Beginning in my college career and continuing to now, I have experimented with a wide variety of planning systems. I have probably used every planner that is sold in the office supply store, and finally my senior year, I landed on using a five subject notebook that I turned into my own planner of sorts as a solution. Then, a couple of months ago, I came across a planner that claimed to be geared specifically towards songwriters. Enter The Songwriter’s Planner!
The Songwriter’s Planner “Pitch” is designed to work with musicians on achieving their musical goals. It has a number of features that help you to achieve that crucial balance between your musical life and your personal one. Featuring a nice leather-esque cover and two different ribbon bookmarks, the make of the planner is a high of quality as I’ve seen on the market. The planner comes with a monthly and daily calendar, a studio notes section, a staff paper section, a lyrics section, a free notes section, a contacts section, and a guitar and piano chord chart. Most of those things are of little to no use to me personally. The notes section is nice, but the chord charts and studio notes I feel would be better placed elsewhere. However, the layout of the actual planner section of this planner are where it really shines.
This planner really feels like it was made for how I like to stay organized. I typically hold a business meeting of sorts towards the beginning of the week (Sunday) where I plan out all the things I need to do that week and try to avoid overloading any one particular day. This planner helps me streamline that process. At the top of each week, the planner asks you what are three goals you want to accomplish this week. Figuring these goals out immediately sets the tone for what I need to do that week and gives me something to measure my planning against. From there, I go about filling in what I need to do each day of the week, filling in a little music note that is included in the planner beside each music related tasks. Then, at the end of the week, there is an evaluation section that asks you to take a look back at your week. Questions such as “What music tasks did you accomplish?”, “What were some personal wins?”, and “On a scale of 1-10 how high is your inspiration?” help you to keep tabs on where you are on the road to accomplishing your musical goals. While the planner accomplishes virtually everything that I look for in a planner, make no mistake, it is a planner geared specifically at songwriters. Elements such as a weekly lyric prompt highlight this, and certain aspects of the planner such as the weekly drawing prompt hold little value for me. However if you are into those things, then they are there. For me, I can mostly ignore these factors and use the planner how I like. There is one huge downside for me. The planner only has six months worth of space and material, which for the $30 price tag feels a little bad. I wish that the planner had a full year’s worth of space so that I did not have to try to purchase two every year. If the planner spanned a year’s timespan and was geared more towards general musicians, then this would be as close to a 10/10 as they come from me.
Overall, I would highly recommend The Songwriter’s Planner for any musician still looking for an organizational solution. You can even try out two weeks of the planner for free at https://songwritersplanner.com/ . Please note that this review is not sponsored in any way shape or form. These are just my thoughts on what I feel is certainly an above average product.
What organizational systems work for you? Let me know down in the comments!
Thank you for joining me this week, and I will see you next Monday for another segment of “Notes on Notes.”