Planners, Planners, and More Planners

Saturday, August 16, 2014

If you're new to the blog, I should warn you that I'm a bit of a crazy person when it comes to planners and agendas. I don't know if we should call it a condition, but it might be something close to that.

I wanted to tell you about this awesome new planner that I found that I fell in love with called the Driven Dreamer, but she went and sold out all the planners she had printed.  But you can go ahead and go follow An Organized Girl on Facebook and check out her website......




The Driven Dreamer planner has my favorite layout right now. It features a weekly layout with to dos under everyday. But it definitely has a couple flaws. The paper is thinner than I would prefer for a planner, but it suffices, and there aren't tabs, which I understand are expensive to include.

I also had a little sweep with A Passion Planner. Also a fan, but still not my all time favorite. I do love the weekly layout though and all the extra space on and before the monthly spread.


You can check out a Passion Planner here.

I may have also just ordered a Kate Spade agenda from Amazon because it was so pretty (didn't I warn you that I have a problem). It's also a weekly layout, but it doesn't have an hourly time log which I love to keep track of appointments and even to block out a specific amount of time to do something.

And to top it all off, today, I ordered the 2015 Day Designer and Day Designer Mini from Whitney English. The Day Designer is also not my favorite because it's a daily layout. I love the space of it, I just don't like being able to see my entire week at a glance. I like to highlight things when they the get done. On a weekly layout, I don't have to re-write things every time they don't get done. If it doesn't happen on Monday, I can still see it on Tuesday when I've got a weekly layout.




But I functioned with a Day Designer for half the year. And really, it's the prettiest thing on the market when it comes to planners. How can you resist?

So there you have it. My favorites right now. I should also mention Erin Condren's Life Planner since I'm a semi-fan. It almost works for me. I just personally don't like the weekly layout without time slots, but it works so well for so many people. And it's durable and so so cute!

Since this is a planner post, you better believe I have a planner to give away....two actually! I have 2 Driven Dreamers from An Organized Girl to give away! {Please excuse the unedited, late night photo below). 

All you have to do is comment below, follow along, and I'll pick a winner using random.org next Sunday, August 24th. They're sold out and the only place you can get one is right here! Good luck!



69 comments:

  1. I'm a planner junkie as well....never fully in love with any one I've found!

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  2. I love this!! I have been researching planners and this helps a lot!! Love them all but I can't ever make a decision. Look forward to your next post!!

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  3. I may have a slight planner obsession as well!! I was just on her site today and was bummed to see that they were sold out. I'd love to win one!

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  4. This would make a great birthday present for myself. I am a mom of 5 and wife of one. It's always great to have a plan. For a visual person this is perfect!

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  5. Oh! I am so excited! You know I love planners to & and that polka dot one is a cutie! I really liked your new planner u showed me the other day!

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  6. I'm glad someone is more obsessed with planners than me! I can't wait to check all the above sites out and pick my 2015 planner out!!

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  7. This would make me so very happy!

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  8. Ooh! Would love to have a new planner! Always curious to see what they have that's different.

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  9. I am not only a planner junkie, but a full blown office supply hoarder. There, I confessed. I promise to get help. Well, if I win the planner, I will pencil it in.

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  10. Me me!! I use DD but agree it has flaws!

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  11. Teaching part time, working a second job and running my Scentsy business plus a family of 7 kids and one hubby has me scrambling. I'm realizing more than ever how I need to be more intentional with my time.

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  12. I have a small issue with planners as well. I also use colored pens and highlighters. Each pen color is assigned to something: my husband, myself, my kids, us as a family, my studio (Ready Set Pirouette dance company) , embroidery business (Sew Hott), Scentsy, etc. When other people look at my calander it looks likes colored in chaos. When I look at it I can actually breathe better knowing I have organized chaos in my life!

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  13. I have always had a passion for planners as well as one makes me feel more "together"!

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  14. I love these ones, especially the sections on the dates for the to do's

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  15. I LOVE planners and would LOVE to win!! :)

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  16. Beth AschenbrennerAugust 17, 2014 at 5:13 AM

    I have been looking for a planner too. These options will help me to make my decision as I look for "just the right one". Thanks Allison

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  17. I love planners! Specially with kids in school, Scentsy, Lifegroups , Rick's Army training and such, I love/need to keep things organized or I lose my mind a little lol

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  18. Need a good planner now that school is starting, and my Scentsy business is picking up. Yay!:)

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  19. With baby #4 due in a few weeks, hubby's crazy schedule in the AF, homeschooling (starting our 4th year), my Scentsy business picking up and 2 new recruits (possibly a 3rd) this month, everyone's busy schedules...I SO need a great planner. Of course I ask God to help me keep my sanity, but help from a planner to keep life organized would be awesome! Before marriage and babies, I was an "organizing freak". Getting back there...slowly, lol.

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  20. How fun! If I win, I'm going to give this to my sister as a "welcome to college" gift! :)

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  21. I love planners and need a good one now that my Scentsy business is picking up for the fall!

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  22. I've been on the hunt for a perfect planner. I used to have an EC but didn't feel like spending so much this year or waiting a month for it to ship. I ended up with a super cute one from Target. It's working ok for me now but I would love something a little fancier. :)

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  23. I would love to win a planner to better organize my life!

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  24. I'm obsessed with planners, & I love hearing about awesome new ones! Thanks for the info!!

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  25. I love a good planner! Mine has been getting more and more use as the pace of life increases! I would love to be able to check this one out!

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  26. I LOVE planners! I've had my eye on that kate spade one as well :) would love to try out the driven dreamers!

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  27. I would love to check this one out!

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  28. I love planners! My current one has some issues but I haven't found one to replace it yet. #plannerproblems

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  29. My name is Shannon and I am a planner addict. I do not know if it is because I am extremely organized or just want to be. Now I have another planner I need to investigate, thanks? Lol I am currently using passion planner, which I like but needs work. I even emailed them suggestions for next year. Yes I have a problem...but it looks like I am not alone. Good luck to everyone on the quest to find the perfect planner!!!

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  30. I definitely am a "planner junkie" too. I would love to try this one!!

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  31. I would LOVE to win one of these planners! I have searched for one and haven't decided on which one to get yet! This would really help me!

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  32. I would love to have a planner like that but I am trying to find one I can fit inside my Scentsy Binder so I don't have to carry so many things around with me. ATM, I have a journal, a dream notebook, my planner and my binder. >.> My purse is looking a little crazy with all my books. THANK GOD! they created readers or I would also have 3 thick novels to read :-) However your choice of planners are simply CUTE!!

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  33. I'm not the most organized person but I'm working on it :) One of these planners could be such a big help.

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  34. I have been looking for a great planner! If I don't write my "to-do's" down, I tend to forget a lot stuff on my agenda. Maybe this could help me get more organized! Thanks for this post!

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  35. I'm so glad you like the driven dreamer I knew you would as soon as I saw it!! I tried to order one but was too late!!

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  36. We could start a planner obsession support group!
    I would love to win! !

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  37. I honestly don't understand why I have this obsession with planners, but I do!

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  38. Hi, my name is Christy, and I'm a planner addict. I'm sad because the current planner I have ends in December and I don't have another one to replace it with, yet. Maybe I'll get lucky!

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  39. How DO you choose!? I love them ALL!! :) XOXO

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  40. Im starting the Core Climb and really think I need to invest in a few of these! Thanks for the wonderful help!!!

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  41. i thought i posted originally? i love planners that show me the week at a glance, mine is filling up. Love your tips and hints

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  42. I would love to find a planner! I just haven't got one yet cuz the thought of deciding on a great one overwhelms me!

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  43. I love planners! I need to find a way to stay organized with my business!

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  44. As I'm helping Abby with the "business" side of her photography business, I've been adamant that she get a paper planner! I'd all but settled on getting her a Kate Spade planner (because they ARE oh, so pretty!) even though it's not my favorite layout. But, looks like I've got some more research to do before settling on the one I will make her use! :) Actually- I'll be the one writing in it and doing her schedule, so I guess I get to pick what I like ;) Love these organizational posts!!

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  45. I love all things stationary- paper, cards,pens,tape - when I was little I wanted to grow up to be a secretary just so I could have a desk full of this goodness

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  46. I really need to start using a planner. I use the calendar app on my phone but it just isn't cutting it anymore!!!

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  47. I LOVE How you are so organized !!! I so wish I was... I would love for someone to come and show me how to get organized... This planner would really help! Or a start LOL!!

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  48. I love love love planners!! My goal right now is to get super organized!! ��❤️

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  49. I would love another planner... I Have 4 that I keep synced every week!

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  50. I love planners! I love new planners that are so crisp and clean, just waiting for that first entry!

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  51. Guess what?!! I too, love planners!! Hahaha, planner lovers unite! ;) I attempted to get on the electronic calendar/planner wagon but just couldn't do it. I LOVE paper planners and don't think I would have graduated nursing school without mine, it was my lifeline. For the last year I have been using a May Designs planner, and while I love that it's customizable, I'm not a fan of the layout. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  52. Love it! Am looking for a planner.

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  53. I am happy that I am not alone in my planner & office supply obsession! I have to admit though, the entire time I was reading this post I was thinking..."Allison should totally design a planner!" ;)

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  54. I have been trying to decide what I want to go with! This would be so great!!! Thank you!

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    1. I'm starting to think no one ever comes to planner peace! As soon as I designed one exactly the way I wanted I realized I wanted something different! It tried to love EC but it just doesn't work for me. I'm loving the look of the DD! I may have a slight itch to arc it so that I can customize it a bit more. Paper quality is a big deal for me since bleed through really bothers me and I have so many different kinds of pens that I enjoy using!

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  55. I have a thing for planners, too! We are homeschooling now and I am on the search for a planner to fit our family's needs.

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  56. I love planners too.
    I can never find. Good one to fit my needs
    I love filling the and decorating the pages with life events and life happenings!
    You hav so many cute ones !

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  57. Love planners and always excited to read about your thoughts on them!! You have been through so many planners!!! :)

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  58. Fellow planner junkie right here! I've been using a personalized Erin Condren since January. I too use washi tape and markers...and each family member has their color of highlighter!

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  59. I'm new to the blog! I just heard about you at SFR2014!! I'm searching searching everywhere for a great planner!

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  60. I've missed you! When I'm following your blog I always think a little deeper in so many areas... Truly a blessing! Love the DD planner!

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  61. You totally inspire me to get organized!!!

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