The last planner from SV Digital that I’m yet to do a review of is the Puffin Planner. It’s layout / overall look is similar to the Legend, Go Girl and Clever Fox planners but with a different (horizontal) weekly spread.
I purchased this planner myself and as always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase this planner using my affiliate link I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
- Size: Approx 5.5″ wide x 7.75″ high (13.5cm wide x 19.5cm high)
- Sewn binding
- 2 page Monthly calendar (starts on Sunday)
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- Goal pages
- Neutral inside pages
Price: $17 USD on Amazon (affiliate link)
Let’s take a closer look!
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The cover is the same fake leather hardcover but still bendy yet sturdy type material that the other planners from this brand have. I went for a different color to my usual with this pastel pink / coral color. It looks ok, but the other colors (e.g. gold, blue, purple) are nicer!
The planner is very lightweight. You could put this in your handbag and hardly notice it’s there.
About 1.7cm (just over 0.5″ thick)
The creator of this planner is SV Digital who have made a few other planners (Legend, Go Girl and Clever Fox). Each of their planners have a goals section, but each is slightly different. This planners’ is not my favorite (that goes to the Legend Planner) but it is is simple and to the point. Some lined notes pages to detail out the goals (e.g. write out the steps) would’ve been good.
Starts Sunday (not consistent with the weekly spread). However, since it’s an undated planner you could add some days of the week stickers and switch it to a Monday week start.
The boxes for each day are about 3cm wide x 3.5cm high (just over 1″ wide x 1.5″ high)
All of the monthly calendars are clustered together at the front making it easier (I think) to find the months / weeks you’re looking for (especially since it’s undated).
The reason I bought this planner is because the top section of the weekly spread includes stuff most planners don’t bother to include: pre-planning the week, a small weekly review, life balance to do list and a habit tracker.
I do think the habit tracker is too small (I’d get a sticky note and write out the tasks on that, allocate a number and write the number in the habit tracker section of the planner). Same with the life balance to do list – each of those boxes are about 3cm wide x 1cm high (just over 1″ wide x just under 0.5″ high). If the intention of this section is to only write ‘goal 1’ of your personal development goals then there definitely needs to be more space to breakdown / plan the goals at the front of the planner.
I think this weekly spread would be more functional on a larger page size.
I know it’s a bit hard to see in the photo but the life balance to do list categories flow though from the goals section at the front of the planner:
- Health and fitness
- Family & Friends
- Personal Development
I think the finance and career (2 of the most important / time consuming long term goal categories) should’ve been included in the weekly spread too!
The pages lay mostly flat on their own (just need to break the spine first).
There are 7 double sided dot grid pages at the back
5mm dot grid
There’s a cardstock pocket folder typical of this style of planner fixed to the back cover, with 1 sheet of stickers included.
I didn’t pen test this planner, however I have pen tested the Legend Planner so here are the results from that pen test:
As this planner is from the same company that created Clever Fox I was expecting decent paper and…
The paper quality is really good! There was very very light ghosting for the highlighters and bleed through for 2 of the MAMBI stamps. No ghosting or bleed through for any of the pens except a little bit of bleed through for the Uni Pi marker pens.
Pros of the Planner
- Portable size
- Plenty of cover colors to choose from
- 3 Ribbon bookmarks (in different colors)
- Pen loop
- 7 pages of 5mm dot grid pages at the back
- Pocket folder
- 1 Sheet of planner stickers
- White paper
Cons of the Planner
- No tabs
- The weekly spread would be more functional at a bigger page size (7″ wide x 9″ high)
- Monthly calendar and weekly spread start days are different
- More goal pages / notes pages for goal planning at the front of the planner are needed
Would I use this planner?
I like the simple horizontal layout with lined writing space, the goal pages and the affordable price tag doesn’t hurt either. However, I there are sections on the weekly spread I wouldn’t use (I use a monthly habit tracker instead of weekly and the life balance to do list section is too small). The page size is a little squished so it’s a no from me.
With the name ‘Puffin Planner’ I was expecting some cute puffin graphics throughout or something inside that referenced back to the name but all the only reference is a Puffin graphic on the cover.
If you like this planner, it’s available on Amazon (affiliate link).
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