality in this planner is, but it’s probably comparable to the Flagship Day Designer. This allows the planner to maintain a slim profile while still being able to hold enough pages for a daily format.

The Karen Adams Designs planner, in a change form last year, has a series of colorful tabs that run in a single line down the edge of the pages. The colorful palette includes blue, red, yellow, pink, and navy. The tabs are coated in plastic and the pages they are adhered to are a little thicker than the rest of the planner pages. The covers of the planner are big enough that they completely cover the tabs, which protects them.

The planner’s Notes pages are wide ruled, which is perfect for those of you with large handwriting. If you have smaller handwriting and prefer a tighter lined page, then you might not like these notes pages. The inside back cover has a sweet affirmation in script: “She saw every ending as a new beginning.” This is a lovely thought to have at the end of a planner. It reminds you that even though you are at the end of one planner, one year, there is another one about to start, a blank page to carry you forward.

The monthly spreads are embellished with Karen Adam’s playful yet classic art. As mentioned above, each month includes a unique spread of artwork. November, for example, includes leaves, acorns, twigs, and berries. These conjure thoughts of Fall, Thanksgiving, and other November feels. The name of the month is always in a thin script font, which I love. It adds an elegant touch to the planner pages. The numbers are all a regular weight sans serif text, while the days of the week are in an all-caps serif font. You get all the font types in this planner!


As always, let’s start with a pen test!

The paper isn’t overly thick, but it is a bright white that holds most of my pens pretty well. The Sharpie Permanent Marker, as always, bleeds through. This paper also doesn’t handle super inky pens very well, like the Uniball Vision. The highlighters have a little ghosting. Otherwise, the paper held up pretty well. When one page is flat against another you can barely see most of the pens (although if you have a heavy hand you can see the indentation from writing, even if you don’t see the ink.) When you lift the page up, you can see the ink, but it definitely doesn’t come through when the pages are flat against one another.

This planner would be a good fit for someone who wants a comprehensive daily planner. I would recommend it as a desk planner or at-home planner that keeps track of a master schedule and list of to-dos. You could carry it around with you, of course, but it is a little hefty so might serve you better as a sort of home base planner.

This planner would be great for the home or office–it’s flexible enough that you aren’t being led into using it in any particular way. It could keep track of your work schedule and to-dos, as well as reminding you of more big picture goals for the day. If you work in an environment where you become overwhelmed by everyone else’s demands on your time, this would be a great planner for you because it subtly reminds you to think about goals for self care. If you flesh out your daily plans and to-dos the night before you go to sleep or the moment you wake up (but first, coffee, of course), then the sections for “to do for myself” and “top 3 goals for today” will prompt you into a moment of reflection. If you have a lot going on every day but need those reminders to think about yourself as well every once in a while, this planner would be a great fit for you.

If you want a daily planner but want it to be a step above minimalist design, then this would be a great planner for you. The monthly embellishments are adorable and fun, and add a pop of delight and seasonality to the planner. If you want some elegant design elements, the Karen Adams Designs planner is a great way to go.

 I probably wouldn’t recommend this planner for students, because there isn’t much room for assignments or due dates. (You could put those in the notes section of each day, however.) This planner would be a great fit for anyone who has full days to keep track of and wants a simple but elegant layout for doing so.


I love the color choices for the tabs this year, and how the pop of color is juxtaposed with the cream and tan cover I chose. The inclusion of an elastic closure band is always a plus! I love the top 3 goals and to-do for myself sections in each day–I think this is a very subtle and thoughtful way to provoke reflection without overwhelming the first-time planner or the person who has too much on their plates to fill out lots of extras. I am a bit of a sucker for daily planners and I love the simple layout this planner uses for its days. I also love the choice of script font. And I love the stickers. They are cute and delightful!


I do wish that the Wire-O binding was gold rather than white–and of course I am not the biggest fan of Wire-O. I also think there is just a little too much white space on the notes pages and would like the lines to be a little tighter. I also wish that the numbers were in a serif font to match the other text in the planner.

There you have it! My review of the Karen Adams Designs daily agenda. Do you have one? Do you have questions I didn’t get to answer? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Karen Adams Designs is having a Black Friday deal for those of you interested in picking up this lovely daily planner! You can use the code HOLIYAY for 10% off all orders over $100 and Free Shipping on orders over $50. The sale runs Friday–Monday. 🙂


The Day Designer 2018 Flagship Planner

Day Designer (affiliate link) began in 2010, the brainchild of business strategist Whitney English. She was feeling overwhelmed by a busy, chaotic life and none of the planners on the market at the time were doing it for her. She thought about how helpful it would be to see and use a To Do list alongside a Schedule, so she created it. Day Designer is sometimes referred to as “the original daily planner,” and it’s been going strong long enough to live up to that claim.

Whitney English wanted a tool to help women find balance. For some people, a highly structured tool like this can be the difference between organization and chaos. Whitney English is clear, however, in saying that this planner is a tool–it needs to be used to work:

This planner isn’t magic, and it can’t live your life for you. But it can, through a simple, guided framework, help you figure out a focus for intentional living. It can be a trusted tool for setting goals, creating a plan and taking action each and every day.

I used a Flagship Day Designer to help me get through my last year of graduate school, but unfortunately, it got lost in the mail when I moved across the country. It was a sad, sad day. I really wanted to review this highly structured and lauded planner, so I reached out to the Day Designer team. They kindly sent me one of their 2018 Flagship Day Deisnger planners to review for you all. 🙂

The Day Designer planner comes in two sizes, Flagship (9″ wide x 9.75″ tall) and Mini (6.625” wide x 8.3” tall). The Flagship planner runs $59, and the Mini is $49. Day Designer also has a line of planner and paper products in collaboration with BlueSky, which can be found at Target.


Day Designer is a highly functional daily planner. It includes beginning goal setting pages to guide you as you delve into clean monthly spreads and meticulously structured days.

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The Day Designer begins with a blank piece of paper (this can be ripped out–it’s there to protect the rest of your pages) and then a nameplate page. A unique addition to this nameplate page is the “My Word for the Year” box, where you can write in a word that helps guide you throughout the year.

Then you get a letter of welcome from Whitney English and a “How to Use Day Designer & Purpose Pages” section. This provides a breakdown of how to use the goal setting system that Day Designer provides in its first few pages. It also goes over what you’ll find on your daily page spread and how to use it as it was intended, with the stated option of just doing whatever you like with the space.

There are six goal setting pages, which Day Designer terms the Purpose Pages. You get a “My Reality Check” worksheet to help you gain awareness of ways that you spend time and money in key areas of your life; a “My Core” page (my fave) where you articulate your values, passions, and strengths; a general section for “My Goals”; how to turn those goals into intentions; and two pages for visualizing your ideal month and week. These can take a bit of time to work through but are nice places to return to throughout the year and check in with.

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Then you get your 2018 at a glance page, which provides more space for notes than most other year-at-a-glance pages I’ve seen. This is a great place to note big trips, track school schedules, or quickly look at for important dates that you need to remember (birthdays, etc).


The month-on-two-pages is a simple but roomy spread. There is plenty of blank space at the top of the pages to write in anything you wish–create a habit tracker, extra notes, super important travel dates, etc. Or decorate it to add a pop of color.

This planner has a Monday start on the monthly spread, which allows your weekends to be paired together. I personally love a Monday start, but it is not what you will usually find in monthly spreads so keep that in mind.

Important dates are denoted with a small yet bold gray flag and written in a semi-bold sans-serif at the bottom of the day’s box. There is a notes bar on the lefthand side of the month, providing lined space to write in. The monthly spread is fairly simple–no bells & whistles here, just plenty of space to keep track of your months.

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The daily page spread has not changed much over time–once Whitney English found her ideal layout, she continued to consistently offer it in the Day Designer. This means that you usually won’t be surprised by huge changes from year-to-year in the Day Designer. If it works for you, rest assured that this tried and true format won’t be going anywhere.

The daily page begins with the day and date, as well as a quote. I actually really like the quotes. There are tons of them because it is a daily planner, so they serve as a jumping off point for inspiring or motivating you every day. Then you get the Top Three section, which forces you to set priorities every day. What do you absolutely need to get done? What cannot be moved or ignored? You could approach this by writing down all of your to-dos and then picking out the tasks that really need to get done today. Or this space could be used for writing in things that are happening rather than things that you need to do. Whichever way works best for you, the structure is there but the format is open.

Then you have the four D’s: Due, Dinner, Dollars, and Don’t Forget. You can, of course, use these boxes however you like, but they are designed as specialized spaces to keep track of money, menu, and reminders. “Due” could be a bill–or a homework assignment. “Dollars” could be used for keeping track of spending, or how much income you brought in that day (great for keeping track of tips–shoutout to my college barista job). Or you can cover up the heading and use the boxes however you like.

Then you have your Today section, which is your schedule. This goes from 5am to 9pm in hourly increments. At first, I was perturbed by not having half-hour increments, but I just wrote the exact time for things in parentheses and bracketed for time blocking, and that worked just fine.

Adjacent to the Today column is the To-Do column, which has 17 lined spaces for writing in your to-dos for the day. There is a checkbox on each line, so you can have the satisfaction of checking off tasks as you complete them. The lines are just over 3 inches long, which actually gives you quite a bit of space to write tasks in, whether your handwriting is big or teensy.

The bottom of the page includes a long box for Notes and a compact box for Daily Gratitude. This is an important section for Whitney English–she often talks about developing a practice of gratitude and how it changed her life for the better. Every day, jotting down something you are grateful for can help you see silver linings in the darkest of rain clouds.


Weekends share a page. You still get the days and dates, as well as a quote for the weekend, but you don’t get the long task list. You get a top three To-Do section for each day, and then it goes into a 5am–9pm schedule. Of course, if you cared more about what you needed to get done than what your schedule was, you could just use the schedule space as a running task list.

The bottom of the weekend spread is a Next Week section, with small boxes for each day of the following week. This is a great place to write in preliminary plans, reminders of important upcoming events or due dates, or just get a basic idea of the week ahead at a glance.

There are also occasional notes pages throughout the planner. These are organized in three columns so that they can serve as running lists. This planner does not have a notes section, however, so keep that in mind if you are someone who needs lots of notes space.


We are going to start with The Day Designer Unboxing Experience, which is special. I let my husband unbox my Day Designer because it truly feels like unwrapping a present, and I wanted him to experience that special #plannerbabe feeling. He was way impressed.

The Day Designer comes in a seafoam green box–so right away you know it’s an important package! The inside of the box has white and gold foil stripes with the Day Designer logo, and your planner comes bubble-wrapped in a gorgeous white box with a pull-out drawer. You can keep the box as a keepsake storage box for loose paper goodies, a place to keep your Day Designer once you’ve finished using it for the year, or store stickers and pens in it like I did last year. Day Designer also encourages you to post on Instagram–as an incentive, they refund one person’s planner cost every month. Just tag @thedaydesigner and use the #daydesigner hashtag in your post, and you could win back the cost of your planner. 🙂

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The Day Designer team releases new cover designs every midyear launch and keeps them for the following calendar launch as well. This means that the cover designs for the 2017-2018 planners are the same choices as for the 2018 planners. I went with the “White Marble” cover design because I thought it looked classy AF.

The covers are gorgeous and have a gloss finish and (depending on the cover you choose) gold foiling. I believe–although I could be incorrect so don’t quote me–that Whitney English designs/paints all the cover options. Being able to choose a bright and fun planner cover if you want that pop of color is important because the inside pages are monochrome.

The front cover has a gold foil brand nameplate with the name of the company (“Day Designer”–which is also what the planner is), the dates covered by the planner (January 2018-December 2018), and the tagline The Strategic Planner and Daily Agenda for living a well-designed life. The back cover also has a gold foil plate, near the bottom. It says Life, Designed and tastefully includes the disclaimer, copyright, and website. These additions are well-designed with a clear eye for integration into the overall cover pattern. They work with the look of the planner rather than taking away from it.

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Each planner has an inside liner on the front and back covers. The colors vary to match whichever cover design you chose. White Marble comes with a pale almost seafoam green, which corresponds beautifully with the slightly greenish-gray marbling. There is also a folder affixed to the inside cover. It’s a bit tight, but cut high enough to hold a few cards or pieces of paper without fear that they might get loose and escape your planner.


The Day Designer uses 70 gsm paper (would equate to about 47# paper in US measurements). It’s a little thicker than your average printing paper so you can’t go about using heavy pens and expecting no bleed through. The Day Designer is a daily planner, so each day gets its very own page (excluding weekends, which are shared). If the paperweight was super high, you might get an impossibly thick planner. The Day Designer is already a big planner in its flagship size, so the choice to have a thinner paper to avoid adding more bulk to this already 2.1 lb planner makes sense.

The tabs are a slightly shimmery gold with white text and flow in a single line down the length of the planner. The pages they are affixed to feel like a light cardstock–certainly thicker than the other pages. The tabs seem sturdy and last year I had no trouble using them consistently without any tearing.


The Day Designer has 356 pages in total, and each one is numbered in the bottom corner. The planner is 1.5″ thick, which is a hefty book! The coil is a brassy gold Wire-O and it is very strong.

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As the weekend is grouped together on the monthly spread (Saturday and Sunday next to one another), there is a very slight diagonal lined shading in the weekend boxes. It denotes them as weekend days without impeding their functionality in any way.

Holidays are marked with a little flag in the top righthand corner of the daily box. This design choice makes the days stand out but gives them a little flair. The holidays are also written in at the bottom of the box in a semi-bold sans-serif text.

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The inside pages are, as I mentioned earlier, monochrome. Day Designer uses gray text, which is easier on the eyes than a super bold, dark text would be. While the logo and beginning letter from Whitney English use a serif font, after that everything is in a simple if blocky sans-serif. Headings are in a semi-bold sans-serif in all caps to cleanly but clearly denote the different sections of your planner. I do like the outlining of the months on the monthly page–last year I played with the design a little by coloring them in.

Overall, the Day Designer is a minimalist interior bracketed by artistic and beautiful patterned covers. White space is used generously and well–the daily pages are packed with information but still manage to look clean and uncluttered.


I did a pen test to try out the paper. (I can’t write in a straight line, it seems, sorry about my wonky column of text.) It actually held up pretty well to most of the pens–obviously the Sharpie Permanent Market bled through, and the super inky pens I used hovered dangerously close to bleed-through. Most felt tip pens worked just fine, even the Papermate Flair. The Stabilo Boss highlighter left some ghosting. Otherwise, the paper, while not as thick as many other planners on the market, held up well to most of my pens.

So, is the Day Designer the daily planner for you? Let’s explore!

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Are you someone who wants a lot of function and use out of your planner? Day Designer will hold up and provide you with a structured canvas for all your plans, tasks, and whatever else you’re keeping track of (finances, gratitude, meals, etc). Are you overwhelmed with what’s on your plate and need help breaking it down? Day Designer can help. Are you new to planning but need a lot of structure to help you figure out your life? Day Designer has your back.

Do you just want a neutral planner without a lot of color or brightness or bells and whistles? (Do you want the antithesis of an Erin Condren Colorful planner?) Day Designer is exactly that. It’s minimalist in design and looks professional. You can bring a Day Designer into a business meeting and look fly with it. Its professional and clean aesthetic blends well into an office environment or a desk at home. It fits in a student’s backpack or a gorgeous work bag. The Day Designer says “I took it up a notch–and it looks fabulous.”

The Day Designer would be a good fit for anyone who wants more structure in how they plan their days. If you want a planner that gives you plenty of space to plan for each day as it comes, then look no further. If you want a planner that is going to make you feel like you are more in control of things than any of us ever are, the Day Designer will help. If you want a planner that is your home base planner, your “When in doubt, check…” planner, your master schedule, and/or your life in one place planner, then Day Designer could be that for you.


If your planning process includes a practice of decoration as art therapy or exploration, then I would not recommend this planner for you. There is room to play, but ultimately the structure does not lend itself overly well to sticker planning or watercolor. If you need flexibility in your planner and get frustrated when there are boxes or sections that you don’t fill out (rather than not caring if they’re filled out or not), then I would not recommend this planner for you because it might stress you out a little. If you need to keep track of your schedule and it regularly does not fall along the 5am–9pm timeframe (you work the night shift, for example), then I would suggest finding a planner with a more open format.

I used the 2017 Day Designer as a graduate student, and it really fit my crazy life of meetings, classes, tasks, assignments, and my need for catharsis. I had tried the mini (I gifted a Day Designer Mini to a colleague and good friend and she loves it and takes it with her everywhere–the portability is just what she wants) but it didn’t work out for me. I needed more space. It turns out that the size difference between the Flagship and Mini was all I needed. I used the Due box to write down assignments, tests, papers, etc and the Don’t Forget box for deadlines (especially helpful for keeping track of my thesis). The Top Three box helped me create priorities from my multitude of endless tasks. The Day Designer helped me create a feeling of control in my chaotic grad school life, and for that, I will always love it.


I love how structured the Day Designer is. Once I allowed myself to leave sections blank if they didn’t apply for that day (like “Due” or “Dinner”), I really loved knowing that I had all the space I needed to dump my day into. I love the choice of cover designs, even though my planner often sits open. I love the gorgeous gold tabs and the touch of class they bring.

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I also love the feeling of having my entire year, day-by-day, in one portable place. The Day Designer is more of a desk planner for me, with occasional excursions out of the house, but I always liked knowing that everything important was written within its pages.

When I got my 2017 Day Designer, I was looking for something that could help me manage an overwhelming schedule of assignments, thesis-writing, fellowship duties, student organization running, classes, and meetings. I wanted a tool that could hold it all, and the Day Designer was, without a doubt, the perfect fit. I wanted something purely functional–a serious planner for a serious student. The Day Designer was that planner for me.


My Day Designer had a small error with the coil. The back cover wasn’t aligning properly with the rest of the planner. Upon further examination I realized that the wire-o binding was imperfectly assembled, meaning that the pages near the back suffered some ripping. I reached out to the Day Designer team and was reassured that:

“As with all purchased Day Designers, our customer service team at info@daydesigner.com is always here to help and has a response time of 24 hours or less. If issues cannot be remedied, we always offer replacement planers free of charge. It is also very important to point out that Day Designers are made to open and close from the front rather than the back cover which generally remedies any issues that may arise regarding trouble closing the planner.”

So even if there is something the matter with your Day Designer when you receive it, the Day Designer Customer Service Team is on it and has your back. All of my correspondence with them has been positive and easy. 🙂

There you go, my review of the 2018 Flagship Day Designer planner! I hope this was helpful to you if you were looking at getting a Day Designer for the 2018 year. 🙂 If there are any questions you have, please leave a comment!

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Until next time!


Day Designer for Blue Sky (Daily)

The Day Designer is often heralded as the flagship daily planner. In 2010, Whitney English wasn’t seeing the planner she wanted to use on the market, so she created her own. The Day Designer page on Blue Sky’s website has a message from Whitney:

I created Day Designer in response to my own desire for a planner that was both functional and beautiful. I envisioned a planner that would be simple to use yet robust enough to handle the modern woman’s busy, chaotic, challenging – yet ultimately rewarding – life. An efficient planning system was truly the key to helping me, and busy women all over the world, find focus, create balance and live a more inspiring life. – Whitney English

Based on some interwebs digging, I believe that Day Designer partnered with Blue Sky in 2015 to launch a new and more affordable line of planners in Targets nationwide. The launch was met with excitement, especially from people who loved the layout of Day Designer but not its price tag.

The Blue Sky line is far more affordable than the flagship and mini Day Designers. I picked this one up for $19.99 at my local Target although the 2018 calendar year sells on the Blue Sky website for $29.99. Either way, it’s cheaper than the hefty $59 price tag on hardcover flagship planners on DayDesigner.com. This price difference makes the Day Designer system accessible to more people, but you definitely get the quality that you pay for. The Blue Sky collaboration still offers a comprehensive daily planner with a functional layout, but the flagship Day Designers are clearly superior in quality. (They are also comparable in price to other leading planner brands like Emily Ley’s $58 Simplified Planner and Erin Condren’s $55+ planners.) Still, the Blue Sky Day Designers are an affordable, functional option.


The Day Designer is a functional workhorse, and the product created from the Blue Sky collaboration is no different. The planner’s beginning pages include a generous four years at a glance, a list of important dates/holidays, a welcome letter from Whitney English, and a few pages for goal setting. Whitney English is one organized lady, and her planners guide you into a more intentional planning way of life. She is all about goals and consistent reflection and shows you how to set meaningful goals and incorporate them into a daily planning habit.

There are four pages for goal setting. The first page (1) asks you to Start with the Big Picture, essentially creating a bucket list or vision board. Page 2 helps you Set Your Goals by asking you to divide them into five sections: Personal; Family, Friends, & Relationship; Heart & Spirit; Financial; and Work, Career, or Study. There is a bar on the side of the page where you can write in when you would like to accomplish each goal by. Page 3 asks you to Design Your Days, providing examples of Morning and Evening Routines that help you stay on track and keep the big picture in mind. Page 4 helps you Stay On Course and reminds you to check in regularly with your goals, providing a check list of stuff like Important Birthdays, Trips, Class Schedules, Events, etc. so that you remember to go through your planner and write everything in ahead of time.


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The daily layout is pretty packed and includes sections for Today’s Schedule, Today’s Top Three, To Do, Notes, Tonight, and Gratitude. Each day also includes an inspirational quote! The schedule is in half-hour increments–which I love–and goes from 6am to 8pm. The Tonight box is perfect for writing in nighttime events or reminders. It’s a great inclusion in this planner because the schedule ends at 8pm, but often your day does not. The Top Three section is fantastic for prioritizing. The only other daily planner I’ve seen that specifically asks you to delineate between priority tasks and other tasks is the new Inkwell Press Daily Planner. This small space is so important because it forces you to be intentional about what you really need to accomplish that day.

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Weekends are combined on one page and include sections for Take A Time Out! Fun Things To Do, Schedule, Weekly Gratitude, Next Week, and Don’t Forget. Like the daily pages, there is also a quote on each weekend page. The schedule is in hourly increments and runs from 6am to 8pm. The Next Week section is another favorite feature of mine. I like being able to look ahead at a glance, so this box can serve to remind you of important events, due dates, etc. that are coming up. The Don’t Forget box could easily be used as a place to record important weekend tasks that are more complex than one check-box, like “this week I need to clean my medical equipment,” or “this weekend my parents are visiting so I need to clean the guest room and make the house presentable so that they are comfortable/don’t judge me,” etc. It’s the kind of thing that you can use to future plan, where you know that in two months your parents are visiting so you leave a note/reminder for yourself ahead of time so that you don’t need to keep it in your head until the time arrives.


This is a simple planner. The front cover is smooth and satiny in the Day Designer’s signature black and white stripe with a frosted protective cover atop it. The logo and planner name is in gold foiling in a white box on the front of the planner, consistent with the Day Deisnger’s history of cover designs. The full title of the planner is printed: The Strategic Planner and Daily Agenda for living a well-designed life. The design is clean and adheres to a limited color palette with consistent serif fonts for larger blocks of text and bold sans-serif all-caps font for section headers throughout the planner.

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Because there are multiple versions of The Day Designer planner, I’ll briefly go into how the daily page layout in the Blue Sky product is different from Day Designer’s flagship. (I will also be writing a review of the Day Designer Mini, so keep your eyes peeled for that!) The Blue Sky Day Designer actually has more space for schedule and notes, but a little less structure. The flagship has a schedule in hourly increments adjacent to your daily To Do list, but also includes four small boxes: Due, Don’t Forget, Dinner, and Dollars. The bottom of the flagship planner includes boxes for Notes and Gratitude. The Blue Sky version has a much larger Notes section but is missing the four D’s.

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Tabs are the same cornflower blue as the design accents in the planner and run in a single line along the book. I find that the tabs are plenty durable and work well to keep your months organized.


Do you care deeply about the kind of pen you use in your planner? If so, this might not be the planner for you. If you are fine with using that random ballpoint pen at the bottom of your purse, then the paper quality won’t bother you. If you care more about the structure of the planner than the quality of the materials, then this planner is for you.


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I tried a bunch of different pens–I know the Pilot G2, Papermate Flair, and Frixion are favorites in the planner community so I wanted to show you how they looked on the page. I checked off the pens that leave the least amount of bleed through/ghosting.

I tried a bunch of different pens to show you the difference in how they look on the page–I’m a bit of a pen snob and my favorite pens to use are Micron, Pilot Precise V5, and Pentel 0.3mm or 0.4mm Art Hybrid pens. I also took a picture of the back of the planner page to show you that, while you can use most of the pens I tested without bleeding, you can easily see the indentations from the pens and the markings from the back page.



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Most highlighters are going to bleed through, although you might be safe with the Pilot Spotliter <Flourescent> in yellow, as long as you don’t press down too hard. The Sharpie Permanent Marker is obviously not going to work, and the Pilot Precise V5, Papermate Flair, and Staedtler pens all leave a pretty heavy impression on the page.

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This planner is great for college students with a LOT going on each day (the Notes section in the daily layout is great for writing in assignments and tests!), who are on a budget, want to be able to toss the planner around without worrying that they are damaging a $60 tool, and who mainly use a collection of dubiously acquired ballpoint pens that say stuff like “Dr. Drew’s Dentisry” or are emblazoned with the names of random hotels and coffee shops. (I proudly use my Wandering Goat Coffee Company ballpoint pen on a weekly basis. Picked that up from their pen jar. No regrets.)

This planner is also good for professionals who want an at-work planner. I’m actually gifting this planner to a friend of mine who needs an agenda to leave at work that keeps track of daily tasks, a busy meeting schedule, and also has room for notes–I’ll do a #plannermatch post later on. 😉 If your days are packed, then this planner might work for you.

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This planner would also be a good fit for a work at home/stay at home parent who has a lot to keep track of every day. Worried about your toddler destroying your expensive planner? Spend $20-30 on this planner and free yourself from the shackles of perfectionism and pristine organization! Crayon marks all over your pages? Whatevs, just flip to the next day and congratulate your child on their budding art career. That is the beauty of a daily planner. Your week isn’t marred if one page gets funky. Just flip to the next page and you have a bright, clean new spread. Although I would be a little worried about the coil holding up against a toddler.

The Gratitude box is wonderful for reminding yourself to be grateful for all the big & little things in life and helps to calm your soul if you consistently use it. Whitney English is a big believer in gratitude as a positive force that can literally change your life, so if you are overworked, overwhelmed, and overstressed then taking time to use a daily space like the Gratitude box might bring you back from the brink.



I actually really like the daily page layout of this planner. I dig the pop of color, too! I’m a sucker for cornflower blue so I especially like this version of the planner. Other Blue Sky Day Designers come with different color schemes. I like the space you get for notes on each daily spread, and also really like the half-hour increments. I could easily see using this planner when I was in college–the half-hour increments make it much easier to write in class schedules.

Ultimately, if you are paying about $20, then I think it’s a great deal for the functionality of the planner that you get.


The coil. The coil, the coil, the coil. If you’ve been following my blog at all you know that I am just not a fan of the Wire-O binding system. That being said, there are sturdy Wire-O coils, like the ones that Inkwell Press and Emily Ley use. This coil is not like that. I have barely touched this planner and the coil has bent out of shape. I had to pressure it back into shape before taking photos. The paper quality is pretty low, but honestly, it’s fine if you use ballpoint or very fine gel pens (I’m talking 0.38) and realize that a $20 planner is not going to come with the finest paper. One other small qualm is that the design of the daily pages seems to leave such a large margin of space at the top of each page. It drives me a little crazy. Of course, you always could just write there anyway.

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There you have it! My review of the Day Designer for Blue Sky planner. 🙂 I know that there are tons of options (monthly, weekly, daily; soft cover, hard cover) for Day Designers these days, and I do plan to write a review of my 2018 Day Desinger Mini (it’s gorge!). Do you have a Day Designer? Are there questions you have that I didn’t answer? Leave a comment!


ShePlans Appointment Weekly Planner

ShePlans is a one-woman planner company that focuses on clean, crisp designs and developing truly functional, beautiful planners. Ashley Staum, the founder and owner of ShePlans, officially launched her business in 2013 by selling digital copies of her planners but the impetus for her To-Do List planner occurred long before then. In 2002 Staum was in graduate school and dissatisfied with the planning options available to her, so she made her own. Over the years since the launch of ShePlans, the planner layouts have remained mostly consistent (with little changes & improvements), but design options have varied.

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When I was in grad school I used one of her six-month daily planners and took it with me everywhere to the point where it got a bit battered. For that period of my life, the daily ShePlans was a great fit for me. I got it super messy, the paper was high enough quality to the point that I could use a color coding system–with highlighters. I know, I’m a monster.

The price tag is pretty standard for planners of this caliber at $56 for the weekly format and $48 for the daily planner, although she always has a $10 off code for buying two dailies at once (presumably a Jan-June and Jul-Dec). For the 2018 calendar year she is offering four new cover designs, a print & plan line, and several options for notebook planners with stitched spines. Ashley Staum has been a busy lady! ShePlans also offers a free printable on their website–Try before you buy!


ShePlans has three distinct layouts to choose from: the appointment (pictured in this post) and the standard (vertical–no times) are her weekly offerings, and the daily planner comes in 6-month books to manage the thickness and not compromise the paper quality.

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The hard cover, wire-o bound planners are a bit hefty but still relatively easy to carry around if you have a big bag. There is a lot of white space to fill up with whatever lists, notes, or schedule you have. The appointment planner has a column schedule with times from 8am to 8pm with half-hour increments from Monday–Friday, while weekends are horizontal blank boxes to fill up however you need. The Weekly List section is huge and can accommodate lots of different functions. A weekly to do list, weekly groceries, habit tracker (or you can use the blank boxes at the bottom of each daily column to track habits), a place to plan out meals, take notes at the office (or home, or home-office), jot down memories or things you don’t want to forget, write out gratitude/reflection for the week, etc. ShePlans leaves you space to explore the possibilities.

If you are looking for a planner to help you set and work on goals, ShePlans delivers. The beginning pages encourage you to write down or vision board your big plans and goals for the year. From there, there are pages for quarterly goals for the year (termed Focus Goals) with space to fill out what milestones for those goals look like. There is also a prompt at the top of each quarterly goal page to encourage you to reflect on what you would like to accomplish or reflect on how your year has been going.

At the end of the goals pages, there is a section for future planning where ShePlans leaves space for you to vision board or write about your dreams and goals for the future. The goal set-up in these pages is not too overwhelming, helps you break down large goals into smaller tasks and milestones, and provides gentle guidance for getting it out of your head and down on paper!


ShePlans planners are perfect for people who want a simple, clean layout and design. For that reason, her planners make excellent work horses and are created with tons of white space and crisp, clean lines to fill your life, busy schedule, overwhelming to-do list, and more. The cover designs are varied, from my 2016 sandy polka dot to this 2017/2018 offering in two calm hues. Frankly, this planner cover is art. Literally. The painting is called “White Sails” and it is part of a collaboration with artist Hannah Lowe Corman (Insta @hannahlowecorman). It’s truly a gorgeous cover with a satiny matte finish. It’s also probably the thickest hardcover I’ve encountered.

ShePlans determined their 2018 calendar year covers with a vote on Instagram, which provides you with an idea of how dedicated Staum is to evaluating and improving her products. Hardcover planners are bound with wire-o binding in a dark copper color and include protective gold corners. The tabs are laminated and a thick card stock with very simple designs.

Even the beginning pages in the planner are simple and polished. There is a clean list of holidays, a year at a glance for next year, and a year at a glance for the months that the planner covers with space to write notes, important dates, etc. Everything is beautifully, simply designed.

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Right up front I’m going to say that this planner is for someone who has a busy week and calmer weekends. It would make an excellent work planner to leave at the office where you can write in tasks for the day and meetings, appointments, etc. It would also fit a student’s hectic weekday class schedule with plenty of room for anything from 8am to 8pm. The Weekly List section would be ideal for writing down the week’s assignments, whereas the blank boxes at the bottom of each daily column could be a place to put when exams and quizzes take place.

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This planner would also fit anyone interested in minimalist planning or functional planning. ShePlans’ planner definitely has structure and would also be a great first planner for anyone jumping into planning or going from a $5 Target planner into something more high-end.


One of my favorite things about ShePlans is the engagement that Staum provides on her social media accounts (particularly Instagram @she_plans). She is constantly receptive to feedback and often devises short polls for her customers asking about design choices, planner options, and more. She has a truly reflexive business style.

love love love the cover design for this planner. I think that it is truly gorgeous and calming. I also generally love that ShePlans has multiple cover designs to choose from.

I have also always been a fan of ShePlans’ half-hour increments. While the appointment calendar doesn’t leave a huge amount of room to write down appointments and tasks in hourly slots, the space it leaves is about the same as most other hourly appointment calendars out there. In the Winter of 2015 when I was looking for a daily planner for my second year of graduate school, I had a difficult time deciding between Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner and ShePlans’ daily 6-month planner. I decided to get the ShePlans one because I liked the simplicity of the cover design, the half-hour increments for one’s schedule (a lot of classes end on the half-hour), and the freedom of the daily list area to take as many lines as I wanted to for writing something out. I liked that the daily list could be notes, to-dos, or details about an assignment instead of being strictly set aside for any one purpose.


This year, ShePlans’ appointment calendar wasn’t quite right for me (that doesn’t mean it won’t be for you!). I felt like the paper quality wasn’t what I remembered it being (I have no proof, just my initial reaction). That being said, it is still absolutely a high-quality planner. I am also not generally a fan of the Wire-O binding because I find it to be one of the least durable planner binding systems. I found myself wishing that the columns for each day didn’t have spaces between them, just for a little extra room. After getting this planner, I realized that if I’m going ShePlans, I really should be getting her Daily Planner.

All in all, this is a fantastic planner, perfect for minimalist planning or for someone who wants a lot of white space and neutral layouts to act as a canvas for their own creativity. I have always found ShePlans products to be high quality. 🙂 Have you tried ShePlans before? Did you have questions about anything that I didn’t address? Leave a comment! Tell me your thoughts, ask me your questions, share your own experiences with planning!