I just want to let you know that I LOVE my Spark Planner. It's already encouraging me to work harder to reach my goals. Not to mention providing the focus to figure out what my goals are to begin with :).
Thank you for the work you put into this planner to help people like me become a little bit more like the person I want to be.Whitney B.
My wife and I have a small business and are finding that the Volt Planner is extremely effective in our planning, prioritization, and execution of actions. In addition, we find that this is a great tool to document short and longer term goals and aspirations in one place. While it is taking time to let go and rely less on digital technology to plan and execute, we find that writing things down and integrating colorful diagrams promotes clearer thinking, making it easier to visualize, plan and answer the what, who, where, when, why, and how questions in our personal and business life.Scott K.
Thanks for creating the Volt Planner!
Thank you. I received the planner today - and I have to say, its not quite what I was expecting....
Its even BETTER! I love it! I cannot wait to dive into it! I'm a very technology oriented person, but I find that I'm better if I take the time to write certain things down.Larissa C.
Thanks again! I can't wait to be able to get my life in the book!
I've never written a review but the Spark Notebook and its creator deserve the praise. I bought the Spark Notebook, skeptical that this attempt would be any different than my previous attempts of organization. Half full journals scatter my home, yet I still wasn't reaching my goals. I felt time fly with low productivity, and zero advancement on my goals.
I had no idea the Spark Notebook could have such an impact on my life. It forced me to take a look at what I really want.
My meetings went from hectic and stressful to relaxed and insightful.
My nights aren't filled with residual work because I accomplish big things everyday. I can enjoy my evenings.
My "to-do list" is a short pointed list of tasks I want to do, not have to.
My happiness level is exceptionally high, seeing my vision come to life has a profound effect.
The Spark Notebook changed everything. From the day I started using it, I was addicted to it. The design is flawless, it seems super simple but when you start applying it, you realize it is simple by design and complex in its effectiveness. It is like subliminal messaging to yourself. I am constantly glancing back and forth between daily tasks and long term goals. It forces me to plan my tasks very strategically. In my eyes, it is a fail proof system for reaching your goals.
As an ironman athlete, I wish I had the Spark Notebook when I was training. In the past 7 days of using my Spark Notebook, I've been more productive than the last 6 months combined (embarrassing but true, and a testament to the Spark Notebook.)
Living in a world of distraction, people need this notebook. If you are debating buying the Spark Notebook, buy five and get them overnighted and it will be the best X amount of dollars you ever spent.
I bought the 5 month planner a week ago and today I am buying two more, in fear she may run out. Well done, Kate. Anyone can tell you put your heart and soul into this and it's a work of art.Kendell R.
I decided to order a Spark Planner after all, and it arrived today. I have to tell you that I'm quite impressed. I am getting my masters degree in book publishing. From a publishers point of view, the Spark Planner is a masterfully published book. The binding is well suited the job at hand, and the attention to detail is superlative. Thank you!William Y.
I am excited about my new planner for next year— I already had, like, 2 for 2017 (I love planners and being organized)… but I am going to use the Volt starting in a few weeks because it is going to make me think and grow while also being organized!!
It took me some time to answer the first planning sheet’s questions. I also printed out the goals for January and the year ahead when you sent out the PDFs. I am a bit lost and have 1% inkling of what I might plan for 2017…. so that is why I appreciate the extra help so much!
Can’t wait to see how far I can go and what I actually can accomplish in terms of goals, not just daily to-dos!Katie V.
I wanted to drop you a line saying how the Spark Planner has literally changed my life. I am a writer (both creative and freelance) and have always struggled to keep myself on track with my own personal deadlines, and to keep all the balls in the air.
This planner has made me so much more motivated-- by showing me the tangible benefits of my goals-- and showed me how tiny things add up. The combination of big picture and small picture really helps me. I would never have gotten as much done on my novel and on my freelance work without it.
So thanks again! I will recommend this planner to all creatives!Jami N.
I just wanted to thank you for creating the Volt Planner. This will be my second year with the planner, and I look forward to seeing all that I'll be able to accomplish with the nonprofit I created in Feb of this year. There is plenty I could share, but just wanted to let you know that I look at the planner as more than just a way of staying organized, but as a journal that I'll be able to look back on and even pass onto my children and grandchildren. My great-grandfather was the owner of a very successful company, and although we have official documents from his business, it would have been amazing to read his thoughts and goals as he worked towards selling the business. This is what I'm hoping to give to my posterity.Zachary L.
Before using the Spark Planner I would put the tasks I would like to complete in my Outlook task area. While I still do this, using the Spark Planner has helped me accomplish my tasks much more efficiently. Setting out what I would like to achieve each month and week gives me a guideline and helped me prioritize what tasks should and need to be done within a specific timeline. Thank you so much for helping me become more successful and efficient and completing what I set out to do both in my professional and personal life.Mark R.
The planner is great. The best I’ve owned ever - and I’ve had planners of all kinds since I was 12 years old (and I’m 41). This is my second Volt planner. I absolutely love the annual and monthly goals. It’s helped me stay on track so far this year. It’s given me a swift kick in the pants since I realized that while I’d progressed on some smaller goals, I’d accomplished not one of my 2016 yearly goals. I wasn’t paying enough attention to my planner and the intended process. I was disappointed, but seeing thing in black and white was just what I needed to make some changes.Shayla H.
I just wanted to drop a quick line before I (one day) get around to taking photos of my notebook and sending them to you.
I am so happy and excited with my notebook. I just love it so very very much. I've started carving time out of my day and week to go over everything and spend time utilizing the writing prompts available. You can't imagine how much I love this little book (I'm sure you actually can, but I don't think you need to).
I haven't started illustrating it, yet, but I will. I'm already so please with two and a half weeks' worth of pretty color-coordinated pens and plenty of pages to write and let my imagination spread. I've ven been writing the prompts in a journal to save for later to rewrite about them.
Thank you thank you thank you thank you.Fenecia J.
I wanted to let you know that even though I only just got my Volt Planner to use for 2017, I absolutely love it and all the resources on your Facebook and website. The 2017 planning printouts are awesome, and not only that, I've never found a stationary item that appealed to me more in both aesthetics and function. I love how it's organized, the layout, the look, the feel, the journaling prompts, the different agenda, goal setting, 30 day challenge, calendar, and yearly planning functions. It's seriously so cool! I can't wait to fill it out this year. Already it's inspired me to stay focused and organized. I will absolutely be a returning customer in the years to come. I wish your business huge success. I've already recommended Ink + Volt to my friends. :)Anna J.
I get freakin' excited on every Monday morning to sit down and spend some quality time with my planner. It's like a date, and it's sort of strange how much I enjoy it (but I do). I have recommended the Spark planner to many, many of my friends who similarly love it.Meg T.
I wanted to tell you that I absolutely LOVE my Spark planner. It is hands down the most beautiful, most helpful, and most inspiring planner I have ever used. And I have used a ton of different ones because I am a bit of an organization freak. I also really loved the four worksheets you sent out at the end of 2015, these really helped me to crystallize the past year and plan for the year ahead. I look forward to each Sunday night where I sit with my planner and plan the week ahead. Honestly, I LOVE IT. I can't say this enough.Jen B.
Thank you! I absolutely love the planner and am enjoying it more than I had even originally anticipated! I am a real estate agent so having the weekly goals, celebrate & reflect, as well as the ability to have as a daily and monthly planner is fantastic! I have been using it as a journal as well and have enjoyed spending my Sunday afternoon/evenings planning my upcoming week and reflecting on the past week.Melissa P.
I wanted to share with you that the Spark Planner has been a great asset to me this year. I have been ready to make some important changes in my life and the planner has been a tremendous tool in my progress.
I have created habits around planning and reflection that I did not have before and my first 2 30-day challenges were enlightening.
At the beginning of the year I shared the reflection exercises with my staff at work, they enjoyed the process and one person ordered their own planner as a result.Ali L.
I want to THANK YOU for developing this product. In just two months, it has already made a profound impact on my life. I'm setting and achieving goals that have been nagging at the back of my mind for years. I set aside time each month and each week to think about the bigger picture and the smaller steps I'll take to achieve my vision. I write quick observations, quotes, and ideas in it every single day. And it isn't a chore - it has all been very fulfilling and FUN.
I'm a planner junkie - I've tried many different formats for different purposes and have pretty well figured out my approach at work. But I'd never found a the right tool to inspire me at home. The Spark Notebook has been the ideal companion as I think about what I'd like to accomplish with my life, not just how I want to structure tasks to be productive professionally and get my job done.
You approach is inspired - the combination of annual and monthly goal setting, plus weekly tasks and monthly challenges to help achieve those goals is exactly what I needed, in a format that is pleasurable to use. Here are some examples of shifts I've made with the help of your tools:
1. set a theme and goals for the year - the process of doing this helped me clarify the life I truly want, and how to make reasonable and meaningful progress toward that vision in the year ahead.
2. develop more conscious relationship with food (lost 9 pounds thus far, and counting!)
3. establish a daily meditation practice (I'm at 15 minutes a day, ramping up to 20 in March!)
4. connect more deeply with the people I love (I've made at least one phone call a week to reconnect with folks who are far away, have hosted several dinner parties since the start of the year, and am bringing more kindness and intention to my relationships in general)
5.achieve better work life balance (I'm holding steady on the number of hours I work, and am better honoring the time I have set aside to nurture relationships and pursue my hobbies like horseback riding, reading, and gardening)
6. build a high functioning, fun team at work (I have taken steps to actively engage my staff in setting team goals for the year and creating tools for shared accountability - something unfamiliar to our work culture. Morale and work quality are already showing clear signs of improvement)
7. begin each day with intention and ease. I've established a new morning routine that has profoundly reduced the stress that was a fairly chronic feature of my life. Instead of waking in a panic over my to-do list and rushing through the start of my day, I take time for a walk, meditation, inspirational reading, and writing in my Spark notebook. I make this a priority, and have worked hard at building these habits until they stuck. (By taking this time to care for myself instead of rushing to the office early to get a jump on the day, I'm a happier, more balanced person at work and home. PLUS I have discovered I can get more done in fewer hours. Say whaaat???!!!)
There's SO much more, but I wanted to give you a small taste of how your work has touched the life of a virtual stranger and made it richer and more fulfilling. We don't know each other, but I feel like you know my brain - you've developed a tool that perfectly fits my needs and my style. I've never seen anything like it.Chris C.
I absolutely love my Spark Notebook! I have always been horrible about consistently using a planner. I would enter some things in my phone, some on my computer, and some on my monthly calendar. It was a mess. This year I decided to get my act together!
So far I have started to tackle my weight loss goal (down over 12 pounds!) and gotten a job in Tokyo! Both weight loss and joining the international expat community were part of my yearlong goals. I have already taken HUGE steps toward them, and it isn't even March!Christine L.
I also want to tell you how I've enjoyed the ideas you presented in the emailed worksheets and within the 2016 planner. They've had a real, personal affect on my life. I had an incredibly hard 2015; honestly, times I didn't think I'd come out on the other side intact. After a grueling year and a lot of soul-searching I was determined to start 2016 fresh and turn over a new leaf. Your worksheets provided me a new perspective on my hardship, honed my focus and inspired me to be the best version of myself. I use the planner to organize my days from the small nitty gritty chores to keep my life running, to the grander ideals of the kind of life I want for myself; instead of "someday" for my dreams, I'm working with the planner to break them down into things I can do in a week, a month, a year.
If you'll indulge me in sharing with you, my 2016 theme is "Cultivate & Blossom". As in cultivate new relationship, new knowledge, new attitudes, new habits. Basically how can I can strive to continuous improvement in and to take good care of myself so that I can shine (blossom). I already mapped out 6 of my 30 day challenges; January was getting my finances under control & actually sticking to a budget; February was a body/metabolism detox (so both months were about cultivating better habits), March's challenge is working on creative projects (I'm in an analytical & heavily numbers oriented field so I'm pushing out of my comfort zone to cultivate new skills), April is going to be learning to & practicing mediation etc etc. You get the idea. I've already started to reap the benefits of these challenges; after January's challenge, I have finally put aside an emergency fund, after February; I've gone down 2 pants sizes and signed up for my first 10K race!
Your planner is changing my everyday experience in small ways so I can make big changes in my life.Pauline Y.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my spark planner. Can’t imagine life without it! You must keep them coming! I am crushing 2016. After today I will have 2 - 30 days challenges successfully completed. Though my weekly goals have been staying the same, they are becoming habit which is my ultimate goal. In fact some are so much part of my life now that I forgot to write them down for March! Perhaps that’s a sign to add some new goals.
I love the simplicity of the planner. I love the weekly reflection journal pages. The Monthly goals, the Weekly goals, the 30 day challenge are all crazy useful. It’s just so perfect for me.Corinne M.
First of all, I don't know if I can express my complete gratitude to you for creating the spark planner. The kickstarter was great... The best I have ever funded! It was timely, and your updates were fantastic. You are so personable, it felt like we have been friends for ages. I just loved it!
you have been an angel in my life that has saved me. This planner has transformed my life! Starting in December when you sent out the weekly planning sheets to prepare for the 2016 spark planner... My life started to change. And when January rolled around, I became a new person. This planner has given me what I needed to get my life on the path I want it to be.
Not only has it helped me be more productive, but it has helped me overcome hurdles I have been struggling with in the past year or so. I have had crippling anxiety with some depression, along with some health problems. When I started planning and following the guidelines you've provided... All of the sudden my anxiety lifted, and my health problems started to fade! It was almost like magic. I had been taking medication just so I could make it through the day, but once I started using your planner, even for just this last month, my life has changed so much that I haven't even thought about my anxiety or the things that bothered me. I have been able to eat without digestion problems and my overall energy levels have increased. It really is nothing short of a miracle.
This planner that you have created has literally saved my life and helped me become the person that I have been wanting to be. You are an angel in my life, and I will never think of you as anything less.Cameron W.
Just to share how amazing you and your product is I had gotten it as a late Christmas/early 25th birthday present for my boyfriend who has a VERY HARD time with organizing his time and achieving his goals, especially with his ADD and anxiety/depression. Between army, losing weight (for himself and the army which he has been trying to do for a long time), school, work, even getting (his first) puppy and more, he has definitely improved within the last two months. Already reaching goals and making new ones! He was literally SO excited when he saw it and started using it immediately and threw out his old planner. So I am so thankful and appreciative of your hard work and customer service.Ashley R.
I wanted to share with you the one simple committment I made last December. Stay in the planner. Complete every day. That's it. Not complicated. I can attest, I've done so. Not missed a day. All days aren't automatically productive. Some are just misses. However, every day is accounted for. I appreciate the tool and your efforts. I also utilize an accountability partner, two actually, that I send my weekly and monthly plan to via text and we have calls on the 15th and 1st of each month.
Many thanks for a great tool and I'm excited about my progress. Still much to improve but your palnner gives me the rail to run on.Sherman M.
One full week into your planner and I feel major shifts already. My attitude in life both inside and outside my studio has much to do with growth and change - pushing boundaries and limits. Yet discipline is part of my approach. Your planner is a perfect addition!!!Amber Jean
In the midst of recovering from a serious concussion, my life has gone from the manic activity of a year ago, to very reasoned and considered goals, and saying 'no' to all else. This system is helping me recover from concussion. It came along for me just as I'd crafted six goals, and declared them publicly onwww.paperblogging.com/now. The flexibility yet focus on specific goals is just what I needed.
One of my goals is to get free of excess stuff and to completely Kondo my house by June 15th (as in Marie Kondo and her book, Spark Joy). Because of the Spark Notebook, last week I focused on that one goal. I unshelved and considered 1300 books, one at a time, chose the joy sparkers, and found myself with 600 discards, which has transformed the ground floor of my house. In just one week! Then I learned that a friend is founding a school library in Malawi, collecting a thousand book and raising funds to ship them. She chose a large number of the books I didn't need and is sending them to Africa! More joy.
Thank you for persevering. You're a great example as I battle mental fogginess, write, raise four kids still at home and love my two adult children, teach and declutter ... with all the discouragements that so easily assail.Michelle G.
I stumbled onto the Spark Planner on Kickstarter. It had raised SO MUCH MORE than the prospective goal and while I'm normally conservative on KS (to avoid going to the poorhouse rabidly supporting innovation), I bought one immediately. Every single one of my friends is STILL jealous because they sold out days after I got mine.
I take it with me everywhere. I use all the prompts, fill all the boxes, and have developed INVALUABLE insight on my projects, passions, and purpose (Ps intended!) from interacting with the Spark Planner so regularly.
This year, I lit the fire under my seat to finally "launch" (incorporate, network, and actually do stuff) my photography business. I'm in the center of that right now. The Spark Planner helps me keep it all in order while inspiring me along the way. Best of all, it helps me take my HUGE MOUNTAINOUS SCARY goals and break them down into actionable steps with TRACKABLE progress. Seeing actual achievement is the most gratifying thing in the world.
Thank you for the Spark Planner, this work of art. I love it. I'm literally an evangelist for it.Amelia B.
I bought the Spark Planner and got it back in January. Honestly, it has changed my life - not in the way of planning what I'm doing on a daily basis, but planning and thinking of why I want to do what I'm doing. It has become an invaluable reference document for my life and my life's work. I carry it around with me everywhere I go and if something isn't in the planner, then it is not important.
I'm really happy to say that because of the Spark Planner, I'm finally on track to do something I've always wanted to do: write a novel. With the Spark Planner, I have been able to plan out simple steps I can take, breaking it down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals. The Planner has helped remind me of my goals and motivation, and has given me focus that I lacked before.Lauren H.
I talk about my artistic brain on many occasions and the struggles of keeping all of my ideas together and most importantly: ON TRACK. As an artist, we are full of ideas and often overwhelmed by them. Keeping the ideas that come from a brainstorm all organized and moving forward effectively is not always easy. So many times we get so busy that we forget to take a minute to focus on our end goal. Volt planner’s somehow organized its sections so that it will speak to creatives and non creatives alike. Ink + Volt has divided its pages to make a layout for your goals large and small for the week, month, and year.Katelyn from freeagenthairstylist.com
Oh man! I love the Volt planner. I think I'm a bit of a soundbyte-er so pardon if you've heard me say this before, but, the six months I used the volt planner last year were the most productive 12 of my life! I do not know much about bullet journaling, but for me I think it might not work because I start rambling when I start bulleting. When I used to livejournal, I always ended up starting off with a few bullets and then it would devolve into paragraphs. I know how I get when I start writing (omg - just see below!! ahaha I wrote too much I'm sorry) :)
The Volt planner refocuses and refocuses your commitments. First, you spend an evening (a few hours, whatever) brainstorming themes and large goals for the upcoming year, and then define those things after spending some time with the worksheets, which get a little cheesy but mostly ask terrific, hard questions that require maturity, emotional and otherwise, about your goals and shortcomings and everything in between. Then, after your yearly theme is set (last year mine was "the rising tide lifts all boats", and this year it's "propulsive, loving boundaries" - both years' themes informed a lot for me), you do a similar focusing for each month, which includes a few things you want to get done, as well as a 30 day challenge, which you commit to and sign each month. I love this. It is often hard to think of 30 day challenges, but the good ones I actually make time to generate have been really really fantastic.
One thing that really helped me with the Volt planner method was that a friend of mine and I would get together on the last night or the second to last night of every month and discuss the previous month, our goals, how we did, how the 30 day challenge went, and we would brainstorm together on what our next month's individual goals and challenges would be.
It really is a lot of work, but it's work that pays off so immediately and so immensely. You also do a weekly planning session, with goals, a little free-writing (which is a bit optional but I find it focuses my thoughts and gets me ready to plan in a nice way) in a small spot, and make an attempt to block out your time for the week as well, with a large writing space for Morning, Afternoon, Night for each day.
I find that I check in with my planner about every day, and my goals for the week, and every week I check in with my monthly and yearly goals. It really does just refocus you on your commitments and what you want to accomplish, which for someone like me, scattered but with good productivity intentions ;-) it is honestly transformative.Rachel K.
I absolutely love my Volt Planner. It's been key to so many of the positive changes I've made in my life. It keeps me focused and in a space of gratitude.L.B.
So, to that end, I want to take a moment to thank you for creating such an incredible product. Please know that it's improving lives and having a positive impact for so many of us.
I was so excited when my planner came this week in the mail! I’ve been like a kid waiting for Christmas! The design is perfect: clean, sleek, flexible, and so user friendly. Instead of feeling stressed when I plan, it calms me down!
It was such a help this summer after I had major surgery. I had to keep track everyday of medicines and exercise for quite a few weeks. The planner’s clean and flexible interface allowed me to tailor it to what I needed; it kept me on track!Susan S.
The planner was my center. Not to say that I used it every day. Quite the contrary. I started strong like everyone does . . . faded and then came back in times of uncertainty. This is starting to sound like church! I love the feel of the paper and cover. The contents in the pages are both diary and tactical execution. Thank you for standing out of the planner crowd with your passion and enthusiasm.Casey R.