By Nicole Tinkham
It’s that time of year again! The calendar catalog has been released and it’s time to choose a new planner for the upcoming year! When flipping through the catalog or browsing Keeton’s website, you’ll notice that the options go on and on. This blog is designed to narrow down your options and help you choose the perfect planner. When looking for a planner, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the purpose?
The first thing you should think about is the purpose of your planner. Think about what you will be planning. Will it be for both home and office? Will there be multiple users? Will you need space to create lists? Will you be planning throughout the day (hour by hour)? Before looking into planners, you should know exactly what you will be using it for.
- How much space is needed?
Knowing the purpose of your planner makes this next question much easier. At this point, you know what you will be planning and how much space is needed in your planner. You have many options when it comes to space. For instance, there are planners with either lined or unlined squares. You also have the choice of daily, weekly, and monthly planners. Daily planners are laid out with one day per page or one day over 2 pages. Weekly planners contain one week per two pages and monthly planners have a whole month spread over two pages.
- Where will it be used?
This may sound like an odd question but when choosing a size for your planner, you must consider where it will be used. There are pocket size planners (like this one) ideal for throwing in a purse, slim planners perfect for running to meetings, and larger planners great for laying out on a desk (if room permits). Think about size before making your purchase. It may be helpful to actually pick up a few planners and see which ones are comfortable to carry around, which brings us to our next question.
- How does it feel?
As mentioned above, it’s always a great idea to pick up and test out a few different planners. When you pick up a planner, is it thick and awkward or is it light and comfortable? Does it slide out of your hands or can you get a good grip on it? Everyone is different so performing the “pick up” test is a must!
- Is design important?
Planners are something you will be working with on a daily basis for an entire year. That being said, it doesn’t hurt having an aesthetically pleasing planner. It may even inspire you!
* Filofax planners (pictured above) come in an array of bright colors and unique textures!
- Do you need it to lay flat?
This is something you probably don’t think about when making your planner purchase. If you need your planner to lay flat on your desk, a coil binding is recommended. Test it out and make sure it lays flat before you buy!
- How much are you looking to spend?
Finding the perfect planner is your number one priority. You’ll be using it every day so it should be able to suit all of your important needs. However, you must also consider your budget. Planners come in all different price ranges so make sure you’re looking at the price tags!
Once you fall in love with that perfect planner, you will never want to let it go! Some planners are refillable, while others aren’t. For planners that get a lot of wear and tear, we suggest going with a refillable book. Purchasing refills each year is much easier than searching for a whole new planner. There are many options when it comes to planners and more questions may arise when shopping for one. Remember, we are always here to help! Just give us a call (941-747-2995), stop in, or leave a comment in the box below!
Everyone has their favorite planner. What’s yours?