Around this time of year people experience planner failure or #plannerfail in the social media world. It’s the point you realize what you need and what your planner is offering don’t meet up. This frustration can be followed by post-it notes all over your counter and feeling your are always behind. I love helping people find the right planner to stop those overwhelming feelings. So throughout the year I will share reviews on planners that I think are worth your time. Today’s Plum Paper Planner review is one of my current favorite planners that I shared in a previous post.
First there are different types of Plum Paper planners, I am only writing a review on the ME (My Everything) Planner but check out their Etsy shop at Plum Paper or their website to see their fitness, teacher, wedding and other planners. I am not an affiliate for Plum Paper and I purchased this planner myself.
As I mentioned in a previous post I keep my appointments digitally on my iCloud or Google calendars. Since my husband and I share our personal, work and kids calendars it works great for us. Especially the automatic alerts for an upcoming appointment if you choose to set it up. If you track all of your appoitments in your planner, consider Plum Paper’s regular planner which has 4 optional layouts.
The areas I really need accountability are tracking my tasks and planning my activities for the week. Honestly, I easily become distracted and can procrastinate on my “not so fun” tasks if I don’t have a plan written down. On a side note, sign up for my emails I will send a free task planner and guide based on how I handle my tasks (while avoiding procrastination).
The five areas covered in this review are customization, sturdiness, size, flexibility and available accessories.
Plum Paper is one of the most customizable planners out there and here is why:
- Cover – There are a ton of beautiful cover choices with customizations including adding your name, picture or monogram depending on your preference. For the men, there is a masculine style cover that would be an option for you.
- Personalization – The weekly layout lists my areas of responsibilities so I can write my tasks for each area (up to 7 areas). I choose AM, PM, Me/Rejoicing, Burt, Kids, Home and Work.
- Add ons – Oh my goodness, this is lovely. You can add at the end of your planner budget, meal planning, wedding, baby, blog, home and fitness sections. Make sure you look over the these add ons to ensure their format will work for you. Now looking back over past plannersI realize the meal planning section is really great but the vertical format doesn’t work for me as well. Another neat option is within each month you can add extra notes, to do list, monthly cleaning pages, etc. I have added extra note pages at the end of each month’s section for my master task list, which I really love.
- Date options: You can start your planner for any month of the year and your planner can range from 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18 months. See what I mean about customizable?
The cover and spiral binding are very resilient. The company uses quality 70 lb. paper that works well with many pens.
The 7” x 9” paper size is the smallest I could use at this moment. I do not have small dainty handwriting so I am careful I don’t fill more than one line when writing a task in the weekly layout. However the spacing in the notes section is slightly wider and works well for me. You are able to order the ME Planner in a large size as well.
By flexibility I mean can you rearrange, add or remove pages from the planner. For this planner the answer is no and yes. The normal coil bound system is not flexible. However there are two options. I personally use the coil clips which work great to insert bookmarks and important papers. There is a two side folder a the end which could also hold papers or stickers. Even a better second option is requesting the planner to be unbound and not punched if you wish to use a different binding method, such as Disc or three ring binder. Please make sure you list this request in the notes of your order. Next year I am highly considering this option!
For fun go to Esty and type in Plum Paper planner accessories. You will find a TON of accessories such as pen holders, stickers, planner pouches and the list continues. I use a printable weekly habits pdf from Etsy and then use Avery Sticker Project Paper so I can print them anytime at home. There are Etsy shop owners who will mail you the physical sticker if that is your preference.
As you can see by the pictures I added a weekly habit sticker on my left page. I can easily be distracted and there are certain habits I want to do daily or every other day. These habit stickers keep me on track.
Great news, thanks to Plum Paper you can use the coupon code CHRISTINAM10 to receive 10% of your order! Plum Paper customer service is great, so contact them with any questions on customizing. Let me know in the comments if you order a planner.
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