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Which Planner Is Right For You?

With the vastly different planner styles out there, how do you know which one is going to work best for you?

Crystal and I have purchased a dozen different styles over the years and found that none of them really worked for us. That’s when I decided to design one specifically for her.

It helped her organize life and work so well that I saw her starting to stress less.

So we decided to help other busy women like her, stress less too. And Abrie James was born.

Now It’s Your Turn

Here are a few questions and answers to consider to help you choose the perfect planner for you.

Question1: Which of the following magazines appeals to you most?

  1. Bazaar
  2. Vogue
  3. Cosmopolitan
  4. Elle

The goal here is to decide if you like cover designs that push the envelope a little or if you prefer more traditional ones.

Question2: Are you a big picture person, a detail oriented person, or both?

  1. Big Picture
  2. Detail Oriented
  3. A Little of Both

Ryan is a big picture person, so he really likes the monthly pages. But he realized that he liked writing his schedule every morning on each individual day. This really helps eliminate last minute fails.

Crystal on the other hand is a detailed oriented person. She thought she would only use the weekly pages, but she loves how the monthly overview gives her a quick glance of what’s coming.

If you’re a little of both, you’ll love the monthly plus weekly layouts. There’s a flexibility there that’s hard to pass up.

Question3: Do you need a planner for work-life, life-life, or both?

  1. Work-life
  2. Life-life
  3. Both

Consider using a separate planner for the major divisions of you daily life. For instance, if you work the same schedule every day and need a planner to help you plan at work, you may prefer to have a different planner for your family and home life.

On the other hand, if your work life tends to leak into your home life, one planner might work for both.

Crystal has a home planner, a work planner, and then uses a third planner to keep notes and records for the organizations she’s involved in.

Question4: Is your planner going to stay in one place (like on your desk) or will you carry it with you?

  1. It’s going to stay in one place mostly
  2. I’m going to carry it with me
  3. Maybe a little of both

Your answer this question doesn’t necessarily determine the size of the planner you need (8.5×11 or 5.5×8), but you should consider how mobile your planner needs to be.

If you plan on keeping your planner on your desk, the 8.5×11 is the right choice.

The 5.5×8 is more compact making it perfect for your purse.

On the other hand if your bag is big enough, the 8.5×11 will work too.

Last Question: Are you looking for a planner for you or someone else as a gift?

  1. Me
  2. I need a gift

If you’re looking for a planner for yourself, you should now have a better idea of the one that’s speaking to you after answering the previous questions. If for some reason you choose one and don’t like using it, get in touch with us and we’ll swap it out for you. We want you to be happy! And we truly want to help you stay organized and stress less.

If you need a gift for someone, you can’t go wrong with a 8.5×11 planner with a floral pattern. Seriously, who doesn’t like getting flowers?


You should now have a better idea of the planner that fits your style and needs best. If you still need help deciding, please send me an email at [email protected] . I’m happy to help out!

Stay Organized,


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