The Uncalendar is not a very pretty planner but it is very functional.
Before the Pen
See my review of the Uncalendar Planner in this post.
After the Pen
There’s so many different ways you could use this planner. There’s no headings for each section and the boxes of various sizes are ideal for different things.
I used the small ones at the top of the left page as my top 3 weekly tasks
And the 2 on the other page for ‘if i have time goals’
I think you’re supposed to use the boxes for each day for putting times for scheduling or ticking things off, but I opted to use it for blogging workflow. D = draft, E = edited etc.
I used the numbered section for breaking down one of my goals: website updates which worked really well with the numbered steps and a box to tick off once a task is completed.
I really wish more planners included project space within the weekly spread or detailed step by step pages at the back of the planner rather than just lined notes pages.
The habit tracker is so small I couldn’t fit the habits in the column and had to use a number key instead. If I used the planner again I’d opt for the larger A4 page size.
I used the Ooly 0.4 ballpoint pen. The colors are nice and bold and the pens write smoothly. I normally avoid 0.4 tips for being too fine but these pens feel fatter than a 0.4 when writing.
Pros of the Uncalendar
- No titles / headings so you can choose your own and use the planner in a different way each week
- Lined writing space for weekdays
Cons of the Uncalendar
- The line spacing is too small in the A5 size planner
- Color scheme is a bland and boring
- The habit tracker is too small
- Need more space for each day (although this problem would probably be solved if you used the larger page size version)
- Weekends share the same amount of planning space as a weekday and have unlined writing space
- The cover is boring and feels cheap
Would I use this planner again?
This planner is ok but I much prefer colorful, ‘prettier’ planners. I really liked the numbered list that I used for project planning however the line spacing is too close together in the A5 page size. The mini graph / grid (that I used for habit tracking) is too small to write more than 1 word in. If I used this planner again I’d want to try the A4 size.
Past weekly spreads
- Minimalist black and white weekly spread in the Moleskine Weekly Planner
- Using MAMBI inserts and Carpe Diem planner stickers for a colorful weekly spread!
- Trying out the Recollections Vertical Weekly Planner
Planning tips & inspiration
- Planner Necessities: My Top 3 All-Time Favorite Gel Pens
- MAMBI Happy Planner horizontal dimensions & measurements (classic size) for making planner stickers
- Planner Organization: How to color-code your planner (so you’ll actually use it effectively)