Same Schedule, Different Layouts
Posted on April 19 2016
I'm going to be completely honest, not every planner works for everyone. Some layouts just don't work for certain schedules or plans. This post exhibits a chunk of my schedule portrayed in the multiple layouts that Limelife Planners offers in order to give you an idea of what each layout looks like with the same schedule planned in each. If you want to try each layout for yourself check out the Weekly Layouts section of the website where you can download and print a copy of all the layouts Limelife has to offer.
Layout A is definitely my style. I like the idea of vertical planning, and I have ever since I was a student. I usually separate the boxes by morning, day, and night, but sometimes it doesn't quite work out that way. The absence of the labels allows users to put whatever they want in whatever box, or create their own (like I did at the bottom). I love the list column down the left side because it gives me a space to...uh...list things: to do, to go, etc. Also, there is a lot of room to decorate with this layout, especially with the amount of space that I use.
I have never been an hourly planner. Maybe I could have been in college, but I didn't really think about it. My schedule is just too monotonous: go to work, go to the gym, go to church. Yes, I do have other plans occasionally, but the limitation of the 7AM-7PM hours really restricts the space I can utilize. I love the idea of being able to block of chunks of time with washi tape or layer stickers for events or appointments. Sadly, Layout B is not for me.
Layout C is definitely my favorite, which is why I chose it! The multiple boxes are great for the different aspects of my life that I chose to highlight: work, appointments, fitness, television, and my to do list. I could also see this layout working well for a student with multiple classes or clubs. There is lots of room to decorate and personalize this layout for exactly what you want. I promise I'm not biased (even though I own this one).
Layout F is the one "horizontal-style" planner than Limelife offers (other than the A5 inserts in Layout G). This was the layout that I bought for my lil' sis because I knew it would work for her as a student. The lines on the right are perfect for writing lists. Sadly, my schedule doesn't have me making any lists, so I put my work schedule up there. I also used it for appointments. I used the larger area on the right for thoughts and other plans that could change, or just things to remember. This layout leaves lots of room for decoration, especially at the top. If I was a horizontal planner, this would be great for me, but I'm not.
If you are a simple "week-on-one-page" type planner, then Layout K is for you. One thing that I liked about Layout K was that with all my plans it looked full. The downside? There wasn't really any organization or structure to each box as I filled it in. There were no lines to keep my text straight. Stickers are in different spots on different days. Also, I feel like sometimes there might not be enough room for everything I have going on. There definitely isn't any room for many decorations in this layout.
What layout do you have (or what layout are you considering?) What do you look for when choosing a layout or a planner? Let me know!
This blog post was written by Victoria Lee Werth for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Victoria visit her on Instagram @missengineerdesigns. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.