If you follow me on instagram, then you’ll know that I am completely obsessed with planners and being organised. I currently use a bullet journal, but I’m always on the lookout for interesting planners. Unfortunately, in South Africa, our pickings are slim. We rarely find anything different from the standard, bland, page-a-day diaries sold at most stationery stores in January. So, when I stumbled across the WOW Diary (Wonderfully Organised Woman) online, I immediately got in contact with the creator, Alison Deary, who was kind enough to send me one. She also sent me the really fascinating MultiPlanner. I love supporting South African products, even more so when these products happen to be stationery – so I thought I’d share my first impressions!
The 2018 WOW Diary
Look and Feel
The Wonderfully Organised Woman diary is a daily planner with a page-a-day set-up. It’s quite eye-catching, with an elegant two-tone faux-leather cover (mine is in the shade “pomegranate”) and feels really pleasant to hold. It looks and feels really luxurious for a diary that costs only R159, and is slightly thicker and heavier than your typical A5 planner.
Planning and Practicality
When you open the planner, however, you really get that WOW factor. Each page is split into multiple sections, with a time-based schedule on the left, and blocks for different to-dos, goals and reminders. There’s a small, gratitude section and each page has a quote or organisation tip at the bottom. As you flip through the diary, there’s (surprise!) a recipe page every now and then for those days when you don’t know what to cook. The pages are well thought-out and every new month starts with a spacious calendar page and to-do list.
At the back of the diary, there is an additional section with all sorts of interesting pages. I particularly like the “borrowed and loaned items” spread, because I often lend out my books. It also has a “month at a glance” page for January and February 2019, which is extremely useful. A full list of all the features can be found on the website here. There is ample space to fill with notes and doodles at the back.
Overall, my first impression is that this is a well thought-out planner made by someone who knows what you actually need in beyond the basics. It looks great, feels great, and is perfectly practical.
Look and Feel
I got the a copy of the A5 MultiPlanner in the colour “River Clay”. It’s got a lovely, corporate feel to it that would make it sit comfortably on any office desk. On that same note – it is very thick in size and is better suited to a desk than carrying around. The MultiPlanner is surprisingly lightweight, with really luxurious paper. It costs R179, which is good value for money in my opinion.
Planning and Practicality
Like the WOW Diary, the MultiPlanner’s layout is really well thought-out. It offers a weekly overview section, followed by a full page-a-day. The planner is undated and runs for 52 weeks, so it’s great if you’re getting your life together in the middle of the year or have an otherwise unusual structure to your year. I really love the page layouts because they’re similar to the bullet journal layout I used recently. There’s a schedule at the bottom of the page, and ample blank space above for reminders and notes. I’m going to use the MultiPlanner this December to try it out, and I can’t wait to put my pastel highlighters to the task of decorating and organising the pages.
Compared to the WOW Diary, the MultiPlanner doesn’t have many additional sections and features, but it’s not lacking anything important either. It’s a planner that I would keep on my desk and designate as for a specific task like work or my studies. With the combination of blank space and simple layouts, it would make a good in-between for someone who likes the freedom of bullet journalling but hates drawing layouts.
Overall, I’m looking forward to using the MultiPlanner in December. It’s functional and well-made, with plenty of space for experimenting.
I’m really happy with both the MultiPlanner and the WOW Diary. Once I’ve used both properly, I’ll be sure to post a full review. If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments. Both planners can be purchased from the MOM Diary website and selected stockists.
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I hope you all have a wonderful day and are ready to tackle the upcoming year.
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by the creator for review. All opinions are honest and my own.