For my senior year in college, I invested in a Lilly Pulitzer agenda. It was the perfect thing to help me juggle all that I had going on that year: a full course load, a part time job, an internship, a social life and time with my then-boyfriend. After graduating, though, all I had left to balance was work and a social life. So I “downgraded” to an agenda without bells and whistles by Peter Pauper Press. I’ve used one for the last two years and have had no complaints.
However, as I’ve gotten more into the “groove” in my post-grad life routine, I’ve realized that maybe I do need a planner with a little bit of bell and a teeny bit of a whistle. Not as all out as, say, an Erin Condren planner or a Lilly Pulitzer one. I had little interest in customizable add-ons such as designer sticker sheets or a pen holder to jazz up my planner. What I wanted was a planner that could keep track of all that I have going on with work, friends, my blog, fitness, etc in an intuitive way. Tall order, right?
Enter Plum Paper Designs. Who, I should clarify, have no idea I’m writing this post. They only know I exist because I placed an order with them — an order I was so pleased by that I decided to blog about it.
Plum Paper Designs offers customizable planners of all kinds: regular, family, teacher, meal, wedding, and fitness. (They offer notebooks, too.) These planners are all customizable; the covers and content can be tailored for each order. Each planner has monthly and weekly spreads, as well as notes pages and a double sided pocket folder. They are all bound with a sturdy metal coil.
Because I wanted my weekly pages to be broken up into different categories, I chose the family planner. No, I don’t have a family. Yes, at $35USD, it’s $5 more expensive than the regular planner, but that’s because the family planner has seven customizable sections. While moms would likely assign one of the seven custom sections to a kid and other responsibilities that fill up a busy mom’s life, I chose to assign mine to the different priority areas of my life: work, social, blog, fitness, food, money and other. (Gotta love a catch all category!)
Like with all Plum Paper Design planners, mine is customized with my name on the front. (I could have picked something other than my name to have on there, but I wasn’t feeling particularly creative when I placed my order.) I was also able to choose what month I wanted my family planner to start. I chose to start mine in January 2015, as my current planner ends when 2014 does. I also had the option to add up to six additional months up to the planner for $2-9USD, depending on how many months are added. If I didn’t have a planner to last me till the end of the year, I probably would have added the month of December to my planner for $2USD so that I could start using immediately after receiving it. I could also add additional notes pages, but I decided not to as I felt the notes pages that were already part of the planner would be enough for me.
Even though my new planner doesn’t begin until January 2015, I’ve already begun using it to map out some of my plans and goals for early January. It’s still a bit of a ways away so I don’t have anything too crazy mapped out, but I’ve already written down some notes for goals I have for my blog, finances and fitness. Using my planner for those purposes has been a dream, which is GREAT because that’s exactly why I wanted an upgrade to a slightly fancier planner than I was used to. Any time I open the planner, I can have a quick at-a-glance overview of what I have planned that week for all the major aspects of my life.
In light of 2015 being just around the corner, I heartily recommend purchasing a planner from Plum Paper Designs if one is in the market for a new planner or agenda for the new year. An order is usually ready to ship two to three weeks after it ships, and my order was received right on time. (They ship internationally, too!) Since I expect Plum Paper Design’s business to be extremely busy in the end of year hustle and bustle, ordering now would likely mean the planner would arrive just in time for 2015. And what better way to start a new year than with a shiny new planner in hand?