December 7, 2012
REVIEW | the Day Designer by Whitney English

Whitney English Day Designer - review on Pinegate Road

About a month or so ago I reached out to Miss Whitney English about her recent creation: The Day Designer. This quarter, as many of you know, I unexpectedly was moved to all online courses, started working with a couple more freelance clients on top of my regular day job, and was trying to keep up with the growth of the blog and some other surprise personal projects. To say the least, my old organization routine of keeping a teux deux list was just not going to cut it with all of the future planning that I needed to work out on this chaotic schedule. When I heard about a planner that was catered specifically to the creative entrepreneur, I was intrigued. After a little over a month of using The Day Designer, I can definitely let you know that it’s been a game changer in how I work.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE DAY DESIGNER:

• For the first section of the planner, you’re introduced to some unique tools that help you find your personal passions and goals. What?! I’ve always been one to have goals to work towards, but writing these down, and planning your schedule around meeting these goals was something that I had never done before. While I’m still on the journey of meeting my goals, keeping these in mind daily really helps keep them in focus, and you can do little things each day that will add up to meeting that goal in the long run.

• The set up is easy to understand, and you keep your priorities straight by having a month in review throughout the planner to keep those larger goals broken up into manageable aspects.

• There is a large page for each day. This is key! I love having enough space on each day to write notes, and add tasks as they come up. Keeping it all on one page helps you focus on what you need to do for that day, rather than looking at an entire week and feeling overwhelmed.

Whitney English Day Designer - review on Pinegate Road

• It’s aesthetically pleasing. Come on, who doesn’t love hot pink and black and white stripes? The quality of The Day Designer is amazing. You feel like you’re really working with something special.

• It combines a traditional to-do list—that I was already familiar to working with—and combines it with a schedule and priority system. Each day you pick your top three items from your list that you need to complete. This helps make the to-do list less daunting, and helps you feel accomplished when you do get all three of those done for the day. By pairing this system side-by-side next to a schedule, you can see where your daily tasks can fit into your schedule in one day.

• Quotes on each page bring a smile to my day.

Whitney English Day Designer - review on Pinegate Road - GIVEAWAY

So, are you intrigued?  You can get your own day designer HERE. Also, lucky for you Whitney has offered to give one of my lucky readers a Day Designer of their own! The giveaway will be open until next Friday, December 14th, at midnight. I’m using rafflecopter for this giveaway, so follow along below for your chances to win! You can enter multiple times, so head on back throughout the week for more chances. Good luck!

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32 Comments »

  1. I have been looking for a new 2013 planner and this one seems perfect! :)

    Comment by Lisa — December 7, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

  2. i’ve been wanting one of these ever since you got yours! i prefer to write my to-dos down and this planner seems like the perfect place to do so!

    Comment by rachael — December 7, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

  3. Since I started my blog, I’ve been trying to get both it and my school schedule more organized. Recently, I’ve noticed myself tending to forget things because I don’t have anywhere to write them down. This planner would be a PERFECT place for me to keep everything organized!

    Comment by Kory — December 7, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

  4. So chic–love the black and white simplicity!

    Comment by Adventures in Dressmaking — December 7, 2012 @ 12:53 PM

  5. i have been wanting to get myself one of these planners for a while now… i think it would be super helpful for my crazy schedule, too! i also know that i do much better when i write something down… for whatever reason, once i write it with pen and paper, it becomes a reality. okay, now i really need this planner!!

    Comment by erika — December 7, 2012 @ 12:58 PM

  6. I would absolutely LOVE to win this planner!! I have been addicted to planners for as long as I can remember and this planner would make me soooo happy! I’m constantly searching for planners and the reviews and pics I’ve seen only continue to make me desire it even more! Thank you for the chance to win!!!

    Comment by Cindy Arnwine — December 7, 2012 @ 1:11 PM

  7. I have this on my Christmas wish list – I would love to get my hands on one of these! I recently opened an etsy shop along with a website/blog with my mom to showcase our handmade business, Mattie Mae Designs. I would love to win this planner to help me organize my goals and ideas in one place, as so frequently, they are written down onto post-it notes, napkins and other things that I easily use! I have heard so many great things about the Day Designer, and I think it would be the perfect fit for 2013!

    Comment by Lena — December 7, 2012 @ 1:13 PM

  8. As a blogger I’m constantly jotting down ideas on post it notes or in my phone. Having my ideas all over the place can feel overwhelming at times and I would love to have a planner to keep all of my thoughts organized! Especially one as adorable as this one!!!

    Comment by Amy — December 7, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

  9. this looks awesome. Might have to splurge!

    Comment by Britt — December 7, 2012 @ 2:16 PM

  10. I’ve been admiring this planner for a while- it looks amazing! I’d love to get my hands on one!

    Comment by Kate — December 7, 2012 @ 3:22 PM

  11. This is what my life is missing!!!

    Comment by EM-K — December 7, 2012 @ 3:33 PM

  12. 2013 is going to be a big year for me and I NEED this planner. It’s like perfect in every way possible. I already bought a 2013 planner but I had never seen this one before. Really regretting that right about now! I would love to get one of these for the new year!

    Comment by Amanda Genther — December 7, 2012 @ 4:46 PM

  13. i keep seeing you post about this annnd i’m always obsessed with any kind of planner. going to check it out!

    Comment by katie — December 7, 2012 @ 4:52 PM

  14. I’ve been eyeing this planner for awhile now and I’m kind of obsessed. Would totally be great to have.

    Comment by Ashley Brimeyer — December 7, 2012 @ 8:08 PM

  15. This planner looks amazing! I have big plans for 2013 and having this planner would help me stay organized and on track!

    Comment by Allyssa — December 7, 2012 @ 8:11 PM

  16. It looks amazing and love the idea of using this tool to keep my world changing ducks in a cute little row :)

    Comment by Bethany — December 7, 2012 @ 11:16 PM

  17. Wow! This looks like a great planner! And I must say, I’m obsessed with stripes so it is kind of perfect. :)

    Comment by Cara-Mia — December 8, 2012 @ 1:25 AM

  18. I have been looking for something like this. Would love to win it!!

    Comment by emily — December 8, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

  19. Oh gosh, Kelsey! This is another reason for me to be sad that I live in Europe (shipping from Etsy is $50)! Since I can’t send one to myself, I’m thinking of sending one to Kara :) Thanks so much for the thorough review (your handwriting is really cute). I’m crossing my fingers that I win this, haha!

    Comment by Krizia — December 9, 2012 @ 8:36 AM

  20. I need a 2013 planner and this one looks so perfect! I love that each day has it’s own page. fingers crossed.

    Comment by Patti — December 9, 2012 @ 1:18 PM

  21. This is PERFECTION! As a girl on the go, I always have my planner with me but I am looking for a new one to fit all of my ideas and to-do’s. This is not only beautiful but functional and is a must-have for the start of 2013. Whoever wins this is one lucky lady [or gent ;) ]. But I do hope it’s me!

    Comment by Bailey Jean — December 9, 2012 @ 1:56 PM

  22. Looking for a planner to schedule blog posts and this one is SO beautiful!!!

    Comment by Ciera — December 10, 2012 @ 2:10 PM

  23. yep! i love this! i am all about assessing my short term goals, so this planner looks like it was made for me! and you, and everyone else…….. ;)

    Comment by emily // the object enthusiast — December 10, 2012 @ 6:14 PM

  24. I was looking for more details on this planner- so glad I found your post!

    Comment by Arielle — December 10, 2012 @ 8:09 PM

  25. I definitely need this! I’m such a journal/planner hoarder. There’s nothing like writing. I am always searching for motivation by making vision boards, calendars and journals. I carry so many notebooks with me. I have two in my purse, one beside my bed, one at my boyfriend’s house and a planner on my phone, and a planner for school…this will solve all of my problems ;-)

    Comment by Whitney F. — December 10, 2012 @ 8:38 PM

  26. Wow! I wish I had thought of this. I am very picky about my planners but this one meets all the criteria, especially being spiral-bound.

    Comment by Grace B. — December 11, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

  27. ooo, ooo, ooooo! i’m convinced that this planner was made for me. sure would help me with time management for CLC in 2013! :)

    Comment by Jordan Brantley — December 12, 2012 @ 4:52 PM

  28. Yay! I’ve been coveting the Day Designer for WEEKS! I can’t resist those stripes, and I love that there are goal/passion worksheets included! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    Comment by Caiti — December 12, 2012 @ 10:43 PM

  29. I just came across your website, and love it. I am a little obsessed with this planner already, and think it needs to be in life. As a creative minded person being pulled in a hundred directions daily, compulsive organization is vital to my productivity!

    Comment by heather hall — December 13, 2012 @ 2:45 AM

  30. I completely agree! Thanks for stopping by Heather :)

    Comment by Kelsey — December 14, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

  31. I completely agree! Thanks for stopping by Heather :)

    Comment by Kelsey — December 14, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

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