March already! Are your first quarter (and annual) goals on track? Or do you need a planner with some more structure and guided pages? Today I want to show you the LH Agenda which I think would make a great life and career planner.
Disclaimer: I received this planner for free in exchange for doing this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
- Size: 5.75″ wide x 7.75″ high
- Leatherette hardcover (there are multiple styles and colors at different price points. There’s also a linen cover)
- You can have the cover monogrammed with your initials ($17.95 extra)
- Sewn binding
- 4 page Quarterly goals and growth plan
- Each month has a 1 page mini monthly calendar + 1 page monthly overview (starts Monday)
- 2 page vertical weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- There are 5 weekly spreads for each month
- 2 page monthly review
- So many goal pages!
- Dream day
- Life planning
- Detailed project planning section
- Annual life review
- Success routines
- Yearly planner
- Year end review
- Projects list
- Master to do list
- Meeting notes
- Dot grid ideas
- Achievements & wins
- Lessons I’ve learned
- Bucket list
- Contacts and mentors
- Birthday’s, special days & gifts
- 10 Dot grid pages (on pink paper)
- Undated, start planning anytime
- 12 month duration
- Light pink and blue pages throughout
- Planner ships from Australia
Price: $54.95 AUD
Free worldwide shipping for orders over $90. Flat rate $9.95 for orders under $90.
Let’s take a closer look
This video is quite long – there’s a lot of pages to show you!
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The planner comes wrapped in tissue paper ready for gifting. The founder of the LH Agenda also sent me some pretty foil stickers which I’ll show you later in this post.
The leatherette cover feels sturdy and isn’t plain and boring black! I chose the pink and white polka dots but there’s also a floral cover, blue or burgundy. The cover looks classy so you won’t be embarrassed to pull this one out at a corporate meeting.
You can also get the cover monogrammed with your initials for a few dollars extra.
Just under 1″ / 2.4cm thick
At the front of the planner is an intentions and goals summary, instructions for using the planner and life planning pages.
There are spaces to plan what you want your life to look like in 10 years, 5 years and 12 months
I really like the project planning section of this planner. There are 4 detailed pages to plan each goal. There’s enough pages to plan up to 3 goals.
Each project has space to plan:
- What the project is
- Why it’s important
- What will happen if you don’t complete this project?
- Is there anything holding me back?
- How can I overcome these challenges?
- Activities to stop
- Brain dump checklist with milestones, tasks, priority and when (2 pages with plenty of space)
- What are the first 3 steps I need to take to make this project happen?
- What resources do I need?
- Who can support me to achieve this project?
- 3 people to share my project with
- How will I know I have completed this project?
- How will I feel when I have fulfilled my project?
- What will I do to celebrate?
Annual life review
The annual life review has different categories than I normally see. It’s not just career, relationships and finances, there’s also productivity, home & surrounding, confidence and self care which I really like and am going to incorporate into my own monthly / quarterly / annual review.
Related post: 12 questions to ask yourself at the end of every month
I would order this page in the planner before instead of after the project planning pages to guide your goals / areas of your life to focus on.
Next is the success routines page. You can draft what you think your schedule should look like for each day of the week and I also like the ‘every day’ column. So instead of writing the dailies 7 times, you could just write it once in the everyday boxes instead.
There are black pages to divide up the sections of the planner or you can purchase coordinating tabs which I’ll show you later in this review.
Each quarter has this 4 page spread:
- Dreams & goals notes box
- Plans for each month of the quarter
- Personal growth plan and vision
Not many goal planners focus on networking and collaboration but this one has a box to remind you.
The questions are different for each quarter. A lot of the questions are focused on leadership, management and people skills which is one of the reasons I think this would make a good career planner, whether you’re working for someone else or are running your own business.
The monthly planning page is really functional but the monthly calendar definitely isn’t. The boxes for each day are tiny! (1.7cm x 1.7cm / 0.67″ x 0.67″). You’d need a coding system e.g. dot markers or abbreviated letters or highlighters to color code things. I think you’d struggle to fit more than 1 word in each box (and that’s if you write tiny).
The monthly calendar starts Monday which is consistent with the weekly spread.
The monthly planning page has sections for:
- My intentions and goals for this month
- Other to do’s
- Areas of life to focus on this month
- How I want to feel this month
- This month I will connect with
- This month I want to learn
- This month I am going to track this habit / challenge
- My activation energy / one thing I can do to get started
I’m surprised this planner doesn’t have a monthly habit tracker, I think that would be a great addition to track your goals. If I used this planner I’d use the left page below for a habit tracker.
I don’t use vertical weekly spreads. My preference is horizontal dashboard layout. The reason vertical spreads don’t work for me is the columns are always too narrow. Especially so in this planner where they are only 3cm wide. I can only fit maximum 2 words in that size column.
However, they do fit a lot onto this weekly spread with sections for:
- This week’s priorities
- This week / want to
- Top 3 priorities for each day, 2 blank boxes for whatever you like and lined writing space
- Week in review with sections for: highlights, wins, lessons learnt, I am grateful for
I’d be keen to try a horizontal version of this weekly spread, especially at a slightly larger page size (my preferred size is around 7″ wide x 9″ high).
Following the weekly spreads is a 2 page monthly review. There are mostly pink themed pages in this planner, with a few blue spreads scattered throughout.
I like the confetti pattern, it makes the page less plain and the dots are feint enough that they’ll blend behind what you’ve written.
The month in review has space for noting:
- Highlights of the month
- How have I pursued my goals?
- My wins & achievements
- Challenges during the month
- How can I grow from them?
- Something I learned
- Activities I did
- Events I attended
- People I connected with
- Things I’m obsessed with right now
- Three things I feel truly grateful for this month
- Other notes & thoughts
- Rating out of 10 for different areas of your life
My favorite part of this spread is the rating by life category. It’s the same categories as the life review at the start of the planner.
At the back of the planner are plenty of extra pages:
- 2 page bucket list
- 2 page ideas dot grid
- Achievements and wins
- Lessons I’ve learned
- Bucket list
- Contacts and mentors
- Birthdays, special day and gifts
- More dot grid pages (on pink paper!)
The dots on this page are too bold for me. The spacing is 5mm.
The line spacing is 5mm.
I love a big checklist! This one has gaps where you can add categories if you prefer mini lists instead of one giant one.
There are 12 meeting notes pages. You can record action items and due dates to guide meetings and make sure they’re productive.
Year End Review
First there’s some free space for:
- Highlights of the year
- Goals I achieved
- My other wins & achievements
- Challenges during the year
- How can I grow from them?
- Goals I didn’t achieve and reasons why
Similar to the monthly review you can give each category a rating out of 10. There are prompting questions for each.
- Friendships & social
- Personal development
- New experiences & creativity
- Work-life balance
- Personal time & self-care
- Fun & happiness
- Home & surroundings
- Giving back
I can see some minor ghosting of pre-printed text on the back side of the white pages. There is no show through on the colored (pink) pages.
There was a lot of show through for pens (and some indenting of the pages too) and highlighters. The marker pens bled through the page.
While there are no tabs, each section has a black cover page so you can find it easier. That page lists the contents of each section. Each of the pages is numbered too. If you would still like tabs, you can buy black and gold foil months of the year sticker tabs from the LG Agenda website.
Labels on the stickers include: months of the year, phrases like remember, urgent, don’t forget, to do, milestone achieve, birthday, self-care day. There are also script font words for motivation / how you want to feel which you can put wherever you need in the planner.
There are also months of the year tabs and blank tabs.
The sticker sheets are 5″ wide x 7″ high. The months of the year stickers are about 3cm wide x 0.8cm high.
The stickers feel like good quality. The black covers the entire sheet so there’s no chance of unwanted white borders on the stickers, the cut lines are accurate and the gold foil isn’t flaking off.
Pros of the Planner
- Portable size
- Pages lay flat no matter where you open the planner
- 3 Ribbon bookmarks in 3 different colors
- Functional layouts throughout
- All pages are numbered
- Plenty of copies of each page – multiple project planning and notes pages
- 4 dedicated pages per project is a generous amount of space to plan
- For an extra $17.95 you can have the cover monogrammed with your initials
- Different price points with linen and leatherette cover options in multiple colors
- The version I have is $54.95 AUD which is reasonably priced for a full color printed planner and all of the extra pages that are included
- Reasonable shipping cost (free worldwide shipping for orders over $90. Flat rate $9.95 for orders under $90)
- Coordinating accessories available – pen loops, tabs that match the color of the planner (or the black ones I chose)
- Undated, start planning anytime
There is a printable version of the planner on the LH Agenda website for $34.95 AUD. It has some small differences in layout compared to this planner e.g. Saturday and Sunday each get their own column on the weekly spread.
Cons of the Planner
- If you have big hand-writing, you won’t have enough room to write in this planner
- The page size is a bit too small for me, some of the pages feel too crammed to write on
- No tabs however you can buy black and gold foil months of the year tabs from the LH Agenda website
- Monthly calendar is way too small, a 2 page monthly calendar would be better
- No habit trackers
- No lined notes pages at the back of the planner
- Thin paper, there is ghosting and bleed through for pens and highlighters
Would I use this planner?
I think this would make a great corporate gift, especially for someone that doesn’t normally use a planner, is part of a committee or is working towards a promotion.
I wouldn’t use this planner because I don’t use a vertical weekly spread and I need a larger page size.
I would add a 2 page monthly spread so there’s larger boxes for the monthly calendar. On the weekly spread, a full column for Saturday and Sunday (not combined) and move the weekly review to 1 page on it’s own after the weekly spread.
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