I have tried a number of planners over the years: Start Planner, Simplified Planner, Day Designer, and even bullet journaling. I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’re at least slightly aware of the fact that there’s an entire subculture of planner fanatics—filofax aficionados, sticker junkies, and BuJo (bullet journal) nerds who have a lot to say about the topic.
I’m not quite there, BUT I can’t do without a planner in my life. It helps me stay on track, organize my daily to-dos, meet financial and personal goals, keep track of grocery lists, Christmas gifts, etc. I’m starting the year off with a brand new (to me) planner, and I’m still getting used to it. But so far, there’s a lot to love about the Panda Planner.
The Panda Planner combines the simplicity of a bullet journal (blank, customizable pages) with the ease of a standard planner, in case you like a bit more structure in your life. I love that I can fill in the dates myself, and that it gives me a monthly, weekly, and daily overview. What’s also great, is that it has three little bookmark ribbons so you can easily find your place (there are no tabs along the edges of the book, so it’s a bit difficult to navigate otherwise).
This planner is designed to increase productivity and happiness—I have yet to see that, though I am noticing that the way I approach my weekly planning has changed since I’ve started using it. At the end of each day, I try to focus on the day’s wins and ways to improve. Also, each daily page has a section for things I’m grateful for and what I’m excited about, which is a nice touch. In addition to tasks, the planner has a daily section for five priorities, since it’s proven that the brain can only handle 3-5 things at once (#science). Again, a bit different than what I’ve done previously, but so far, it’s working. Some of those tasks get moved to the next day, but now I make it a point to accomplish each day’s priorities first.
I also really love the size; I’ve tried so many other planners that were big and bulky and had those spiral spines that would get screwed up if you opened and closed the planner too many times in a given year. Also they were a bear to bring anywhere, so I typically kept them at home. The Panda Planner is small and portable, lightweight and unobtrusive.
On the other hand, there are some things that I wish were included. There are only five spreads for the monthly section, meaning that I can only really use this planner until May. It’s possible I can keep the daily planner section going a little bit longer if I don’t include weekends (which I typically don’t anyway) but that remains to be seen. Also there are no sections for financial planning, which is something I really enjoyed in the Start Planner (the other planners had small sections, but of the planners I’ve tried, SP really honed in on this).
Have you ever tried the Panda Planner and what were your thoughts?