Agendio Planner Review
In 2017 I had the goal of learning Adobe InDesign and create my own planners that met my planning style. While I absolutely loved creating and using my own planner, I found I spent too much time redesigning my planner and not enough on my other design projects. So this year I am focusing my creative interests elsewhere and am using the Agendio planner. Almost all of my planning setup I created in Adobe Indesign could be completed with Agendio. So if you always wanted to design your own planner (but don’t want to pay and learn Adobe InDesign) then you need to read this Agendio Planner Review and then see it for your self on Agendio.com. Since my last review in 2016 Agendio made many changes both in the design of their planner and the design process on their website which I will share. This is also another reason I enjoy Agendio Planners, they are always working on something new.
Agendio sells planners in three different sizes of Large (8.5” x 11”), Medium (7” x 9.3”) and Journal (5.5”x 8”) along with planner inserts for Franklin Covey, Filofax and many more brands. What make Agendio different from all other other brands it the ability to design your own layout in rows or columns in customizable labels, activities and events.
I will be making comparisons to my previous planner and at the end of this post you can read my previous thoughts and other many benefits of a customizable Agendio planner. Also I have some images from the planner I designed this year and will show more on my Instragram in the future. Disclosure: This year Agendio was kind enough to offer a free planner and share an honest review of their product.
New Unique Options
When I first read about the Personal-Year Planner I passed by it without much thought. Later as I checked out different planner templates I saw the beauty of the Personal-Year Planner. Why don’t we start our planners on our birthday instead of the New Year or when school starts? I personally love this thought, seeing your birthday as a new start for the next year of your life. The benefit of using the Personal-Year Planners are unique pages for reflections, goal and life balance which can be personalized. For example you can add a beginning and end of year reflection pages with unique prompts to capture your thoughts and goals. These pages are also great if you want to incorporate journaling into your planner. I loved this idea so I went with the Personal-Year planner but began the date on January 1st since I didn’t want to wait until my birthday.
Habit trackers and flex tables (creating tables with your own labels for sales, inventory, student behavior, etc.) are a few of the new pages you can add into your planner. This is where Agendio shines over other planners, being the complete creator of your setup. If you have loved seeing the trackers in Bullet Journaling but don’t have the time or patience to draw your week, then this is a great option for you.
Options upon Options
My 2016-17 planner did not have any tabs which has now an option and the months can be abbreviated, captilized or in sentence case. Also the accent color can be changed for each month using either a preferred color theme or a seasonal theme. So if you want December to have green design elements for Christmas, pink for Valentine’s Day and blue for July, you can! If you prefer following an Erin Condren or Plum Paper Planner color scheme for the months you can as well.
Agendio has planners in medium (7″ x 9″) and large (8.5″ x 11″) sizes which have boxes in 1.5” width, the same width as the boxes in the Erin Condren Life Planners and the Happy Planners. While the length can vary greatly depending on your design, you could use sticker kits depending on their dimensions. I would suggest not ordering any sticker kits until after you receive your Agendio planner since certain stickers such as quarter or half boxes my not work as well as the full boxes or visa versa.
One of the biggest concerns I shared a year ago was the difficulty using erasable pens such as Pilot FriXion on the paper. Previously the printing process for the Agendio Planner meant erasable pens would erase or smear the print, which could be a game changer for some people, especially those who love to share their planners on Instagram or Youtube. Now Agendio has changed their printing process so this is no longer an issue (which is great news for people like me who make mistakes and love erasable pens and).
Another concern I shared was the process of choosing your planner. It could be a confusing process for some people when looking at all of the options at once. More options can lead to procrastination then to no action taken. Addressing this concern now you can follow their seven step process listed on their main website along with the Agendio Builder top tabs also following those steps. The videos are very helpful if you do get stuck and the helpful tips offer suggestions for setup.
And if you love the medium size planner (7″ x 9″) but want to change your dashboards or add pages, now you can purchase the 7″ x 9″ inserts unpunched and use your disc bound punches and discs to set up.
My Wish List
I admit the aesthetics of a planner is as important as the layout to me. I was loving the Plum Paper Planners hourly layout and their covers but I would have stopped using the planner after two months since the layout simply was too limited. Choosing a planner that looks beautiful but is not functional will lead to a lot of frustration.
I am able to add to the aesthetics by choosing my favorite colors for each month and the planner layout will work great with washi, icon stickers and some sticker kits. I wish there were two font options, one for the months and days and another option for the remaining text to create a little extra flair such as Laura Worthington’s Hummingbird font.
The leatherette covers are very smooth and come in beautiful colors but this year I wanted a spiral planner. Agendio has many neat spiral cover choices along with adding your name or monogram. My preference leans toward the Plum Paper Planner and Erin Condren Life Planner for covers and I did find a nice cover choice that met my taste with Agendio. However even though I wish for other options of covers I can easily create my own cover using the We R Memory Planner Punch Board Kit (aff link) or see if the Plum Paper planner 8.5 x 11 covers would work.
If you are struggling to find the right planner or don’t even know what type of planner to get, I strongly suggest going to Agendio’s site. I have been very impressed with the great customer service as I have asked several questions on sizes and design and received great followup each time. There is hope if you have not found the right planner for you yet.
Let me know if you decide use an Agendio Planner and what you love most about your design.
2016 Agendio Planner Review
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 FriXion 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).
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!