As a ridiculously Type A individual who still suffers from ‘baby brain’ (can I call it that when my baby is 4.5? My memory never recovered after I had babies!), I rely on my paper planner from Personal Planner to keep me organized and on track. If you have read my 2014 Personal Planner post and my 2015 Personal Planner post, you won’t be surprised that this was the only company I was looking to work with for 2016!
This year, I decided to try a smaller size and chose the Square (5.8 inches wide x 5.6 inches high). I also ordered a pen that fits perfectly inside the rings of my new planner. I already clip a pen inside the rings of my current planner, but I can’t resist the lure of a new pen and this one is a lovely bright blue and is smudge-proof and won’t show through the pages. Since I have used Personal Planner before, all of my important dates were carried forward. I created 2 collages of some of my favourite pictures taken by Elizabeth Fulton Photography this year to use as the front and back cover, but Personal Planner has lots of gorgeous options if you’d prefer not to use your own pictures.
The Square size still has lots of room on each day to jot down appointments, reminders and lists and it will fit easily inside of my most of my purses and my school bag. I chose a vertical layout for the days, and my 3 modules at the bottom of each 2 page spread are “To Do This Week”, “This Week’s Dinners” (a recurring goal of mine is to consistently meal plan and I’m hoping that this will give me the push I need to make it happen) and a lined section for extra notes or a small shopping list.
The biggest difference that I have found between the Square size and the A5 that I have used previously is that with the Square size, you only get 2 extra sections at the end, whereas you can choose 3 sections with the A5 size. I have always had plenty of pages left at the end of my planners since I tend to write on the week pages instead of making separate lists at the end, so this was not a deal-breaker for me. I have loved having an overview of the upcoming year at the end of my current planner with space to make note of appointments or upcoming events, so I made sure to choose the monthly overview of 2017 and ruled pages for my first back section, and then more ruled pages for the second.
I wish that there had been an option to have a short address list and ruled pages, because I really liked having phone numbers and addresses available in my planner but I certainly don’t need more than 2 pages dedicated to addresses! Instead, I’ll probably just remove my address list from my current planner when I’m done with this year and put it in the handy plastic sleeve that comes with every planner.
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