Planning for 2019 | Notebooks

Blogmas is in full swing and we are on day 11. I definitely got a head start this year as I am determined to not only end 2018 with a bang, but carry that energy over into 2019. This post is all about notebooks and its purpose to keep you on track on a daily basis. Not every planner needs a monthly, weekly, or daily view. Sometimes, you just need a designated spot to list, brainstorm, and vent. What better space than a notebook?

You can always go with a regular lined notebook and even go as far as to decorate the cover to reflect your style. There are so many options available and for those looking for one with durability and style with a decent price tag, I’ve found a great option with May Designs. I’m happy to be working with them again in my planning series.

Disclaimer: These notebooks were sent to me for review for the purpose of this series. All opinions are my own.

As always be sure to click the highlighted links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.



Quick Overview of May Designs

May Designs notebooks are available in 3 sizes –

  • Large Notebooks – 7.5″ x 9.75″ – $20 (96 pages)
  • Classic Notebooks – 5″ x 8″ – $15 (80 pages)
  • Mini Notebooks  – 4″ x 5.75″ – $12 (64)

*Note – If you choose to add text, there is an additional fee. Certain pages within such as the meal planner and budget have an additional charge as well. The prices above reflect the standard price, minus any add-ons. 

Notebooks I Chose

Since I already own a classic sized May Design notebook, I wanted to bring more variety to this post by including a mini and large size. The mini is simple with dot grid pages. The print, , screams Christmas. I didn’t go too crazy with the designs. I wanted it to be colorful, yet subtle enough to use on a daily basis.

I chose the large notebook with the an agenda so that I could not only share (like I really need another planner), but I love monthly’s for projects and goal setting. Instead of the classic, I went with the biggest size so that I’d have enough room.

How I’ll Be Using the Notebook

The large one is the notebook that I’ll be using as a brain dump for my blog. I have been thinking about what I want to use in 2019 and I don’t want to have too many systems in place. With that being said, I have a planner that I’ll be using which will serve a completely different purpose than the notebook. Whether it’s notes for a post or for a video voiceover, the notebook gives me more space than a standard planner.

Additional Ideas for Planning with a Notebook

Some prefer to just have pen and paper with them. A specific planner isn’t needed. You may not want to commit to a dated planner. A notebook simply suits your needs. Here’s a few options of how to stay on track:

  • Daily planning
  • Goal setting
  • Monthly priorities
  • Weekly to do list
  • Notes / brain dump

There’s just something about pen and paper that makes all the difference than keeping track of everything on your phone. I mean it’s almost 2019. While digital is all the rage, there’s nothing wrong with physically writing it all down.

Interested in May Design notebooks I’ve previously purchased? Check out the links below.

Other Notebooks

You may have an old composition notebook lying around that you want to put to use. The issue? The cover is hideous and you’re not interested in the. Simply make it your own with a piece of scrapbook paper and if you want to take it further, embellish the cover with stickers. This was a notebook I used for my client notes. I separated each with sticky notes from Dollar Tree every 20 pages or so. Super quick and easy.


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