Monday, November 16, 2009

Personal Lifestyle Planner

I was recently given the opportunity to check out the Personal Lifestyle Planner from Daysteps. The Daysteps Personal Lifestyle Planner is unlike any other you may have used, and was developed by four women Kelly Wagner; Cecilia George, Bobette Kyle, and Laura Thake, who were all familiar with the concept of feeling too busy to get the most out of your life. This planner is different because it encompasses many key aspect of your life and is designed to motivate you to become the person you want to be; to feel calm and capable about carrying out your daily activities and reaching your intentions.

The calendar is broken down into a number of unique page types:

  • Priorities and Intentions pages, for reaching life goals

  • Space for clearing your head of cluttered thoughts and recognizing all you do each day

  • To do list for accomplishing day-to-day tasks

  • Personal pages for filling your heart through introspective writing

  • Fitness and nutritional tracking sections to help you feel your best everyday

  • Calendars for schedules and appointments

The first two pages of the calendar provide guidance on using the calendar. Then, for each month it starts with your monthly priorities and intentions, then a monthly calendar, then for each week there are weekly calendar with a to do list to the left and daily health, fitness, and nutrition tracker, then the clear your head page for recording your thoughts and then the Fill Your Heart page for reflecting on your day and recording memorable moments.

I really like the Health, Fitness and Nutrition tracker. I think that having this all in one place with my schedule and to do list, will help keep me on focus for my goal of weight loss and better fitness. I like that it includes a space for recording the amount of sleep you get each night. I think that recording this would give me a good perspective and help me modify my routine to ensure I was getting the right amount of sleep. I have a theory (mine, but perhaps others support) that the less sleep I get at night, the worse I eat. I think that it occurs on both sides of the night. If I stay up too late, I tend to nibble in an effort to stay awake, which is crazy. Then the next day, I'm tired and turn to food (or empty caffeinated beverage calories) to provide me with energy. Tracking sleep alongside nutrition tracker could help me find that optimal level, where I am still eating healthy and exercising, but provides me with the waking hours I need to get everything done.

The fact that everything is in one place, I hope will help me reach another goal that I seem to always have - Getting Organized. I like the space to record memorable moments - I think this will help me in another goal, organizing photos and putting together scrapbooks - by recording them, I will have the anecdotal comments to add to the pictures that capture our life.

There are three editions being launched - all eco-friendly, green and printed on recycled paper: Full Year 2010 retails for $34.95; January-June 2010 is $18.95; and July-December 2010 is $18.95. The calendar that I received to review is the January - June 2010 version and is a 8 1/2" x 11" soft-sided, spiral bound (double spiral, non-snagging) book.

Daysteps also has an inspirational blog to guide you along. You can find it on the Daysteps website.

After having the chance to see the Daysteps Lifestyle Planner, I am very excited to begin tracking my progress and using this planner come January. The layout is easy to follow and perfect for a busy mom or the busy individual that never gives themselves the chance to sit down. With the upcoming holidays, I'm thinking that this could be an excellent gift idea for the busy women in all of our lives.

In addition to receiving a planner to review, courtesy of the women at Daysteps, I also have been given the opportunity to provide One Lucky Reader with a Jan 2010-June 2010 Planner so you can see for yourself how great this planner is!

How to enter:

Primary entry - Visit Daysteps and then come back here and leave a comment sharing what you like best about the planner and how this planner would help you.

Bonus entries -
Follow me and Daysteps on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. This can be done once per day, be sure to leave a separate comment for each tweet.

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Giveaway will remain open until Wednesday, November 25th at 9 pm Eastern. Winner will be selected using a random number generator. Winner will be contacted by e-mail and have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

I did not receive any compensation for this post, but did receive my own Personal Lifestyle Planner from Daysteps.


Anonymous said...

I think the To Do list would be my favorite part. I love checking things off as I get through my tasks at work, as it makes me feel like I've accomplished something!

Sarah J said...

The fitness and nutrition area would be great!

sarahkayjordan@sbcglobal dot net

Anonymous said...

I like that it is a planner that also inspires and motivates you as you plan your day.JD

Anonymous said...

I subscribe by e-mail. JD

Katie said...

I like how thin the planner is so I can easily fit it into my bag and carry it with me all the time to keep me accountable.

jonquill101 at aol dot com

Katie said...

I have subscribed by email

jonquill101 at aol dot com

Katie said...

I have added you to my "Favorite Blogs" (you're at the top!)

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Katie said...

I posted on my blog about your giveaway. Please let me know if I did it right; it's the first time I've linked back to someone's blog. Thanks.

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Unknown said...

The planner would be all-in-one place and give me that kick I need to just do it!

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