I have always loved the designs and the durability of the Day Designer planner, and even used one for a year back in 2012. They are everything they are cracked up to be, and I'm sure works great for a lot of people. I struggled using it because each day is broken down by hour on one side of the page and then a checklist for "to-dos" on the other side of the page. I loved the checklist side, but couldn't get used to the hourly breakdown side, so I ended up switching over to a different planner.
When I saw the Day Designer X Target collaboration, I knew I wanted to go check all the designs out. I was in the need for new organization at work, so the timing was perfect. The shelves were fully stocked, so I was able to flip through each one. This gold striped planner is perfect! It has the two separate areas (you'll see what I mean, below), so I have the checklist column and the other column just has lines, no times.
No two of my work days look the same. I don't have a lot of appointments scheduled or a bunch of places I need to be at certain times of the day, so the hourly breakdown kind of bothered me because I felt like I wasn't using the planner as it was intended, but it just didn't fit my lifestyle. I am loving the gold striped planner though. I can put any calls or meetings I might have in the open column and then I can put my "To-Do" list of the day in the other column. There's plenty of space for making notes and keeping track of random information that doesn't belong on the checklist.
gold striped Day Designer price tag is $59.00, but the special edition at Target is $13.99 (sold in stores only).
The monthly spread is great for getting a bird's eye view of each month. I use it for re-occuring meetings, special office events, office closings, and tracking financials for the month.
I also really like that holidays are marked with the little green "tab", so it signifies something different about that day with just a glance.
Each day is broken into two pieces: a free-write area and a "To-Do" list column with boxes that you can check when a task is done.
The holiday markers are also on the weekly spreads and match the calendar view.
So far, I'm really enjoying this planner at work. It's a multi-tasking agent for me because it allows me to see my checklist and meeting times all in the same place, so I have a better grasp on my day. I would highly recommend this planner for someone with a loosely planned schedule. You don't feel like you're using this wrong because you don't have things scheduled by the hour.