Thursday, June 8, 2017

Why I Love Daily Panning

I want to start off this post by saying that I know daily planning is not for everyone, for some people, it's way too micromanaging and controlling. But I really love it and it works well for me. The planner I've been using the past two years and will be referring to in this post is the Day Designer. I absolutely love the fun patterns and the classic design of this planner. If you are interested in seeing the actual layout of the pages and the planner, check out this post I did last year!

One of the best things about the Day Designer is that it has two separate spaces one for your to-do list and another for your daily schedule. I will write down classes, work, appointments, meetings, etc. in the daily schedule and then what I need to get done that day in the to-do section. This really helps keep things organized for me. When I used the Kate Spade or Lilly Pulitzer planners in the past I always found that I always used the lined space for each day for my to-do list and the monthly calendar for my appointments, meeting, etc. But I hated how I constantly had to be flipping back and forth. I love how with the Day Designer I can have it all neatly on one page. 

Going along with that, on days when I have a long to-do list I will schedule almost my whole entire day. The Day Designer makes this easy. If I look at my schedule and see I have a block of time between 11 and 2, I can schedule in that time with things from my to-do list. I find that if I give myself a specific time to do things on my to-do list than I am much more efficient at getting it done and I don't get distracted by my phone or other silly things. I absolutely love that my Day Designer allows me to do this. 

One of the other things I love about the Day Designer is the top 3 feature on every page. This feature forces you to pick out the 3 most important things you need to get done for the day. I love this because I know if all else fails these are the things I absolutely need to get done. One of my other favorite things is the goal setting worksheets in the front of the agenda. They really allow you to set a plan to work on different aspects of your life. I love that the planner is about more than just helping you survive day to day life, but really helping you create a life you love. 

But because it is a daily planner, it is quite big and thick and heavy for a planner. I love to take my planner with me places because it holds all of what is going on in my life, but often I find that it is a little cumbersome to carry around. When I'm at school it's really no problem because I just throw it in my backpack, but in day to day life it's difficult to take around. The other thing is that some days you really just don't need a daily planner and just need to write a few notes for the day down. You just have to be okay with the fact that on these days not everything on every page is going to be filled out. 

With that being said, I know that the Day Designer is an investment. But if you are a type A person that likes making lists and having every element of your day scheduled than the Day Designer would work great for you. If not it is still a great planner, but you may want to look it over again and think about how you would really use it in your day to day life. 


  1. Plan the work and work the plan...our motto in our design firm!-Laurel Bledsoe