As you may recall, I recently sought the help of readers in tracking down my ideal paper planner. In response to that challenge, a representative of dotmine offered me a copy of one of their day planners, certain that it was the perfect match to what I was looking for. Although I’d already ordered the myAgenda from momAgenda, being a bit of a calendar junkie, I was happy to accept the offer.
I received a copy of the 8½ x 11″ family_time.mine® planner, as shown above on the right. The company also creates life_time.mine™, which is also 8½ x 11″, and the original time.mine®, which is 6 x 9″. Each version is available in a variety of designs to suit a multitude of personal tastes.
I was immediately impressed with the cover, which is colorful yet not garish and is made from a heavy plastic which will certainly withstand day-to-day wear and tear. The coil binding also appears to be quite durable, being much heavier than is used on regular notebooks.
The inside pages are printed on high quality paper, so pen users shouldn’t have to worry about ink showing through, and pencil users like myself won’t have to worry about tearing pages when erasing. I especially like the way the book lies flat when open.
There are many sections over and above the weekly and monthly calendar pages to facilitate planning, including Weekly Schedules and Master Schedule Planning Guides for each of the four seasons. In addition, each weekly page includes a perforated section for lists which you can easily tear off and take with you. In the back there are pages for recording important contacts and babysitter information.
As well as being a very functional planner, it is quite pleasing to use. In addition to the attractive cover, each weekly page includes a motivational quote, including this one that I particularly like:
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
Also included is a page of stickers for events such as birthdays, doctor appointments, and the like, which I always find fun.
I might have been tempted to use the planner myself, except for two things. The first is that it is highly focused on managing a family, rather than a business. I could probably have adapted it to my own needs, but I was set on the grid-style page layout, with full columns for each day of the week, and family_time.mine® planner is laid out the same way as my current planner, which isn’t working well for me.
I would absolutely consider buying a life_time.mine™ or time.mine® planner in the future, if they were to offer it with a grid-style page layout. The quality is excellent, and the price extremely reasonable.
I won’t be using the family_time.mine® planner myself, but I would hate to see it go to waste, so I am going to give it away to one lucky winner. Wouldn’t it make a great gift for one of your clients? Or maybe you’d like to keep it for yourself!
To enter, please leave a comment answering the following question: What is the most important feature you look for in a planner?
You can earn extra entries in the drawing by tweeting about this contest. You must mention @JanetBarclay and include a link to this post in your tweet.
Contest closes on Friday, November 6th at 11:59pm EST.