*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.*
Once upon a time, if I saw an undated planner, I would cringe, put it down, and walk away. I didn’t think they were worth the hassle of setting up, and I didn’t think I could make them look as pretty as one that already has the dates printed in it. However, I have recently gotten my hands on a few of them, and I have to admit that I am totally changing my mind! Undated planners pack quite a few perks!
1. You can start your undated planner at any time!
This might seem obvious, but when you stop and think about it, it’s really awesome! You don’t have to wait until the new year starts, and you don’t have to fret over the wasted pages if you start it in the middle of the year.
2. It’s okay to miss a month or more in an undated planner!
If you set your planner up one month at a time, you won’t have to feel bad if you don’t use it for a while. Simply pick up where you left off, and there’s no harm done!
PRO TIP: Make sure you keep a list in your planner of future events, much like the future log in a bullet journal. This allows you to record plans ahead of time, but not have to set up the entire planner in one sitting.
3. Undated planners give you a little more room for creatively adding dates.
Do you want to use stamps, stickers, pen, markers, or something else for adding in the dates? You can play around with different styles every month. Changing up how you write in the date could give your planner a completely different look each month. Have fun with it!
4. Undated planners make excellent gifts!
Because they don’t have to start on a certain date, undated planners make perfect gifts for any occasion! They make perfect specialty planners, so if you know someone who is starting a new chapter of any kind in their life, give them a planner! (You know, school, babies, home buying, weight-loss, anything!)
5. You get to spend more time with your undated planner.
I don’t know about you, but the more time I spend with my planner, the happier I am! Because your undated planner needs a little extra TLC in the setup department, you get to spend more quality time with it!
One of my Favorite Undated Planners
Now that I’ve got you sold on all the great things about undated planners, let me show you one of my favorites!
This is the Start Where You Are Week-at-a-Glance Diary created by Meera Lee Patel. It is so absolutely gorgeous! The paper is so smooth and creamy, and Meera has filled it with her beautiful illustrations!
The planner starts off with a 12-month at-a-glance spread, which is perfect for your future log! You can add in a small monthly calendar here and still have plenty of room to include your future events.
Each month starts out with a quote beautifully illustrated, along with space for goals, important dates, and notes. I really can’t get over how perfect these pages are!
Next, each monthly section has five simple weekly spreads. The hand-lettered font is so cute, and the dividers add just a pop of color.
As an added bonus, the end of this undated planner is filled with fun extras, like time zone and calling code charts, conversion charts, and more! There is also a 2-page spread for birthdays listed by month (that’s a must-have list in my planners!), followed by 8 pages for contacts.
The Start Where You Are undated planner is perfect for those who love bullet journaling or traveler’s notebooks — it would make a perfect insert! It does need a little help laying flat, but I’m sure that once it gets used a bit, it should be just fine.