The Ban.do Wellness Planner Isn’t What You Think It Is
Okay so remember when I talked about three undated wellness planners you need to check out. In that post, I said I was most interested in the ban.do undated Wellness Planner. So I ordered it and I was so excited to receive it, but then I realized it wasn’t the planner I thought it was.
Now let me be clear now, this is post isn’t meant to drag anyone or be mean. At least that isn’t my intention. I’m just keeping it real with you about what I do and don’t like about this particular planner.
I’m gonna jump right into it.
Pros of the Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner
How it’s broken down
This planner is broken up into five sections: Eat + Drink, Relax, Activities, Feelings, and Goals. You can tell the creators really wanted to explore ways that would help the user of this planner can get on the road to living a more stress-free life.
At the start of each section, there are 2-3 pages that give you all the information you’ll need about the section. I like how this is laid out cause it gives me tips and ideas from more than a dozen women who are experts in their fields. It gave me an introduction to crystals, told me ways I can workout outside of the gym, ways to process my feelings and so much more. There are also 18 motivational reminder cards that you can take out of the book and put in your wallet or add them to your bulletin board. The idea is that these little place cards help keep you on track.
This is a small planner
It measures 8 inches x 6.5 inches. Which means it can fit it nicely in a medium-sized bag without taking up a whole lot of space. This is perfect for those who like to take their planners with them on the go. Sometimes if a planner is too big, heavy or both you tend to not want to take it with you. But this one you can pretty much travel with it wherever you go.
It’s got a hardcover
I like hardcover planners and journals. I’m not rough with my stuff however there are times when I put books and things in my backpack and they get bent, crushed, or even torn from stuffing things in. With a hardcover that’s less likely to happen. Also, the cover is easy to clean. Just a simple quick lightly dampened paper towel will keep your planner looking brand new.
It has a 3 ring binder
I was so excited to see this because this means I can rearrange the sections or I can add my own personal touches. The idea that I can design this beyond its intended use really excites me.
It has stickers
There are two sheets of stickers and considering the length of the planner (which I’ll get to in a minute), there will be enough to go around. The stickers (and illustrations) in this planner remind me of FLOW so I can use my own stickers or use these in my FLOW projects.
Cons of the Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner
It’s only a 6-week planner
I’ma keep it all the way real with you, for the amount of money this planner costs it should have been a 12-month planner. Even if that meant the planner was a little bit bigger. I think there was so much potential that was lost with it being so short. If it’s something that’s supposed to motivate me into living better then I’m going to need more than 6-weeks to get into the groove, at least I think.
There are no refills
This is my BIGGEST con. Once you’ve filled up your planner you’re shit out of luck. At this point, you have two options: you can purchase a new planner or you can photocopy the sheets. But I’m telling you now if photocopy it won’t look or feel the same unless you’re using thick colorful/patterned paper. My biggest question is, what’s the point of having a 3-ring binder planner with no refills? Yeah, I can decorate and add to it as I mentioned but if someone is lazy, as I can sometimes be – no refills makes this planner useless. Cause whose gonna buy another one? Not I.
The lines to write are too small
After you read through the beginning of the section you’ll come to some prompt sheets. These sheets help bring the whole section together but space to write in is too small. Because the book is small (yay!) that takes away from the spacing needed to write your notes (boo!). I tend to write really big and need space to really get my words out. So if you write like me you’re really gonna have to keep it short and sweet, and small.
Do I feel bad that I purchased this planner? No, cause honestly speaking it really is nice. It’s prompted me to want to learn and do more. It also gave a chance to follow some new people on IG. So the potential IS there, I just wish the missing things were included to make it perfect. Maybe there will be more with those additions in the future but until then I’ll just creatively make my own.