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Day Designer Flagship Mini Planner Review: Tiny but Mighty

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Day Designer finally launched its first mini Flagship planner, and let me tell ya—it’s major. Of course, it’s the same quality tool you expect a Day Designer planner to be. A few less inches doesn’t detract from its space, wisdom, or beauty. Here’s a rundown of exactly what you get with a Day Designer Flagship Mini.

Size Matters. Or Does it?

The Day Designer Midyear Mini measures 6.625×8.3 inches, which is a almost three inches thinner and one inch shorter than the regular Flagship Day Designer planner. Naturally, a smaller planner means there’s less space.

Luckily, Whitney English found a way to keep it as comprehensive as the original. There’s still plenty of space for you to write your schedule and to-dos without making your handwriting fairy-sized. In fact, there’s room for the Due/Don’t Forget/Dinner/Dollars, Notes, and Daily Gratitude boxes.

Day Designer Flagship Mini Planner

That being said, there are some differences worth noting. A smaller planner means a few cuts had to be made, particularly in the length of the daily schedule and to-do list. Instead of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., the schedule spans 12 hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is still a generous schedule, but it doesn’t leave room for late night events or early morning plans (morning workouts anyone?).

Then, of course, there’s the fact this is a midyear planner, meaning it follows an academic calendar. It runs from June 2016 to July 2017, which doesn’t really change anything; however, if you like to operate on a classic calendar year, this might not work for you.

It’s Not the Today & To Do

Even though it is very similar to the Today and To Do, the Flagship Mini planner is a true Day Designer planner. Today & To Do wasn’t dated and didn’t have goal-setting pages like the Flagship. Aside from that, the two are very similar in daily layout and size. However, the Today & To Do has been discontinued in order to be replaced with the Flagship Mini, and that’s a good thing—the mini Day Designer planner truly has more to offer as a planner.

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The Two Cover Options

Currently, the Flagship Mini is only offered in the classic Black Stripe (currently sold out) and Black Spotty Dots covers. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed more covers will be offered in the future. However, these two covers are brought back each year for a reason—they’re pretty and incredibly popular.

Day Designer Mini cover options

Set Those Goals, Girl

It might be smaller, but the Flagship Mini still packs a goal-setting punch with the characteristic goal-setting worksheets from Day Designer. Each category is included, and the spreadsheets aren’t missing any sections. Obviously it’s all fit into a smaller space, so you will have to use shorthand here, but that doesn’t detract from the value of these goal setting and tracking pages.

Day Designer Mini Goal Setting Pages

This planner will still help you along to your goals and dreams like the original Flagship, but it will help you with adding more weight than you’re comfortable carrying in your purse or backpack.

You Should Choose the Flagship Mini…

  • If you need an academic calendar year.
  • If you want a smaller, high-quality planner to fit in your purse.
  • If you want a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule.

The Day Designer Flagship Mini is great for anyone working in a school setting, students who need room to write lots of tasks every day, and moms who need the organization without the bulk of the original Flagship. The organized daily layout can help anyone juggle the many demands a day brings and keep calm through it all.

Day Designer might call it “mini,” but this planner is just as mighty as its full-sized sister. You can trust it to keep you organized, focused, and prepared throughout the academic year.

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Last modified on June 1st, 2017

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