As a blogger, I am often contacted by companies that want me to review their products. I usually decline, but not this time because I have been looking for something like this for years! As a disclaimer, Personal-Planner.com did send me one for free (and one to give away), but I would have gladly paid for this, had I known about it, and the review is completely my own. As teachers and parents, I know your lives are super busy and that you depend on your planner to keep you organized, so hopefully this is something you can use, too!
I go planner shopping every year around this time, and until now, I have always had to settle for something that met some, but not all, of my personal planning wants and needs. Not only that, I usually ended up with a bunch of stuff that I would never use (for example, pages for contacts list – I’d rather use my iPhone…and I don’t need tear-out shopping lists, either). One of my own little particularities is that I don’t like lines on the days of the week. I like big open spaces. That knocks out about two thirds of most planners. I also like a vertical format and a place for notes for each day. I have never found all that in one planner…until now.
You, of course, probably have your own individual set of requirements for a personal planner, and now you can get all of them – and probably some other nifty add-ons you never thought of. Designing your own planner is super easy. The site takes you through the process step-by-step. It only took me about 15 minutes!
Here are some features I thought were particularly cool:
- You get to design your covers! They have patterns and themes you can choose from, or you can upload your own photos.
- You can start your calendar from any month, and you can add your personal events, such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
- There are a variety of fun mix-and-match choices for designing the weekly pages. If you prefer blocks to my vertical format, then you can have them. Lines too, or even light stripes in a variety of colors. You can even add a little box within each day to track your workouts, work hours, or the weather.
- At the bottom of each weekly spread, there is a blank space. You can leave it blank, or you can add up to three handy modules. You can see the ones I selected above. I especially like the “Graph of the Week,” which I will probably use to track my moods or productivity.
- The end of the planner has several great options, as well. The most exciting to me, personally, was the overview of the current year and the next year. I like the format (perfect for recording daily TpT sales), and all of the holidays are listed.
- If you want to combine your professional life with your personal life, then you can choose to include a final, 40-page section at the back that has all kinds of tools for planning, tracking students, etc. (available on the A5 planner only).
- They include a plastic pouch for extras and a ruler. Also, shipping is free!