Welcome to the third post in the Createyou86 Cool Winter Blog Series. This post is going to be my official planner face off. I am going to discuss one of each of the planners that i own, and what they are used for. I may even throw in some tidbits about each product that i like or dislike. If you are looking for a new planner, or are a first time planner this post will be perfect for you. The first planner that i want to discuss is the Passion Planner.
I am using my Passion Planner as a business planner. This planner is where i am keeping all of my business ideas, and business planning. I am taking lots of notes, and this planner is really great if you are a time based planner. The next planner i use is the Recollections Spiral Planner.
I found this Recollections spiral GOALS planner at Michael's in late 2016. I love the horizantal setup of it, and i am using it for school to keep track of assignments, and schedules. There is plenty of room, and it even includes several goal planning pages, a zipper pocket in the back along with several hundred stickers including monthly tabs. *I am not a fan of the monthly tab stickers because they have unattached themselves several times from my planner, but the other stickers that you actually place in the planner are great. I would highly recommend this planner if you are a student. The next planner to discuss is the Filofax.
I am a Filofax user through, and through. I own several Filofax's in different sizes. Finding Filofax posts on Instagram was how i got into the planning community. I love the Filofax for its ringed system, durability, quality, price range, customer service, and the different styles. I used this Personal Gold Special Edition Saffiano for the entire year of 2016 for my personal planning, and i loved it. I would recommend trying a Domino style Filofax if you are just starting out, and then to maybe move to the more expensive/different styles that you may spend a little bit more money on if you find that you really love the ringed planner style. The next type of planner that i use is the fauxdori.
For quite a while the Travelers Notebook brand was the only type of travelers notebook around. Then people realized that these planners were basically a piece of leather, or vegan leather with elastics inserted. This specific planner is the Michael's Bohemian Recollections Fauxdori (Faux meaning non-leather product) from 2016. This planner is booklet based, and was super affordable ($7.99.) There are no rings, you just insert the notebooks onto the elastics. This specific one has been restrung by me to have it so that the book is held completely together. However it did come with a loose leather type string around it. You can find these all over the place on Etsy. Some of my favorites are Buteo Bunker, and Poppy & Hide for real leather. The final planner that i would like to discuss is the Recollections Creative Year Binder.
If you are new to the planning community Michael's is your best friend. They have an inexpensive alternative to owning a Filofax right away if you are leery of the price point called the Recollections Creative Year Binder. These start at $20.00 for personal size, and $30.00 for A5 size. With the frequent %40-%50 OFF coupons that are provided by Michael's this makes them more than affordable. They also have a ton of planner supplies to go with them. I own several of these including the rose gold color you see in the photo.
I hope that you have been enjoying this Cool Winter blog series, and that this post provided you with some insight into which planner you might pick from this year, and going forward. There are plenty other planners out there, and these are just my personal favorite so far. All of these planners fall in the $7.00-$30.00 price range, and even less after coupons (which are always your friend when shopping at Michael's!) Stay tuned for more from this blog series.
Let me know in the comments below WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLANNER BRAND AND WHY? or WHAT IS ONE THING ABOUT PLANNING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT?