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Monday, July 18, 2016

WeekDate 2016-2017 Academic year planner

Anyone who has been reading my blog over the years knows I have a special love for WeekDate planners. You can see all my posts on WeekDate planners here, scroll down to read them all.

A few years ago, WeekDate came out with an academic year version of their genius Only Write It Once system. The WeekDate planners have an amazing way to write all your weekly recurring events only once, and see them all the time alongside your daily specifics. More on that in a sec. Let me walk you through the book.

The WeekDate Academic year planners measure 6 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches, and are super slim and light so it's easy to carry in your bag. The outside cover is chipboard, which is sturdy but lightweight and gives a firm writing surface even when you are writing on the go.

Inside the chipboard cover is a colorful cover. The inside surface of this cover is where the magic happens. More on that in a mo. This is the Got It design. There are 6 different cover designs to choose from, you can see them all here.

When you open the planner, there is a page for your Personal Info:

Next there is a page with a short explanation of how to use the WeekDate planner, and their Time Tracker with fill-in bubbles to give you an easy visual of where you are in the year, or a countdown to a major event.

Here is the weekly spread. The days are timed columns. At the right is a column for that week's tasks and reminders. At the far right is a flap that you can fold in to mark your current week, and on the lined side write reminders, goals, use as a dashboard for sticky notes, etc.

Below the weekly pages is the inside of the cover I was telling you about before. This area is always visible, even when you turn the weekly pages. This is where you write weekly recurring events: class schedules, activities, meetings, which day to put out the trash, etc. This allows you to see your weekly schedule all the time, so when you turn the pages to schedule something in the future you can see what you already have scheduled and what time you have free.

Every day you look down the column to see that day's specifics and recurring events, so you always know what's going on every day. Note: use pencil on the recurring events spaces! That way you can change it seasonally or whenever your recurring events change.

Embedded in the weeks are monthly calendars with notes pages to write events, goals, notes, etc.

At the back of the planner are annual overview calendars for 2016 and 2017.

Below is another view of the flap that marks your current week. The back side is lined, this side has a reference calendar for the academic year 2016-2017.

This planner allows you to write your recurring events only once, and see them every week. This helps you plan your schedule faster and makes sure nothing slips through the cracks.

I don't have a photo, but you can also take the pages off the spiral and punch them to fit into your A5 size Filofax or Classic size Franklin Covey binder.

These planners are great for people with ADD, working parents, working students, or anyone who is juggling multiple roles. It keeps everything visible all the time so you can easily see what you have going on.

You can see the WeekDate Academic year planners here, and all the WeekDate products here.

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