I’ve been using my new 2016 planner from Bendel’s since December. I’m loving it except for one nit picky thing. It won’t lie flat on my desk. I like the size because I can carry it in my handbag. I love the paper. It’s quite opaque and thicker than the paper in my 2015 Smythson. I can use my Sakura color gel pens without them bleeding through the paper. My Pilot gel pens do bleed through slightly so I’m not using them much in this planner.
I don’t like to see bleed through from ink. It happened in my Smythson no matter what pen I used so I do enjoy writing in this diary. I enjoy the horizontal layout because it gives me more room to write. The opposite page is a freestyle page which I’m using to jot down grocery lists, to do lists, wish lists, etc. My only pet peeve is it does not lie flat but there are so many other plus factors I think I can commit for the long haul. The illustration on the front cover is adorable too! Hopefully the diary will lie flatter as the year progresses. We’ll see. It’s a great bargain compared to my 2015 Smythson splurge. I love Smythson but the paper thickness did not suit me.
With my Bendel diary it’s nice to decorate it with a few stickies, decals and a few strips of washi tape and I’m done. I’m a minimalist at heart so I do a few pages ahead of the week by laying a few strips of washi and decals and then jot down my workout schedule for the week. I hope to workout a minimum of five days a week for 2016 and then weekend workouts I can decide on last minute. I plan to sleep in more in 2016 whenever possible.
What is your current planner for 2016?