Taking notebooks to a whole other level. If you're a stationery loving woman in business then you are going to LOVE this!
I wanted to create something that gave me joy to use and was incredibly practical too. I knew if I loved it then others will too and I'm very excited to share it with you...
You'll be pleased to know that we've crammed lots of great stuff into this notebook for you and still left plenty of room for you to make it your own. Here's the nitty gritty of what you will find inside:
- Year planning spreads (4)
- Month planning spreads (12)
- Week planning spreads (4)
- Detailed SMART Goal Setting spreads (3)
- Mini SMART goal setting pages (4)
- Brainstorm spreads (6)
- Strategy map spreads (4)
- Sales Funnel Spreads (4)
- Goal setting / vision board pages (4)
- Full width to do/check list pages (6)
- Half Width to do/check list pages (2)
- Half width todo + half width notes pages (4)
- Blank note pages (42)
- Lined note pages (28)
- Blank/lined spreads (4)
- Grid note pages (8)
- Total pages = 192
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The Back Story
Back in 2014 I was feeling frustrated with my diary. I actually have an online to do list but nothing quite beats getting today's most important tasks down with good, old fashioned, pen and paper. I was using an A5 page-per-day diary and it really wasn't hugely inspiring. So, as a graphic designer by trade, I decided to design my own. It would be a combination of notebook, to do list, diary and business planner. And so the Ultimate Diary Planner was born (you can find out more about that at www.ultimatediaryplanner.com).
2 years on, I still luuuurve my planner and use it every day, but I found another gap in my life that kept nudging me to be filled; notebook. You see, I tend to use my planner for day to day stuff and then use another notebook for dumping all my ideas and planning brainstorms etc. It's my go-to notebook when I need to map out a sales funnel, plan a new project or event, work out pricing strategy and lots more.
Me being me, I decided I'd like something better. So I designed one! Introducing *drumroll* the M Planning Notebook.
This is something that ticks all the boxes for what I have been lusting after when it comes to a notebook:
- Looks and feels gorgeous (stroke-able inside and out!)
- Really lovely paper to write on but also not too bulky
- Really useful with the combination of planning pages to get things out of my head in a structured way
- Plenty of plain and lined spaces for more general note taking and doodling
- Inspirational quotes on every spread (I love a good quote!)
- 3 ribbons to help me find important pages or ones I'm working on
- Elastic closure so everything stays all neat and tidy
- Durable cover to stand the daily rigours of handbag travel
- Pretty elements on the notes pages to make me smile
I've always been a fan of beauty combined with functionality and that's what I've tried to create here with the M Planning Notebook.
It has all the useful planning bits that I could want along with the outward packaging that makes me feel good when I use it.
Why For Women?
The simple reason is that I am a woman with my own business and I designed this for me. I love planning and I have a small *cough* obsession with stationery, and in particular, notebooks. Although this is suitable for anyone who thinks it's fab, it has been designed with women business owners in mind.
Soft 'Strokeable' Leather Cover
This luxurious cover has been chosen for it's gorgeous look and feel. It's also durable so you can carry your M with you wherever you go.
Each page of the book is numbered and there is a double page index spread at the front, where you can jot down page numbers for easy reference. Particularly handy for when you want to find something you jotted down and need to refer back to at a later date.
The inside pages are printed on a beautiful ivory uncoated paper. Thin enough so it's not too bulky but thick enough to ensure you can write with most pens without worrying about show-through. The pages are smooth and a joy to write on (Keep an eye out on the LadiesThatPlan YouTube Channel for some of my favourite pens to write with and other planning tips and tricks).
This useful elastic fastening to keep your ideas secure. Especially if you have a tendency to slip pieces of paper inside your notebooks.
It's really handy to have a place in your notebook to store scraps of paper, receipts, business cards and other stuff you collect during your day. This pocket found is in the form of an envelope (secured on 3 sides) with a concertina fold at the top and bottom of the book.
3 Placeholder Ribbons
Sometimes you can be working on multiple things at once and so 3 ribbons means you can easily and quickly find what you're looking for.
I'm slightly obsessed with positive quotes and affirmations (all the best people are!) and so I've made sure there's plenty in here to lift your spirits and get you thinking, with an inspirational/motivational quote on every spread.
Decorative Design Elements
As I've already mentioned, I love notebooks and I wanted to give a little extra touch to the pages so I added subtle, decorative elements to the corners of the pages to make them even more gorgeous to use.
Lay Flat Pages
Whether you're left or right handed, having one side of a book more chunky than the other makes for tricky writing at times. This book lays open flat so you can easily write on both sides and near the centre without having to tug at the pages.
You can see below the format of the planning and notes pages you'll find inside the Minerva 'M' Planning Notebook.
What better way to get your marketing for the year all planned out than on one simple page. I use these spreads to work out what my focus is each month so I can then build a more detailed marketing plan around it in the month and week spreads.
Whether you're planning your social media posting schedule, upcoming events, a marketing strategy, a new launch or something else, these monthly spreads allow you the space to jot down what you want to happen when. Simply add the project title or month to the title area at the top and get writing.
These weekly spreads are brilliant for mapping out what your working week looks like, what your social media scheduling should be (categorising and scheduling in makes it soooo much easier!), what an upcoming project could involve or something completely different.
This spread is a fun one, designed to give you a space to get all that stuff out of your head and on to paper in a creative way so that you can work through it when you're ready.
This is a mini version of the full SMART Goal Setting pages. The key ingredients to help you achieve multiple goals.
Can you ever have too many to do lists? I don't think so. I have to do lists for to do lists! But there are some lists that I like to keep 'just so' and that's what I use these for. It gives me a space to refer back to and tick off. For example; books I want to read this year, places I'd like to visit films I'd like to watch and other stuff like that.
Perfect for getting those thoughts down on paper.
For graphs, doodling and whatever takes your fancy.
Ideal for those doodles and if you are a 'colour outside of the lines' kinda person.
Well, what are you waiting for?
Pledge to order your M Planning Notebook now and then head over to www.ladiesthatplan.com to join in the fun with us LadiesThatPlan :)
Spread the word and get a FREE PDF of the year, month and week Layouts!
I want to spread the word so that the M Planning Notebook can help as many people as possible. As a thank you for helping me do just that I'd like to gift you a free PDF copy of some of my favourite pages from the M Planning Notebook. Simply follow these two simple steps:
1. Share the link to this Kickstarter
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2. Send an email with a screen shot of your share to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be emailed your free PDF within a couple of weeks of the Kickstarter Campaign end date, if not before.
If you also want to purchase the printed notebook (who wouldn't!?) select the reward level on the right that is the best fit for you.
- August & September – Kickstarter Campaign
- September – Manufacturing begins
- October & November – Delivery (hurray!)
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Risks and challenges
With 13 years experience with my own design and print business I don't foresee any major risks or challenges and any that crop up I will find a way to overcome them. It's all part of the adventure. Don't you worry "you will go to the ball" or rather, you will get your gorgeous notebook as soon as we possibly can get it to you :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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