About this project
HOW WOULD IT FEEL TO ACCOMPLISH EVERY SINGLE GOAL YOU SET OUT FOR YOURSELF THIS YEAR?
How successful could you be if you stopped being slowed down by day-to-day distractions, and started making real, tangible progress on your most important work and goals?
If you’re tired of always feeling like you’re farther behind than you want to be, and you’re ready to start accomplishing the things you want truly to do that will move your career and your life forward, then you need the Spark Planner.
HOW BIG DO YOU DREAM? THE SPARK PLANNER'S PROVEN SYSTEM WILL GET YOU THERE
The Spark Planner is a proven planning system designed to help you accomplish everything you want in 2016 (and beyond!). Designed and delivered by the same team that brought you the incredibly popular Spark Notebook, the Spark Planner takes the very best goal-setting, planning, and personal organization tools from that notebook and bundles them into a full year of laser-focused amazing success and productivity.
You don't need to be perfect or have superpowers to be successful. You just need the right tools. Anyone can be amazing. You can be amazing.
The Spark Planner is sleek, beautiful, and designed to make you more successful. We have taken the science of setting and achieving your goals and wrapped it into one beautifully designed planner - and you won't want to start your year without it.
With the Spark Planner, success is always at your fingertips.
In my career, I have worked with some of the smartest, most successful people in the world. From my time as a software engineer at big companies like Microsoft and Amazon to my time as a Chief Technology Officer at successful startups like Moz and Decide, to sitting on boards of international organizations, I have seen one thing time and time again:
The most successful people in the world are always organized and put together.
They rely on targeted goals, smart planning, and deep, focused work to accomplish amazing things. I’ve learned so much about how to be amazing from these people, and now I want to share the proven system I have developed with you to help you be more successful too.
Last year, I launched a Kickstarter to produce a goal-setting and note-taking system called the Spark Notebook. We were able to share the notebooks with people all over the world - it was amazing to create something that made so many people more successful.
Now, I want to take the best planning tools from the Spark Notebook and give them to you in one full year-long planner that you can use to make 2016 your best year yet.
The Spark Planner is everything you need, to accomplish everything you want.
WHAT'S INSIDE THE SPARK PLANNER
Research has shown that people who write down their goals — and who review those goals regularly — have more success than those that don't.
Which is why I wanted to create a place where goal-setting could be beautifully simple and powerfully effective.
In The Spark Planner, you’ll find beautiful, simple, easy-to-use layouts that will help you stay on track every day, all day.
And we’re making a digital version of THE FULL SPARK PLANNER free to anyone who shares this project on social media! Get free access to every single beautiful page at the close of the campaign, just by sending a note with a screenshot or link to your social share to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at the images below to get a feel of how beautiful (and functional) these pages are:
YEARLY THEME & ACHIEVEMENTS
Great things come to those who plan for them. Lay out your great plans and big dreams, and keep a record of what you achieve and when.
MONTHLY GOALS & 30-DAY CHALLENGES
Track your monthly goals and challenge yourself to create (or break) a habit. Success is *all* about consistency.
Monthly calendar spreads so you can keep track of all your important dates, reminders, and appointments.
WEEKLY GOALS & WEEKLY JOURNALING PROMPTS
Each week there is a place to recognize your progress, learn from your mistakes, and plan how you'll keep going. And of course plenty of blank, flex space to be used for your big thoughts and grand ideas.
A weekly outlook designed for time blocking - that way you can plan your day and always know you are working on something that matters.
HAND-CRAFTED AND ARTFULLY BOUND TO LIE FLAT NO MATTER WHAT
Each notebook is put together by hand. This isn't just a planner; it's also design, a craft, a work of art. We use a special binding so the planner lies flat, no matter what page you are on.
The Spark Planner has the following layouts:
- Yearly Theme & Goals
- Annual Achievement Tracker -so you can celebrate all the great things you do next year
- Monthly Overview (12 months)
- Monthly Goals (1 for each month)
- 30 Day Challenge (1 for each month)
- Weekly Goals - prioritize and strategize so all of your work matters
- Weekly Overview - designed for time blocking to help you make the most of every single day
- Weekly Inspiration Prompts - these are designed to get you thinking, but also designed to be mostly blank so you can fill them with great ideas, fantastic drawings or plans for your next big thing.
In addition to the useful design, you’ll also discover these other great features:
- Made in the USA. I’m proud to send something to you made in the country where I live.
Two-page markers. You’ll never have to worry about losing your place.
- A luxurious and sophisticated cover. I want this planner to feel and look sophisticated so we have tested all kinds of cover materials and picked one we know you will love.
- High quality, ink-proof, acid-free paper. No more ink bleeding through pages. Fountain pen safe (I’ve tested it myself!).
- Special lay-flat binding. These books are hand-sewn and designed with a very special binding that allows you to write easily on every page - front and back.
- Environmentally sound. We use soy based inks for printing. We use rainforest friendly paper. Everything is produced where we know the labor and manufacturing practices are to the same high standards as our products.
- Over 250 pages. We have designed each page to be clean, simple and flexible.
- 5.75” x 8.25” size. A perfect size for at your desk or in a meeting.
HOW TO GET A FREE DIGITAL SPARK PLANNER
I love this planner and I know that the tools within it will add value to anyone's life — I want you to have access to all of that value, whether you are able to donate to the project or not.
And so, we have created a downloadable PDF of the entire digital version of the Spark Planner that you can get completely for free.
All you have to do is share our project on social media, send us a note at email@example.com with a screenshot or a link of where you shared it, and we will send you a PDF at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
This planner is amazing, and I truly believe the tools inside it will help you be more successful; which is why I want to share it for free.
I want you to have all the benefits I’ve worked so hard to create in this planner, regardless of whether you are able to contribute to the project. You can get serious about your success, just by helping us share it.
Use one or both of the links below to get a pre-populated tweet or Facebook post shared directly from your account! Send an email of your share to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHY I'M BUILDING YOU THE PERFECT PLANNER
During my entire career as an entrepreneur and executive, I've struggled to find a notebook that had the functionality I needed that I also wouldn't be embarrassed to carry into a board meeting.
It seemed like the only notebooks with goal-planners, journaling pages, and organization systems were bright pink and looked like a scrapbook. Not exactly what I was looking for to be taken seriously.
On the other hand, though, the sleek, modern notebooks I found lacked all functionality and served only as appointment books or calendars. They were just lined pages no system for notes from plans from goals.The search for the perfect, professional notebook left me wondering: Why is it so hard to find a notebook with tons of functionality and a beautiful, professional design?
So I built my own. I launched the Spark Notebook as a Kickstarter last year. Once the notebooks were delivered to thousands of people across the globe, feedback came pouring in.
- A full year of pages
- Fewer notes pages and more planning pages
YOU WANT A SPARK PLANNER. PLEDGE NOW TO GET YOURS!
With the Spark Planner, you can achieve any goal. You can make anything happen.
Accomplishing amazing things isn't about being superhuman. It's not about being perfect. It's about having the right tools, the right system, and the right plan.
The Spark Planner helps you put all those things right in one place, and a place that's so artfully designed you'll want to have it with you all the time — and your coworkers will ask you where they can get one too.
No more wishing you could accomplish more every day, or feeling at the end of the year like you could have done more if you'd only worked harder.
With the Spark Planner, you can look any goal in the face and know you'll achieve it. You'll look back on every year and be amazed by what you've accomplished.
I want you — and your ideas — to be heard. I want you to walk into your next meeting as the person everyone else wants to listen to, the person so organized and on top of things that everyone turns to you first. I want you to get more from your career and the time you spend at work.
I want you to do everything you want to do. I want you to wow your boss, coworkers, and clients with how incredibly productive and effective you are. I want you to feel proud and accomplished. And I know the Spark Planner can help you get there.
If you want that too — if you want 2016 to be your best year yet — then please pledge now so we can build The Spark Planner and make being achieving your goals in 2016 a beautiful reality.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk with any crowdfunding campaign involving a physical item is manufacturing and shipping. The good news is - I've done this before.
I have been working with my printers for months to get the best possible materials and most timely shipping methods possible for these products.
I want you to have this planner to kick off 2016, so you can start the new year on the right track. The biggest risk for us, then, is that your notebook might be late.
Problems may come up (they always do...) but the vendors I am working with have a history of producing quality products on time. It's their job, and they do it well.
I guarantee you will get your planners, and I will do everything in my power (up to and including hopping on a plane and heading to the printer myself) to get yours to you on time so you can start using them as soon as possible.
I can back up what I say here — when my Kickstarter for the Spark Notebook was delayed at the fulfillment center, I had all 5,000 notebooks shipped to my house, where I packed and mailed them myself. And I'm prepared to do it again, if I have to. I am committed to getting these planners and notebooks out to all of my customers on time.
If problems do come up or you aren’t happy with your planner, I promise to do everything I can to make it right. I want you to love your notebook, and if you don’t, I want to fix that.
I am committed to being transparent and open during this whole process. If there are any issues, you’ll hear about them and you’ll hear how I am going to fix them. My number one goal is to get an amazing product in your hands as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Just share the project on social media, and email a link of your share to email@example.com. You will be emailed a digital version of the full planner at the close of the Kickstarter campaign.
Yes! Anyone who backs the project from $1 on up will get the full digital PDF after the campaign closes.
The Spark Planner covers a full year, so you will get 12 months of pages from our proven planning system. Your 2016 is going to be amazing from start to finish! :)
(The original Spark Notebook was 6 months and you can buy one on http://www.thesparknotebook.com website.)
The paper is cougar paper, which is gorgeous, sturdy, and environmentally friendly.
It is smooth text white, and here are the tech specs for the fountain pen fans:
70#, 104 GSM, 95 Opacity.
Absolutely! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you set up with as many planners as you need. Bulk orders can also be personalized with your company logo, name, etc for an additional fee.
They will be finished and ship in mid-December, and while I plan to make this process as efficient as possible but my experiences with intentional shipping lead me to believe they won't arrive in time.
If you really want a Spark Book before the holidays though, you can order a Spark Notebook from the website: http://www.thesparknotebook.com/purchase/ - those ship right away. I am truly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
It will be mid/late December. We will try to get them out before then if we can though!
International backers will receive theirs later though. They will ship in December, so the planners that have to travel farther will take a bit longer. I am sending all international packages air mail though, so they should arrive a little bit faster.
We are going to do our best to ship them at the start of the month, but it may be towards the end of the month. I will keep everyone updated via backer updates and do everything in my power to ship them as quickly as possible.
If there are extra planners, they will be available for purchase on http://www.thesparknotebook.com/purchase. However, we are only planning on making just enough for the campaign, so I would pre-order them now if you think you may want additional copies.
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