From reader requests, I went on the quest to find planners that have 2 pages to plan each day which seem to be rare. One that I did come across was The Phoenix Journal!
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- Size: 6.5″ wide x approx 9″ high
- Lay flat stitched binding
- Dates at a glance
- Lasts 12 weeks
- Neutral inside pages
- Goal planning pages
- 2 pages for each day
- 2 page weekly reflection
- 2 Page monthly calendar
Let’s take a closer look!
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Like most stitched notebooks, it has a black cover that’s very plain. The photo doesn’t show it that well but it has an indented image of a Phoenix. There is nothing printed on the spine.
Approx 0.75″ thick
At the front of the planner is a how to guide:
Next are some tips for goal setting – most of this is generic common sense stuff.
Next are the goal planning pages. There is space for 4 goals.
I don’t think 1 page per goal is enough – I’d run out of room quickly and the planner doesn’t have any open ended notes space or blank pages for mind mapping / brain dumping ideas etc. so you may need to do this in another notebook.
As this is an undated planner you can start whenever you like – including choosing whether you want the week to start on a Monday or Sunday. There’s no holidays pre-printed so you can live anywhere in the world and use the planner, plus there’s extra space for planning in each day’s box.
I really like the sidebar list section for each week!
The months are clustered together at the front of the planner followed by the daily pages.
You get to choose if the week starts on Monday or Sunday. There are 2 pages for each day – the left is structured and the right is open notes space.
I think the schedule column is too narrow at 1.25″ (the thinnest I’ve ever seen in a daily planner). The schedule is definitely for early birds as it starts at 5am and finishes at 8pm.
At the end of 7 days’ worth of planning pages is a reflection page.
Note that the habit tracker has a Monday start so if you’ve been working off a Sunday start you might get confused.
The way the weekly pages are set up is with sections for all 4 goals (i.e. that you work on all of them concurrently).
Depending on how big your goals are and how much time you have to work on them each week, you may prefer to use all 4 boxes to analyse your progress against one of your goals. E.g. what worked, what didn’t work, steps completed this week or anything else you find useful to track your progress and motivate you.
There are’t really any extra pages with this planner apart from
I find it odd that the important dates page is at the back of the planner. Typically I goal set by looking at the big picture (i.e. important dates) then break it down into month, week and day.
Since this is a stitched notebook, there are no tabs. It undated and there’s ribbon bookmarks so not a big deal.
Pros of the Planner
- Minimalist color scheme – gender neutral
- 2 built in ribbon bookmarks
- Pen loop
Cons of the Planner
- Boring cover
- Only lasts 12 weeks (expensive if you were to buy multiple to last an entire year)
- The width of the hourly schedule on the daily planning pages is too narrow
- Not enough notes pages – especially for the goal planning
- No tabs
Would I use this planner?
No as I’m not someone that needs a daily planner. If I was someone that used a daily planner I think it would work well – not many 2 page daily planners have such a large notes / open ended space.
If you like this notebook, it’s available on Amazon (affiliate link)
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