I have never been a massively organised person. I get by in a kind of chaotic whirlwind of important pieces of paper, mostly filed under the system of ‘piles of stuff’. When I was a teacher, my planner was the only thing that kept me on the straight and narrow. I had been feeling the absence of a planner to keep me in line quite keenly. When Stigu contacted me to ask me to try out their 2017 Stigu Planner range, I was thrilled.
With Stigu, you get more than just a planner. As well as being a yearly organiser, a calendar, a to-do pad, and a notebook, a Stigu planner is also a sanity-saving rest and zest handbook, all in one. Stigu products aim to help even the busiest jugglers get organised but they also prioritise rest and well-being. Each day, you are given helpful hints and steps to become a less-stressed, more rested you.
In addition, the Stigu Planner is beautifully designed to include quirky illustrations and cartoons. Planner bundles also come with gorgeous, colour-coordinated stickers which add another element of fun to your organising efforts. They are the perfect balance between fun and functionality.
Stigu Planner – Verdict
Stigu Planners are full of lovely little touches that make the planning experience fun and creative. There is a pocket at the back for small loose documents. I loved the fact that each page comes with a perforated, tear-off corner, allowing you to find your place in the year easily. This would have been so helpful during my teacher years. I am sure lots of teachers will be all too familiar with the pain of turning over corners and taking scissors to the corners of pages every few months in order to keep your place. The tear-off corners are a little, unobtrusive touch that just make life a little less stressful.
The planner has plenty of room – both on the daily schedule and the notes and calendar pages. Personally, I could use some timings on the weekly sections, rather than five blank boxes per day, to make it easier to visualise what is happening when, but this is personal taste.
Even though I suffer from anxiety, I am not very good at practising mindful techniques like the breathing and relaxation exercises suggested by the Zest and Rest sections. However, the planner has certainly made me more aware of this and I am keen to try out the suggestions as the year progresses. The inspirational quotes and thoughts on each page are definitely uplifting and positive. Even if you don’t think such positive messages will filter into your subconscious, you will be surprised how just a sentence can genuinely improve your mood. One snippet of wisdom that stood out to me is:
“Stigu gives you a license to rest – and absolves you of all guilt.”
Overall, if you are looking for a planner, either for a gift or for yourself, I think Stigu are a great choice. They would particularly good for anyone seeking to purchase them for a workforce. They convey the idea that taking care of yourself is valued as much as hard work is.
Stigu Planner Bundle Giveaways!
We are very lucky to be able to offer readers TWO distinct Stigu Planner giveaways.
Giveaway one, enter via the Rafflecopter below – Stigu GO Bundle including hardcover planner, stickers pad and to-do pad.
For full terms and conditions relating to both competitions please read this document: StiguCompTermsandConditions
Good luck and happy planning!