Panda Planner Review: For the Organized Commitment-Phobe
When it comes to most things in life, less is more — but that’s not always true for planners. However, there’s one planner that’s found a balance between having less while also being more. It sounds nonsensical, but the Panda Planner is actually the perfect detailed planner for those who want a streamlined process with a minimal commitment. The Daily Panda Planner is a non-dated, leather, book-bound planner that has everything anyone could possibly need without having an overwhelming amount of stuff.
In this planner, you won’t find detailed budgets, unnecessary list topics, and 15,000 notes pages in varying styles. Instead, you get clear-cut monthly calendars, weekly planning pages, and two-page daily spreads. All of these are concise and well-organized with plenty of room for you to focus on your goals and stay on top of your to-do list.
Are You a Commitment-Phobe?
If you’re the kind of person who wants organization and creativity, but also panics when it comes to all forms of commitment, then the Panda Planner might be the planner you’ve been looking for. Since it’s non-dated you can skip entire days, weeks, and months if you want to without being wasteful. Instead of ending up with a partially used planner at the end of the year, you can pull it out only for those days when there’s just too much going on for you to hold in your head, and then stash it away on your more chill days.
The Monthly Spread is Super Relaxed
In the Panda Planner, all of the monthly calendars are lumped together at the beginning of the planner. They’re all undated and have the same things for you to fill in — you write in the month and the dates yourself.
Even though the calendar comes without dates, it’s still designed to help you become a better version of yourself. You write down your focus for the month, the habit you’re going to implement that month, your monthly goals, distractions you want to avoid, and any other notes you have. At the end of the month, you also have a space for reflection.
Weekly Growth and Planning is Key in the Panda Planner
The weekly planning section devotes two pages to each week. Instead of having the usual weekly layout with each day having a designated space, this weekly planning layout is more about making a game plan for your entire week. You reflect on the previous week’s work, successes, and failures, and make a plan for how you’ll improve in the coming week. Since this planner is focused on providing you with the space to create a positive mentality, the weekly planning focuses heavily on that, rather than just a place to record your schedule. You write down how you will make the week great in four different categories (personal, work, family/friends, and relationships), what you’re looking forward to that week, habits you’re focusing on, something you want to learn, and your passion project.
Once you’ve got all of that figured out for the week, you can move on to mapping out the projects you’re going to work on that week and your top goals. These can be related to your work, school, home renovations, health goals, social events, or whatever else you want. Once you’ve got all of this mapped out, you can get ready for the specific days in the week.
Daily Planning and Productivity is the Key to Success
Our lives are a result of each individual day. Panda Planner goes above and beyond by giving each individual day two whole pages. This guarantees there’s plenty of room for absolutely everything: schedule, to do list, planning, and reflection.
The daily pages start with a morning review. Here you write down what you’re grateful for and excited about, your affirmation for the day, your focus, and your exercise for the day. Then you move on to your priorities for that day. There’s room for five different priorities, and each box also has enough space for you to write down some notes for each if needed.
The next page is mostly for your schedule and tasks. The schedule runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and each hour gets two lines (except for 9 p.m.). The task list has eight check boxes and two lines to each box. If you need to write down more than eight tasks, then you can use one of the extra lines for it. There’s also a note box for random things you might need to write down. At the bottom of this page, you have the End of Day Review. Here you write down your successes and failures for the day and how you’ll improve the next day. These daily spreads give you the space for all of the necessities and for personal growth.
The Extra Details Make All the Difference
Panda Planner has three attached ribbon bookmarks so you can easily find your current month calendar, weekly planning pages, and daily spread. These are a small but super helpful addition that makes it a breeze to use the Panda Planner. At the back of the planner there’s an accordion folder to hold any loose pieces of paper you may have, and an attached elastic band so you can keep the planner closed tight when carrying it around with you.
Last modified on January 15th, 2019