A Month of Planners – update

In this post, I explained how I was going to re-use some of my 2015 planners to help me decide on my basic planning system for 2016.

Over November and some of December I tried

  • Passion Planner
  • Day Designer
  • Erin Condren Horizontal
  • Plum Paper M.E Planner
  • Plum Paper Regular Horizontal
  • MAMBI Happy Planner
  • Franklin Covey Her Point of View – Classic inserts
  • DIYFish

I didn’t use my Inkwell Press Planner simply because I’ve already bought the 2016 planner and will trial it next year. I also didn’t use my Limelife Planner – in all honesty I picked it up, the cover fell off and I just couldn’t get past the poor quality and awkward layout.

The Day Designer is just too big but I do like having the option of a daily planner.

I never did a review of the MAMBI Happy Planner. I really think this is a great quality planner for its price. But it wouldn’t be fair for me to give it a full review because I struggle with the disc bound system. I have a real like/dislike relationship with the discs. Simply, if you get on with the discs I would recommend the Happy Planner.

The Passion Planner‘s weekly layout doesn’t suit my needs at the moment. I would have to make too many changes to the layout to make it worth my while. This was a really helpful insight since this planner has been high on my list to re-buy for 2016. I do like the passion plans and some aspects of the monthly reviews but I think it would be easy to incorporate these into my basic system, particularly since a PDF is available.

I’m still undecided about the Plum Paper Planners. Instinctively I think the layouts may be too cramped for me. Luckily I bought 2015/2016 planners for both the M.E and horizontal so I can trial them again next year. But they definitely won’t be part of my basic system.

My biggest surprise over the last few weeks has been how I’ve gravitated towards the bound planners. I have been a Filophile for so many years it’s possible that last year I was trying to develop a system which used a Filofax rather than thinking about whether a Filofax suited my needs. I’m even beginning to suspect a Filofax (or other ring-bound planner) will not suit my needs if and when I return to work next year. A correlated surprise is I think a personal sized planner may be better for me than an A5, if I ever do return to a Filofax. I will definitely trial different inserts and set-ups in ring-bound planners next year but I don’t foresee them forming part of my basic system.

So now I have a better idea of which planners work for me, I can think about what I need from my planning system