Thursday, October 21, 2010

Product Review: Bubble Planner - The Big Bubble Edition

One of the main themes of my blog is organization and getting my life out of CHAOS. I can't even tell you how many planners I have gone through over the years in an effort to find one that actually works.
When I heard about the Bubble Planner something just clicked and I knew I had to have one.
It's not your standard planner, it uses thought bubbles, and mapping instead of simple lists. It's a very visual planner that helps organize your priorities, projects, and daily activities by catagory.

This section tackles your goals, not your to do list. It's a great way to map out your thoughts in an effort to help you achieve your goals rather than just list them and forget about them. There are pages after this that help you plot out the steps to achieve those goals.

This section takes care of your daily to do list. It gives you the 4 sections of your day to organize: phone calls, home tasks, computer tasks, and work/school tasks. There is also a section divide into 4ths like a clock to plot what you need to do when as well as a section for notes or any list you need to make.

There is also a section which I have found to be very enlightening and completely unexpected in a planner. It's called The Renew section and it covers Franklin's 13 Virtues. It helps you keep track of your habits and while some of them are a little strange to me, a lot of them are really nice to be reminded of. These are a few of my favorites...
Silence - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
Frugality - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself. i.e. Waste nothing.
Tranquility - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

There is also a regular montly calendar section that allows you to fill in the months and dates as you see fit, a weekly calendar section set up the same way as the daily time area,  a section to take notes, a section to list things you need to follow up on and who you need to follow up with, and a section to map out and plan your projects.

I love this planner and have been putting it to good use and would highly reccomend it to anyone who has not been successful using a standard planner. There are other planners available from Bubble Planner as well, one of which a few people have been asking about called "Bubbles for Busy Women" as well as one called "My Daily Bubble - Day Planner for Women". I hope to eventually review one of those for you in the future.

The Big Bubble version is a large planner - 8 1/2" x 11" . For those who don't need all of the features and who want a smaller planner there are options for you as well. However, I personally love this size since I don't have to struggle to fit everything on small pages. The binding is unique and awesome as it allows you to remove and move pages as you see fit without any hassle or need for a binder, but for those of you who prefer a binder, they have that option for you as well.

This product gets a 5 out of 5.

I received a free planner to review. No other compensation was or will be received. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.


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