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I’ve been using the Bloom Daily Planner for a couple of months now and before that, I really hadn’t used a day planner before. In nursing school I had a little notebook with deadlines and things, but it was not a comprehensive planner like this one. I plan my whole life with this thing, and it is so great! I’m not promising that it will be the perfect planner for everyone, but I think this planner hits a lot of marks that “planner people” look for.
My search for a good planner began because I wanted to plan my workouts and meals better. I was in “wing it” mode, and I knew my life would run much smoother if I wasn’t always thinking about what to eat or what workout to do last minute. It turns out planners are good for more than just meal and workout planning; my whole day runs more smoothly now that I use one.
What Makes a Good Planner?
This is the list of requirements I jotted down for myself while I was looking for a good planner:
(Pardon the sloppy writing.)
1. Enough room to track and plan my workouts
2. A place to plan dinners AND write down what we actually ate
3. A spot for weekly goals
4. An area for monthly goal planning
5. Spiral binding so I could leave it open
6. Room for a daily to-do list rather than a built in hourly schedule (mainly because I was a mom of a newborn and feedings and sleeping schedules were unpredictable.)
Also, something I didn’t write down was vertical columns in the daily planning section. A lot of daily planners go horizontally, and I don’t think it flows as well.
After about a week of doing some serious browsing for planners, I was starting to think NONE of the planners out there fit my requirements for a decent price. I looked into Erin Condren, and that seemed great because you can customize your own planner. But it is also suuuper expensive, and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money when I was still new to the whole day planner thing.
Then I found Bloom.
Not all of the Bloom Planners are created equal. The Bloom Daily Vision Planner, in my opinion, far out-performs the others.
Pleasant Surprises that WEREN’T on my list:
- It’s the perfect size– bigger than a pocket planner, but smaller than your standard spiral-bound notebook. I like this because it fits easily in my diaper bag or medium purse.
- It’s hardbound.
- The cover and binding are super cute with gold accents.
- It has metal-studded corners to protect it from constant wear.
- There are inspirational quotes in the right corner of every weekly planning section.
- If you like to track the amount of water you’re drinking, there are eight little glasses of water at the bottom of each day so you can mark them off as you go. I haven’t personally done this yet, but I think it’s a great idea.
- There’s a section to the left of every weekly planning page for additional notes, and this can be used for anything you want. I use it to plan meals and write down my weekly to-do list.
- The pages have fun colors. I saw some complaints in the Amazon reviews that there was not enough variation of colors in the planner. (In my planner, the colors are pink, blue and purple.) But this doesn’t bother me at all.
- There are tabs to separate months.
- There is a little pocket in the back of the planner for loose notes and papers. It’s so nice to keep my planner stickers back there!
- There is a vision board at the start of the planner to write down goals and visions for the year.
Overall I am just very impressed with the planner. It hit all the marks plus a ton more. AND, since I ordered in April, the planner was discounted. I only paid $13 for mine, which is a killer deal compared to most planner prices out there. From what I’ve seen, even the regular price is still under $30. There were several planners that didn’t look as high quality that cost much more.
Of Course, the Bloom Daily Vision Planner Isn’t Perfect
Here are some common complaints I noticed in Amazon reviews:
- The pages are too thin. Certain pens and markers will bleed through.
- Not colorful enough.
- The cover arrived scratched.
- Printing errors on the pages.
If you are a “seasoned planner”, some of these may be a deal breaker for you. I know page thickness matters a lot to some people. It hasn’t bothered me at all– the pages are still noticeably thicker than copy paper so that’s good enough for me! The other complaints haven’t been issues for me, either. I imagine the company would be willing to send another planner if there were printing errors.
Why Use a Planner?
There are a lot of reasons I wanted to start using a planner! These are just a few:
- Have all my plans in one place
- Obtain peace of mind
- Effective meal planning
- Focus on life goals and healthy habits
- Plan, schedule and keep track of workouts
- Organize and schedule housekeeping duties
- Keep my days busy during postpartum
- Have a fun way to document my life
I am one of those people who prefers to have a tangible book in front of me rather than looking at my phone or a screen. I like turning pages and writing things with a marker or pen. I know there are definitely advantages to going digital, but there’s just something romantic about the old-fashioned ways, too.
A Fun Fact About Me…
I am “that journal girl”. I currently have 14 journals, 13 of them completely filled. I love journaling, always have! I love looking back on my life, whether it’s photos, something I wrote, a picture I drew or something I made. It’s just interesting to look back on who I was versus who I’ve become, and how my past has shaped me. I also journal because it’s a great outlet for my emotions, as well as a place to recognize all the blessings in my life.
I have one journal from first grade that I think is hilarious because of the spelling errors and I open it whenever I need a good laugh.
Obviously my writing skills go WAY back. 😉
I began journaling regularly at age 11, right after my family moved to a new city. I had no friends and it was a smallish town. I was quiet and introverted but loved writing, so I found myself something to do. My first journal (I guess it was more of a diary) had a lock and key and said “Secrets” on the cover. It was perfect for my 11 year old self! I literally wrote every single day until I was about 18. After that, college and grown-up life prevented me from writing as often. I now write once a week on Sundays and I believe once a week is the perfect amount, which is why keeping a planner is nice for a daily record of life events.
Writing every day made it so I was the go-to person if anyone ever wanted to know when a certain event happened or what we did on Easter last year. I would just pull out my journal from that time and start reading! It’s actually a tradition in my family on Christmas Eve to gather my journals from past years and read all of my Christmas entries. Because of this, I ALWAYS make sure to write in my journal on Christmas!
I don’t know why I didn’t become a planner girl earlier, because it just totally makes sense for me! I can’t wait to have years of planners and be able to get a flashback of what my life was like “back then”. It will be nice when I can just look back at my meal plans from a year ago for ideas, or make new fitness goals and follow through via better planning. My planners will definitely have a special place next to my journals in our office.
Do you have a planner that you absolutely swear by? Let me know which one it is!
Stay tuned for my next post on how to plan your life. 🙂