A Complete Guide to Picking out the Perfect Planner
How Do I Choose The Right Planner for Me?
Everyone’s brain stores and organizes information a bit differently. Therefore, there are many things to consider before purchasing your new planner. In this post I will discuss different planner sizes, styles & layouts so that you can pick the planner that will be most functional for you!
Here is a list of the most common sizes that I have found, listed smallest to largest.
A6 – Small 3.74 by 6.73 inches “personal” Ex. Pop Run Pocket Calendar
A5 – ( 5.8 by 8.3 inches) aka “Half Letter” Ex. Erin Condren Life Planner
B5 – Medium (7 by 9 inches) I suggest this one Erin Condren Agenda /Day Planner
A4 – Large (8.3 by 11.7) aka “Full Letter” Ex. Happy Planer Daily Planner
Things to consider when picking out the size of your planner: What will you be storing your planner in & how much writing space you will need. For example, if you bring your planner with you to work everyday in a backpack or large bag, you can go for the A4. If you only carry a small/medium purse with you, but still need a decent amount of writing space, I would go with the B5. The A6 planner is a personal planner, it has just enough space to jot a few things down in each space. This is a personal preference. Even if you have enough room for a large version, but don’t really need that much writing space, then go with the smaller version. My best advise is to go to a store that sells planners and put them all next to each other, so that you can see the differences in person.
Daily, Weekly & Monthly
Planners can be made in a Daily, Weekly or Monthly format. Most weekly planners come with a monthly/weekly combination. This will depend on the type of information you plan on storing in your planner. I personally use a weekly planner and prefer to have a separate monthly planner for Birthdays & other special events through the year.
I personally love keeping a monthly calendar like this one on my desk At A Glance Monthly
What is The Difference Between a Vertical and Horizontal Planner?
In the weekly planner world the two main layout styles are Vertical and Horizontal.
A vertical layout is set up so that you plan from top to bottom. This layout works best for people that prefer logging their day from beginning to end. If you are a list maker, have a lot of to-dos, or scheduled meeting throughout the day then the vertical layout is for you!
A Horizontal layout is set up so that you have the day of the week with a corresponding empty box beside it. If you normally have less than 3 or 4 tasks per day, but need more space to write more information on each task, then the horizontal layout would be the best choice for you!
There are 2 different schedule styles to consider.
Hourly/Half Hour – Vertical planners are usually listed in hourly or :30 min. increments. I personally prefer the hourly, b/c the writing space is usually larger.
Mon. – Sat./ Sun.-Mon. – You can choose to have your week start on Sunday or Monday. This is also a personal preference. Most people prefer to start their week on Sunday.
These are my top things to consider when picking out your perfect planner! Every company offers different versions and sizes. Do your research on each company and read reviews. Just b/c a planner is more expensive does not mean it is for you! I hope you have learned a little something today!
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