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A new year means a new planner. I love Personal Planners and can’t imagine using anything else now. This one has been gifted to me but I have also bought many over the years and would have definitely bought one for this year anyway. Take a look at my 2021 Personal Planner and read on for a chance to see how you can win a Personal Planner of your own:
My Personal Planner 2021
Personal Planner Sizes
The first thing you can choose is the size and shape of the planner. You can choose from Mini, Square, Classic A5, Wide and Big A4. I always go for the Classic A5 version as it works best for my needs. I’d love to have an additional A4 version to use as my desk diary.
Choosing Your Personal Planner Design
My favourite part is choosing the design of my Personal Planner. The great thing is that you can use your own photograph, I’ve chosen a family portrait design in the past and Rebecca’s current Personal Planner uses her favourite photo of her favourite place, Disneyland Paris.
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Personal Planner also offers many gorgeous design options of their own. I like to browse on the Personal Planner Instagram feed before I decide. A soon as I stumbled across the newest collection, Blushing Blooms, I knew it was for me. It looked so good I could almost smell it! Next, I chose my text and font position for the front cover.
As well as the size and design, you get to choose every aspect of your Personal Planner. Take a look at more Personal Planner features:
Colour Elastic Enclosure
The elastic is so handy and keeps your Personal Planner closed tidily. I chose a white elastic enclosure and there are ten colours to choose from.
Personal Planner Inlay
Choose the date you want your Personal Planner to start and your language. I went for January but in the past, I’ve started my diary in September along with the new school year. The good thing about this option is you can order and start your new Personal Planner at any time of the year.
Make your page look pretty and choose a gorgeous page header design. I went with the coordinating page header for Blushing Blooms as I love it so much and wanted this planner as floral as possible! You can mix and match though.
In the customisable writing space, you can choose blank, various coloured rules (I chose pink), dots or lines.
In previous years I always selected the same weekly layout, half and half the week on each side horizontally. Rebecca went for the whole week on one side, which gives her a page free for notes each week and I can see that would suit me well. I was planning to choose that option this year but at the very last moment decided to go with half and half per week on each side vertically. Sometimes it’s good to be spontaneous!
Colour of Ruler
I chose a matching pink ruler. I also keep my previous rulers and pop them into my current planners too so I can keep the page where needed. If this is your first Personal Planner you can add an extra ruler to your basket too. I keep a ruler to place my monthly overview, current week and special pages.
If you wish you can add the time to each day to write in appointments etc. I don’t currently use my planner in that way but if I had a handbag Mini Personal Planner just for appointments and meetings I would choose this option.
You can also add daily details to each day, such as the weather, work and workout. I chose a small workout box just to make sure I can check my progress on staying active each week. This is so important while we’re staying in and staying safe during the global pandemic. We’re definitely getting less natural activity than usual.
Next, you get to choose your modules. There are lots to choose from. I chose a “Weekly Boost” which is a motivational message to read and think about each week. I also chose a “Tune of the Week” so I can make a note of songs I love or want to remember during a particular week. I also chose a Menu Plan for this week’s dinners (I wish they had a 7-day option too). I add the quotes and menu plan to our Family Planner too. The kids still ask me what’s for tea every day though!
Personal Planner saves my date list so each year so I can automatically add all my birthday and anniversary dates to my planner. If you’re new to Personal Planner take the time to make a list as in the future this will save you a lot of time.
Customise your back pages. There are lots to choose from colouring in pages or Suduko to classroom seat planning for teachers.
In this section, I always choose a Monthly Overview. Don’t worry, each month overview gets placed before the relevant month, not actually at the back. This section really helps me to look at the month as a whole and make plans going forward.
I chose to add a 2021 and 2022 Yearly Overview. I use this for adding dates to remember for the coming year, such as weddings (of which I have a very exciting one coming up for 2022) and hospital appointments etc. Then when my next planner arrives, I transfer these dates.
One Line a Day Journal
Two sections I love are the Every Day Gratitude and One Line a Day Journal. I chose the journal planning to use it as both. Unfortunately, I only added enough pages for four months, so I’ll need to make and add my own pages for the other months. Make sure you add enough of these pages for the year.
As always, I added Maps. I use this feature fairly often, it often amuses the kids in the car and helps with games and quizzes we’re playing. I just love looking at maps, to be honest.
Lastly, I added ruled paper to use for notes which is always handy.
You can change the text completely on the owner’s page but I just changed the suggested “Hello Sunshine to “Hello Flower” as that seemed more apt for my Blushing Blooms design. I added my personal name and address details too, of course.
Plastic Pocket and Stickers
Every Personal Planner also has a plastic back pocket and comes with planner stickers! Handily you can keep a pen and stickers in the back pocket.
I added some multicoloured “Stuck on You” sticky notes to my basket. They slot into the planner nicely.
I also ordered additional stickers from the Blushing Blooms Range- they are gorgeous and make using this planner a dream.
Personal Planner Wall Planner
I haven’t been asked to blog about these, but every year we also order a Personal Planner Wall Planner. They are perfect for us as they have space for all the family to have a column plus an extra “All” column. When life resumes for us all this will ake planning all our different clubs, meetings and appointments so much easier.
Usually, I choose a different design for our Family Planner but as you can tell I love the Blushing Blooms design so much so this year my diary and calendar coordinate- ooh- very fancy!
If florals aren’t your thing, they have lots of other stunning designs or you can upload your own photo- the choice is endless!
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I’m old enough to still like paper planners this would be great
I love that you have so much choice when it comes to how you personalise it and what is included in it.
I love the useful planner stickers
I love the stickers. I like to decorate my diaries but some days you just don’t want to be busting out the colouring pens!
I love how you can personalise the layout
I like being able to personalise it to exactly how you want.
I love a monthly overview. It’s good to look at it at a glance.
how you can suit it to yourself
I love the little planner stickers.
Names and addresses, useful especially during this time when you don’t see people face to face
Ooh, I’d love one of these – I might have half a chance of remembering what day it is! 🤣
I don’t think anything helps with that at the moment Alison! Is it really only Tuesday today? Haha xxx
I just need organisation in my lufe
Hello, I liked how the planner had a map in it, I love maps and geography. Thank you for the chance to win.
The monthly overview is great so you can look at a glance what’s coming up
The simplicity of knowing when my appointments are by writing them down so I can keep track xx
I really like the monthly overview and that’s something I look for in a planner. I like being able to look over the month at a glance.
I like the ‘Tune Of The Week’ note. I haven’t seen this before on a planner or diary. Great idea!
I use my planners for work and having a note section is so helpful
Like the stickers, so pretty x
I like to have enough space to record everything daily as I always seem to have so much going on.
I love it that you can choose your own design and photo if you like and design it just the way that you like.
The Monthly Overview
I like the mix book option
I like the mightily overview so you can see at a glance what you are up to that month.
I’m going to be a student nurse – so this would be so ideal as you can tailor it to your work/home/life needs!
The Monthly overview because it makes it easy to see how busy the month ahead is likely to be!
The monthly overview, so you get rough idea of the things that need to be done in the month ahead.
I like the fact you can personalise it and make it unique for you
I like the stickers and the blank pages for writing my notes
Love the idea of adding whatever pages you need so its personal
I love writing lists this would be perfect
I love the sticky notes section! I get through sticky notes like there’s no tomorrow.
I love the integrated ruler. I use one so often and it’s often a difficult thing to store.
I love having all my up coming events written down – my husband thinks I should use an electronic planner but I think a paper planner is so much nicer
I love how you can personalise them and add things like maps and stickers