If you’ve been stopping by this blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been on an epic search for the perfect planner; something which works as a diary and blog planner, encompassing sections for stats, scheduling and more. I’ve previously blogged about the rather awesome ultimate blog planner from Dot Creates and my bullet journal setup but I think I may have found the perfect tool: the Life Planner from Unique Planners by Pirongs.
I want to start out by saying this isn’t a sponsored post (not that there’s anything wrong with sponsored posts). I came across the company during National Stationery Week and won their giveaway, which entitled me to a free personalised planner. I was able to pick the size, customize the cover, select the contents and add on a bunch of extras, including pen holder, stickers and washi tape. Hell, I was even able to select the colour of the binding and ribbon. Every single element of their planners is unique to the user. I was so impressed that I knew straight away it was worthy of a photo-heavy review.
One of the first things that struck me about the planner is the colour and attention to detail. Each month is colour-coded with relevant seasonal illustrations, opening with a year across a spread, then a month to a spread and then a week to a spread, with plenty of space to note birthdays, appointments and other important reminders.
At the end of the diary section you can customize the whole back section. This is where the planner really kicks ass. When I first came across bullet journals what I really wanted was someone to create a template for me to just fill in as and when. In fact, I’m a member of several bujo Facebook groups and a lot of people have expressed a desire for pre-made bujos. They really need to personalise one of these bad boys! I was able to create my own layouts for Christmas, New Year, birthdays and even track the films I watch and books I read! There are also pages for personal info, health and fitness , meal planning and more. Plus, if you want to leave a few blank pages for a later date, all you need to do is insert a few notes pages.
I also dedicated a section to blog planning. There are pre-made templates for ideas, scheduling, goals, stats, contacts and sponsored posts. They really have thought of everything.
At the back there are also some stickers and tabs so you can make your sections easier to find and there are two ribbons, meaning I can keep one at the correct month and one at the blog section.
Oh, you can also select the start date of your planner – I went with August as I still like to work in academic years. Speaking of which, instead of a Life Planner, if you’re a student looking for a detailed planner, you can personalise an academic planner (or a teacher one if you work in the education system). There are so many spreads to select you can really make exactly what you need. There’s even one for weddings.
If I had to find a fault with the planner, it’s that I’d like slightly thicker paper but I’m not expecting a bleed-through with my erasable pens. I think I mentioned before how much I love my erasable pens and how they’re essential for keeping my diary tidy. We all have our quirks!
I’m so grateful for this giveaway because, with all of my additions and postage, it should have cost me over £40 – but it would have been worth it. So much of it is included in the price of the planner itself, which starts at £22 for an A5 planner (I went with A4), such as wire colour, ribbon colour and a plastic pocket at the back (to store my stickers!). Postage can take up to two weeks but mine arrived in three days – so impressed!
Are you tempted to give the Life Planner a go? Let me know what you think.