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If You Carry a DayTimer, DayRunner, FranklinCovey, or Any Other Calendar, You Need a Better Day Planner!

The New Year. Time to get organized, right?

I’ve been there too: make the annual resolution to get more organized, buy a day planner, use it for a few weeks.

By Valentine’s Day I’d usually forgotten it and lost the thing under piles of paper on my desk.

Another 40 bucks down the drain – and the feeling of guilt every time I found that expensive paperweight.

Often I’d try again in summertime, and maybe even buckle down and use the dayplanner for few more weeks, but for some reason I couldn’t — or wouldn’t — stick with it.

Then a few years ago it dawned on me: I was trying to use something that didn’t fit the way I work. Like tight, uncomfortable shoes that come with a rented tuxedo (you know, for the June wedding I neglected to write in my planner back in March).

That’s Why I Created The Better Dayplanner.

There are a few things wrong with every other product I tried:

  • Not enough hours to fit my wacky dawn-to-midnight schedule
  • Too many complicated rules and symbols for maintaining my ever-changing schedule
  • Too few reminders of what I’m hoping to achieve with this crazy schedule

No Off-the-Shelf Planner Fits Entrepreneurs Like the Better Dayplanner

the better dayplanner runs 5am to 10pmWhen I was just getting my side business started, the “paycheck day” ended around dinnertime, but my own work didn’t. I’d schedule meetings after hours, go to networking functions, or block out time for my writing up to 8:00, 9:00, and sometimes even later.

Most of the dayplanner designers’ worlds quit at 6 PM at the outside.

I tried to fit my day job and my own business onto the same calendar, but it was just like trying to cook two recipes in the same bowl. Messy, unusable, and a waste of effort.

So I realized if I was going to make my calendar work, I was going to have to make my own.

How Many Day Planners Have You Seen That Start at 5 AM?

Here in Arizona, the days begin early to beat the heat. It’s common to rise by 6:00 AM or even earlier. My day starts at 3:00 AM for several reasons, one of the most important being I can get some quiet time in before the family wakes up. I’m ready to go with planned work by 5:00 AM.

If you’re an entrepreneur or self-employed, you know that “banker’s hours” aren’t close to the days you lead. (And don’t even say 4 Hour Work Week, that makes me laugh until my stomach hurts.)

You probably find you have to do a lot of scheduling in the margins above and below the printed hours in your planner.

Or you might be a sticky-note addict with all kinds of irreplaceable information just waiting to unstick and slip out onto the sidewalk.

Like they say, I’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt. (And lost my shirt once or twice when I misplaced a phone number.)

I’ve looked in a lot of bookstores, office supply warehouses, and mail-order catalogs, and I’ve never seen anything comparable to the Better Dayplanner. I guess the folks who make up calendars aren’t the kind of people who need to work 12- or 14- or 18-hour days.

So … What Is This Better Dayplanner?

Start of Month Spread
Start of Month Spread, With Pages for Calendar and Planning
End of Month Spread
End of Month Spread, With Pages for Notes and Reflection

I designed the Better Dayplanner to fit my long days – 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM – with ample space for notes. I included two pages for planning the month and two more at the end for marking achievements, follow-ups, and other notes. (One page is graph paper because I sometimes like to sketch things to scale. And I think it looks cool too.)

I start the work week at Monday, which puts the weekend days together on the right side of the planner. Let’s face it, we often plan something for “sometime over the weekend,” and those Saturdays and Sundays can blur together. With the Better Dayplanner laid out this way, I can plan my weekends more loosely and keep the Monday through Friday week more focused.

I listed the major holidays but skipped the cute features like moon phase and birthstones.

But I did use some space for inspiration … the kind that is meaningful to success-minded people. Each week has a quote from an entrepreneur or other legendary success story. We can always use some motivation, and I’ve tried to choose many quotes with a sense of humor to lighten things up on bad days.

Plenty of Space for All Your Planning

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Week Spread, With Monday to Sunday Layout and Notes Space

In the very first week you use your Better Dayplanner, you’ll see why it’s so much easier to use.

For one thing, I used a full 8-1/2 by 11 inch, letter-sized layout, so you can actually write at a reasonable size. There is room for everything you do before, during, and after the “normal” workday. There is space for notes, but not page after page of blanks. I also spiral-bound the book so it will easily lay flat – and also can’t lose pages like a three-ring binder could.

With an understated, brown cover* and minimal text, you won’t feel like your planner stands out and draws attention, but you also won’t feel self-conscious that’s it’s not a super-premium leatherbound planner carried more for show than actual work.

* Now available: 15 Fashion Covers for those who prefer a bit more flair.

Want to see the “real thing” or print it? Click here to download a sample month for review!

Get Yours Today and Welcome 2018

better dayplanner 2018 annual edition cover 3dOften we put off planning til it’s too late and we don’t have time to make the best decisions.

Fortunately, it’s not too late to get your Better Dayplanner before the New Year’s Eve bubbly starts to flow. Just click the button below and your Better Dayplanner will be on its way soon. At just $37.95 plus postage, you’ll agree this calendar is a bargain.

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* Until October 31, 2017, your 2018 Annual Edition is available for pre-order at a 10% savings!

And There is No Risk!

Guarantee BadgeI’m sure you’ll say the Better Dayplanner is the best calendar you’ve ever used. But if you don’t agree, you can return it for a full refund anytime in 90 days — no strings attached, no questions asked.

You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. For less than the price of dinner for two you’ll own a tool that will help you be more efficient, more organized, and more successful. You could even say you’re buying yourself extra time that you might have wasted through disorganization.

Here’s to making 2018 your best year ever!

Chris Lake

Christopher Lake

P. S. If you aren’t sure $37.95 is worth it for my Better Dayplanner, you probably haven’t priced out some of the alternatives. Even if you’re just buying refills I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how affordable the Better Dayplanner really is. Order yours today!

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