This is the moment we've all been waiting for! Okay, well it's the moment I've been waiting for. I'm so excited to share the 2018 Day in the Life Planner with you! The concept has been in my mind for almost a year and I've been working hard to turn the dreams into a reality over the past few months. It's been a long road, and we still have a ways to go, but things are finally starting to come together!
Introducing the Day in the Life Planner
With it's chic and innovative design, the Day in the Life planner is dedicated to the success-driven millennial woman. Whether you're a hard-hustling lady boss entrepreneur, a career girl climbing her way to the top of the corporate ladder, or a college babe with many aspirations, this planner is for you. With its highly customizable downloadable PDF format, the Day in the Life planner can be used in so many different ways. One of my favourite features is the different views for scheduling time (monthly, weekly, daily... you get the idea). As someone who's been through it all in a short amount of time, I'm well aware that different lifestyles require different formatting.
One of the driving forces in my creative process was to create a one-stop shop for all things organization and productivity. This meant not only providing lots of scheduling space but adding in goal sheets, budget sheets, and exercise/meal planning areas. Everything is included, and everything is cohesive. Gone are the days where you have a separate binder for budgeting, meal planning, and goal tracking. They're all in with your scheduling sheets!
So let's talk about each of the pages that are included in the Day in the Life Planner. We'll get into the details about how things are laid out, their recommended use, and what you can generally expect from the experience.
Stylish Cover Page
Obviously for decoration and to pull the whole planner together. It doesn't have a functional purpose, but who doesn't love a good cover page to feel fabulous when they carry around their life in a book? The 2018 Day in the Life Planner cover page is clean, on-brand, and aesthetically pleasing - perfect for the millennial woman on-the-go!
This section is mainly good for reference. Sure, you have your calendar app in your phone, but when you're already using your planner, why not just flip to this page if you need to figure out what day Christmas falls on this year?
Yearly Goals Sheet
Here's where we get into the good stuff. Any ambitious, driven woman knows that it's important to have goals and keep track of them. This sheet organizes your goals into three categories: personal development goals, career and financial goals, and relationship and other goals. Think long-term when you're creating these goals - what are the things you hope to have accomplished by the end of this year? Be clear and concise and use SMART goals.
Yearly Goals Progress Tracker
Here's where you actually implement and track your progress on your overall goals over the year. You'll be coming back to this one a lot and it's a huge part of the goal tracking progress, so make sure you don't lose this one! It's recommended that you come back to this tracker monthly (either at the beginning or end of the month) to fill in your progress for what you completed that month and your next actions to take. This will help you plan your monthly goals, which will be discussed in a few.
Exercise Planning Sheet
I think it's safe to say that a vast majority of us hate exercising (I'm one of those people). I know, I know, you're tired of being told you need to exercise. You know it's true but you can't seem to find the motivation to get going. We all know that if there's any time that most people decide to spark up some fitness goals, it's in January as a New Year's resolution. If that's what it's going to take to motivate you, great! Let's do it right so that you can keep your fitness routine going long after the novelty wears off.
This exercise planning sheet has a section for your long-term fitness goals, your short-term actions to get there, and your weekly exercise routine. You can fill this in at the beginning of the year and update it as you go. One thing I would recommend is meeting with a personal trainer, even if it's only one session. They can go over your fitness goals with you and help you determine some strategies to meet those goals. This is something I've found incredibly helpful and motivating, as there's nothing worse than feeling you're wasting your time with activities that aren't helping your personal goals!
Holidays and Celebrations Tracker
Do you forget your parent's anniversary every single year? Are you always relying on Facebook to tell you when it's someone's birthday? This is a pretty standard sheet you might find in most planners, and that's because it's invaluable! You have no more excuses for missing important dates, go on Facebook and copy down the birthdays of the important people in your life so when that important day comes you'll have something more to give them than a sloppy Facebook wall post.
Monthly Title Page
I'm not going to giveaway too many details about this one, mainly because it is supposed to be a "monthly surprise". Essentially, what you can expect is an interactive worksheet each month related to personal development. It's a super exciting bonus feature that I can't wait for you to see. I'm leaving it at that.
Monthly Goals Sheet
Here's where you break down your overall goals for the year into smaller short-term goals. It's set up in the exact same format as the yearly goals sheet. I would recommend filling out the goals progress tracker first and filling this sheet in based off of that. This way, you're finessing your goals to be as SMART as possible.
Monthly Budget Tracker
Another exciting addition that you don't see in most planners! How annoying is it when you're living on a budget to have to fumble around for your budget tracking sheets (if you even have them)? How all planners don't have budget trackers, I'll never understand. I've always found that to be a frustrating thing about planners. Fortunately, the Day in the Life Planner is focused on making planners much more efficient and functional, so that problem is now solved!
The budget tracker is set up in a chart with different sections. You have sections for how much you start with at the beginning of the month, your savings, your monthly bills, transportation, food, clothing, and entertainment. At the bottom are totals for income, expenses, and remaining to be put into savings.
Monthly View Scheduling Sheets
Ah, the classic monthly calendar view. So many people complain that there's not enough space in this type of view, and you know what? It's really difficult to make more space than is in a standard planners monthly calendar view! What are people writing in there, their entire to-do list? The way I see it, that's not what the monthly view is for.
It's recommended that the monthly view in the Day in the Life Planner be used as an overview. Don't overcrowd it - put in important events, due dates, maybe the main task you want completed that day. Save the to-do lists for the next two sections and take the monthly view for what it is - an overview. (The numbers will be included in it when downloaded - the photography happened before they were added in).
Weekly View Scheduling Sheets
I honestly feel that I got innovative with this one! Should out to my to-do list lovers, how many of you hate horizontally laid out planners? For those of us who write to-do lists it just doesn't make sense! I'm actually obsessed with how these pages turned out because each day of the week is vertical and broken into two sections: places to be and things to do. This is exactly how I've always wished my weekly view was laid out, and I'm so glad to finally have a planner with this design!
Daily View Scheduling Sheets
If the innovative layout of the weekly view isn't exciting enough, I've also created daily view sheets! The thing I love about daily view scheduling is that even though it takes up more space in the planner, it also gives you a lot more room to write! In the Day in the Life Planner, the daily view is broken up into three sections: todays adventures (an hourly schedule section to write down meetings and events), don't forget (a place to write your to-do list), and a meal plan (broken down into breakfast, lunch/snacks, dinner). Meal plans are another thing I haven't seen in a lot of planners, so I wanted to incorporate that and felt it was best to do on a daily basis.
Notes, Thoughts, and Ideas Sheets Inserted Monthly
You can write notes anywhere. Whether it's in a notebook, on lined paper, or in a document on your laptop. I personally don't tend to use the notes pages for more than writing down goals (which there's now a separate sheet for), but I know a lot of other people absolutely must have notes pages in their planner, so I've included a couple of pages monthly!
Doodle Sheets Inserted Monthly
This is something I actually never previously thought about. The idea came to me from an Instagram follower when I asked in a post what people might want to see in the 2018 Day in the Life Planner. I thought doodle sheets were such a fun idea! There's one for every month, but of course you can print off more if you're a doodle master!
How to Set It Up
It's recommended that the Day in the Life Planner be set up in one of two ways. You can either put it into a binder (as pictured) or spiral bind it. I would also recommend when printing to ensure you fit the content to page just to make sure nothing gets cut off (it is optimized for 8.5" x 11" printing but I ran into that concern when I printed it).
How Much Does It Cost?
So, real talk. How much does the Day in the Life Planner cost? Great question! As my goal from the beginning was to create a beautiful and efficient planner for millennial women, I wanted to keep the price quite low, especially with this only being Phase 1. I have big dreams for this project, you guys. That being said, it has taken a lot of work and time to make this product a reality. It's 100% handmade by yours truly.
The regular price I'm charging for this planner is $25 CAD (about 19.97 USD). The planner is available for pre-order now until December 1st when the download becomes available. With that price, you're not only provided with the printable download of the Day in the Life Planner, but you will also receive an email a few months into 2018 with the opportunity to provide feedback in exchange for a ballet in a giveaway (yet to be determined - stay tuned for announcement).
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! Try out the Day in the Life Planner for November and December 2017 completely free by subscribing to the email list and getting access to the free resource library! I want you to be completely sure about your purchase, so why not try it out first?!
This is big, you guys. My first product launch. I feel like I've been working on this forever yet somehow it's flown by. I'm so excited to finally share it with you and for the download to become available December 1st! What part of the 2018 Day in the Life Planner are you most excited for?