If you haven’t been able to tell already – I went a little planner crazy this year! I had seen people talking about the Day Designer planners by Whitney English all over the place last year (especially the goal setting pages), so I wanted to check one out this year. I’m not too keen on the striped cover designs, but I fell in love with two of the exclusive collaboration covers – the Blush Pink and Gold Dot Mini Day Designer from Belle and Blush, and the floral cover (no name as far as I can tell) from Kayce Hughes.
Check out my reviews of these Day Designer planners below, and find out how you can enter to win one of them!
2016 Mini Daily Day Designer in Blush Pink with Gold Dots
Basic Stats: $49 // 6.625” wide x 8.3” tall // hard cover with gold foil detail // Gold wire-o binding // protective gold corners
This design comes in a super cute blue drawer-pull box (that’s what I call it anyway!) that matches the inside cover.
The inside cover includes a pocket and the monthly tabs are all gold with white lettering. I thought it was weird that this first page was blank, but after reading more about the planner it turns out it’s a ‘protective’ first page (there is one in the very back too) that can be torn out.
The front section of the planner includes a welcome page, ‘how to use this planner’ page, and several goal setting pages.
There is also a single page 2016 year-at-a-glance calendar and notes pages.
Each single month however, gets a full two-page spread which I love, but it starts on Mondays which I do not love. It has always thrown me off when calendars start on Mondays, and when I’m trying to plan, I’d prefer that my paper calendars match how I see the week in my head. Many people love the Monday start day though, so it’s definitely a personal preference.
Each day has it’s own page layout, except for Saturdays and Sundays which share a single page.
Each weekday, Monday – Friday has the following sections: Today’s Top Three // Due / Dinner / Dollars / Don’t forget // Today (7am – 7pm) // To-do (checklist) // Notes // Daily Gratitude.
Each weekend day has 3 lines in a small To-Do section, and also has a 7am – 7pm scheduling section, with a section for ‘Next Week’ at the bottom of the page.
2016 Daily Day Designer, cover by Kayce Hughes
Basic stats: $59 // 9″ wide x 9.75″ tall // hard cover with gold foil detail // Gold wire-o binding // protective gold corners
This one comes in a pretty pink box!
The inside front cover is a pink woven pattern that reminds me of a basket full of flowers (which is quite possibly the intent of the design). Actually, the more I look at it the more it reminds me of the woven rocking chair in my parent’s basement. Very random, but it’s a lovely thought! This design of the full size Day Designer also has gold monthly tabs with white lettering.
The front section is almost exactly the same as the mini, except that the full size planner has a two-page spread for the year-at-a-glance calendar, which I like better than the single page. You might not really be able to write anything on a single day, but it’s great for blocking out sections of time like vacations or long weekends. I might also use it to track days I reached specific goals or not (worked out? smiley face sticker!).
Just like the mini, each monthly calendar gets a full two-page spread with a Monday start day, and a notes sections.
The daily page layout is almost exactly the same in both sizes except that the full size Day Designer gets a ‘Today’ section that runs from 5am – 9pm. I would personally prefer something like 7am- 11pm but I’m a night owl and I know most people don’t run on that schedule.
There are several sections of the planning pages that I personally will most likely never use (Due/Dinner/Dollars/Don’t Forget) but it’s a tiny section and doesn’t take away much from the rest of the page. I’m also not sure how to utilize the ‘next week’ section at the bottom of the combined weekend pages and think this could be eliminated in favor of more space for ‘to-dos’ but I’m sure there are people who use it, and use it well!
It also turns out that the larger goal setting section that was in the previous years versions has been removed and is now available as a separate purchase. Darn! That was my initial draw to these planners. I do have an entire other workbook (PowerSheets) I’m using for goal setting this year, but I was looking forward to this section of the Day Designer – oh well.
One more thing to note: the pages that the monthly tabs are attached to are made of a thicker paper. This means that the very last daily page of each month and the left side of the monthly calendar for the next month are sturdier than all the other pages. So while certain pens may not bleed through on the calendar from Mon – Wed, they might on Thurs – Sun. Just something to remember when planning out your days. Truth is I might not have even noticed it if I hasn’t run across someone else pointing it out online.
Overall I really like the layout of the Day Designer! The daily pages are clean and well laid out. I also like the use of dots instead of solid lines. It feels more spacious (if that’s even possible). I also like the muted gray text color; it allows my own colorful ink pens to stand out!
I also tested out folding the front cover to the back on both planners, and folding single and multiple pages back as well, and I had no problems.
The short story here: I’m keeping one, and giving one away! I thought about giving both away (only because I already had a planner for 2016) but I just cannot part with the Kayce Hughes cover design! Florals are my love language. ;)
Would you like a chance to win the 2016 Mini Day Designer?
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