I discussed my love for paper planners here and here. 2015 is imminent and coming fast. For me, it’s down to the wire to decide which planner I’m going to use. Though I found that there are many planner alternatives, I decided to try the Simplified Planner or the Day Designer for this year. The one that I find to suit me less will be for sale (both are sold out). Here are my thoughts on Whitney English’s Day Designer.
The Day Designer has a very clear purpose and helps direct the user in the same way. On the title page is says, “The Strategic Planner and Daily Agenda for Living a Well-Designed Life.” More about the purpose is explained here.
- Cover:: Strong and durable. It feels like the same compressed card board. The great thing that really gives the day designer a strong “plus” here is the cover is wipeable. There are also several pattern choices. The pocket on the inside of the front cover is also the wipeable material.
- Binding:: Once again, spirals, which no matter how durable, I consider a minus. Spirals just don’t last the rough and tumble of my purse for a full year.
- Tabs:: Day Designer tabs are a heavy weight card stock and the month part is laminated. There is room and lines for notes on both sides of the divider. I consider these a minus. I want my note space on the daily page, not my monthly tab. Also the tab opens to the first day view of the month, instead of the monthly view and, as a personal preference, I like to see the month at the tab.
- Paper:: Of course this is my opinion, but this paper is on the thin side. My regular pens would bleed right though this. No question. Minus.
- Page layout:: These daily pages are full of ways to have a “well-designed” day. Spots on the page include a daily quote, hourly schedule, top three to-dos, an other to-dos space as big at the daily schedule, “due,” dinner, download. If you forget something with a day designer, it would only be because you didn’t write it down! Plus plus plus for this page organization.