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FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU,” DECLARES THE LORD, “PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE. ~Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media for any length of time, then you know that I’m a die-hard planner user. And, you probably also know that I’ve been writing Scripture daily this year as part of my morning devotions. When I heard about the Anchored Press Devotional Planner, I was anxious to get my hands on it!
Could this be a place where I could record all my regular daily tasks AND my devotions/Scripture writing?
In a word, no. But, it is an awesome planner!
The Anchored Press Planner Features:
- Daily pages + combined weekend pages
- Daily page includes: an hourly scheduler (6am-8pm), top 4 to-do list, dinner plan & a place to meet with God everyday
- Daily Bible verses & inspired devotions
- Mid-week prayer over your children
- A weekly spot to thank God for your blessings
- Monthly designated page for prayer requests
- Family goal planning page
- Family memory making prompts
- Family go-to dinner page
- 2016 yearly calendar and holiday pages
- 12 two-page monthly views
The Nitty Gritty Details of the Anchored Press Planner:
- January 2016 – December 2016
- Portable Size: 7.5” wide x 9” tall
- Thick 70# recycled paper printed with environmentally friendly soy ink
- Hard cover, matte laminate with gold foil pressed detailing
- Mylar coated gold foil pressed monthly tab pages
- Strong wire-o binding
- Helpful inside front pocket
Why the Anchored Press Planner was created:
From Deanna, creator of the Anchored Press Planner:
OUR SWEET JESUS is the official “Creative Director & Writer” of the ANCHORED PRESS PLANNER and He should get all of the glory for it. One day He stirred my heart for all of you women who spend more time focusing on the needs of others, and very little time focused on growing your soul.
Owning a stationery business for three years, while professionally satisfying, brought me little ‘soul growth’ and God, little glory. This fact led me to start writing devotions during my morning quiet time. Two months passed by and I had written over a hundred devotions. GOD GAVE ME THE WORDS and I didn’t know why. But, then the doors started opening, one after another. At this same time, I also realized I really needed a one-stop spot for everything that kept me organized, and my family running smoothly. Over the years, I have turned my day planner into a place to keep my schedule, devotional, prayer journal, meal plan, goals and memory keeping in one tidy place. Well, let me rephrase, one busting at the seams “tidy” place. All that I added into my tool to keep me organized, actually made it appear and feel as if I wasn’t organized at all. So through prayer, and being obedient to walk through the doors God was opening for me, The Anchored Press Planner CAME TO LIFE. The Anchored Press Planner was faithfully designed for women looking for a way to stay organized, and anchored in God’s Word.
What Heidi Says about the Anchored Press Planner:
OK, first of all, who doesn’t want this planner after reading that creation story? Seriously!
I opened the front cover of the planner and found this handy-dandy How To Use page right up front. As the former creator of a planner myself, I appreciate the personal note and descriptions of the features, written by the creator herself. You get a little piece of her heart right here in the planner, and that makes my planner-self happy!
Here is an example of the daily pages that are found in the planner. Each 2-page spread covers 2 days, except for the weekend (which has Friday on the left and Saturday and Sunday together on the right).
In the planner that I’m using currently, I am not used to a daily schedule with the times listed on the side. I never really thought I would like this approach, and have chosen more of a simple daily list format. However, now that I see how I can still write the daily list in this format, but write them at the times they need to be accomplished, I’m really liking this. Ever since I had amnesia a few years ago, I can’t remember ANYTHING unless I put it on my planner. Having it written at the exact time it needs done could be really beneficial!
I’ve mapped out a section of my current to do list for my blog posts. That’s the only thing that’s really missing here in the Anchored Press Planner. I’m thinking that I could include my blog post information in the First Four section, which is designed to be a place to record “the first four things you need to accomplish in your day and hold yourself accountable to them.” I’m sure this area is meant for more personal, spiritual matters, but my blog is a part of me.
As I mentioned above, I was hoping there might be room each day to write out my Scripture verses (I typically write 2-5 verses per day, depending on the schedule I’m following/using). There just isn’t room to include that. Honestly, it was a silly thought on my part – it would take up too much space. So, I’ll just keep using another notebook for that.
I love the What’s for Dinner? section at the bottom of each page (I don’t have this currently, and we are all about our menu at our house!)
The daily verses and short devotional thoughts are such a nice added feature in a planner. I love that the thoughts on Wednesdays are prayers for our children! It’s nice, too, that there’s a section to record your thoughts on that day’s devotional.
The prayer request list – and a place to update – at the end of each month is also a very handy tool.
And I adore the monthly tabbed dividers – each one has a lovely quote on it (and I’m a sucker for a good quote!)
The only real complaint I have is that for certain months – March, May, September, November, and December – the first of the month is listed in the daily pages for the month before, because of the day of the week it falls on. I don’t really think I have OCD, but this is something that has bothered me in other planners as well. I like EVERY day of the month to be behind that month’s tab.
All in all, I’m really impressed with this planner and would definitely recommend it if it sounds like something that will fit your planner needs!
Coming in 2017:
2017 planners will release in late August and, thanks to this year’s success, there will be an expanded product line! Expect to see 2 formats, more color options, and a separate prayer journal. One of the planners will have 52 devotionals, 1 for each week, written by some amazing women of God, such as Christine Caine and Jenni Catron!
Oh, and guess what? The current 2016 planners are 40% off which is a great deal because there are still 6 months left in the year to enjoy them.
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