Lifestyle Planning

Review: Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Last week, I posted this on my Instagram and Facebook and got a few positive feedback about the planner I’m using…

Guess which one among the six planner options I ultimately chose?

If you think it’s Design Your Life’s Back to Basics planner, you’re right! I was planning on buying it myself, but when my group of friends’ gift exchange came up last Christmas season, I decided to have my Secret Santa buy it for me lol! Thank you, Hazel, for fulfilling my wish!

As I mentioned, I got quite a few comments on both my Facebook and Instagram posts about the planner I am using. A former professor of mine even commented on how rare it is to find planners with vertical orientation. Actually, that’s perhaps 85% of the reason why I chose this planner. At first, I really wanted the Limitless planner. I loved its classic black cover and I think it really fits me. Even now, I still think it’s very pretty.

However, I will not be using the cover to plan, right? The actual planner pages are faaar more important than a pretty cover. So far, I’m loving my Back to Basics planner. I’ll show you why!

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Barely a week since I started using it and the cover is already dirty. I accidentally placed it over a piece of paper with wet marker ink…

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Happy to have big writing space again. Here the planner page compared to a personal size planner insert from my Kikki K!

A pocket plus the set of stickers the planner comes with

Opposite side of the pocket page with moooore stickers plus some Instax photos and the page for personal info

Back to basics!

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Contacts, obviously 😀

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

I already edited the planner “manual” with my own legends and codes, but the personalization really is up to you

It also comes with this bookmark which you can use as a ruler

2017, 2018, and 2019

List-gasm! Two pages of lists <3

I’m loving this “Last Time” page. What better way to track haircuts and dentist appointments!

The “Monthlies” page. I don’t have regular monthly appointments or events so I’m using it for bill tracking

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

A sample of the monthly planning page. I love that it has a “Pending” section for tasks you weren’t able to accomplish last month

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

And a sample weekly planning page. Vertical orientation FTW! Here’s how I’m using the divisions: first row for personal stuff, middle row for Yuri stuff, and the third row for work-related stuff.

Built-in hydration tracker!

When I posted my planner page above, I still didn’t know how to use the three bullet points at the end of each day. After posting it, I had the idea to use them for meal planning!

Major to-dos! Also, a noteworthy section which I’m currently using as a shopping list

Two pages of expense tracking at the end of each month

It also comes with a 2019 planner for the overthinkers hahaha. I don’t think I’ll be able to use this feature

Another finance tracker, “Cash Flow” pages when tracking your spending alone doesn’t cut it

I love that it has “To Save,” “To Spend,” and “To Share” prompts

Short-term goals and long-term goals, too!

A project tracker which I have yet to use

Sleep tracker for people with poor sleeping habits (like me huhu)

Travel checklist! This covers your general preparation before you go on that trip

And three pages of “Travel Planner” for the specifics!

Another thing I absolutely love? Instead of blank or ruled empty pages, it has dotted pages! I do poorly with blank pages because all my lines are crooked (even with a ruler), while ruled pages are a bit boring IMO…

I was able to make this Savings Tracker on one of the dotted pages. Those labels aren’t supposed to be there, but I made a mistake so I need to cover it up hehe. I just realized they all color-coordinated after I’m done making the page

Regarding the quality, I can say that the entire planner is well worth the price. For P630, you get a hardbound planner (the cover feels sturdy) with good writing paper (100 GSM). There’s no bleeding or even ghosting when you use a sign pen. Markers, highlighters, and color pens are also generally safe to use although in my case, I bled when I shaded too heavily. Easy to avoid, though!

In conclusion, it’s only the beginning of January, but I’m already super loving my planner. I think I made the right choice because when I started using it, I immediately felt planner peace. What planner are you using this year?

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  • Reply Joy January 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Love your planner, Maan, it’s colorful, organized and looks like it’s so much fun to use. The truth is I do not know how to use a planner. I’m more of a diary type girl, I love blank pages where I can put everything I wish to put. Though, we have one thing in common, we both love to write how our days will go. 🙂 Good luck to us.

  • Reply May Palacpac January 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Ang ganda! But no matter what planner I buy, I always end up messing it up. I am convinced keeping a planner and using it is a gift!

  • Reply GERALDINE YONG January 10, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    omgoodness! wish i’ve spotted this sooner!
    gahhh vertical planners are the best because you can plan up base on the time of the day as well! and the build in hydration marker I NEEEED! been DIY my own in my planner.
    but this is going to wishlist for next year’s planner!

    ps: lovely blog! following you on G+ 🙂

    smiles from wan @ everything magical

  • Reply Angel Caronongan-Enero January 10, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Yay! I love planners and this Design your Life Back to Basics planner is a wow! I love the pages : “monthties” perfect sating mga nanay, “lasttime” I love this, dahil sobrang busy tayo and the planner stickers’ cuteness overload. Will check this planner next year. I have a Mom 24/7 2018 planner by Mommy Mundo and eventually SB planner as my yearly collection *still have to collect my last 3 stickers* tho.

  • Reply Cel January 11, 2018 at 6:22 am

    I love two things about it, the vertical orientation and the dotted pages. I’m using a bullet journal na hehe.

  • Reply Teresa Dumadag January 13, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    This is a great planner indeed! I had been using a planner for decades. I love the details in your planner. I might consider buying this next year.

  • Reply grace January 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I love it’s design, very detailed but I am more into horizontal layout and I started BuJo-ing for this year and I use the Mercury Drugstore Planner. But this one’s looks really goo and it has all the pages you need to “design your life”

  • Reply tweenselmom January 15, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Nice planner and goodluck! A planner is the first step to have a more organized and fruitful year!

  • Reply Ramona Jessica January 15, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I am using the 2018 do it all secret planner for my daily chores, mercury suki day book (the ever famous) for my blog ideas and the What to Next from scribbles as my daily journal. I am also planning to start a bullet journal for all my tracking purposes. I was a really great help. You featured one of the planners I’m eyeing to buy. Really. I would consider them next year 😊great review.


  • Reply Louisa January 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I love planners!The one you chose is so complete. I love that it has a water consumption and sleep tracker. Two things I definitely need more of!

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