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Ink+Volt Planner Review - The Therapist's Bookshelf
Ink+Volt Planner Review

Ink+Volt Planner Review

Summary:

The Ink+Volt Planner is a planner and goal setting system.  It is designed to help you make 2019 your best year yet, no matter what that means to you.  You start by exploring what you want out of the year ahead then regularly set goals and track accomplishments. This planner is a great mix of structure for planning and lists with free space for creativity.

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About the author:

This planner is the work of Kate Matsudaira, a former tech executive and self-professed notebook lover. It got its start through Kickstarter as the Spark Planner and has been growing and improving since 2014.

What we love:

The Ink+Volt Planner has monthly and weekly calendars for the year but that’s where its similarity to typical planners ends. At the beginning of the year, and then at the start of every month and week, users write down their goals and make plans to achieve them.  I absolutely loved this goal system.  It is simple enough that doing it feels sustainable.  Plus, it is designed so that your yearly and monthly goals stay at the forefront of your mind.  This is helpful for people like me who can get bogged down in the little tasks and lose sight of what I’m actually working towards.  I did feel a bit overwhelmed when I first opened my planner, especially when I saw blank spaces.  The Ink+Volt website includes several guides though to help you get the most out of each section.  You can check those out here.

What we didn’t:

My biggest concern with the Ink+Volt Planner is the cover.  I reviewed the limited edition series in plum (because purple is always the way to my heart.) The linen-like cover is designed to look like a vintage book and is quite classy but I’m not sure how well it will hold up to bouncing around in my purse for a year.

Clinical Use:

The Ink+Volt Planner is a great option for people who can handle tasks on a weekly level.  I keep all of my client appointments and most meetings in my online calendar so I don’t need as much space dedicated to each day and my typical to-do list works well in this format.  People who crave more structure on a daily basis may not get as much out of this system.

 

This post is one in a series of planner reviews to help you get ready for 2019.  You can find the roundup of all the planners I reviewed here.

 

 

 

 

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Many therapists enjoy recommending books to their clients to supplement the work they are doing together. We also use books to help ourselves grow as people and practitioners. Remember though that books are never a replacement for real human connection or for therapy when it’s needed. If you find yourself needing a therapist, a great place to start is Psychology Today. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

 

Ink+Volt Planner

45.00
9.5

Final Grade

9.5/10

Pros

  • Integrated goal system
  • Clean & simple pages
  • Classy cover

Cons

  • Hard cover
  • Not customizable

Le Shepard

Le Shepard, LPC earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She sees clients face to face at Wise County Christian Counseling and works with individuals or couples through her online-only private practice. 1000 Hills Counseling & Consulting. Le loves to read, adventure, and play with her corgi or kids.

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