Planner Feedback February 11, 2016 08:00 2 Comments

First, an announcement:  ALL PLANNERS AND CALENDARS ARE NOW 40% OFF!!!  If you haven't picked yours up yet, now is the perfect time with a great discount.

We're just over a month in to 2016, but our thoughts are already half in 2017.  That's right - we're already working on the next version of the UPstudio Planner!  As you probably know by now, we take this planner idea pretty seriously.  It is something that we both use on a daily basis to (try to) stay organized, it's the idea that sparked UPstudio, and it's something that we've put so much time and effort into developing, that it's practically another child.  All that aside, we create all of our products for YOU as well, and that's why it's so important for us to hear your thoughts.  

We've shared how we've been using our planners along with our personal thoughts on them in previous blog posts here and here.  We love seeing and hearing how you're using your planners, and some of your thoughts regarding what you love and what you think could be better.  Check out a few of these fun images of the UPstudio 2016 Planner in use around the country:



(photo credit from left to right: Knox the Dox, Coral and Charm, planner user Chelsea from NC, planner user Juliane from NC, The Blog Market)

Don't forget to tag us in your pictures on Instagram (, Twitter (@upstudionc), or on Facebook and include our hashtag #upstudionc.

In today's post, we'll share some of the feedback that we've received, but please know that as we continue to work, we still want to hear from you!  It's not too late to email us at hello@upstudionc.comcontact us through the website, leave a product review, etc.  We appreciate everything that we hear, and I guarantee you that 100% of comments are considered.  Remember, our main goals for the planner are versatility and simplicity, so any changes that we make will stay true to those ideas.

Thank you to those who have shared your thoughts!  We've gotten a lot of positive feedback and we couldn't be happier, but we're perfectionists and this is a work in progress, so here's a list of items that users have generated for future ideas (*items with an asterisk denote multiple users agree):

  • more durable cover, potentially water resistant*
  • times noted on both pages of the weekly layout*
  • weeks that span multiple months: should they fall in the earlier or later month?*
  • more portable and compact, with smaller overall thickness*
  • perforated pages at the beginning or end for tearing out lists
  • changing the binding so that all pages lay flat*
  • less oversized binding so that Wednesday is easier to write on (Thursday if you're left handed)*
  • personalization of the cover
  • closure mechanism*
  • pen holder*
  • correct printing errors (this is more of a note for ourselves: there are several items that didn't print exactly as our files showed and we want to make sure this is remedied)

We are already busy working away at some of the ideas above that we would really like to incorporate.  Once we decide what we're definitely proceeding with, you all will be the first to know!

We're also loving the feedback we're getting via reviews in the shop, like these:

 I was so excited to receive my 2016 Planner from UPstudio. It arrived soon after my purchase date and came wonderfully wrapped. It is beautiful and simple. I love the layout, the full month calendar, weekly layout with plenty of room for writing, goals for each month, and blank pages at the end of each month (which I plan on using for notes and daily lists). I will be able to combine all of my schedules- work, church, mom life- into one planner, neatly and effectively. Not to mention it is just the right size to fit into my oversized purse :)  -Amanda H from Virginia

This little book will lead a hard life, but a busy one.
I'm a mobile groomer, who does most of my office work at 70 mph commuting. So my planner has to be workable with one hand holding a pen and often a dog on my lap. I keep it banded open to my right, where I can put in appts. and notes. It may suffer water threat from the working part of my van, if the phone rings while I'm working and I take the call with a wet dog on the table. Yesterday was it's maiden voyage, and so far, so good. Ask in a month or so, and I'll have customized it and (I think) particularly enjoyed its clean design and sturdy construction. Hope your year has started well, and more to come!  -Pat G from California

Do you agree with the comments above?  What else do you love or hate?  Tell us all your hopes and dreams! (I mean, at least the planner related ones?)