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DEAR DIARY REVIEW: MY TO DO LIST, JOURNAL & DAILY PLANNER

August 13, 2018

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I’m a planner. I love making to do lists and checking off tasks. A forever sucker for all things stationery: notebooks, pens, stickers, etc. I can remember the excitement I felt like it’s yesterday whenever I started a new planner for a new school year. Doodling, planning for exams, writing down homework — I got excited about it all.

Now as an adult I actually need a planner to function. I do use my iCal on my iPhone for all my meetings & personal appointments. But to stay on top of my goals and what I need to do to achieve them, that’s what I use my planner for. I’ve always been a Moleskine fan. I used their planners from high school till last year when my needs shifted to wanting something more organized.

And that’s when I found the Dear Diary planner.

// DEAR DIARY REVIEW

I can’t remember how I even found the Dear Diary planner but I’m glad I did. It is exactly what I was looking for: I wanted a planner that has space to write down ideas and to break down goals into mini tasks. But this planner has so much more to offer. That’s why I wanted to write this Dear Diary review. For all the stationery lovers out there and goal getters looking for the perfect productivity planner.

DEAR DIARY REVIEW: MY TO DO LIST, JOURNAL & DAILY PLANNER | THECHICITALIAN | The journal that keeps me productive and on top of my daily to do list

// THE LAY-OUT OF THE PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER

The inspirational productivity planner has many different extra pages but it mostly consists of the pages I’ve highlighted below. Here is how I use these pages:

Weekly pages

The weekly planning is spread over two pages. On one side you have all the days of the week where I write down any important appointments and meetings. On the other side you can jolt down your weekly goals. For my yearly & monthly goals I use a separate monthly planner from Planoly.

On that same page you also have a habit tracker. The habit tracker is a handy tool to start incorporating new habits into your routine. Right now I use it to keep track of how many times I journal, write in my gratitude journal and how many times I go for a walk. At the end of the page you’ll find two lines where you can write down what you look forward to. A little reminder when you’re working hard.

Review of the week

At the end of the week, after the daily pages, the Dear Diary has a page dedicated to look back at how your week is going. Not just the habits or goals you didn’t get to check off but also the highlights of your week.

DEAR DIARY REVIEW: MY TO DO LIST, JOURNAL & DAILY PLANNER | THECHICITALIAN | An honest review of my daily inspirational productivity planner
DEAR DIARY REVIEW: MY TO DO LIST, JOURNAL & DAILY PLANNER | THECHICITALIAN | My honest Dear Diary review that functions as my to do list, journal for ideas and daily planner with my schedule

Notes & ideas

This bullet journal page is perfect to jolt down your ideas or take notes during an important meeting. I use these pages for monthly budgeting, content ideas or to write down whatever comes popping into my mind.

Daily pages

The daily pages is where the real planning magic happens. Below you can see how the pages look. What I love about these pages is that I can break down my goals in mini tasks. This way my to do lists are organized by priority.

I use the boxes at the top for my three most important tasks of the day that I need to get done ASAP. Any other to dos that I need to get done are organized into the to do list or the quick 10 minutes tasks.

I also write down my appointments and social posting schedule down under important times. There is space at the top of the page for a daily affirmation — something to get you motivated to focus on your work. At the end of the page I can write down the best thing about my day. It’s these small add-ons that make the Dear Diary worth it.

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// LITTLE EXTRAS IN THE DEAR DIARY

You can get two different Dear Diary planners: one is dated and the other one is undated. I personally use the undated version. The dated version is for the whole year. The undated version has pages for three months that you can start whenever you want. Since I started my last one in the middle of the year, the undated version was the perfect option for me.

The planner also has several different inspirational pages:

  • Special dates page
  • Moodboard & goals pages
  • Goals to habits page
  • A gratitude journal page
  • Travel planning page
  • And even more pages to inspire you and get you motivated

And that’s probably what I love most about the Dear Diary, it not only has space to plan your goals, it also inspires you to go after what you want to achieve.

DEAR DIARY REVIEW: MY TO DO LIST, JOURNAL & DAILY PLANNER | THECHICITALIAN | An honest review of my daily inspirational productivity planner
DEAR DIARY REVIEW: MY TO DO LIST, JOURNAL & DAILY PLANNER | THECHICITALIAN | My honest Dear Diary review that functions as my to do list, journal for ideas and daily planner with my schedule

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And that is my honest Dear Diary review and how I use it. It keeps me on track and I have enough space to put my ideas to paper. You can order the dated & undated Dear Diary via the official website or via this link*. Next to the planner you can also get to do notepads, desk planners & inspirational moodboard essentials.

Do you use a planner? And if you do, which one?

 

xo FG

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