Following on from when I used Excel, for the remainder of week 41 I wanted to use day to a page planners for Saturday and Sunday.
Limelife planners offer free downloads of their planner layouts so you can give them a go before purchasing. I really liked the layout C I used back in week 23 so opted to try their day to a page layout.
Setting up the week
There’s no way I’d be awake at 7am on a Saturday so I covered the earlier hours with whiteout to start the planner at a more reasonable time of 9am (I am definitely not a morning person!)
The schedule section of the page is in 30 minute increments which can be hard to find in day to a page planners.
Continuing on with the time accountability theme I used with Excel, I opted to have goal versus actual hours so I can see which stuff I’m spending too much time on and where. Definitely something I want to keep doing in the future.
My colors for today were:
- Pink = blogging
- Blue = Etsy shop
- Purple = personal
- Green / Mint = health
- Orange = working on a new product for my shop!
I used the Arc discbound notebook. I really love this notebook for printables as you can add, remove and rearrange pages as often as you need. I’ve been using the same Arc notebook for a few years now and it’s still in great condition, the discs haven’t broken – it’s held up really well. I bought the leather cover which was a bit pricey but has been well worth it!
This week I opted to use some cheap ($3 for a pack of 10) glitter gel pens from Target. I was going to using my favorite Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel 0.7mm and the colors would’ve matched the rainbow on the planner page really well… but I have so many pens I’m trying to mix it up and use different ones. The pens wrote smoothly and surprisingly didn’t smudge – not bad for only $0.30 per pen!
Pros of the Limelife Daily Planner
- Colorful – I love anything that has rainbow colors!
- Plenty of timeslot to plan the day & 30 minute increments
- Large checklist dots – plenty of space inside the circles if you wanted to number the tasks in order of priority, or keep track of where you’re up to (e.g. half shaded circle = task in progress) – empty large circles make it easy to see what didn’t get done / what needs to be rescheduled for a later date
Cons of the Limelife Daily Planner
- The ‘quote of the day’ is dead space to me. I used white out correction tape to cover this heading up and put ‘don’t forget’ instead
Would I use the Limelife Daily Planner again?
It was an ok planner, but to be honest, it’s not very different to every other day to a page planner. I keep finding that day to a page planners are all too similar. Most of them seem to be very open-ended with large notes section, to do list, a meal planning space / empty box to choose as you wish and not much else – all the layouts seem to be very ‘one size fits all.’
Catch up on past week’s of the planner challenge
- Week 17 (Part 2): Daily planning using to do lists categorised by time
- Week 29: Plum Paper Me Planner
- Week 31: Using the Ashley Shelly Planner for weekly planning
- Week 37 (part 2): Planning using the daily plan bar method (bullet journal inspired)
- Daily versus weekly planners: which is right for you?
- How to color code bill paying in your planner (7 different ways)
- Minimalist planning: simple decorating & divider ideas for your planner using pens
- What to do if your planner isn’t working
- 5 Planner supplies you should never skimp on