Planner Review | 2018 STARTplanner

Happy Holidays, planner friends!  Can you believe the new year is right around the corner?  For many, that means it’s time for a new planner.  How exciting!  I am continuing my planner review series today with a look at the STARTplanner.

I first learned about the STARTplanner from one of my favorite YouTubers, Christopher Allen.  After watching his rave review, I knew I had to see it for myself!  Co-founders Kristy and Jenny created the line, because they “understand the hustle of everyday life and fully believe that goals are not achieved without proper planning, organizing and preparing yourself for success.”  There is a strong focus on goal setting and consistent follow-through throughout the year in these planners to help users with success.

STARTplanner offers several planners, including their signature Hustle Daily and Weekly options which I am sharing a close up look at today.  They also sell a wedding planner, student planner, and the Fancy Pants A5 ring bound planner system.  There’s quite a variety to choose from!

Each STARTplanner comes packaged in a beautiful, sturdy keepsake box.  Not only does this help keep the planners safe in transit, the boxes are great ways to store the planners when not in use and also act as stunning gift packaging (planners make a great holiday gift!).  Each planner is packed with a care card that contains useful advice on how to keep your new planner in tip top shape throughout the year.

The three planners I am reviewing today include the Hustle Weekly and Hustle Daily in both the available spiral and casebound binding.  As you can see, these are hefty planners!  They contain a lot more than just the calendars, which adds to the bulk.  While they are on the larger side, making them less transportable, I think they make beautiful desktop agendas.

Let’s start with a look at the Hustle Daily Planner, STARTplanner’s most popular option.  It features double wire-o binding in gold with matching gold foil detail printed on the heavy-duty bookboard cover, gold metal corner protectors, and an elastic closure band.  Measuring 7.5″ wide x 9″ tall x 1.5″ thick and weighing in at 2 pounds .5 ounces, this is one hefty planner, but keep in mind it does include daily planning pages.

The Hustle Daily planner is available in both spiral and casebound binding in two cover options, “art” which this year is a mint color with gold polka dots, and “black” which has a subtle simple print and gold foil detail.  The casebound version includes an elastic closure band as well as a sewn-in ribbon bookmark.  It weighs slightly less than the spiral at 1 pound 13 ounces.  Both covers options have a soft, matte texture.  Both retail for $60.

There are laminated divider tabs included in a grey color palette for each month of the year as well as “Goals” and “Plans” sections in the front.  The interior pages of the planner measure 8.5″ x 5.5″ and are printed on 70 pound paper.

Both the spiral and casebound feature a slip pocket on the front inside cover which is designed to fit a number of coordinating notebooks that STARTplanner also offers.  The spiral version includes an additional pocket on the inside of the back cover.

There is quite a bit of information and goal setting prompts included in the front of the planner.  The actual calendar doesn’t start until page 44!  In addition to general information, tips, and tricks, there is an in-depth “Goals” section which features big picture (lifetime!) planning, a place to make a vision board, and guided prompts designed to help users achieve specific goals with action steps.  A year-long savings tracker is also included.

The “Plans” section includes pages to track charitable giving, cleaning schedules, specific projects, medical expenses, entertainment, vacations, and a holiday planner.  This planner seems to touch on just about everything!  I’m not including pictures of all of these prompts here, but I do flip through them in my coordinating video below if you’d like to see more.

Now to the calendar: the two-page monthly spreads are marked by laminated tabs for easy reference.  The monthly view is a typical box-style spread with a Sunday start.  Major US holidays are included.

An in-depth monthly planning and goal-setting section is included in the three pages that follow.  Here, users can designate three mini goals for the month complete with action steps, a health check area, a “punch list” for to-do’s, a place to track cards and gifts needed during the month, and a monthly budget planner.

Then, we get into the daily pages.  Each weekday is allotted a full page divided into two columns.  A “Prioritize” box highlights the top three to-do’s for the day as well as self-care actions.  Underneath this is a “To-Do” list complete with check boxes.  The other column is dedicated to daily planning in 30 minute increments from 5:30 AM to 9 PM.  Icons line the outer edge of the page with room to track fitness, supplements, and hydration.  There are three sections included at the bottom of the spread for meal planning, gratitude, and thoughts/ideas.

Weekends share one page in this version of the planner (notably, the Fancy Pants ring bound version offers a stand alone page for every day of the week, including weekends).  A “Weekend Priorities” box is printed along the top margin with room for top three and self care, just like the weekday dailies.  Each weekend day includes a shortened planning section in 30 minute increments from 9 AM to 5:30 PM with a small area for meal planning and the same fitness/supplements/hydration icon tracker.  Half of the weekend pages are designated for a “Weekly Groceries” list and budget.

The monthly and daily spreads repeat for the 12 months of the year (dated January 2018-December 2018).  The very end of the planner includes a “Looking Ahead” section for 2019 with space to plan for the next calendar year, as well as a one page “Contacts” section to “add to your master list.”

The Hustle planner is also available in a weekly edition.  This planner also comes in two cover options, including “art” which is the pink watercolor style with white polka dots pictured above, and “black” just like the daily planner.  The Hustle Weekly Planner is only available in spiral, features a single gold wire binding with matching gold corner protectors and an elastic closure band.  It measures 8.75″ wide x 11″ tall x 7/8″ thick with interior pages 8″ x 10.5″ printed on the same 70 pound paper.  Its weight of 2 pounds 15 ounces is due to its large size.  The Weekly Planner also retails for $60.

The “Goals” and “Plans” sections included in the front of the planner are exactly the same as what is included in the daily edition, just larger in scale.  Laminated tabs divide each section and month.  The monthly two-page spreads follow a similar format as well, with an additional lined “Notes” margin.  The same monthly goal setting prompts and budget area follow suit.

Weekly spreads span two pages in a vertical format and include equal spacing for each day of the week with a Sunday start.  The lefthand margin features the “Prioritize” box with space to designate your top three and self-care with a checkbox “To-Do” section and gratitude area underneath.  The daily columns include 30 minute timestamp intervals from 5:30 AM to 9 PM followed by a checkbox list area and the icon hydration/supplement/fitness trackers at the bottom.

The back of the planner features the same “Looking Ahead” planning section for 2019 as the daily edition with additional space for notes as well as a one page new “Contacts” list.

STARTplanner offers several accessories that complement the Hustle line of planners, including snap-in bookmarks for both the daily and weekly editions, a “Pen Pal” self-adhesive pen loop, several themed and plain notebooks, washi tape, pencils, and stickers.

One of the more unique accessories they offer is the BFF Carryall which is designed specifically to house the daily planner in both the spiral and casebound designs.  It is constructed from a beautiful vegan leather with a handle for ease of carrying, two external slip pockets, and an exterior zip pocket complete with a matching tassle.

When open, the planner tucks right into an included slip pocket on the right side of the case that has a sewn in elastic pen loop.  The left side includes a folder pocket with several smaller slip pockets to stash notebooks and accessories.  This case retails for $48.

The STARTplanner Hustle lineup are awesome desktop agendas with an emphasis on goal setting that span both personal and work-related aspirations.  They truly are all-in-one planners that bring the whole scope of planning into one system.  These are great options for anyone interested in keeping up with a wide range of goals throughout the year.

I walk through the Daily and Weekly Hustle Planners in detail and show a few of the accessories as well in this video:

I’d like to share the STARTplanner love with three of you!  The 2018 STARTplanner Giveaway will run until Friday, December 22, 2017 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  THREE winner will receive one of the planners shown in this review, including the spiral daily, casebound daily, and spiral weekly.  You can choose which planner you’d like to receive in the event that you win when entering the giveaway.

You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winner on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.
Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the 2018 STARTplanner Hustle lineup!  Please let me know in the comments below if there are any other planners you’d be interested in me sharing more about in the future.
Happy Planning!

* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


7 thoughts on “Planner Review | 2018 STARTplanner”

  1. I enjoy your well thought out well done Channel and followed for a great many years. As a person who relies on a planner to make use of time efficiently, I felt the 3 planners were over packaged, too heavy, overly directed, insufficient space in monthly and daily pages to manage my day and truly overpriced. Every planned needs a pen holder. I really liked the metal corners and symbols. I will add them to typical BUJO symbols [Important, events, forwarded, research, inspiration, dingbat etc].

  2. I love how it comes with the ‘stickers’ already put in there, with the trackers and meal spots etc. I agree, they should give the weekends a lot more space, that’s when I have the most going on! The casebound is by far my favourite, it would make such a beautiful keepsake if you used the journal as more of a memory keeping project!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

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