So naturally, I went and had a wee looksie too. Well, it looksied fabulous, so I spent $ I shouldn't have and buysied the Q3 to check it out. It arrived yesterday, and I thought I'd share it with you, because it's fabulous!
The planner is spiral bound (loves it), and the covers are that nice laminated cardstock stuff. It should hold up well even if you don't want to purchase the leather folios that go with them (although I can't imagine not wanting to, they're delish). The planner comes in 4 quarterly divisions. I have mixed feelings about this. In reality, one quarter should be enough to carry around. However, I like to look back at my stuff and I'm not sure I wouldn't miss having the whole year together. On the plus side of this, though, the planner is only a little over .5" thick, and that makes it super portable, so that is good.
See that little logo? Here's the genius explanation of it from the inside cover of the planner: "The logo for The Success Choice, LLC represents *choosing to bloom (flower) *amid your challenges (swirl) *in your continuous journey (circle) *toward perfection (square). I WISH I was that smart...alas and alack..mostly a lack...ANY HOO,
Here is the inside cover:
Next is a two page layout for 2011 Midyear Planning that includes space for your vision, your goal status, goal actions, and goal roadblocks. There's also space for ideas about how to overcome roadblocks. A goal setter's dream planner, this is.
(right side) the beginning of the month page.
Now is probably a good time to talk about the paper. The regular weekly pages are on the nicest ivory colored recycled looking (not sure if it's actually recycled) paper with bits of stuff imbedded in it. It also has a bit of a tooth which I adore, and takes fountain pen ink perfectly, with almost no show through on the other side of the paper. The month pages, however, are a brown (looks like a paper bag) heavy card stock. GREAT sturdy paper, but if you don't like anything but bright white paper, this may be a no-go for you.
Then you have the weekly layout. I took these pictures on top of Clairfontaine paper, which is VERY white, so you could see the color of the paper. The weekly layout is genius, and task oriented instead of appointment oriented, although there is space at the top of the dailies for AM and PM. At the bottom, there are places to record your water intake, veggie intake, exercises, and daily tasks. You can see that the daily tasks are numbered, and go along the bottom of both pages. When you complete them each day, you just color in or cross off the appropriately numbered circle. How incredibly smart is that?? As you'll see later, I have appropriated this idea...
At the back there are 9 months of future planning pages (the layout is a blocked month on one page with notes at the bottom), so it goes through June 2012. Then there is one page of Future Planning, with a 2012 and 2012 calendar, and monthly boxes through June 2013. After that there are 6 Notes pages like the ones at the end of the week. This would be great for contacts or other permanent or long-term lists that you carry. Alternately, you can purchase from the website an address book that is smaller than the planner and can be moved from quarter to quarter.
Now, I think this planner rocks, frankly. I wish I could use it, because I think it's just a stroke of brilliance (Filofax could take some notes here). However, the fact that the lines are so narrow does me in completely. There is just NO way I can use this as a planner! I'm glad I bought it though, because I learned LOTS. I have appropriated some of their ideas and adjusted my Uncalendar accordingly.
Then in the small green box on the very top right, I have put "Daily Tasks" and assigned them each a number. I have then put the numbers 1 through 5 on the middle blue line on the daily spaces. When I complete each task, I cross off the number! This is really helpful for establishing a routine, because honestly? I suck at routines...I hate them, but am comforted by them at the same time.
On the left side of the page, I keep a running prayer list. I haven't included that so that I can protect names, lest anyone should be made uncomfortable. You can see at the bottom I've added RAIN. Yeah, I'd love it if you'd put rain for New Mexico on your prayer list too, if you're the praying type. Thanks!
Then I have a mid-month review sheet that I cut out from my Planner Pad. I don't know where I got this, but it is really helpful. Now to build in a routine for using it...On the right side of the notes page is oodles of space to use however. I've not allocated this space yet, any ideas? I LOVE the idea of all that space though!
So I have learned a few really valuable things here:
1. The Woman's Success Planner is just a stroke of pure GENIUS, and even if you don't use it as your main planner, the investment of at least one quarter as a reference guide is money really well spent. If you are goal oriented at all, and have smaller writing than I do, GO FOR IT! You won't regret it at all. (Also, you should totally get the Address book and Leather Cover for it, then you should do a blog post!) And if you're a dedicated Filofax user, you can STILL put the quarters in the back or front of your Filofax to fill in any gaps that the Filofax inserts might be leaving in the planning of your life.
2. I like a honkin' huge planner. I write big, and I like having some white space around what I write any way. (I totally miss having a leather binder though, with a pen loop and space for "stuff") Also, I am NOT creative, and need the help of others to figure out how to use my planner it its best advantage. I guess I feel like since I don't have some big high powered job (or any job right now, for that matter) that every day life is irrelevant to plan.
3. I may be able to get by with just a monthly planner, and then use a lined notebook as a daily log. I am still using this format as per my last post. I can always add the week info into the log book, also as per my last post.