I love writing product reviews because I often use reviews myself to make decisions and I really appreciate detailed reviews so I can make the right decision. Today I am excited to share my 2016 Agendio Planner review. I first heard about the Agendio planner almost two years ago. At the time I had started using a Plum Paper ME planner to replace my Franklin Covey. I really loved what I saw in Agendio, but having purchased a planner I had to pass. This was before I heard of using multiple planners.
Take a time leap with me to 2016 where I am still loving my Plum Paper Planner but struggling making it work for both home/family with my multiple work ventures. I was toiling with the idea of using multiple planners to solve my problem and after taking Chaotic Blessing’s How to Use Multiple Planners and Organize Them Well class (great class by the way) and I knew I needed more than one planner for at least the next year.
I recently finished my new ebook, The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Planner, and used the same system to find my business planner. This time I knew I wanted to use an Agendio Planner. The main reason was how extremely customizable their planners are.
Disclosure: I designed and paid for this planner myself though I did receive free shipping from the company. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Let me walk you through the decision making process on Agendio’s website and you will see how customizable this planner truly is.
1) Planner or refill your planner inserts
Yes , you could do either one! The planner is a covered wire bound hard cover (the wired coils are hidden). The refills are available for Franklin Covey, Filofax, Day-timer, 4-hole punched, 3-hole punched and unpunched for the discbound planners.
2) Week, Month or both
The next step is choosing the type of layout, if you need a week only, month only or week and month. Along with this choice is column and rows (horizontal and vertical layouts). At this time Agendio does not have a day layout, but I think this would be a great addition since quality designed daily inserts are limited.
Quick tip: Before customizing your planner I suggest deciding if you prefer rows (horizontal) or columns (vertical) to make the process easier.
Now you need to decide the size of your planner. Agendio gives you three options, Large (8.5” x 11”), Medium (7” x 9.3”) and Journal (5.5”x 8”). The size really comes down to your preference, needs for writing space and how portable your planner should be. For the refills you beginn by choosing your size first and then choosing the layout.
Quick tip: If you are undecided on size I suggest cutting cardstock or cardboard to the planner size so it is easier to compare. I have done this myself when undecided.
4) Pagelets, Divisibles and Schedules
This is where you will need to make decisions on your needs and how you want to plan your week or month. The builder on the website will guide you through the process of customizing your planner. You can decide if you prefer morning/afternoon, and evening or a time schedule from 6 am – 10 pm. Customize your sections to have labeled daily tasks such as home, work, or by your children’s names. Since I am using my Agendio for my business, teaching and emergency management I choose Posts, Products & Dev., Website & Admin, Networking and Social Media.
The divisibles are sections on the right page which can be weekly checklists or whatever you imagine up. This can be your grocery list, meeting notes, home and work tasks; you are only limited by your imagination.
5) Special Dates
This is super sweet in my book, having the ability to enter in tasks in your checklists or events on your calendar. Seriously, you can do up to three per day. So if you have an repeating event every Tuesday night, that can be printed into your planner. I decided to have repeatable tasks printed in my planner.
6) Colors, fonts and design
There are a lot more choices but I am going to wrap up with this last group. Agendio allows you to choose your font and color preference on the inside and the cover color as well. I think that is a great feature. Also you can choose if you want the line design, spacing and task checkboxes options. Believe it or not there other customizations you can make, check out their website for more.
There is only one true con in my mind and that is the printing process. Because of Agendio’s printing process Pilot’s Friction erasable pens will erase the design.
As you can see by the picture the Frixion pen will partially erase and smudge the line. Now this is not a problem for me as I have continued to use my Frixion pens and I am careful how I erase. Yes I have removed a little of the printing ink but honestly I hardly noticed it. I ordered my planner with ¼” line spacing and it has provided enough room to erase easily. If you prefer keeping your planner in pristine condition then I suggest using Staedtler pens or PaperMate InkJoy.
The other con I can see is Agendio’s greatest strength, its choices. If you have no idea what you want in your planner this could be overwhelming. Honestly, I think the builder process gives great ideas to overcome this obstacle. Another suggestion I have is writing down beforehand all the items you need to track and remember (check out my tips in this post).
Finally if you are still stuck check out The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Planner. My ebook will walk your through step by step what you need in a planner so you can choose the right one.
I am loving my Agendio planner and still getting use to my new system. The paper quality is nice and the cover has survived being in my tote. I already had chocolate on my planner cover and it wiped off easily. I am still using my Plum Paper Planner for my home and family and I am so glad I switched over to Agendio for my business planner. You can see my planner template at this Agendio link. If you find this review helpful please share it with your friends or in your Facebook groups. Thanks!