For the first time in a long time, I’ve switched from pocket planners and half-sized planners to a full 8.5×11 planner. I’ve enjoyed having it for a number of reasons, but these are the main ones that have made me notice its benefit lately.
Lie-flat page spreads are huge! I am a big of a sprawling note-taker, so my little planners were already bursting by the time I began taking notes in earnest, necessitating switching to a new page. In the weekly two-page spread, however, I now have room to see how all my thoughts connect and fit together on the same single page, which is pretty great.
People notice a larger planner. I don’t need people to like and compliment my planner, but lately they have been – they love the coloring pages in the Panda Planner and they point out how nice it is to have priorities, goals, and happiness check-ins on each of the days. It makes more of a statement than my smaller ones, and I can write in an actual legibly-large script rather than the tiny letters that fit in some other planners. I don’t mind writing small, but other people seem to be drawn to this one.
Fits with binders and texts I carry. This is a small thing, but I carry a lot of binders and books in my work, and my planner was always the smaller item perched on top of a wider stack. This planner fits perfectly, however, with the size of most of the binders and doesn’t slide around or get shoves to the bottom of my bookbag.
It takes some getting used to since it is a larger item to carry when that is the only thing I need for a meeting, but so far, I love having so much space and getting attention from others who are secretly as passionate about productivity and organization as I am!