The New Year is going to be here before you know it, whether you like it or not! I thought this would be a perfect time to share my favorite planner of 2018, before the New Year. So if you’re looking for a new planner, this may be a good option. It’s called the SELF Journal.
Before I get started, I wanted to say that this is not a sponsored post. I’ve just really enjoyed using this journal/planner for the past three months and wanted to share my thoughts. I also got another one for the next three months.
What is the SELF Journal?
The SELF Journal is a planner and a journal in one package. You use it to plan your months, weeks, and days, but you also use it for goal-setting and tracking. Every day and every week, you reflect on your wins and what you could do better next time. There is also space to write what you’re grateful for every morning and evening. That’s the journaling part.
Each planner comes with space for three months (thirteen weeks). That means you’d have to get four planners to use the system for a whole year. They created it like this because people are more successful at achieving goals if they are broken up into three-month chunks. If you have a big long-term goal, you’d need to break it up into smaller chunks and achieve the big goal in smaller steps.
Pros About the Planner
- This planner journal is a great way to journal without having to keep a whole separate journal.
- It is awesome for goal-setting and tracking.
- It is very easy to use and has plenty of space to write.
- Each day gets a schedule that has hour and half hour lines, which is useful for time blocking your days.
- I like that there is a monthly calendar, weekly planning sections, and then each day gets its own space.
- It doesn’t take long to fill it out on a daily basis. Five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening to fill in the journaling parts is really all you need.
Cons About the Planner
- Each planner only has space for three months. This means you have to buy four planners each year, which adds to over $100.
- Reflecting on your days can feel repetitive. Sometimes you don’t have anything new to say from the previous day.
There are not really a lot of cons but keep reading for my reasons to try a new system.
Why I Won’t Be Using the SELF Journal in 2019
Even though I loved using the SELF Journal for the past few months, I decided to try a new planner in 2019.
First of all, I get bored easily, so having to buy the same planner over and over again was going to get old quick.
I also like to try out new products and new systems. This also stems from getting bored easily.
I didn’t end up writing in all the spaces every day and every week. There was a lot of wasted space in my planners. This just seemed like extra space where the planner could be condensed for my needs.
Lastly, the “four planners a year” thing along with the cost associated with that made me re-think my next planner choice.
For 2019, I decided to try out a new planner that only had one page for each day (rather than two pages), didn’t require as much journaling, and could last me all year. I found this Day Designer planner at Office Max if you’re curious about which one I picked.
Are you a planner person? What’s your favorite planner?