Review: Getting Organised with Stick to Stigu

Over the last few years of blogging I have never been very organised. Well, I know, I can hear you all saying it – I am really, incredibly organised BUT I would create draft blog posts, work on them all at once, schedule them to whatever date I picked out of fresh air and other ones I would just publish as and when I felt like it. There was no real schedule and no real method. It also meant I took on too much, worked to really tight deadlines constantly and felt like I would drown in work if I had an evening without the laptop.

So this year I decided something had to change and at the core of that change is my new Stick to Stigu planner. I have never been a HUGE loved of stationery like many other people. yes, I use pens and I love a Sharpie but I have never been big on notebooks and things. In all honesty, I’ve never seen the point. Until now.

Review: Getting Organised with Stick to Stigu

I have always loved a good list and Stick to Stigu gives me space for that never ending to do list as well as so much more. Each page lets you plan a week and there’s enough space for five items per week. I have used these spaces to write in which blog posts go live on each date and I am hoping I never need to use more than three spaces each day.

Review: Getting Organised with Stick to Stigu

I have already written in the linkies I join and have started to schedule other posts in around those, giving a regular stream of content that’s completely manageable. It also means that when I agree a post with someone I can give them a definite posting date there and then – usually a couple of weeks in advance so I am now giving myself the time to work and have time off too.

Stick to Stigu also has a whole year planner across two pages and friendly ideas, quotes and life tips on every page. The designs vary on each page too making it such a nice way to plan out my blogging life.

Review: Getting Organised with Stick to Stigu

As well as a week on each page there’s also an empty page opposite so that I can write a to do list, fill it with post-it notes or even doodle. It’s a really useful space and it can be anything you want it to be. I have tried to use other planners in the past and rather than having a blank space they have had sections for different things and being the type of person I am I have always felt the urge to fill the spaces with the info they ask for – even when I don’t really need to. In the end this has caused me more work so Stick to Stigu gives me the best of both worlds – a nice space to write anything I need to but no pressure if I leave it blank for a week or two.

Review: Getting Organised with Stick to Stigu

One of my favourite things about the Stick to Stigu planner is that the corners of the pages tear off so you know exactly where you are when you open it. I would have loved an elastic band included to hold the pages back though and that really is my only criticism and really down to my own personal preference.

My Stick to Stigu planner is now constantly with me when I’m working and scheduling in any work. I write posts in them once I know a date for them and tick them off when they’re scheduled. It’s always clear how much work I have to do but more importantly it shows me whether I can realistically have a break – something I didn’t have much of last year.

Thanks to Stick to Stigu I am improving my blog work-life balance this year and I cannot wait to spend more evenings watching movies, playing board games or reading a book. If you’re a blogger and have never had a paper planner then you should get one – I can’t recommend this one enough.

The Stick to Stigu Planner has an RRP of £14.90

Review: Getting Organised with Stick to Stigu


Disclosure: I was sent the above planner for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own – it really has changed how I work and the amount of time off I have too. I love it.

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18 Comments

  1. January 17, 2016 / 8:24 am

    One of my new years resolutions is to be more organised ( which I am failing at already) I am so forgetful and never plan anything in real life and blog life. I think I need something like this to help organise my life and blog a bit better. I love the fact you can rip the top of the page so you know where you are up to, the blank page idea is a great idea too xx

  2. January 17, 2016 / 9:14 am

    The planner sounds great! I’ve never had much of a schedule and like you I always feel swamped. I must try to be more organised! Great review. X

  3. January 17, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I still haven’t bought a planner for this year. I really like the idea of having several boxes for each day allowing me to log different information.

  4. January 17, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Ahh, finally! I’ve been saying I want a planner of some sort for ages just to get organised with posts/ideas/scheduling and so on.. (it never ends does it?). I’m going to have a good look at this as it looks like just the thing I’m after! Thanks lovely x

  5. Lynne Durkin
    January 17, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    This looks so much easier to use that a normal diary, love the idea of tearing off the corner too so you don’t have to keep searching for the correct week x

    • January 18, 2016 / 9:10 am

      It’s just so user friendly. You can use it for pretty much anything and the spaces are all so multi functional. I love it! x

  6. January 17, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, I need this in my life! My organisational skills are pretty much non existent when it comes to blogging hahaha. xx

    • January 18, 2016 / 9:07 am

      If that’s the case then this will change your life! x

  7. January 17, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    So organised! I am the old you – always working on a few posts, some take days, others weeks to finish, and I pretty much post when I feel like it apart from the ones I do each month like me and mine. This looks great! X

    • January 18, 2016 / 9:00 am

      I think it was great being the old me until I started posting multiple times a day and had much more to keep on top of. I love how often you post and the different types of posts you do. The variety is lovely x

  8. January 17, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    I really like the sound of this planner and I might well invest in one next year. I especially like the sound of the blank space. This year, I bought myself a blank diary. There isn’t enough space, which is a learning point for next year hence being interested in the Stigu one (plus I love the illustrations). BUT – I have already lost my diary once this year and we are only 17 days in. If anyone invents a planner with a built in tracking device, I’ll buy that one!x

    • January 18, 2016 / 8:56 am

      I think you should take that idea to Dragon’s Den immediately! 🙂 But in all seriousness, get yourself one of these planners. I absolutely love mine x

  9. January 18, 2016 / 12:00 am

    Oh wow it’s great. Having a planner is so good for organisation isn’t it? This one looks brilliant x

    • January 18, 2016 / 8:50 am

      It has been an instant de-stressing factor for me – and I am often having a night off now whereas before I would plough on without a break. It’s changed my blogging life x

  10. January 18, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Wow, this looks great! I love the blank pages as I always end up with to-do lists on random bits of paper! I’m still just starting out really but this might help me to create a bit more structure to my blog. I may have to invest – and it’s not too expensive either! Hurrah! x

    • January 18, 2016 / 1:46 pm

      You won’t regret it. Mine is like another arm since it arrived – no idea how I coped without it! x

  11. January 19, 2016 / 5:26 am

    I usually write off-the-cuff. I do the same for my uni work too which currently means my stress levels are sky high with little under 72 hours until my assignment deadline and only one free day. I have this planner though and it’s definitely already helping me to become better at organising my life in general at least. I use a column for me, one for Cheeky Chap, one for the husband and one for blog posts. I too would have liked an elastic band but that really is my only criticism I think!

    • January 19, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Maybe next year’s one will have an elastic band – I’m sure I’ll be using this planner every year from now on! Love the idea of a column for each of you x

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