Saturday, December 3, 2016

2017 'Dear Me' Combined Diary, Planner & Notebook by Steve

I was sent this diary to review after ''Journals of a Lifetime' had revised the interior design of the pages. So thank you to Helen and the team at 'Journals of a Lifetime' for this sample. 

The Bullet Diary is a hard back covered diary of some 230 pages in total. It is slightly bigger than A5 at 230mm by 165mm so ideally suited as a desk diary. 

The start of the diary has some lined space may be to write down your thoughts and ideas at the beginning of the year.

There is an index page which will make finding the months easier, the pages are numbered as well. On the left hand page there is space for you to record an index to key events etc during the year.

There is a Year at a Glance to help you quickly check dates. May be use a colour coding scheme to shade in key dates and holidays etc.

Then there is a monthly future planner, again useful for jotting down slightly more details about future events and commitments.

Then at the start of each month there is a month on one page calendar which you can use as you wish.

We then get to the week view diary pages which is nicely divided in to tines, activities, daily goals, weekly goals etc. There is also a quote for each week. A space to tabulate the symbols you have used against your activities in true bullet journal style.

After each week there is a double page lined section which you can use for notes, may be as a journal or what ever you wish for planning or journalling about the past or the next week.

Journals of a Lifetime do a wide range of specialist diaries and notebooks, check out their website for full details.

And thank you to Laurie for letting me post this review.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Success Choice 2017 planners

Are you looking for a planner to help every aspect of your life including work, family, home care and maintenance, personal goals and growth? What planner could possibly encompass all of that?

This one: The Success Choice Planner.

Pamela Henrie, the creator of The Success Choice planner, has done (and continues to do) a ton of research on productivity, goal setting and tracking, and time and task management. She incorporates all of this into her planners.

The Success Choice Planner is comprised of quarterly books (or looseleaf pages) that are packed full of features designed to help you identify your goals, reach your potential, and keep everything running at once. The pages are 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches (half letter size) so the books are lightweight and portable. They are designed to go everywhere with you so you can capture plans and ideas on the go.

New for 2017: After considering all the feedback from customers, the paper has changed and is now white! The white paper and new clearer font make the pages easier to read.

Every quarter there is a new color scheme, and monthly pages have heavier paper and colored edges to make them easy to find embedded in the weekly pages. Every month there is a theme to focus on. For example January's theme is Discover Your Talents.

I'm not going to show you all the features of these planners, partly because there is just so much but also because I don't want to give everything away. Part of the fun of these planners is discovering all the jewels throughout.

Every month there are pages to plan your goals for every aspect of your life, which helps with work-life balance and personal focus. There are tips relating to that month's focus, and monthly traditions to help build relationships and happy memories. Every week there are pages for tasks, household chores, meal planning and grocery lists.

The weekly pages have lots of room for your schedule and tasks each day, and trackers for your water, exercise, and nutrition plus customizable daily trackers. The week has Monday-Thursday on a two page spread:

And Friday-Sunday on the following page, along with a page to review your week with lessons learned, successes, and space for reflection. 

Throughout the books there are plenty of pages to help you think ahead about your goals, track your goals along the way, and evaluate your progress. There are pages for journaling and notes throughout the books.

Every month there are pages to review your month, list successes and lessons learned.

Again I don't want to show you everything, but at the beginning of the year there are pages to help you set goals for every aspect of your life: health, spirituality, relationships and family, finances, etc. There are spaces to brainstorm what you would like to happen in the upcoming year. Then there are pages to help you break these goals down by month.

At midyear there are pages for your goals checkup and review:

And again at the end of the year there are pages for your year-end review.

The inside covers of these books are filled with tips on creating your success plan, tracking your success, establishing monthly, weekly and daily routines, etc.

In the back of each quarterly book are forward planners for the next two years, more notes pages, and a pocket for cards and papers.

The Planner Companion booklet is sold separately and is designed to fit into the back of the leather cover along with your spiral planner.

This booklet is full of reference pages and is the perfect place to keep long term lists and info to use year after year. Again I don't want to show you everything, but this will give you an idea of the enormous amount of information this slim lightweight booklet holds.

The first page is quick reference, handy during those panic/ crisis moments:

There are pages for important information like rewards programs, WiFi location logins, important people:

There are pages you can customize for your own needs:

Vehicle repair logs:

Detailed contacts pages, gift ideas, books to read, movies to see, restaurants and phone numbers, vacation ideas, birthdays and anniversaries, etc. There is a lot of information crammed into this very slim and portable book, so you have access to this info all the time.

The companion booklet is specifically designed not to ask you to write down information that could lead to identity theft like passwords or account numbers.

The Success Choice Planners and the Companion Booklet will help you get and stay organized in all aspects of your life, all year long.

Use code plannerisms15 to get 15% off your entire order at!

Many thanks to Success Choice for sending me these planners as samples to review!

My own photos, with permission from Success Choice.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

WeekDate 2017 planner

The 2017 WeekDate planners are going fast! Below is the pink Start The Party cover, you can see all the cover colors and designs for 2017 here.

These handy planners simplify your life enormously by allowing you to write recurring events only once. Yes you read that right! You don't have to rewrite recurring events week after week. Your recurring events stay visible all the time so there's no worries about double booking, even in future weeks and months. If you're not already familiar with the WeekDate system, here's how it works.

The WeekDate planner is super slim and lightweight so it's easy to carry with you everywhere. It folds out like this:

The top section is where you write your recurring monthly events: things that happen on, for example, the first Monday of every month. Or the third Thursday. Or the last Friday of the month. Types of things that might go here: staff meetings, farmer's market, cleaning schedules, etc.

The weeks are color coded so for example in the week shown above you can see the first Mon-Fri of the month, and the second Saturday and Sunday of the month. So you look at your current week, then look up the column to see the monthlies that pertain to that day according to which week it is.

The middle section offers you a view of two weeks at a time. This is where you write your specifics for each day. There is also a lined space to the left of the page to write weekly goals and lists.

Below the weekly section is where you write your weekly recurring events. This is where you write your kids' afterschool activities, your class schedule, and any other events that happen the same day every week. Write in pencil, and when something changes you write it once and it's done for the rest of the year!

At the left of the bottom panel is where you write things that happen on the same day every month, for example if your rent is due on the first of the month, credit card payment is due on the 5th, etc.

This means that everything is visible all the time: your monthly recurring events, your weekly recurring events, bills due, and scheduled events. Nothing slips through the cracks! No more feeling overwhelmed. This planner keeps it all together, and all in front of you all the time.

Embedded in the weekly pages there are monthly calendars and a page each month for notes, goals and to-dos:

This whole thing folds up so slim and it weighs next to nothing so you can take it with you everywhere!

I haven't shown you all the goodies in this planner so you can discover them on your own. Look for the Time Tracker especially!

WeekDate products are available at

Also be sure to check out WeekDate on Facebook!

Many thanks to WeekDate for sending me this planner as a sample to review!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

2017 Plannerisms planners still in stock!

There are still some 2017 Plannerisms planners available to order! A limited supply were printed this year, and when they are gone they are gone so if you are thinking of getting a Plannerisms this year, act fast!

The Plannerisms planners come in a set of booklets designed to be used in a traveler's notebook style cover. You can purchase a cover from the website, or use a cover of your choice.

Click here for the ordering page.

You can translate the pages to English by clicking on the little British flag icon at the right of the screen.

The Plannerisms planners are designed to help you set and track your annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals. There are spaces for monthly reviews, semi-annual and annual reviews. There are weekly pages with space to write your daily goals and weekly tasks. There are month on two pages calendars to help you see the big picture.

For more information on the Plannerisms planners including size/ dimensions and lots of photos see this post here.

I have put together a tutorial on how to use your Plannerisms planner, which you can see here.

The Plannerisms planners are very flexible and can be used in any way you need. They are great for work, school, home, personal, social, or (as most people use them) all of the above! The Plannerisms planners keep your goals visible and help you work your goal tasks into your daily schedule.

Unfortunately we were not able to get the planners sold through Amazon this year, so this website is the only place to buy the 2017 Plannerisms planners. You can also choose your cover, pen loop color, ribbon placemarkers, additional booklets, pockets, etc.

They ship worldwide. US customers should allow at least two weeks for delivery.

You can see the exchange rate from Euros to your currency at or any other currency conversion website.

PLEASE NOTE: I created the original design of the Plannerisms planners, but I do not sell these planners myself. They are published, sold, and distributed by If you have any questions about the ordering process, shipping, prices, customer service or anything else you will need to contact them directly at because I do not handle any of that myself.

Thank you for your interest and I hope you enjoy your Plannerisms planner!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Deaf Messanger 2017 diaries and notebook

Many thanks to Deaf Messanger for sending me these products as samples to review!

I was thrilled to receive these new 2017 diaries and notebook from Deaf Messanger! I love the cool art of their notebooks and diaries.

The Deaf Messanger notebooks come in various sizes with all kinds of cover art. This is the Big Notebook which is A5 size.

Inside there is a pocket made from a magazine page, so each one is unique. 

The recycled paper is blank and inviting, ready to hold your thoughts and drawings.

Throughout the book are all kinds of found things like magazine clippings, pieces of old maps, stamps, etc. This looks like someone's handwriting practice.

There are pictures and quotes throughout the book.

There is a placemarker ribbon, an elastic closure, and a pencil in an elastic loop.

The printed edges look great!

These are just two of the covers available for the 2017 diaries. There are different covers every year. These A6 size diaries are lightweight so they can go everywhere with you.

 Inside the front cover is a pocket.

There are overview pages so you can see six months at a glance, letting you easily see travel dates, holidays, and important dates.

The weekly pages are different every week, keeping it interesting all year.

Throughout the book there are things stuck in like pictures, cards, magazine clippings, etc. This is not your usual boring diary! There are interesting things throughout the book.

The weekly pages have art, quotes, and all kinds of surprises.

I love this quote:

The diaries also have the great-looking edges:

Deaf Messanger notebooks and diaries make great gifts. They ship worldwide! You can contact them to ask about international shipping rates. You can convert the prices to your currency at or a similar conversion site.

You can learn more about Deaf Messanger and their philosophy here.

You can see all the Deaf Messanger products here.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook for all their latest news, and to see how they make their products!