Monday, 18 November 2013

Personal Planner review and giveaway

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Now I'm not working I don't have meetings and appointments to keep a note of, but I do already have something in the diary for Nov next year (as it's a birthday pressie for Hubbie I can only tap the side of my nose at this point - sorry). This is a bit organised even for me, but I am a big fan of paper diaries and keeping a note of my 'to do' lists where I can see them - even if I don't tick anything off !

I also record how far I've swum or and how long I've been running for - it's supposed to help with motivation apparently. Also I've signed up to do the half Moonwalk for Breast Cancer in May so I need to remind myself how far away - or close - it is !! Occasionally I'll also keep a note of social events like meeting a friend for afternoon tea or something even more momentous like a holiday - no such luck so far on this one sadly.

Usually I plod round the shops looking for a suitable diary and end up with something temporary only to have to buy another one a month later. Thanks to the lovely folks at Personal Planner I chose a personal planner that was custom made for me from the front cover - which you can personalise with your own image - to the individual pages. I was able to pick all the sections and the layout of the pages so I don't have random bits that I never use and I can record things like my list of jobs for the day and if I've done any exercise or not. The hope is that if I have to put it into my planner I will be more likely to actually make time to go for a swim or a run - let's see shall we ?



The pages have plenty of room to record what I want to be reminded of and there's even a calendar so I can plan ahead. It's the kind of diary and planner that I need and I designed it myself.

Every year I have a trauma finding the right diary for me. In the past I've tried the larger ones with fabulous photos, but they were far too big for my handbag and I ended up replacing them with a small handbag diary that was functional, but not all that nice to look at. You can choose all the accessories too like the ruler that I have inside mine to mark the pages and in case I need to measure something - well you never know do you ?

The best thing about the personal planner is that I know it's suitable for my needs. I chose a design that is compact enough for my handbag and that has all the prompts I need for my life. You can have a look at the full range at the Personal Planner Website

The Giveaway:

Well actually the best thing is that you could win one of these beauties for yourself.  WOO HOO !! The lucky winner of this giveaway can choose a planner in any size and design and it will be sent to you postage free - in around two weeks - so in time for the New Year if you are quick enough !

How to enter: 

All you have to do is leave me a comment about what helps you to plan.
If you tweet about the giveaway too that would be lovely and you can have an extra entry into the draw. My twitter handle is @swazirodgers and the personal planner one is @pplannerUK.

Closing date: 

I'll get my boy to pick a name at random from a Santa themed hat on the closing date of Fri 13th Dec at midday - lucky for someone.

Good luck !!

Disclosure: I received a free personal planner code as part of my goodie bag at Britmums Live this year. I have not been paid for this review, but have been provided with a prize to giveaway to a reader. 


26 comments:

  1. At the moment google calendar helps me to plan but I am useless with it - I need good old-fashioned, hold in your hand, scribble in with pen planning in my life! Neat giveaway missy :)

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    1. I cannot get on with automated diaries or online things - it has to be random scraps of paper with lists on or post it notes for me. A planner is a massive step up :)
      Thanks love xx

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  3. My iPad is what I use to plan! But I agree with Annie - there's nothing quite like holding a pen and writing it all down xx

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    1. I'm quite old school about planning too - yay for diaries !!

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  4. I do love a proper paper diary, I make lists on my phone, but I like to see appointments and things written down in a diary so I can see them at a glance. This one looks fab!

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    1. It really is great - I'm impatient to start using mine !! I always write everything in my diary in pencil so if things change I can just rub them out - writing it down makes it real though :)

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    1. Me too Anna - I'm a compulsive list writer :)

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  6. I loved my personal planner frm Britmums.My friend wants one for herself after seeing. mine

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    1. They're really good aren't they ?
      Send your friend this way - she might win one !!

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  7. Someone (I think Kirsty) laughed when I said I had no pen and paper when I have a smart phone. It's the one area where I'm old fashioned - many thanks for the giveaway

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    1. I know - I'm glued to my ipad, iphone and macbook, but ask me to give up my paper diary and I'd be lost !
      Thanks for popping by :o)

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  8. A huge kitchen calendar.. and lots of daily to-do lists!

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    1. Kitchen calendars abound in this house - one for footie fixtures (for the boys), another for my stuff and yet another to record the cat's meds !

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  9. @limaechopapa has tweeted. :)
    https://twitter.com/Limaechopapa/status/408562282394681344

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  10. Random bits of paper strewn everywhere just about keeps me on track but I do need to plan more as big hopes of 2014 @kateonthinice

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    1. Fingers crossed for you - random bits of paper are the bane of my life too !

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  11. I use a note pad at the moment. It gets a bit frustrating when my hubby removes pages to scribble on, especially when I have written on them! :/

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    1. Ooh that's annoying - I'd have strong words with my Hubbie if he did that.

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  12. I have tweeted too @KezzzaJones :) x

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  13. I spend hours drawing beautiful training plans a la Rimmer's revision timetable in Red Dwarf.

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  14. I have to have a physical planner in order to be organized as anything electronic just confuses me! As a new mum I'm in need of a family planner for next year :)

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  15. I have lots of lists scribbled in a notebook and a calendar on the wall - every year I try and find a diary I like and have no luck, so would love to win this prize! Fingers crossed!

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