Day Designer - My First Impression

 
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Hello Gorgeous! 

Hope you're having a FANTASTIC Wednesday :) 

So a little while back  I decided to spoil myself by splurging and investing in the
Day Designer
planner by Whitney English.  Although I may have a *cough cough* small addiction when it comes to stationary items, I've never previously invested this much in a planner . It actually took me forever to decide whether to buy it or not. I've been a regular YouTube watcher, and had been seeing reviews on several different planners and three caught my eye: the Erin Condren Life Planner, the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley and the Day Designer.  I thought it might be interesting to give you my thoughts and first impressions of the Day Designer and why I chose this one over the other two planners. 

Let me start off by explaining why I didn't choose the Erin Condren Life Planner or the Simplified Planner. The EC Life Planner was actually the first what I've dubbed "high end" planner, that I was exposed to. I fell ABSOLUTELY in love with the gold foil design on white background cover, yet I couldn't justify spending the money when the layout of at a week at glance really doesn't work for me. I need room to write my friend, lots of room :)

Erin Condren Foil Life Planner - Gold Edition White - Source

Erin Condren Foil Life Planner - Gold Edition White - Source

 

This led to discovering the Simplified Planer. Emily Ley's day per page layout offers more room with a large space for appointments, a to-do list, notes and dinner planning.  Although this layout was definitely in the direction of the type of planner that suited my needs, two things held me back from taking the leap. The first being that my to-do lists usually end up being much larger than the number of appointments that I have on a given day.  This planner offers a larger section for appointments and a smaller one for to-dos . Secondly, despite the beautiful and colorfully designed front and back covers of Emily's planners, personally, they aren't prints or styles that fit my taste. Don't get me wrong, based on the reviews I've read and pictures I've seen, should either of these planners fit your personal needs or style I think they are definitely great options.

Emily Ley's Simplified Planner Daily Edition - Navy Dot - Source 

Emily Ley's Simplified Planner Daily Edition - Navy Dot - Source 

Meanwhile, during my planner 'investigations' I stumbled upon the Day Designer by Whitney English. Her stunning striped gold foil cover immediately caught my attention. Moreover, as I continued my research, I loved how much space the design offered for to-do's, appointments and the monthly two-page layout :) I was also captured by Whitney's story on how she decided to develop the Day Designer to help her find a balance between her personal life and entrepreneurial aspirations. I was also excited about the worksheets provided that are  geared towards entrepreneurs to help them to plan and focus their goals and dreams for the year.

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Although aesthetically I was completely head over heels for this planner I was hesitant to  immediately purchase it.  The size, 9 x 9.25 inches (approx 23 x 23.5 centimeters) and the cost $58 USD plus $38 USD for shipping  (almost $110 CAD with exchange rate) were giving me second thoughts.  I realized that in order to have the space to write I would need to give up some of the functionality that a smaller more portable planner could offer, especially since the planner would primarily be carried when working on projects.  Next came the cost. Although the Day Designer was definitely not the most expensive planner I had contemplated - at the time the EC life planner was $75 USD plus $39.95 US for shipping to Canada (Erin Condren now offers a $19.95 USD shipping option), it was a close second in spiral bound planners. I was SO excited when the planner finally arrived approximately three weeks after I placed the order. 

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Here are the features of the planner as per Day Designer site :

- Portable Size: 9 x 9.25″
- 12 Months of Dated Pages
- 50 pound, 72 GSM, White Pages
- The Original Daily View Format
- Dinner, Gratitude, Top 3 T0-Do prompts and more!
- 12 Tabs indicating month transitions
- 12 Two-Page Spread Monthly Views
- Two-Page Spread Yearly View
- Combined Weekend Pages
- Daily Inspirational Quotes
- Vinyl Adhesive Pocket shipped with your Day Designer
- Durable Cover (Light scratches are a normal part of the wearing process. -- - Wipes clean with a damp cloth!)
- Gold Corner Protectors
- Sophisticated Brass Wire-O Binding
- Made in the U.S.A.

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So here is a summary of my ideas for possible improvements to the Day Designer Planner, as well as aspects of the planner that I absolutely loved:
 

Potential Improvements...

 

  • Slip Pocket: Based on first impressions, I find that the pocket on the interior of the front cover might be a  little loose and that papers will easily slide out. Also, a second slip pocket on the back cover would've been a nice bonus.
     
  • Paper Thickness: At first glance I'm concerned that the pages may tear from the spiral binding with long-term use. 
     
  • Note Section: I'm a note taker and although the Day Designer does provide space for note taking on the front and back of each monthly divider, my personal preference would have been several sheets in a separate section at the back of the planner. Yet, I can appreciate that there is likely a limit to the number of pages that can be bound. 
     
  • Color: I'm not sure if this can be a con but depending on personal taste some may view the Day Designer as lacking color, especially when compared  to the very bright and colorful Erin Condren planner. Personally, although a little more color is always appreciated I still prefer an understated look that I can personalize :)
     
  • Month at a Glance Spread: While a month at glance spread is an absolute must in any planner I purchase, I was a little disappointed that the monthly tab doesn't automatically bring you to the monthly page. For instance, when I flip to February, it brings me to the combined weekend page for January 31 / February 1. It's only when you turn that page that you see the month on a two-page spread. 
     
  • Weekend Combined Pages:  Following the comment above, I don't know about you, but my weekends tend to be jam-packed and I usually have  a long list of to-dos. I would've preferred to have a page for Saturdays and one for Sundays rather than having them combined on one page. This is especially true since I'm currently working full-time while growing this blog. 
     
  • 2016 at Glance Year Calendar: Although the DD planer does include a 2015 at a glance calendar and a 2016 planning calendar, I would've also liked an at a glance 2016 calendar as the planning calendar does not provide days of the week which I find useful. I solved this problem by creating a 2016 at glance printable which I've tucked into the front pocket {Get your free 2016 Calendar here copy here}
     
  • Elastic: This is one feature that I was disappointed was not included. Many planners include a band to keep the planner together and prevent any loose sheets from sliding out. You can see an example in the picture above of the Erin Condren planner.  I may be mistaken, but I believe that previously the Day Designer did come with a band but that it was removed due to  poor quality standards. The fact that the decision was made to remove a feature that wasn't meeting their standards rather than having a poor quality product actually cause me to  respect Whitney English's designs further. 
     
  • Page Marker: While the beautiful velveteen ribbon, used to in packaging of the planner, is meant to be tied to the spiral coil and used as a page marker I would've preferred a clear vinyl ruler instead. 
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Love it! Don't Touch...
 

  • Gold: Three words for you - LOVE THE GOLD! All of it! I'm obsessed with  the elegant look of this particular gold stripe cover design and all the gold accents provided throughout the planner. 
     
  • Corner Protectors: Speaking of gold, I'm loving how Whitney has thought to protect all four corners of both the front and back covers with gold metallic corner protectors. This is a great feature to prolong the durability of the planner. 
     
  • Page Layout: As I mentioned before I love that the daily pages offer plenty of room for both any meetings I may have, as well as my usual long list of daily to-dos. The pages also include a "Due", "Dinner", "Dollars" and a "Don't Forget " sections. Personally, I'm not sure how much I'll use these sections however I can see them being helpful with someone with children and a family.  
     
  • Daily Quotes: I think that this was such a great idea on Whitney English's part since it provides a daily dose of motivation for those good days and the not-so-easy days.  
     
  • Month on Two Pages: This is one of my favorite features since it offers me an overlook of my appointments and important plans for the month. I also appreciate that a space for monthly goals was included which is great for keeping on track in achieving my passions and goals.
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All in all I'm excited about the planner and so far I'm enjoying using it to help find balance in my life. Later when I've really had a chance to use it for a few months I was thinking I could post a review. Let me know in the comments below if a post like that would interest you. If you have any questions about this post feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message here :)  

Wishing you a wonderful week! 

*Please note that this is not a sponsored post, and that all the opinions stated here are my own  :)