Its that time again…!
The guys over at Agendio took all the feedback from users and have added new options and features to the super-customizable Agendio planners. I have had one for a year and have used it on-and-off all year. Its not that I haven’t enjoyed the Agendio but in my “line of work” its hard to use one planner for a whole year exclusively — any more than I can use one notebook, one pen or one ink.
This year, I had a Journal-sized Agendio with a simple black eco-leather cover. I spent an inordinate amount of time last year fiddling with fonts and picking a color for the planner to get it just “so” as well as setting the pagelet areas so that I had areas for work lists, personal lists, notes and “other”.
Since my order from last year is saved in their system, I can just update my existing planner and add tabs, colors per month and other new features. Or… I can build a completely different planner. I can make a larger sized planner like the , I can build inserts that would fit into a Filofax or other ring binder. So many options to choose from!
Some of the new or improved features of the Agendio system include:
- Paper weight has increased to 105gsm/28lb for weeklies and monthlies. It’s the same, high-quality soft paper they’ve been using, just thicker. The daily pages will continue to be printed on the 90gsm/24lb stock in order to fit into the binders.
- Covers are wider to accommodate tabs and to give clients a bit more room
- New spiral bindings are available as well as new colors in the wraparound leatherette covers
- The pockets for the large planners are wider, so client will be able to fit letter size paper in the pocket without folding it.
- There are two new print ink colors — Bright blue, to match the new bright blue cover, and a blush pink, which will go well with many of the covers.
- There is a new black and white printing option. This is a way to reduce costs, though there is also a slight reduction in printing quality as well.
- Shipping boxes have also been redesigned to help protect planners better during shipping. Shipping boxes are also now kraft brown since they are less damaging to the environment.
Some things that I really like about my current Agendio:
I really like the Journal size. Its a bit larger than a Personal Filofax but not quite as large as an A5 — its that sweet spot. It’s big enough to comfortably write in but small enough to be portable.
The wraparound cover has the aesthetic appeal of a bound book with the ease of use of a spiral. Unfortunately, I cannot add of remove pages so that’s the only downside of the bound book. I have ended up taping, clipping or using the pocket to add in extra bits as needed. The elastic has also helped to keep extra pages contained.
It’s been quite durable. My husband has also been using an Agendio (by a strange twist of fate, we ended up with two copies of my planner and he used the extra one) and he has not been gentle with it and it’s stood up to his beatings.
All the updates and improvements are things that I was hoping that Agendio would add, like tabs and even things I hadn’t actually considered like multiple color options which are frivolous but welcome. And of course there is the planner insert options for all the Filofax, Covey and other planner formats available as well.
For me, the biggest delay in actually ordering a planner is just figuring out what sorts of categories I need to keep myself organized for the coming year. My schedule and even my roles at work seem to change so frequently that choosing a planned pagelet for the whole year seems a bit presumptuous. I’ve had three different project roles at work this year and started a podcast which changed my needs pretty dramatically. Who knows what 2017 will bring?
Do you know what you want to plan for next year?