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A daily, monthly, and semester planner with a uniquely integrated system for managing near term and long term to do’s.
A daily, monthly, and semester planner with a uniquely integrated system for managing near term and long term to do’s.
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METIS Planner: An Organizational System For College Success

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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. 

My Story:  
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?

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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?

That's Awkward - See Below
That's Awkward - See Below

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

That’s Still Awkward – See Below
That’s Still Awkward – See Below

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.

KEY:  Blue content is included in the printed and bound planner. Red content is available for registered users to download.  (Please note that a gmail address is required for registering as a user - see "risks and challenges" for more information).
KEY: Blue content is included in the printed and bound planner. Red content is available for registered users to download. (Please note that a gmail address is required for registering as a user - see "risks and challenges" for more information).

 

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 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?

Read on, there really is a connection between my creative photography and this Kickstarter campaign.
Read on, there really is a connection between my creative photography and this Kickstarter campaign.

 

 

 

Getting Your Free Planner

Do you want a full free digital print at home copy of the 2016-2017 METIS planner?

Help spread the word on your favorite social media site by providing a link to this kickstarter page or simply like us at www.facebook.com/metisplanner.

Then from any Google/gmail account, email a screen shot to metisplanner@gmail.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.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank You Special

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

    Full pdf print at home version of the 2016-2017 METIS planner. A link will be mailed to you at the successful close of this campaign.

    Sure, you can also get it for free as described in the How to get a Free METIS Planner section below, but with this Kickstarter campaign, every dollar will help, so do both – share the link AND pick a support level.

    And remember, picking a support level is the only way to get your name in the Thank You Hall of Fame and who wouldn’t want to be able to brag that you were an early supporter of METIS.

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    Digital Special

    Full pdf print at home version of the 2016-2017 METIS planner. A link will be mailed to you at the successful close of this campaign.

    Full access to all supplemental downloads.

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

    Sure, you can also get the print at home version as described in the How to get a Free METIS Planner section below, but at this level you also have full access to all supplemental downloads to complete your METIS system. So do both – share the link AND pick a support level.

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    I Don’t Procrastinate Early Bird Special

    Not every to do items needs to be scheduled. Sometimes, it's best to just do it, no procrastination. And this level rewards the first 50 that just get it done – support us at this level and get a discount on your printed METIS planner.

    One Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planner with free U.S. shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like it for your own use).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

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    College Student Special

    This is the level we’ve designed for all college students that are serious about wanting to succeed in college, wanting to stay organized, wanting to do what they need to do, and wanting to have time to do what they want to do.

    Sure parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends can also select this level as a gift, but if you are one of the first 50 to select the gift version below, we’ll gift wrap it for free!

    One Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planner with free U.S. shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like it for your own use OR if giving it as a gift, for your college student’s use).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

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    Give a Gift to Your Favorite Student

    (Also known as the Parent/Grandparent/Aunt/Uncle/Friend Special)

    This is the level we’ve designed for all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or friends that want to give the gift of success, the gift of time, a gift that keeps on giving to any college student that is serious about wanting to succeed in college. The habits formed by using the METIS Planner will not only help in college, but will become critical lifelong skills.

    And by acting now, for the first 50 to select this gift version level, we’ll gift wrap the METIS Planner for free!

    One Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planner with free U.S. shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like it for your college student’s use).

    The planner will be gift wrapped and can include a personalized gift note (message and additional information will be gathered as part of the survey at the end of the campaign).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

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    Buy One/Donate One Discount Special

    Buy one at regular price and donate one at half price to a deserving undergrad at a major state university. If you'd like, you can include your name, a personalized message, and your email.

    And of course you also get for your own use, one Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planner with free U.S. shipping

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like it for your own use OR if giving it as a gift, for your college student’s use).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

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    Roommate Special

    We’ve designed this level to offer a discount for those that want two copies of the beautifully printed and bound 2016-2017 METIS Planner.

    Two Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planners with free U.S. shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like it for you and your roommate or friend or brother or sister or parent – really it’s ok for whomever else you give it to).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

    FAQ for this level:
    Q: Am I obligated to give the second copy to my roommate?
    A: No, while it would be nice to be both roommates and METISmates, there is no contractual obligation to give your second copy to your roommate. Your METISmate can be a friend, a brother, a sister, or even your Mom or Dad if they happen to be going back to school.

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    Sharing Is Caring Birthday Special

    We’ve designed this level for 10 special supporters that want to have a special message included in all 2016-2017 METIS Planners. Remember, every day is a special day with your METIS Planner. Every day includes a Today Is … It could be Today is Yodel at Your Neighbor Day. It could be Today is International Chocolate Day. Why not let all other METIS Planner users know that Today Is your or a friend’s birthday?

    Your or a friend’s birthday (First name and Last Initial) added as a Today Is … to all 2016-2017 METIS Planners*.

    Two Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planners with free U.S. shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like it for you and your friend).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

    *Due to space constraints, may not be included in a Customized Club Special if date conflicts occur.

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    Apartment Mate Special

    We’ve designed this level to offer a discount for those that want four copies of the beautifully printed and bound 2016-2017 METIS Planner.

    Four Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planners with free U.S. shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like it for you and your roommates, apartment mates or friends or brothers or sisters – really it’s ok for whomever else you give it to).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

    FAQ for this level:
    Q: Am I obligated to give the extra copies to my apartment mates?
    A: No, while it would be nice to be both apartment mates and METISmates, there is no contractual obligation to give your second, third, or fourth copy to your apartment mates. Your additional METISmate can be anyone you’d like.

    Q: My campus does not offer apartment style housing, can I still select this level?
    A: We are glad that you are being so very precise in selecting your support level and are the type of student that would never do anything wrong in college. In this case, “Apartment Mate Special” is just a made up name for ordering four books at once. Of course you may select this level regardless of the type of housing offered by your college or university.

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    Club Special

    We’ve design this level for a college honors program, a fraternity, a sorority, or any other campus club or organization that wants to make sure that their members have the tools they need to succeed.

    100 (or more) Bound Printed 2016-2017 METIS planners with free U.S. shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like for you and all organization’s members).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

    FAQ for this level:
    Q: My organization has more than 100 members. I’m interested in this level. What should I do?
    A: This is where the “or more” aspect of this support level comes in so handy. Message us and let us know how many planners you need and we’ll work up a quote.

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    Customized Club Special

    We’ve design this level for a college honors program, a fraternity, a sorority, or any other campus club or organization that wants to make sure that their members have the tools they need to succeed AND wants an extra degree of personalization for their METIS Planners. At this level, you can personalize the cover with your organization's name and add 10 customized Today Is … entries.

    100 Bound (or more) Printed 2016-2017 METIS planners with a custom designed cover with your club or organization's name along with 10 customized Today Is … entries with free U.S. Shipping.

    Access to all supplemental downloads.

    Access to the full PDF (if you’d also like for you and all organization’s members).

    Name in the Thank You Hall of Fame on the metisplanner.com web site.

    FAQ for this level:
    Q: My organization has more than 100 members. I’m interested in this level. What should I do?
    A: This is where the “or more” aspect of this support level comes in so handy. Message us and let us know how many planners you need and we’ll work up a quote.

    Q: Will getting this personalized delay shipping of my order?
    A: If you are interested in this level and contact us before the end of the campaign, we can create all the necessary customizations so that we can have this special edition processed in parallel with the standard edition. So our hope is that selecting this level will not delay your shipment.

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