Ditching Filofax for a Day Designer

Ditching Filofax for a Day Designer

You guys are totally interested in planning posts, so I thought I’d give a little update on my planning situation. As you might have guessed from the title, I’ve ditched my Filofax Domino and moved on to something else. Let’s go over why I made the swap and the features of the Day Designer.

Links for all products are at the bottom of the post, if you’d like to learn more about the products I’ve used for planning. NautilusMODE is not affiliated with Target; all opinions expressed are our own.

Fed Up With Filofax

I picked up my Domino in the beginning of 2015, and was so excited about it. I’d done so much research on Filofax as It was really presented as the go-to planner brand. I loved that such a large number of people used it, trusting that it would be a great fit as it is so customizable. I compared my options within the brand, and tried to pick up the one that I felt matched what I was looking for: a personal-sized Domino that could easily fit in a bag and double as my wallet.

I used the planner as my wallet for a year, but rarely cracked it open to use it as a planner. I couldn’t figure out why. I’m creative, so I thought it was a lack of color, stickers, and bright pens. After I picked up those things, I still didn’t use it. I re-arranged it, took things out I thought I didn’t need… fast forward to last month and all that’s inside was note paper and a list of goals for the year that I never looked at.

I felt cheated and defeated, having sunk over $50US in this planner. I didn’t like Filofax’s own inserts, but didn’t want to pay a fortune for custom made ones. I tried making my own, they were gorgeous and functional…but never used by me.

I didn’t like the leather, or the elastic band around it that always seemed to find a way to get in the way. the suede inside was a big turn-off as well. I also wasn’t a fan of the 6-rings (mine are bent and misshaped from being in a backpack, or purse, and travel). The credit-card slots stretched and are unusable. Overall, I came to resent this $30US planner instead of be happy with my purchase. I had spent all this money but rarely used the product. As a minimalist/essentialist, I feel this is a huge waste or resources and detracts quality from my life. It was time to move on.

I feel the brand itself is hyped up and planning has become a little convoluted online. I assume the average planner user is similar to me: had one in school they used and doodled in, and are looking for a similar jam in adulthood. I don’t believe the average user wants to spend an evening planning their week and decorating the week’s spread with stickers, tape, glitter, paperclips, photos…

Shopping Around

So this became my new focus when seeking a new planner. I decided to shop around for most of the spring and early summer, comparing all kinds of planners IN STORES. I’d picked up my Filofax off Amazon and never actually held one, so I thought seeking out a planner and engaging with it before purchase would be a better idea, hopefully resulting in a better match.

For a few months I tried strictly using Google calendar, but I didn’t like the reliance on my phone, or computer, and having connectivity/a charge. This option was quickly ditched, but its used as a supplement as Trevor quite enjoys Google calendar.

I looked at planners of all kinds and eventually realized I liked a spiral-bound planner that had a little more weight to it. I also found I gravitated to larger A5-ish sized planners that had plenty of space to write, but still easily fit inside my backpack. These are the planners I honed in on.

Last weekend Trevor and I went to Target to pick up a few things and I found an amazing Day Designer planner that seems to be everything I want in a planner. I was super excited about it.

Day Designer July 2016-June 2017

Color selection with Day Designer planners are pretty slim. It seems they like to go for trendier designs and patters, and probably aim their gear towards a younger crowd. I went for a classic navy-striped 8×11 planner that has cute gold hardware.

The pages inside are well organized via weekly spread with hourly planning Monday through Friday and a black, white, and a coral-pink color-scheme. There is a to-do list on the left side of the page with a motivational quote, while the right side of the spread has a place for recording gratitude, notes, and what’s up for next week.

Product Links

  1. Day Designer July 2016-June 2017: Target.com: http://www.target.com/p/day-designer-weekly-monthly-planner-2016-2017-148pgs-8-x-10-5-navy-blue-white/-/A-50865621?ref=tgt_adv_XS00000
  2. Staedtler 10-piece Triplus Fineliner Marker Pens: Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2a7T78S
  3. Kate Spade Expletive Paperclips: Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/29ZuGe0
  4. Speech Bubble Sticky Notes: Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2a7Vd8A
  5. Filofax Domino Personal Organizer in Black: Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2aFymn2
  6. Single Hole Punch: Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2akV7xk
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