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11.05.2018

The Planner That's Sending Me into a Planner Crisis | inkWELL Press

inkWELL Press Planner Review

inkWell Press Planners. I've heard about them for years since getting seriously into the planning game, but couldn't truly understand what the fuss was about until I had one of their disc-bound planners in my hands. I get it now. Oh do I ever.

If you've been following my planner journey for a while, then you know I usually avoid disc-bound planners like the plague because they're usually flimsy and more trouble than they're worth. inkWELL solves all my woes by giving the planner a seriously thick cover. The discs stay firmly in place and I don't feel like everything is going to get beat up if I put the planner in a bag.
  
inkWELL Press Planner Review

This planner has a TON of awesome pages that give it a little extra something. This big events page is a favorite for writing down monthly accomplishments, but you can also use it as an overview of the big events coming down the pipe.

inkWELL Press Planner Review

inkWELL Press Planner Review

Goals are going to be a huge focus for me in 2019, so seeing a nice section to break down goals into categories has me very excited. Plus it helps you to break them down into quarters for serious productivity. 

inkWELL Press Planner Review

Throughout the entire planner is this gorgeous geometric hexagon theme that I cannot get enough of. It's simple, elegant, and a great place to write out plans and goals for each month. 

inkWELL Press Planner Review

Classic monthly view, but I love the little addition of the Top 5 to add a few items that need to get done that month.

inkWELL Press Planner Review

Now the weekly view. This is where things have me all sorts of confused. It's a fairly standard looking vertical layout with lines and three large boxes at the bottom for "Top 3" tasks/events. So simple, yet so effective. As soon as this planner arrived I set up a spread for the current week and used the bottom section to write appointments/meetings/events etc. and left the top section for a good ol' to do list. Obsessed.

I've fully come to accept that planner switching is the name of the game so I'm eager to introduce this planner into my rotation officially when it starts in 2019 to see if it works for my current lifestyle. That's the thing about planning my friends and you'll hear me say it over and over, planners need to change and adapt with you.

inkWELL Press Planner Review

inkWELL Press Planner Review

The back of the planner has some gift lists and travel pages, some notes pages and project pages, but I'll leave all the little remaining details left for you to discover on your own. 

The Pros: It's gorgeous, professional, and simple in all the right ways. It leaves a ton of room for customization, but you can still deck it out with stickers if that's your scene. It also has a lot of extra pages to eliminate the need for other planners or notebooks to track travel and gifting. On the website you can choose from a bunch of different layouts as well if the classic layout isn't for you.

The Cons: Honestly, I can't really find any. If you seriously hate discs than maybe that? But even this disc hater is coming around to the idea of it...The color scheme is a soft pastel so rainbow lovers may want more color, but at this point I'm just looking for cons for the sake of it. 

The Price: It varies. The planner I have is around $70 for all of the features. You're able to purchase the pages, cover, and discs separately to build your own planner. So depending on your planner needs your price could be more or less.

Who it's Good For: Everyone. It's a good all-around planner that could work for any age and lifestyle. If you're on a tight budget, this one probably isn't for you, but if you're planning on investing in a planner, this is a great option.
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11.02.2018

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

You ready my planner loving people?! Because we're kicking off weeks of planner reviews and videos leading up to the new year. It's planner season ya'll and I'm definitely ready to start sharing some unique and new planners with you!

So here's how it's going to go down. We're going to cover what's in each planner, pros, cons, price, and who each planner will work best for. There will be a few round up posts, but a whole lot of individual planner reviews. So be sure to sign up to the MicroscopeBeauty newsletter so you don't miss the perfect planner for you.

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

The Life & Apples Wellness Planner is strictly for motivation and health tracking. It's all about habits, healthy living, and exercise.

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

The hardcover notebook is set up with daily pages to track gratitude, daily affirmations, and notes. The notes section does give you room to write in events and things, but I'd honestly just keep this strictly health related and not muddle things with a reminder to do the laundry.

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

The second daily page is all about the meal planning. I love just how much room is given to write down all the details, rather than just a quick note about the name of the meal. This could also be a great way to calorie count if that's something you're currently doing.

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

At the bottom of the daily page you rate how well today went, and I honestly love this. I love the ability to clearly see on a number scale how the day was, but then turn the page and move past it. Plus there's a nice motivational quote on every page too.

Life & Apples The Wellness Planner Review

After each week there's a handy weekly review to wrap everything up nicely before moving on to the next week. I love the mixture of gratitude and health because to me they both go hand and hand. If I'm feeling down, stressed, or unfocused, my health goes right along with it.

The Pros: The notebook is gorgeous, heavy duty and padded. It comes with two ribbons to mark daily pages and weekly reviews and a nice strap to secure the notebook closed. It could easily fit into an A5 Traveler's Notebook if you want to carry it around with other notebooks, but it's small enough to slip into a bag without much fuss. There's even a pen loop!

The Cons: It's not colorful or overly inspiring if (like me) you like bright quotes and fun patterns. It's straight to the point with no fuss. 

The Price: $25 and can be found on Amazon

Who it's Good For: If you want to take your health and fitness more seriously in 2019 or you have to track things for medical reasons, this is a great, affordable option. It's sleek and professional looking while still having a ton of room for information. If you find yourself not needing a huge planner on a regular basis, this could be a good option along with a few other inserts in a traveler's notebook  as well.

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