We are literally a couple of days away from the new year and ringing in 2017, so I thought this would be the perfect time to go ahead and share my thoughts on the 2017 KITLife Planner with all of you. I’m a huge lover of KITLife Planners, this particular planner being my fourth that I own. Each year I have found a new way to use the planner and I’m so overjoyed with the changes that KITLife has made to the planner that I’m excited to share it with all of you. The KITLife planner is a daily planner layout that allows you to literally grab life by the hands and make it wonderful. The KITLife planner is more than just a planner, but a community – encouraging women to be productive, grateful, healthy, giving and live a life full of intention. This Planner has made such a difference in how I do things daily and yearly and I’m going to share it with all of you.
The KITLife Planner retails for $58.00. I know, I know… many have told me in years past that that is such a hefty cost for something that you may throw out at the end of each year. But here’s what I have to say about it… “Life is an Investment and to make it fruitful, we need to invest in the proper tools to help it grow.” (Yes, I wrote that… lol) A Planner is just that, a tool to help keep you organized. The KITLife Planner is a daily planner that consists of a monthly and daily layout. I find that a daily layout is my favorite for the lister in me, I love writing out my daily to-do’s and track my progress as I complete each task.
There are three different types of planner covers available for 2017 – The Classic Edition (which is what I am sharing with you), the Crown Edition ($72.00 – the Gorgeous White with Gold Foil cover) and The Festival Edition ($65.00 a fun cover with pink, blue and purple triangles). Each Planner also offers you the opportunity to add in additional pages to customize your planner (at an additional cost). The pages include: Note Add-In, Graph Add-In, Budget Add-In, Direct Sales Add-In, Direct Sales Team Add-In and Teach Add-In. These add-ins must be ordered at the time you order your planner. Each plan is estimated to ship in 5-7 business days after placing your order.
So, let’s get into all the fun details. The 2017 KITLife Planner has a new hardcover which feels much like suede. The Team at KITLife call it the Velvet Technique in printing the cover. It has a really cool and smooth texture that make this planner feel so luxe. I absolutely love it and I LOVE that the planner cover is now a hardcover instead of their laminated cover like they have had in previous years. This new hardcover makes the planner much more durable and protects the pages within. The KITLife Planner also comes with a movable dashboard as it did last year. I really enjoyed this option last year, but sadly, my dashboard didn’t last me past the 2 month mark. I’m pretty brutal. But, KITLife made some revisions and now has a very sturdy design that’s perfect for the 2017 planner. I love that it is still easy to move and flexible without being too flimsy. It’s a great addition and I love it.
The planner is smaller in size in comparison to past years. Honestly, I LOVE this because it was a bit cumbersome to take my KIT with me on the go. While I still do not take it with me usually, I love that I have that option should I decide to do so. While it is a bit smaller in size – you still get the same amount of writing space as you did in previous years. The monthly calendar spread also offers the same amount of space for writing which is great.
It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve done any planner or organizational posts, but though I have fallen behind, my goal this year is to step up my game and get with it. I can’t believe that 2015 is already here (I know we established this in another post) and I have finally moved into my Large Kikki K Lilac & Gold Time Planner. Let’s be honest here for a second… we all know I had my eyes on this thing… how could I not? It’s purple… and gold and a little bit of happiness all wrapped into one planner. For now, this shall be labeled my unicorn! So let’s take a look at my 2015 planner set up.
Okay – time to get serious! Last year I ditched my ringed planners to venture into the coil planner craze. I loved my Keeping It Together (KIT) planner and highly suggest it to anyone who is interested in something like the Erin Condren (which I suggest too), I wanted something with a little more room which KIT offered. But, this old school planner girl missed her ringed planners and so I found myself moving back into one again for 2015. If you are used to a Filofax or any of the other planner brands, this particular planner from Kikki K is a bit more on the bulkier side than those, due to the padded feel of the planner. But, I’m not gonna lie, I LOVE it.
The inner cover of the planner has four pockets along with a zippered pocket and a secretarial pocket to store all your organizing necessities. I find these useful for holding on to business cards, post-its or page flags, photos and other things I want to keep on hand. The planner also came with a full set of dividers, 2015 inserts and even a note pad in the back. I have customized mine to fit my needs so I won’t get into too much detail. In comparison to a Filofax, Kikki K’s large Time Planner would be an A5 equivalent, though the Kikki K is a bit larger in size. This particular planner comes with an elastic closure which I actually do like. This Time Planner is made of all leather, which I love and when originally released, it retailed for $79.95.
Now onto the inserts and the inner workings of my planner. Like any planner addict, I have a bunch of fun and inspiring things in the front portion of my planner, from quotes, a dashboard and even stickers and happy colorful things. Since this planner does come with Dividers (they were a light muted pink tone), I would have used those, but opted for ones I made myself out of card stock since I could personalize it the way I wanted. I love ringed planners for this purpose, customizing to your hearts content (which is a crafter’s dream) is what I enjoy. I create my own dashboards, fly leafs and fun items to help add an ambiance of happiness to my “to do” which creates a kind of Zen feel. Some people may like, others may not… but it’s fun nonetheless.
An important part of functionality in my planners is that I can write and erase what I have for lists, etc. This didn’t come with the planner but something I’ve adapted on my own over the years and it’s works – so why change it? As you can see from my shopping list, I use permanent markers or Vis-aVis Wet Erase markers to allow me to keep a list and then erase them when I’m done. I think that erasing or getting rid of a list once it is completed gives me a sense of accomplishment and I have the same type of system for my To Do’s as well.
Since the Kikki K came with Monthly and Weekly inserts that I was happy with – I stuck to using those and have been thoroughly enjoying them. Currently my Month on 2 Pages spread consists of my Blog and YouTube tracking. I place a dot on the days I post videos or blog posts to allow me a quick “at a glance” reference for the days I have posted. I’m sure in the next month I’ll change this and post an appointment calendar for quick reference of the month, but since I also put appointments into my Google Calendar, at the moment (which syncs with my phone) – I didn’t think it was needed.
My week on two page spread is where I tend to write most of my information. Anything written in my planner is color coordinated using my Staedtler or Paper Mate Flare Pens. I like that the pen colors are the same so color coordinating using either or for me is easy. Anything having to do with my blog is Fuchsia, my sons – light blue, my husband – dark blue, appointments for me in purple, food and meal planning in orange, etc. I’ve had this color system for years in each of my planners already so I remember them easily without needing a reference. My week on two pages also includes inserts I pop in from time to time like quotes, project life cards, photos, invitations for the week, etc.
Stuck in the center of my Week on Two Pages, I also have a Weekly Planning list that includes another laminated page that I can write in my To Do List for the week, a menu plan for that week (usually dinners) and then a shopping list. This gets erased each week and to keep track of meals, my meals are transferred into the weekly inserts so I can refer to them later. If you feel you ever need more room to write goals, to do’s or anything else for the week and it is something you will throw out once accomplished, this is a great way to do so… laminate your page and use erasable markers to write each week.
One important section in my planner is my Life and Inspiration section. This is the only section that I have a quote on the divider for or any decoration. Within this section I have a card I printed on my computer with the Minimalist Mantra (which you can Google), reminding me that less is definitely more. I also have my 2015 Goals for the year. These goals are on-going and don’t have a set due date for them. Things like “write 5 blog posts a week” and “drink my green juice daily”. I also write in quotes I find inspirational and I want to keep with me often as well as any affirmations. Since I keep track of my weight loss journey via my week on two page spread, I may also use this section for little tips and inspiring things for my weight loss as well. Anything that I think will inspire me, add something extra to my life or just make me smile, will go in this section.
Of course I couldn’t have a planner without a blogging section. I have a blog section in my planner that allows me to track upcoming or planned blog posts, ideas I may have while out and about or on a whim as well as any samples that came in from brands. My printer died on me while I was setting this section up – but I have inserts for each that I have used the last few years, but for now – besides this blog layout you see here, the rest is all scribbled on lined paper. Once my printer is back in the grind, I’ll post what inserts I use for my blog tracking, etc. There are a few that I think may benefit some of my bloggy friends.
My YouTube section is quite similar to that of my blog section and I track things kind of the same way. Since they coincide with one another I think it is great to have a similar lay out so that I can keep my flow going. I list my tracking here for YouTube (since sometimes videos I do are not the same as my blog posts, etc.) and I also have some lined paper that I use to jot down ideas for upcoming videos or even to write out tag questions. This of course will be much more detailed once I get my printer going so I’ll be sure to update on that in a later post.
My To Do section is just a bunch of papers labeled “To Do” but I also utilize a laminated sheet here as well. This sheet can be removed and put into my week if my list is too long to fit in the “Top 3” for my Weekly Planning. Again, I like to get rid of things once they are done, so once my list is complete, I erase what’s written on the laminated sheet. I honestly don’t know that I’ll be keeping this section here and I may be replacing it – but for now… it is what it is. In the future, I may decide to just put the “To Do” list in my week on two page spread and move along the calendar each week since I designed the sheet to easily come in and out of the planner.
The last section is my “Meal Planning” section in my planner. I don’t have a picture because as I mentioned before my printer is broken so all I have are some lined sheets with a list of meal ideas or meals my family enjoys. Once my printer is fixed or I get a new one, this section will be broken down with inserts I created on my computer. It will include a Seasonal Meals section that will allow me to list meals that include items that can only be found seasonally here like strawberries. There will also be a planning page that lists foods that are priced well or expensive during certain seasons, i.e. Turkey is probably the cheapest to buy during Thanksgiving holiday and more expensive other times of the year. Of course, this is also the section that I will list my families favorite foods, grocery store prices, etc.
So that was my lengthy break down of my 2015 Planner set up. I’ll be honest in saying that this was the shorter version of it all… but planning or organization in any form is never a quick thing to explain I guess. Having never used anything from Kikki K before I am proud to say that I have moved in to my new Unicorn nicely and have been enjoying it the last month since I got it. It’s weathered well with me transporting it to and from the store or out to run errands and the inserts and pages take the ink I use fairly easily. Let’s not forget that I’m absolutely obsessed with the color of it and I hope they come out with a richer purple because I’ll be adding that to my list as well. For an in-depth break down of my planner, be sure to watch the video where I get into some detail, talk story and so much more and I promise I’ll be keeping up with these posts – I’ve surely missed doing them.
If you are interested in picking up a planner of your own – there are many options available. Check out the links below and see if any of them fit your fancy. I hope you enjoyed this post and wish you “Happy Planning!” and an even happier 2015.
When it comes to organization and keeping dates in order, I’m a stickler for planners and keeping track of dates and appointments on paper or via technology. Sometimes I’m told it’s a bit repetitious… but needless to say – it is a rare occasion that I’m late or missed an appointment because I keep my dates organized. With three children who all have a schedule of their own, it is a requirement to keep my life planned out.
Dotmine is a company that offers Family and Student planners that help you organize your busy schedule. Each planner offers 17 months worth so that your planner can accommodate both school and regular calendar years without you having to sacrifice your organizational needs. I rather like the 17 month year because I plan both for myself and my children and this allows me to not have to use a plethora of organizers for each of us in my family.
It all started with a simple “dot” back in 1999–Sarah, Lisa, and a commitment to reclaim our lives while helping you do the same. A serendipitous meeting in a London pub had given us the idea. Our corporate days — one of us pitching underwear and the other pitching laundry detergent — were far behind us. And for 15 years, backed by supportive husbands and seven fabulous children, our planners became favorites throughout the world.
This planner is great in organizing a busy family but also loved by teachers and nurses as well as bloggers such as myself. Developed by a group of moms, the Family Time planner is there to help you juggle multiple schedules all in one place. Those of you who have children or juggle more than one job I’m sure will definitely appreciate this.
The Family Planners are available in 3 designs (Dutch Treat, Free Bird and Petites Fleurs) and each retails for $24.99. Each planner is 8.5 x 11 inches and includes dates from August to December. Adorned with their fashionable designs that are printed on durable plastic, these cool planners include monthly and weekly pages on crisp white paper. I especially love that they include inspirational and humorous quotes each week, which is probably one of my favorite features of any planner as those that know me know that I look for daily inspiration before starting my day. Plastic coils keep this planner spiral bound and there are back pockets to hold important papers in place. Perforated margins for “tear-out” lists and note pages help to make your daily planning and errands a breeze. In my opinion, if you are looking for a quality Family or blogging planner without spending the hefty costs that some may offer – this planner will be a great addition for you.
What I love the most about this planner is how easy it is to use. There are pages that offer seasonal schedules which is awesome since my children are all involved in sports which often has practice and games on repetitive dates so listing these make it an easy reference for myself, my family or the sitter should I need one. Speaking of sitter… there is a babysitter page where you can easily insert a sticky note each time you go out so that the sitter knows exactly where you are or how to reach you each time.
I also love that Family Time offers a guide and tips on how to use the planner… simply take a look at the first few pages where it outlines exactly what to do and how to utilize the planner. From adding sticky notes to special dates or weeks to planning out “family business”… every detail you may have questions on can be found on the “Using family-time.mine Everyday” pages.
Overall – the price point is great considering I have paid well over $100 for other planners on the market in the past. While it is simplistic, it offers a wide range of organizational tools for you and your family. I love the perforated tear sheet options because this allows me to write down my grocery shopping lists or notes, etc. and tear them out should I need them on the go. The note sections are large enough for me to list a good amount of information as are each week and day. If I had to critique the planner in general, I wish there was a way to add on pockets to keep pencils or post-its or a book mark that will allow me to easily turn to my page of the day. I can definitely DIY these options, but it would be great if Dotmine offered something like this. I’m all about accessories and add ons and I think that those would be awesome options. I do definitely give this planner a 5 Sparkle rating because the options are wonderful considering the price point. For those of you that love reading my “Mommy Survival Guide” posts – this is definitely something I would add to a Mommy Survival Necessity. 🙂
Have you heard of Dotmine Planners? Could you see this meeting your families’ organizational needs?
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