- Size: Approx 5.75″ wide x 8.25″ high
- Wire binding
- Dates at a glance
- Goal setting pages
- Monthly dividers
- Notes pages
- Colorful inside pages
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- 2 Page monthly calendar (starts on Monday)
Price: $20 AUD (Approx A5 Size) ($30 medium size)
Let’s take a closer look!
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I’m not a fan of the cover… Birds and flowers is just random and why would you put that on the cover of a planner? I don’t like it at all.
The cover is just flimsy cardstock – there’s no plastic cover to protect from wear and tear.
It has a pocket folder on the back side of the cover – similar to the Orange Circle Studio Planner.
Approx 1.5cm thick
Dates at a Glance
Despite the cover, the inside pages are much better (and very colorful!)
Since it’s an Aussie planner it has Australian school terms for each state for quick reference:
Yearly planners like these aren’t much use at A5 page size. The most you can put is a couple of letters or numbers against each day so you’d need to develop some sort of coding system. E.g. V = Vacation, P = period, numbers for each goals and the days you’re going to work on them etc.
The same page layouts as the 2018 version, just shrunk to fit the smaller page size.
The first thing you’ve probably noticed about this planner is that the writing space / line spacing is really small.
These goal setting pages have great layouts, I just wish they had a bigger writing space.
Week starts Monday (consistent with the weekly spread).
The notes sidebar is very small and cramped
The numbering restarts on the top row 🙂 (rather than splitting boxes in half like some planners do)
Different quotes for each month:
The weekly layout is different to the medium size (which is vertical).
I love horizontal weekly spreads in the format of the right page (refer below). However I’m not a fan of the left page of the spread. The writing space is far too small.
I’m not sure why some planner companies still include contacts pages since most people (well I do) keep their contacts on their phone. I’d re-purpose these as a password log.
There are no tabs in the A5 version (there is in the larger coil bound version).
Instead, the A5 version has the month printed on the side to help find it easier. Each month is also printed in big font in the bottom right hand corner.
A mixture of functional and decorative stickers in colors that match the planner.
I tried various ballpoint, gel, fine tip and marker tip pens. Overall, the paper quality wasn’t very good… but to be expected for a $20 planner.
Everything had some ghosting on the backside although the ballpoint pens was very feint.
Pros of the Planner
- Portable size
- Week starts Monday on both the weekly and monthly calendar
- Pocket folder
Cons of the Planner
- The writing space is too small – especially in the weekly spread
- No tabs
- Ugly cover
- Cover is flimsy cardstock
Would I use this planner?
No. I like horizontal planners with days of the week on 1 page of the spread and lined notes or list making space on the other page. After trying & reviewing so many planners, I’ve found that A5 page size is too small for me. Combined with the fact that this planner has some of the tiniest writing I’ve seen in a planner, there’s just not enough room to write – especially on the second page of the spread. This planner would be much better in a medium 7 x 9 ” page size!
Comparison to 2018 Otto Goals Planner
Officeworks have bought out the coil version again which is very similar to last years. The A5 size has the same colors and style – just the weekly layout is different.
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