The Only Planner You Need For The New Year

Happy New Year! I can’t believe how fast 2016 has gone by! It seemed like we just started 2016 only yesterday, doesn’t it?

Well, I’m so happy 2017 is here because THIS IS THE YEAR I plan on making my own. What about you?

I have big plans: from taking The Petite Bijou to a whole new level to traveling more. I want 2017 to be the year I plan for success.

I have a confession to make….

I’m a huge list planner but a HUGE procrastinator as well. I plan for success but have a hard time executing. For over 6 months now, I’ve been trying to find a system that works for me. I started with sticky notes over everything – but that didn’t help. Then I bought a fancy Kate Spade planner, because you know, chic. And as lovely as it looked on my desk, I found myself hardly using it. Well that was devastating….

So I struggled for a few more months with trying online systems for organizing my day – but then I would forget to check what was due when. So when I say I had a big procrastination problem, I wasn’t joking. That is until I found a whole new planner that turned by bad habit around. Keep reading to see how a little planner called The Day Designer helped me with my scheduling struggles.

Are you a super planner? Tired of procrasinating and not having a daily schedule? Worry no more! I found the BEST daily planner to use this New Year to keep track of my schedule and goals. This is the ONLY planner you;ll ever need. Click through the post to find out how to get your own amazing planner!


Paper Clutter Makes Me Feel Cluttered

Anyone else hate paper clutter but LOVE using pen and paper to plan things out?

This was one of the reasons why I could never get anything done. I had so many to-do lists for different projects and they were all piled under one paper for my daily schedule. I used to print out a google calendar for everyday of the week!

Well, things got too messy until I found the Day Designer Planner. I stumbled across their website one day and decided I needed to change my bad habit and finally commit to a planner. I was desperate.

This is one of the best planners to have to keep you on tasks and accomplish any project!

The striped planner I found was pretty enough. It actually reminded me of my previous black and white striped Kate Spade planner that wasn’t working out. I mean, I love Kate Spade, but the planner was very small and didn’t have all the things I was looking for.

I really hoped that the Day Designer would accomplish all of these things for me. I heard great things about it through a few of my favorite bloggers on Instagram and I knew I had to give it a try.

This Planner Streamlines Your To-Do’s and Motivates You To Finish Them

When I got my Day Designer in the mail I opened it up right away and started to get excited.

Finally – there was a planner that allowed me the space to list my gazillion to-do’s yet focus on getting all of them done.

As a business women, blogger, and student, I really appreciated that this planner had enough space for all of this. Everyday week has a “to-do” section and everyday of the week has about 20 slots of your to-do’s in addition to a space for your 3 biggest goals for that day.

There’s a very common practice for goal setters which leads to success – and that is setting only 3 major goals each day.

I was skeptical at first because I usually never prioritized assignments or daily projects until I started using my Day Designer. But setting only 3 goals helped me focus on getting them done first thing every morning. After I finish the 3 most important goals for that day, I feel like I have A LOT less to do, which is a good feeling!



After 3 consecutive months of using my Day Designer, I’m happy to report that my daily to-do’s actually get done!

This NEVER happened before. I would literally feel so bad that I had no energy or motivation to cross off anything on my to-do list besdies my assignments.

Another confession to make…

i was such a bad blogger in 2016. I never planned ahead. I felt unmotivated to write or post, let alone take pretty pictures for my Instagram account. I neglected social media almost everyday and I fell into a slump. After starting graduate school, blogging became almost a hobby again, even though I promised myself that The Petite Bijou was going to be the way I showed my future employers how great I was building a community. But like I said, it became a hobby..

And I’m 100% convinced it was two things that made me this way: bad organization and low energy

I hate talking about this but 2017 is the year I told myself I would be honest. Not only about my struggles, but about how I plan to overcome them. When I got my Day Designer in October, things started to change for me. I don’t know if it was because I was fed up with all the systems I tried, or because this planner was set out the way I needed it to be.

My Day Designer has changed the way I look at planning ahead. I used to really hate scheduling my days, as I knew I couldn’t finish any of my tasks. But with my new planner came a new sense of purpose and success. I finally started actually doing my to-dos and keep track of everything I needed to keep track of in one place. This planner reduced my paper clutter and motivated me at the same time – something a good planner should accomplish.

I highly recommend getting a Day Designer if you’re a habitual planner like me! Click here to check out their site and see the amazing different designes they carry.



I’m giving one lucky winner a $75 e gift card to Day Designer! Enter via the form below! Sweepstakes runs this week only!
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  1. I need something like this to write down all the things through out the day, and what needs ticking off!!!! I want to accomplish soooooo much and a planner is the way to go!!!! Hopefully if I don’t win this I will find something that works for me where I am.

    Posted 1.7.17 Reply
  2. Sara wrote:

    I love a great planner! They really do help keep the paper clutter away!

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  3. Maggie wrote:

    I am desperately in need of a 2017 planner!!

    Maggie //

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  4. Steph wrote:

    This planner is so cute! Love it!

    xO – Steph

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  5. The Day Designer is a great choice–I am so happy it is working out for you.
    And, thanks for the inspiration. I think I need to talk up my planner game for 2017.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  6. Kayleigh wrote:

    Such a great way to kick off the new year organized!

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  7. kasey wrote:

    This planner looks awesome! I have to write things down with pen and paper, usually multiple times! You’ve got 2017, girl go kick butt!

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  8. Maggie wrote:

    I need a new planner, so this is perfect!!

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  9. I’m a total planner but we all struggle at times with finding time for everything and staying organized. Love your honesty about it and your goal to be more honest.
    Entered to win this planner– it looks perfect! I especially love the ‘top 3’ feature for each day.

    Happy New Year!
    Xo, Lauren

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  10. Dylan wrote:

    This looks like a great planner. These are a great way to catapult you into a more productive year, cheers!


    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  11. meggan wrote:

    Such a cute planner!

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  12. rosie wrote:

    I love the day planner! It is so functional.

    Life is just Rosie

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  13. Lexi wrote:

    I had a day designer a few years back and I loved it! Need to get back into it. <3

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  14. The Day Designer was such a game changer, I love mine so much! It really helped me stay on track!

    xo, Alicia |

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  15. What a perfect giveaway for the new beginning!! Happy new year and hope I will start the year just as organised as you do!! Big Xx Susanne –

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  16. Jenny wrote:

    I love my Day Designer! Such an awesome planner.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  17. Melissa wrote:

    I need this. I’m so disorganized!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  18. Anna Cobbs wrote:

    This planner seriously looks legit! Thanks so much for introducing me to it!!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  19. Mary wrote:

    this planner looks amazing, love the organization!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  20. Kelly wrote:

    Gorgeous! I love a good pen-to-paper planner. I can’t get on board with the apps and online methods. A pretty planner gets me every time!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  21. Thanks for sharing!!! πŸ™‚

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  22. Anna English wrote:

    I purchased a Day Designer a few years ago and LOVED it! I think I need a new one for 2017!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  23. Willow wrote:

    Cute planner! I am really bad at procrastinating also. I wait too long to plan a holiday recipe for my blog, then feel stressed when the holiday rolls around. I just started a binder to give me ideas for every holiday so that I make it way in advance.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  24. Sarah Zerbe wrote:

    That really is such a great planner I might need to look into getting one myself.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  25. Ruthie wrote:

    Literally the ultimate planner!!! Exactly what I need!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  26. vanessa wrote:

    I love how it has top three! You’re gonna rock the blogging this year!

    Vanessa |

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  27. Greta wrote:

    What a cute planner! Writing things down and seeing what I need to do helps me stay on take and organized. Happy 2017!

    Greta |

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  28. This planner looks amazing! I am the same way. I cannot handle paper clutter either! I plan for everything.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  29. I am definitely with you on feeling unmotivated and such low energy to blog. I need to get out of that rut for 2017!!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  30. I think I need this one. I am a huge planner but lack motivation and energy to complete my lists. Definitely looking into this one!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  31. Maggie wrote:

    I’m so obsessed with planners and this one looks perfect! I need one!


    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  32. monica wrote:

    NEED.THIS.PLANNER! Just entered to win πŸ™‚

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  33. Emily wrote:

    Oohhh I have never had a planner before but I’m always writing post it notes or notes on my phone, so I’m excited to try this for 2017!

    Hope you’re doing well Mariam! Happy New Year!

    xoxo Emily

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  34. Nichelle wrote:

    I have been admiring the luxury Day Designers for years, but havn’t been willing to pay the pricetag! They are just the most beautiful and functional planner. Luckily their collaboration with Blue Sky that available at Target are pretty great and I love mine.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  35. This looks awesome! I’m still trying to get my goals and planning ready for the new year! I’m behind!!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  36. candy wrote:

    Journaling seems to be making a come back. There are some great ones out there but this design really hits home. Will be checking this out closer.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  37. Great planner and review! I’m excited for you in 2017!


    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  38. Meghan wrote:

    I’m with you on the bad blogging habits in 2016. I started out so well and then fell into a slump, but it was mostly because I wasn’t organized enough. This planner is really cute, and I am in love with your site. Just beautiful! Happy blogging in 2017…thank goodness for fresh starts! πŸ™‚

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  39. Marieve wrote:

    I can relate to you when it comes to not planning – 2016 was just that for me!
    Thank you for sharing this! I agree that with a planner, things are so much better and it helps with discipline

    Cheers xo

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  40. Azanique wrote:

    I’ve heard so many great things about Day Designer! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity <3

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  41. Farida wrote:

    I entered the contest! Hoping I win xo

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  42. margo wrote:

    This looks like a beautiful and efficient planner!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply