My Favs on Thursday is a weekly link up with my best bloggy buddies Katy and Nicole and share our favorite thing of the week.
Essentially this post could be titled, “My Favs on Thursdays:: Being Organized” because I LOVE being organized. You could say to a fault. Therefore, I love planners. I have electronic planners and paper planners. They all coordinate, but I always get sucked back to the paper planner.
I’m a visual learner– and rememberer. It helps me to remember if I write it down and see myself write it down. As my life has changed, the quest for a perfect agenda has reemerged. I’ve ordered three to compare. The Kate Spade Agenda is first since I’d heard such good things about it! The next two will come in September and October.
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First up on my agenda criteria is the cover. Kate Spade agendas are second to none. Other agendas pick patterns to be like Kate Spade agendas! You can see all the cover options here under stationery at the Kate Spade website. Despite reviews saying that the dots rubbed off, there was one very helpful review saying to use spray sealer first and the dots would stay. I’ve been using it for a week and I sprayed the cover and the dots still look like new.
Next up is size. I selected the large planner, which measures in at 9 inches high and 7 inches wide. You can select a smaller size if that’s your hearts desire, but I have a 5×7 planner done by days and it’s still not enough room for everything, so I selected the larger size. My personal opinion on the size is that it’s perfect for putting in your tote, taking to business meetings, etc. It’s not overwhelming. It is 2 inches thick however, but an elastic is attached to it to help keep it closed
Third, the layout.
Inside you’ll first find a pocket for extra pieces of paper, invitations, etc. before getting into the meat of the matter. Once past the pocket there are pages for notes, important dates, and year at a glance. Then there is a tab month by month starting in August 2014 to December 2015 so I immediately started carrying this one around. Each month tab has a quippy saying to start you out. The next page is that month at a glance with squares to fill in. The individual days are displayed via week view, as seen in the first and last squares below. This space is a tad small for my liking, since I like to also include my to-do list in my planner. I have been keeping my to-do list on post-its, which works for me too, but I would love for them to have just a little more space. Maybe 2 two-page spreads for the week? Four pages total. It would make a huge difference. I also consider the paper
when selecting an agenda since I write with felt tip pens
or fine tip pens
that can both often bleed through the paper. The fine tip pens were perfect. The felt tips bled a little, so I’m just going to stick with my fine tip, which is not enough to make me give the planner a lower score.
Overall, for my needs, the Kate Spade agenda is an 8.5/10. These agendas are well made. The spirals are protected. The cover is sturdy. It stacks up very well against my judging criteria under cover, size, layout, and paper. I would recommend it more so for those who like to be organized but keep their lists elsewhere. The price isn’t bad either for it’s comparison models. If you want one, check out all the stats and other reviews here
What kind of methods do you use to stay organized? In the market for a planner? Which are you considering?
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