Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day Designer + Blue Sky Planner Review

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Part of being a blogger means keeping a content calendar and utilizing different tools (like a planner) to stay on top of tasks. I love my Inkwell Press planner, but when I heard that Day Designer was collaborating with Blue Sky to put out planners exclusive to Target I was all in.

Despite the fact that they weren't officially launched until July 12, I searched all the Targets in my area as soon I saw on social media that some Targets were putting up their displays early. So, two weeks before they were even out, I had my hands on these two lovely Day Designers.

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About the Day Designer

LARGE (8 x 10)
Daily/Monthly calendar view
Wire O binding
July 2015 through June 2016
3-Column Layout
Buy the 8x10 Day Designer here.

SMALL (5 x 8)
Daily/Monthly calendar view
Wire O binding
July 2015 through June 2016
2-Column Layout
Buy the 5x8 Day Designer here.

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Both planners have a shared page for weekends, much like the original Day Designer.

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My Thoughts on the Day Designer

I personally love the 8x10 Day Designer more than it's smaller companion. Reason being, there's SO MUCH SPACE to write! Typically, I don't need a lot of space. I don't even always use the "notes" column on a daily basis, but by George, it must be there just in case!

The smaller planner just felt cramped in comparison. Even if there were a small notes section in the 5x8 version, I probably would've liked it more. However, I do enjoy the compact, portable size of the 5x8.

When it comes down to it, the 8x10 Day Designer wins for me.

As for the design and functionality of the Day Designer itself, I am in love! If you watch my video below, I compare it to the weekly/monthly Inkwell Press planner I was using previously. The one-page-per-day layout of the Day Designer allows and even forces me to get hyper-focused on my days. In the past, I would often get so caught up planning out my entire week that I would miss the important to-dos of my day.

I recommend daily/monthly planner layouts to the incredibly busy folk who always have a never-ending to-do list AND schedule to adhere to.


For a more in-depth look at my thoughts on the Day Designer, as well as a comparison to the Inkwell Press Planner, click "play" below!
What is your preferred planner style (paper, digital, weekly, daily, etc..) and what do you use your planner for? Comment below! 
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