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Day Designer for Target: 2016-17 Planners Review (and Giveaway! – CLOSED)

June 26, 2016

Last year I reviewed the Day Designer for Blue Sky at Target. I went crazy looking for them because they were sold out of the one I wanted at 3 different stores! This year, I was fortunate enough to be sent the products and I am happy to do a review my fellow planneristas out there (no, I am not being paid to write this)! Check out the video above for a quick overview. My detailed thoughts are below.

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The inside layout of the Weekly/Monthly planners are the same as last year. So if you want details on that, head over to that post. Today I want to focus on the 10×8 weekly/monthly that I did not have last year, and the Today & To-Do planner that was not available last year. Lastly, I’m excited to do a giveaway! Details below πŸ™‚

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The 10×8 weekly/monthly planner retails for $9.99. I think this is a great planner to keep at your desk to help you get through the week. It’s wide when opened, but of course since it’s spiral bound you can fold it over to the side of the week you are on. The weekly appointment time goes from 7:00am – 7:00pm. This planner would be good for someone who is very time oriented (versus task oriented) as there is really no where to write down daily to-dos specifically (but the smaller weekly/monthly planners DO have a space for to-dos).

The weekends also have the 7am-7pm time frame but in a condensed version. Each day has a space called “Tonight” where you can list something like your dinner, after dinner plans, or daily gratitude. Each month starts off with a monthly view and then a page with 3 lists – To Do, To Call, To Buy.

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I love the cover design! This floral design was not available last year. I feel like I have been seeing a lot of the navy/pink combo on Instagram and the like, so I like it and think it’s super cute. The cover is protected by a plastic. The pages are thin and you can see the other side of the page when you lift the paper. The months are tabbed and covered in plastic. I like that the planner is not that thick (about 0.5 inch).

My favorite part of this book is actually the checklists in the back – Essential Info – section. I love the On-the-go and Emergency checklists. There is an existing list of essentials that is definitely on point and can get you started. The travel checklist has 6 sections – General travel, Clothes, Travel with kids, Personal Items, Weather/Seasonal, Important Extras. It would be so great so have this planner and list handy while you’re packing to check things off.

Unfortunately, there’s really only 2 of each list mentioned above.Β I personally like writing things down (just can’t seem to hop on the “phone has everything” bandwagon), but you can use them as a guideline to create a checklist on your phone after you’ve used them up.

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The thing I am MOST excited about with this year’s release is the “Today and To-Do” planner! I’ve been debating buying a full version from Day Designer, but the price and size (hardcover and 300+ pages) always made me hesitate. I am loving this affordable and portable version for the Blue Sky and Target collaboration! The “Today and To-Do” is 5×8, made of a soft faux-leather, and retails for $9.99.

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The Today and To-Do is broken up into 3 sections. The first is Monthly, so all of the months are printed one after the other. Next is a Weekly view followed by a Daily view. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the weeks and days are not dated – no wasting paper! Some days you just have more activities and some you have less and I hate wasting and skipping days. The months are from July to June, there are 16 blank weeks, and there are 100 blank days. So, theoretically this could last you for 4 months.

The days go from 6am – 8pm, have a space for appointments AND to-dos, daily gratitude, notes, tonight, and today’s top 3. This planner is great for helping you get through each day, which will help you get through each week, and each month. One of the things I noticed is that the planner comes with only 2 ribbons to help keep your place. I feel like it should have had 3 so you can keep track of which month, week, and year you are on.

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There are blank note pages and a list of holidays on the back. It does NOT have any of the checklists included in the 10×8 weekly/monthly.Β  planner itself is really lightweight, soft, and portable. I love the stitching detail and gold emboss on the front.

I noticed top searches on my page included “Day Designer missing pages”. I took a brief look through both and didn’t notice any. I wonder what the rest of you have experienced?

Below is a picture of different sizes available in the collection. The white floral is 5.875×8.625. The turquoise is 5×8. The black and white stripe is 3.625×6.125.

They are offering the same covers as last year also – the black and gold stripes and well as the gold leopard. The “Modern Romantic” collection consists of the navy and white floral. The “Colorful and Creative” collection consists of turquoise and navy, and black and pink stripes.

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I think the Weekly/Monthly planner is great for someone who is TIME oriented (see last year’s post for details on that layout), and the Today & To-Do is great for someone who is TASK oriented. While I was sent these planners for review, I purchased 2 with my own money for a giveaway! I am giving away the white floral Weekly Monthly Planner Notes format (lots of blank note pages at the back of the book in addition to the weekly and monthly view) and a navy blue Today & To-Do.

Giveaway #1 – Weekly/Monthly – One Winner

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Giveaway #2 – Today & To-Do – One Winner

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To enter the giveaway, simply COMMENT BELOW which planner would help you keep your life more organized! The contest is open internationally and there will be 1 winner of each planner. One entry per person. The winner will be drawn in one week on Sunday, July 03.

Jiliane Patriarca

Jiliane is the founder of The Organization Organization, a San Francisco-Bay Area based professional organizing company. After years of working in a variety of industries (food service, health care, financial planning, and communication), she realized that she had gravitated towards the same thing at every single job… organizing! Now she uses her super-powers to help people feel less stressed and cluttered, by transforming their space. It’s her mission to help people become more efficient and productive, so that they can have more time to do the things that make them happy.


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    Cathrine Habervo

    June 27, 2016

    Being an educator on summer vacation, I know I’m going to be out of my groove once my schedule picks back up mid August. I know the weekly/monthly planner would be heaven sent for me! I especially love that there’s a section to list your monthly goals. I would love putting checks next to (hopefully) everything on that list.

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    Tiffany Karyono

    June 27, 2016

    Hi Jiliane! I would love to win the floral weekly/monthly planner to help me get and stay organized this upcoming year. I am currently pregnant with my first baby due in August and I feel very overwhelmed when I don’t write down the things I need to do and check them off once completed. Especially lately I feel like there’s so much to do in so little time. I am a very time oriented person so I think the weekly/monthly would be best for me. Lately I’ve just been using regular pieces of paper to write down my to do’s for the day and I think a planner would help me get a bit more organized. I have been so focused on preparing for baby that I haven’t even thought about investing in a planner, so to win one would be so amazing to keep me organized in baby’s first year! Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Kathryn McFarland

    June 27, 2016

    The Today & To Do would be an ideal planner for me! I love the look – simple and black! I personally don’t have things to write everyday, and do a lot of work to do lists on the computer, so getting to go on my own timeline would be really nice!

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    June 27, 2016

    The Today & To Do would be a huge help in my busy life. This planner will travel well as I juggle the lives of my husband, 2 kids and 2 jobs.

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    June 28, 2016

    Hello Jiliane, I really want the floral weekly/monthly planner. I really hope to win it because it would help me to plan my whole day with important works, I mean, homeworks and schools. I would be really happy if I win this giveway, plus… my exam is on September. It would help me to plan my day with studying and also my life. Bye Jiliane.

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    Daisy Le

    June 28, 2016

    First things first, great read on both amazing and resourceful planners.

    I believe I will best benefit from the weekly/monthly planner because I have always been more successful in meeting publication deadlines, planning out busy school work schedule, and using checklists and setting shirt term goals solves everything! I also have monthly goals that include meeting exercise goals, prioritizing tasks, and meeting financial goals. If I were to win, I would review this planner and how I used it’s pages on my blog and tag you on social media. Thank you for this post!

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    June 28, 2016

    Love the today/to-do planner, what a neat idea!

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    June 28, 2016

    I love the weekly/monthly layout. I am not a floral person, but with all the inviting colors it has in the inside, it has completely changed my mind! I also love that it can easily fit in any size purse. I am a stay at home mom with 2 little ones. I’m also going back to school. I really do need to get my life more organized before fall semester starts!

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    June 28, 2016

    I love the today and to do planner! This would be awesome to say organized

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    June 28, 2016

    I’d love to win the Today & To Do! It looks perfect for my schedule. Two jobs and full time college student :0

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      Jiliane Patriarca

      July 4, 2016

      Congratulations Jules, you won the Today and To Do! Please email me your mailing address so I can get your planner out to you!

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    June 29, 2016

    I’m a planner addicted but I always used only Bullet Journals (so, blank notebooks and a lot of drawing). The weekly/monthly planner would be perfect to start organizing my business activities (as Etsy orders, post for the blog, my art commissions and so on), becase the bullet journal system is perfect for my private and everyday life but not so easy to use if you want to schedule ahead. Good luck everybody!

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    Fatima Irain

    June 29, 2016

    Hello πŸ™‚ I would really be over the moon if I won the Weekly/Monthly plannen. I am a time oriented person and the planner would be very usefull for me. I would use it on a daily basis. The design and colours are also lovely. I just love everything about it πŸ˜€

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    Vunda V

    June 29, 2016

    im a fan of the weekly monthly calendar! i like to look at my whole week or month as a whole!

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    Vera K

    June 29, 2016

    I would love the weekly/monthly planner.

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      Jiliane Patriarca

      July 4, 2016

      Congratulations Vera, you won! Please email me your mailing address so I can get your planner out to you!

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    Shamika Simpson

    June 29, 2016

    Hi. I bought the daily planner from Target today and the tab for October says March. Im bummed. Has this happened to anyone else? I hope they have more when I go back to return my planner.

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      Jiliane Patriarca

      June 30, 2016

      Shamika, that is so weird! I haven’t heard of that happening from anyone else. I’m going to have to double check all of mine.

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    Katy Gidwani

    June 30, 2016

    I usually buy a Lilly Pulitzer planner but, this time I’m looking for something else! Planner #1 seems like a good option for me, I’d love to try it out! πŸ™‚

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    yvonne dorsey

    June 30, 2016

    I would love the today & to-do as a spritual journal. That way, im not wasting pages for days i may not write anything.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    Nina C.

    July 6, 2016

    As a student I’ve been looking for hourly weekly planner. This will help me keep tract of time and will be essential for effective time management for me. I’d love to use the floral weekly/monthly planner.

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    Sonia Perez

    December 24, 2016

    Hi Jiliane,
    I wanted to know how did you get the Today To-To planner mailed to you? I currently have that planner myself and am looking to purchase another one for the following year. By the way your reviews was the satisfaction I felt when I started to use those planners.

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      Jiliane Patriarca

      February 1, 2017

      Hi Sonia,

      The Today and To-Do was sent to me by a PR company, and I purchased one myself. I’m glad you felt the same satisfaction!