Not Entirely Perfect: Whitney English Day Designer

12 August 2013

Whitney English Day Designer

let's fill you in on a secret - i love to organize and i love planners.



fine, you're right.  not a secret.  so let me tell you about my new planner.  in response to my mother's favorite question, "another one?!", yes - another one.  i posted a bit a few months about about my filofax system, essentially i copied toni's system.  it was working really well actually, it was a combination planner/home management binder.  but a few sections became a little unnecessary just because i simplified a lot in my apartment/life this year.  if you remember, my word of 2013 was 'less' and i'm working on it still.  so i don't need big sections to keep everything together any more.  (i.e. there's not some crazy cleaning schedule.  i have way less stuff so there's less to clean.  one task each day.  dust, vacuum, laundry, etc.)

well i won a whitney english day designer.  no, i didn't get anything for free to write this review and no, mom, i did not go out and buy yet another new planner despite how tempting the back to school aisles are though i'm three years removed from any kind of school.  so free yes, but from a win, not a sponsor.  because i'm lucky, just not with the powerball. (actually, i had 4 numbers.  but apparently close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.)  so here is what this pretty thing looks like.



when i first won it i was thinking that maybe i'd give it to a friend since there was nothing wrong with my filofax system.  but then it arrived.  first of all, i obviously have a gold obsession (remember my bar cart?) and i'm a hawkeye so i bleed black and gold.  the color is just perfect.  i would have kept it as coffee table decor even if i didn't use it.

then, i actually opened it.  i instantly loved the pages.  i don't need some sort of home management binder because the pages are huge and fit everything i could want.  this planner is big, as in big pages and it's one day per page.  it's bigger than an erin condren and it's heavier.  but i don't transport my planner so that's not an issue for me.  i just check it in the morning before i go out and if there's any work day errands i might forget, i use the notes section on my phone as a reminder.  plus, given my 101 list and happiness project ideas, the goal setting pages are a lifesaver.











so, yes, i love it.  it's just so pretty, i want to make up things just to write in it more.  (admittedly, i've been writing things like 'unload the dishwasher' and 'take out the trash' just so i can check them off the list....)


update: you can find them here.  also check out whitney's twitter for info on a free webinar she's hosting that will show how to use the worksheet pages in the front. 

22 comments

  1. Stop it. Right now. You're making me want one really bad. And the last thing I need is a planner ill only half ass use. At least not until I can more than half ass a cheap one. Beautiful!!

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  2. The only thing I don't like about this planner and the Erin Condren is the price tag. I know they're quality items, but WHOA. I actually won an Erin Condren planner not too long ago. It'll be at my apartment on Thursday. I'm excited, but I would never pay over $10 for a planner!

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  3. I really like the goal-setting pages! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I might have to make my own in order to accomplish my monthly goals this year! :)

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  4. i have one for my workouts and love it! well, not that exact one (yours is way prettier) but something i got as a gift but it really does help with keeping things on track!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  5. Dude. I have a Lilly Pulitzer planner that I won 2 years ago. Yes. It's a 2 year planner. And it is wonderful!! I love it! So, I feel you on the whole planner thing. But yours is prettier. And now I want it.

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  6. Ooh. I always want planners and buy them ALL THE TIME but I never end up using them even though they're so cute!

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    1. I know what you mean, so cute but a waste if you don't use them. I've been using this one all the time!

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  7. Very nice! I write everything down, even if it is empty dishwasher - I travel with mine so it helps to know what I need to do that night.

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  8. I love any office supplies always have, this planner looks super awesome and I don't even blame you for writing unload the dishwasher in it just so you can use it.

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  9. I'm totally a planner hoarder, but I really really really think I need this. I've been looking for a planner that has a full page per day!!! Now I'm going to go to their website and hopefully not choke when I see the price...

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  10. wahhhhh your posts were not coming up on my dashboard...i thought you fell off the face of the earth!! :( I am glad you are not gone!! I am trying to figure out why it is not showing up..

    anyway I am obsessed with your planner!!!

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  11. I love planners. This looks so perfect. I'm definitely going to stop by her website and check it out.

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  12. I love planners too! After about 6 weeks of using one, I get bored and buy a new one. I have a problem.

    But I LOVE the new design and the new name! Looking goood!!!

    So glad to be back reading my favorite blogs :o) I'm glad to see you found an apartment! I cannot wait to see what it looks like and how you decorate!!

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  13. I am slightly obsessed with planners!

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  14. Someone just me about these and I am swooning. I like to carry mine around though so that might just keep me from purchasing ;)

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  15. OK SERIOUSLY - without sounding weird i just picture you having one giant orgasm over the planner.

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  16. I'm looking into buying a planner for next year so would you recommend the whitney english or erin condren planners more? Thanks!

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    1. I enjoy the Whitney English more, but it definitely depends on use. The WE is heavier to carry around, but I use mine at home. I like the classic, grown up color scheme and the planning pages in the front which is designed for 'the creative entrepreneur' And each page is one day, so I have a ton of room to write and I can fit absolutely everything in there!

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