Behold the beauty of my personally designed planner. After scouring the internet and bookstores for the perfect planner for–let’s face it–years, I finally decided to create my own. (Side note: I did try bullet journaling for a while, but I hated that I had to create new spreads every day/week/month by hand.)
I originally was going to have it printed at Kinko’s and put it in a binder, but that was going to cost in the hundreds of dollars (?!). I decided to check out a self-publishing website I encountered before (BookBaby), and to my pleasant surprise, my new planner (bound with a hard cover!) was going to cost less than $50, including shipping.
I had a shipping issue that was my own fault (somehow, my old address was put in, and I didn’t double check it; it was sent to the house that caught fire a year ago), so I didn’t get it until today. I’ve been having so much fun filling it in and coloring it, though!
The only problem is that it is quite large. I like the big page sizes, but not so much the thickness. Now, I included only seven months (and two weeks) in this, since I thought it up partway through the year. I had been planning on making one for next year that included all of 2019, but I don’t think that will happen. That book would be enormous! At this point, I’m planning on creating two six month planners for next year, but who knows what the future holds? Perhaps someone will come out with a (cheaper) planner that I love just as much.
Things I love:
- It’s relatively plain, so I can jazz it up however I want. STICKERS
- It has an Activity Inventory for each month, and the daily To Do lists are set up for the Pomodoro Technique.
- Every day has two full pages!
- There’s space for gratitude journaling, affirmations, and review EVERY DAY.
- The daily schedule is 12 hours.
- Weekly spread has review, planning, and schedule-at-a-glance sections.
- There’s a full year calendar in the front.
- The monthly spread has planning and review sections.
- Special days, such as Esbats and Sabbats, are already on the monthly calendar.
Things I’ll change for next time:
- Include space on daily pages for day-long events like birthdays and holidays.
- Miracle Morning checklists.
- Space for quarter, semi-annual, and annual review and planning.
- Future planning for the next few months after the book ends.