So, my new Wonderland 222 planner and notebook arrived yesterday. Yay! I was excited to see the package on my doorstep.
But. As soon as I opened it, I started to get nervous. It is TINY compared to my normal planner & notebook!!
This shouldn’t have been a surprise, since I knew I was ordering the “A5″ size (which is the larger of the two options, actually!). I am new to the stationary world, so I had no idea what A5 vs B6 even meant initially. A5 is basically like a 5″x8” size. I guess I didn’t exactly realize how small that was though compared to my current system.
For many purposes the size of it doesn’t matter, but I am VERY VERY concerned about the monthly, master calendar page being that small. In the new planner, it looks like this:
It may be difficult to discern in the photo, but the squares are way smaller than in my current Blue Sky planner (like maybe half the size?!). This is where I keep track of soccer practices/games, swim practices, meets, lessons, appointments, school events, etc. My monthly calendar usually (in normal times especially) is FULL and looks like my pen exploded on it. I generally have multiple entries listed on most days, often times with details (like, location and field for soccer game.)
I just have serious doubts that I will be able to fit everything here. Waaahhhh! This is causing me some serious anxiety. I don’t write that small, either.
The rest of the planner is great, overall. I love that it has a built in habit tracker, monthly goals pages, quarterly overviews, and more. The accompanying notebook will be perfect for my “Highlight Journal”. It looks like this:
The notebook has 365 of these undated pages, so I can use one for each day of the year. Perfect. HOWEVER- what I really wish is that the notebook included all of the additional planning pages too (instead of being in the planner). I’d love a notebook that combines the habit tracker, lists, goals pages, etc. all in one, so that my planner could then just be the master monthly pages + the weekly layout only. That would be my ideal system (basically what I have now, but better paper and much more compact).
I don’t love the idea of carrying around my yearly goals, personal dreaming lists, etc. in my purse! Some of that stuff feels pretty private. I’d prefer it stayed home in my desk drawer.
Anyway, I don’t know. I’m feeling unsure about it all. This was a splurge purchase for me (~$70 total for both!). And now I’m afraid that it’s going to be one of those things that everyone else in the world loves but just doesn’t work for me. (Like, mayonnaise. Or salad dressings. Or beer.)
It is a cute little set:
I WANT it to work! So I guess we’ll see. Maybe with some time I’ll figure out a way to tweak it to be right for me. I’ll also admit, I’m not the best with change, so that may be playing a minor role here too.
I am grateful for SLEEP. I mentioned yesterday I was tired out after this busy week. Last night I feel asleep by 9 pm and didn’t wake up until 7:15 this morning!