I recently ordered my second Plum Paper Planner, which I am SO excited about!! For the past two years, I’ve been using Passion Planner (which I loved), but I was just ready for a change (and some color)!
The thing that originally drew me to Plum Planner was a glowing review from a good friend (who knows a lot about planners). She said she switched from the Erin Condren to the Plum Planner, and couldn’t be happier!
I finally decided I was ready to make the switch, too! So I went to the website, just to check it out.
Buuuut I ended up ordering one!
Here’s how the process went:
Designing the Cover
I LOVE it that you can choose your own cover design! I spent
hours quite a while playing the game of “this one or this one” between the beautiful designs! After that, I added a monogram (yay!) and the year (school year, because #teacherlife).
Having a pretty cover was something I missed after two years of black Passion Planners. I so love the sleekness of PP, but I NEED ALL THE COLOR, PLEASE!
Choosing the Weekly Layout
This was, by far, my favorite feature! I LOVE all of the different layouts that are available for Plum Planner! I’m a vertical layout girl, but they also have horizontal layouts. Most planners stop at asking horizontal or vertical, but not Plum Planner!
Next, I needed to choose just how I wanted the days laid out: Did I want Morning, Afternoon, Evening? Did I want Hourly? Did I want Blank Columns? And then, I saw it… the most wonderful of all things planner-y: The ME Layout!
This layout allows you to add up to seven category of your very own to your planner! Perfect for keeping up with separate college classes or moms who have kids with busy schedules!
This is my favorite thing to see on a planner because it means it will work for anyone! I made it flexible for my upcoming work/maternity leave/work school year! I also used this feature to create a hybrid of all of my favorite planners!
Here are the seven categories I chose:
-Daily Focus: Like Passion Planner, a place for a step towards my goal.
-Cash: Our SON, who will be here in October! A place to track his progress and eventually schedule “Cash Care” when I go back to work.
-Morning: Appointments, deadlines, holidays, meetings, & school-related things.
-Afternoon: Checklists, cleaning schedule, errands, faculty meetings, & workouts.
-Evening: Baby to do’s, dinner, & Junior League events/meetings/obligations.
-Night: Baby stuff (feeding/sleeping patterns), Friend stuff (celebrations/dates)
(My husband made fun of including both “evening” and “night”, but I think they’ll be useful! We’ll see J)
-Best Things: Best things that happened each day!
UPDATE: I’m now on my second Plum Planner, and for this one I chose the hourly layout. It’s awesome, and I like it even more than the categories!
Choose any add-ons
I just went with 10 note pages in the back of the planner (because I love lists!).
And that’s it! It was super easy (aside from making the decisions) and quick! I love how many times they let you re-check/preview your order before you place it! And I love the options for add-ons at the end (SO. MANY. CHOICES.)!
I started using it last August and I couldn’t be happier!! 🙂
Have you tried Plum Paper Planner before? What did you love/not love about it? Also, and this is important, what kind of pens work best in it?!