In Search Of: The Perfect Planner

by Pam Valencia

December 2016

Within the planner community there are a lot of planners that work for people. The most common ones are daily or monthly/weekly spreads. There’s even a monthly planner alone and don’t even get me started on the digital planners available. You would think that with all the planners out there I would find one that benefits me.

I have viewed every planner available and tried a few, in the process of being in school, but nothing seems to work. I need something that could cater to my brain dumping, like a bullet journal but already have everything I want.

My ideal planner will have:

A Monthly and Daily Spread (with a lot of space to write)

I need the monthly so that I can write down the minimalists of things like when an event or a doctor’s appointment is. If they so happened to be in the same day I don’t want to have to prioritize one over the other in my calendar. So a spacious calendar would suffice.

A daily spread would be great (with the day/date) so that I could do some forward planning. If it so happens that I don’t use a day I could use it as a note or quote page. That’s actually a really good idea. 

Money Tracker   

I am trying to track where my money goes so this would be ideal. If I could have it in the daily pages that would be so beneficial. I could also add this myself but having it already there would be a reminder and I won’t have to rely on my scattered brain.

Note Section

This would be the most IMPORTANT part of my planner. As a journalist/ blogger I get a lot of writing ideas. So I need a place where I can write all those ideas in. This would also be the largest section of my planner but having daily pages might make it bulky and…

Portability

The lighter the better and I want a decent size that I could carry it in my purse and still fit comfortably in my hand. Like I have been saying throughout this post, I need A LOT OF SPACE. I am constantly writing. But I also don’t want something heavy.

After everything I’ve said I want in a planner I think I will get a pocket size daily Moleskine planner. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until January 2017 to buy it/ start using it so at the moment I am using the weekly and monthly calendars planner from Sugar Paper L.A. Not bad but not what I want.

If you know of any planners that fit this description please sent them my way via social media @pamithecity (FB, Twitter and Instagram). It would be highly appreciated it.

Happy Planning! 


Pam is a lover of New York City, books and writing. An occasional homebody. =) She can be found at her blog, Pam In The City, and on Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

4 thoughts on “In Search Of: The Perfect Planner

  • December 2, 2016 at 11:48 AM
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    Have you considered just buying the components you’ve described and making your own planner?

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  • December 9, 2016 at 2:10 PM
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    I believe the Hobonichi would be great. Maybe keep your notes section in the back on empty pages or an addition thin notebook in the Hobo cover.

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    • December 26, 2016 at 2:34 PM
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      I second this idea _ the techno A6 English version (b/c I believe the cover is sturdier) unless you want an add on cover then the cousin A5 would be good option too.

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  • January 9, 2017 at 7:06 PM
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    Another vote for a Hobonichi. I am using a Hobonichi Cousin Avec this year. It isn’t too bulky because it is bound and doesn’t have rings or discs, the paper is really light weight and the Avec has 6 months in it at a time.

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