My new favorite planning tool (featuring PurpleTrail)

If you know me at all, you probably know I’m obsessed with planners and productivity tools. I’ve been using a paper planner since elementary school when they made us buy a $3 agenda to have our parents sign off on our homework assignments. Through the years, I’ve experimented with all kinds of planners, bullet journaling, and even tried to go electronic (long story short, works for my blog, but not for my life). I’ll probably never be done trying new planners, but I think I’ve found planner peace for now! In this post, I’m sharing a walkthrough of my new PurpleTrail planner and how it’s totally changed the way I plan my days for the better.

*Disclaimer: I received the PurpleTrail planner for free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase by clicking through a link, I may earn a small commission on your purchase at no additional cost to you.*

 

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

 

PurpleTrail ordering process

The process of ordering this planner was a ton of fun. PurpleTrail has soooo many options and most of them are customizable. I was a little overwhelmed at first trying to decide what kind of planner I wanted to order, but I ended up settling on a daily planner in the personal size.

Beyond just the daily, weekly, monthly options, there are so many different ways the company offers to customize the planners, which was exciting to me because (as you may know) I’m very particular about my planners. I’m going to share all the ways I customized my planner so you can get a feel for some of the options and see what I went with.

Size: 6 x 8″

Cover: Customized design, laminated cover

Inside color theme: Neutral grey

Pages: 6 months daily — 1 page per day

Start date: January 2018 (I love that you can customize this! It means you can start a new planning method whenever you’re feeling uninspired and not worry about wasting pages!)

The website was easy to navigate, not glitchy, and I definitely felt like I knew what I was doing when I was designing my planner. This is definitely huge because you can have all the customization options in the world, but people aren’t going to like your brand if they’re not confident in your website.

Overall, the ordering process was seamless and it was so much fun to craft my perfect planner! It shipped in a timely fashion and arrived in safe, well protected packaging with a cute little label!

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

 

Look inside

I got the cheapest cover option (I got the laminate cover but there were also hardcover and frosted cover options) and I’m glad I did because it’s plenty sturdy — no need to shell out the extra cash! I was using a Michaels Recollections planner first semester and while it was definitely nice, one thing I didn’t like was that the removable cover would always fall off when I put my planner in my backpack, even when I was extra careful. I love that I don’t have to worry about that with my PurpleTrail planner. The coil doesn’t unwind, the cover stays on, and I can toss it in my backpack or purse without worry.

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

The inside of this planner is sleek and simple, which is something I personally absolutely require in a planner. I always have a lot going on in life and I have a color coding system for my classes (read more about that here). Those things can mean that my planner might look cluttered on a busy week and I like to minimize the chance of that as much as possible by choosing a planner with a simple layout inside.

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

I chose the neutral/gray inside option because I like to add color with stickers and highlighters, but I like that there’s still a touch of color each time you get to a new month. All of the paper is thick and high quality, but the month dividers are a sturdy cardstock with a laminated tab. Each of the six months included in the planner have a different color header and it matches the dots on the page and the label on the divider.

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

After the month divider, I like that there’s also a month overview page before you get to the month-at-a-glance view. I didn’t fill mine in for January because I started the planner mid-month, but my dad and my boyfriend both have birthdays in February and I’ve got some fun things planned, so I’ll definitely be using this page in the coming months. It will be great to flip back to if I just want to see the most important days of a month and not have my view cluttered with meetings and assignment due dates.

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

 

How I use the monthly view

Prior to breaking into my PurpleTrail planner, I’ve always used weekly planners and never really knew what to do with the monthly view. I would put in big events, work shifts, and major assignments, but I’d never look at it again. I always felt like a week was a wide enough view that I never felt the need to look at the whole month at once. Now that I’m using a daily planner though, it’s been necessary to figure out how I want to use the monthly view.

Obviously space is limited, so I decided to only mark down my most important things in the monthly view. At this point, that means work shifts, major assignment due dates, important events, and birthdays. In January I used stickers for each item, but since February is going to be busier, I decided just to use highlighters. I like finally having a use for the monthly view. It really helps to be able to look at the weeks ahead to see when I can get ahead and when I’m going to have my work cut out for me. It also helps me make sure I don’t double book myself for major meetings and events!

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

 

How I use the daily view

This is the meat of the planner. Every single day gets its own page. I initially decided to go with a daily layout because looking at the weekly planners, they had one of my personal planner pet peeves — Saturday and Sunday were half the size of the weekdays. Now, this isn’t an inherent flaw in a planner. It just doesn’t work with the way my life is scheduled. If I worked a 9-5 job and had weekends off, it would probably be great. However, I’ve found that I just cannot use planners with half sized weekends because I often have meetings, work shifts, and other things scheduled that I need to write down. My weekends tend to be just as busy as my weekdays. However, while this is what initially led me to the daily layout, I really fell in love with it once I started looking through the preview on the PurpleTrail website.

I love that the day is broken up into “Morning,” “Afternoon,” and “Evening” with light headings. It seems that most daily planners are usually marked out by the hour and those just never work for me. I wake up at 6:30am and have things scheduled as late as 10pm regularly and there’s just no hourly planner that will accommodate that kind of schedule. This is the perfect amount of structure without being too constricting.

The way I use the daily pages is just about as expected (I’m not sure how many ways there are to write out your daily schedule), but if you want to know more about how I keep track of my assignment for class, my planner may have changed but I’ve been using the same system for years. Check out my post about it here because I seriously swear by this method!

I also love the “To Do List” and “Don’t Forget” sections on the side. I’ve been using the “Don’t Forget” section for things that don’t necessarily have a specific time or action item, but need to be done or thought about sometime that day. I’ve been using the “To Do List” section in a new way lately. It’s called “The Rule of Five” and I’ve got an upcoming blog post planned about it, so stay tuned!

 

I love trying new planning tools and sometimes you try something and it just CLICKS! My new planner from PurpleTrail has changed the way I plan for the better. | MY NEW FAVORITE PLANNING TOOL (FEATURING PURPLETRAIL) | HONEYBEEJOYOUS

 

I’m so glad I was introduced to the PurpleTrail company and got to design my own planner. I honestly thought I would try it out for a little to review it for you guys and then go back to my other planner, but oh my gosh I found a planner I love and I’m not looking back! Of course my planning systems wouldn’t be complete without my assignment tracking method, my catch-all notebook, and using Trello for my blog, but this PurpleTrail daily planner has quickly become a planning essential.

 

{What do you use to plan your day? Do you have a favorite brand of paper planner? Do you plan electronically? Do you keep to-do lists on sticky notes? Or just wing it? Tell me in the comments below! I read and respond to every comment!}

 

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