Today we are reviewing a five-year planner. We are always on the lookout for the very best planners that help us keep our lives organized. A five-year planner is a must-have if you need to stay organized a few years in advance. At our last meeting, we were discussing some large projects for companies that we are collaborating with. Some of these collaborations are a year or more in advance, so we realized that we are in desperate need of 3-5 year planners. And we need them right now!
If you are someone who has many future projects on the go, requiring budgeting or academic planning well into the next year or further, AND you also need to go back to see notes & entries from previous years, this might be the answer you have been looking for. At a glance, you can see all of your previous and future notes! Perfect.
There's a lot of notes from last year that I keep having to go back to so I carry around two planners: last year's and this year's planner. (see my favorite planner review here) And it’s just not a productive way to plan efficiently. Having all of my notes, plans, and calendars all in one place is a must have. A five-year planner is something we are really excited about!
So after looking around, visiting several stores and searching online, I purchased this five-year planner by John Book Publishing. This planner has a five-year calendar layout with many places for notes. You can check the price here on Amazon.
At first glance, I liked that this five-year planner is 8.5x11 inches. From what I could see online on the product details, this five-year planner also looked like a layout that would work well for future planning, and have room for notes & ideas. The one thing that I was worried about was the quality of the paper and whether or not it’s going to ghost when using my favorite pens and markers. This planner may be what you need for planning your company's growth rate, goals & objectives and also may be super helpful for your craft businesses too.
Ok, let’s get into the layout. This five-year planner starts off with contact names and password logs. If you don’t use these kinds of pages, it’s easy enough to cover up the words with washi, scrapbooking paper, or stickers and then use these sections for whatever works for you. I have a feeling that I’m going to be turning the first few pages into a table of contents for every year, but I’ll see after I use it for a while. That's the nice thing about planning, you just use your planner and it will all come to you eventually what you need and what you don't need. Everyone is different and has specific needs and preferences when it comes to planning.
So then we go to the monthly spreads and this is what will take up the bulk of this planner. Between every year is some planning space for your notes and you get about 8 lined pages and then one blank one, just before the new year starts. I'm not sure yet if there are enough blank note pages but if not, it's easy to add in extra pages later with washi or book glue. There’s lots of room to write in this five-year planner but keep in mind that there are no weekly views so if that’s what you need, this planner doesn’t have that. Only monthly spreads.
This five-year planner has a Sunday start. I'm used to planners that have a Monday start but again that's just personal preference.
The paper feels like school workbooks; like the ones that teach you how to do lettering. It's kind of like a coloring book feel. At the back, there are a couple more lined pages which you can easily turn into pen test pages so you can see if there is any ghosting with your favorite pens and markers.
I do wish that it was at least 100 gsm paper. But the ghosting isn't too bad as you will see in the video below. If you are used to the ultra thick paper like the Archer and Olive planners, this could be a bit of a shock but at the time of this article, this was the only planner I could find that was large enough and had this kind of layout.
Below you can see that I've started a pen test page and added some washi to cover up the notes at the top. It's easy to customize this planner so that it fits your own needs.
If I do happen to find another five-year planner that is similar in the future, or if John Book Publishing company releases a thicker paper in their planner, I’ll try to get it in for a closer look. For now, this is the one I’m going to be using and customizing.
1. A whole five years so you will not need to carry multiple planners around. Projects can be planned well ahead of time and then also look back at past projects.
2. Large 8.5 x 11 inches. Lots of room to write notes.
3. The layout in this five-year planner is simple with enough structure to give lots of room for customizing.
4. Lots of space for doodles.
5. Softcover. I’m probably going to find a vintage book around the same size and I’ll rebind it into that so that this will last year after year. You might love a soft cover though. It's all about personal preference.
6. I wish the paper was thicker. The paper is not as thin as I thought it would be, but it could really be a lot thicker and more smooth. When you are used to writing in high-end journals like the Scribbles That Matter b5 bullet planner, it’s going to take some getting used to writing in this one. But that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to take to be able to plan for a whole five years without having to worry about getting another planner.
7. Does not lay flat. I like a planner that lays perfectly flat and this is bound just like a reading book so you will have to really press the pages down. If you are re-binding it into another book cover, you can cut the spine to help it lay flatter.
So this five-year planner is definitely going to be customized with a new cover, I’m going to give each year it’s own flair and I’m also going to be adding some ribbon bookmarks and it will also need some pockets so I can keep bits of papers, receipts, and things off of my desk. I’ll play around with it and when I’m finished customizing I’ll be sure to share that video! After using it for a bit, I've decided to turn it into a junk journal planner. Since it's going to be spending a whole five years (or more!) with me, I've decided to do a major overhaul customization on it. When I'm ready to show you guys, I'll post that link right here for you. Or you can subscribe to our YouTube channel and get notified there.
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