Introducing the METIS Planner
I designed the METIS Planner while at Rutgers University to have a planner that was specifically focused on the needs of a student, not a business executive. The METIS Planner allows you to track all of your to do activities directly in your daily schedule so you are sure you always have the time to do what you need to do so that you have the time to do what you want to do.
If you are looking to stay organized and have an amazing college experience, please read on and let me fully introduce you to the complete METIS Planner system.
Why Did I Create My Own Planner?
My name is Sarah and I co-designed the METIS Planner while I was in college at Rutgers University. In my four years of college, I triple majored in Food Science Research, Nutritional Science, and Biology. I also had a job as a Resident Assistant, conducted lab research, and held board positions in several service organizations.
For me, time management was critical and I was unable to find any commercially available planner that worked well for me. Every planner I tried seemed to be designed for a business executive or a soccer Mom. I wanted something that was focused on the needs of a busy student.
So, during a semester break, working with my Dad, we set out to design a planner targeted for college students. This father/daughter project resulted in much more than a better calendar design, it resulted in a complete organizational system for college students.
We tested our concepts over two years to refine the design and to insure that it would work for a wide range of students. So if you are an obsessive planner or someone that just needs help keeping track of next week’s homework and quizzes, the METIS Planner will work for you.
My Complete Introduction Movie:
The Full Backstory
Enjoy the movie or just skip ahead and read about all the amazing features of the METIS Planner. The choice is really up to you. How do you want to spend the next four minutes?
Why Name it the METIS Planner?
We considered well over 100 different names, but none seemed to capture the full breadth of the planner system we were designing. During a brainstorming session, my Dad asked, “Who was the first person associated with any type of planner?” A few searches later, just a bit off topic, we were reading myths about METIS.
METIS was the Greek Goddess of wisdom, planning, advice, and deep thought. She was married to Zeus, and that, of course, led to her share of “Greek” drama in her life. But she did what she needed to do.
And she got it done on time, in accordance with her schedule and based on her plan. And so, a Goddess of wisdom, planning, advice, and deep thought just seemed to fit our vision for a complete planning system for any college student.
And with that, we had our name, the METIS Planner.
Details About the METIS Planner
Most planners just help you plan and schedule meetings. The METIS Planner, however, is designed to help you organize your long term assignments, your short term assignments, and to make sure you allocate time to get everything done.
As a student, your to do list of assignments, tests to study for, and just keeping your college life sane is as critical as your weekly schedule. Every week the METIS Planner provides ample space for your weekly to do’s uniquely integrated with your weekly schedule.
It's More Than Just a Planner
Most planners just help you plan and schedule meetings. The METIS Planner goes well beyond just tracking meetings and work items. It’s a place to brain storm your first million dollar entrepreneurial business. It’s a place to capture life’s BIG to do items and your unique vision for your future.
Your METIS Planner is a complete system to help you look beyond the current semester and to begin to dream big and to help you plan your future.
The METIS Planner is a Complete System for Achieving Academic Success
Supporting your printed METIS Planner is a comprehensive library of downloadable bonus content to help you successfully tackle your most challenging college classes.
Using the METIS Planner system will help you develop and refine your time management and critical planning and organizational skills needed for college and beyond.
Can a Planner Be Fun?
Sure, some people get great joy in making to do lists. Of course, they get even more joy in checking off each item on their to do list.
But for the rest of the world, it takes a bit more to make a planner fun. And your METIS Planner certainly tries to be fun.
A Planner is More Than Just About Planning
Most planners just help you plan and schedule meetings. The METIS Planner is a full organizational system for your college years. From tracking your weekly expenses to recording your medical information, your warranty information, or even your password information, your METIS Planner has you covered. Of course some information is too sensitive to carry around in your METIS Planner. Your METIS Planner system also includes additional bonus content that you, as a registered user, can download and keep safe and secure in your dorm room.
Your METIS Planner is your centralized repository for organizing critical information.
Analog versus Digital …
On-line calendar. On-Line task manager. On-line budget tracker. On-line exercise log. On-line food log. On-line this and on-line that. Of course there’s an app for that. But with so many diverse apps and on a 5 or 6 inch screen, it’s hard to get a really good view of what your week entails.
Your METIS Planner is optimized to let you see your weekly schedule and weekly to do’s all at once so nothing gets lost on another screen.
The METIS Planner Was Designed for You as a Student
Every aspect of the planner has been carefully designed to focus on the needs of a student, not on a business executive or a soccer Mom.
Your METIS Planner is not afraid to break with years of calendar tradition.
This is a planning system designed by and for college students, not as an afterthought from some other planner company.
Tested and Retested
Based on feedback, usage reports, and preference surveys, the METIS Planner has evolved and improved during its two years of pre-introduction testing.
From an initial 4 pages per week, two 2-inch binder 400+ pages system (what were we thinking?), the refined METIS Planner of today has emerged.
Many of our early testers are already asking for a post graduation edition. But for now, they will need to wait. Our focus is on the METIS Planner Student Edition.
Awkward – Why Awkward?
Getting Your Free Planner
Do you want a full free digital print at home copy of the 2016-2017 METIS planner?
Then from any Google/gmail account, email a screen shot to email@example.com and at the successful close of this Kickstarter campaign, we’ll reply to your email with a link for the full digital print at home copy of the 2016-2017 METIS planner.
If you don't have a Google/gmail account, you can get one for free at https://accounts.google.com/signup.
Free is Nice, But …
Of course we’d love for you to financially support this kickstarter campaign and receive a beautifully printed and bound 2016-2017 METIS Planner and have full access to all the supplemental downloads – and if you can do that, please support our campaign.
But if you can’t, we understand and are so confident that the METIS Planner will help any student, we want to make sure it’s available to as many students as possible.
Please Support our Kickstarter campaign now.
Risks and challenges
We have thoroughly tested our design and have already completed a small production run with our selected vendor.
As such, we believe that our main challenge will be getting the sponsor information for specific sponsorship levels completed so that we can finalize proofs and begin production. To mitigate this risk, we will need to hold our sponsors to a 1 week deadline to complete their survey following the end of our campaign. Any backer whose level included a mention in the planner that misses this deadline will still be able to get their planner, but will not get the desired mention.
Additionally, our goal will be to get the planner out to our backers as soon as possible. But please understand that unforeseen setbacks do arise in terms of manufacturing and shipping.
We know we can optimize our logistics by preparing shipping material while our planner is still in production. As such we ask that all of our backers respond to the information survey as quickly as possible after this Kickstarter ends so we can get your planner to you as quickly as possible.
While we have tested and refined the content of our planner over two years, these early versions were not bound books; we used three ring binders. As such, we do not have a full year of “stress” testing of our professionally bound books. Our publisher assures us of the quality of their binding process, but we consider this a risk as we do not yet have extensive firsthand experience using the bound version of our planner.
For supplemental downloadable content, we will require all users to register a gmail address. This restriction simplifies our website design and, for now, allows us to focus on creating the best planner possible and not invest in an overly complex web site and avoids having to manage any password or security credentials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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