Discbound Planners: Pros and Cons
Discbound planners and notebooks seem to be all the rage now. Everyone knows how much I love my Arc. But are they really a good investment? Check out these pros and cons of using a discbound planner system!
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Pros of Using a Discbound Planner
Design/Function: One of the things I love about discbound notebooks is that they are designed in a way that they can lay flat on the table, and can even be folded back on themselves, similar to spiral-bound notebooks. I feel that this design makes them so much easier to write on than regular bound notebooks.
Durability: For the most part, it seems as though the discbound notebooks that are available today are all very well made. Depending, of course, on the materials used, the cover, pages, and rings have different levels of durability. If you use quality components, this planner system should last a very long time, and stay looking great.
Customization/Aesthetics: A lot of people, myself included, prefer the look of the discs when compared to the bulky metal mechanism that ringed binders use.
Like a ringed binder, you can move pages around, or add and remove pages to customize the setup. You can also add dividers, tabs, folders, and other components. I find it is actually easier to do this in a disc notebook than with a ringed binder, because you do not have to open and close the rings each time to do it.
Customization options for a discbound planner are nearly endless. There is a growing world of customized covers, cases, inserts and more. There are also replacement discs available in many different sizes, materials, and colors.
If you wanted to, you could create a completely new size or configuration altogether. All you need are some discs and a punch. You could even create a top-binding style planner.
Cons of Using a Discbound Planner
Durability: If you flip through your planner quite a bit, or if you use thin paper, the area around the punches can start to weaken and rip. This could cause pages to eventually fall out.
I don't flip back and forth in my planner a lot. I mostly use the main page for the day or week that I am on, and will occasionally flip to another section of my planner. For this reason, I have never had a problem with pages weakened or tearing out. I also use 32-lb paper when I print my inserts, so the higher quality paper helps with that as well.
Cost to Customize: If you want to make your own pages, or add other DIY elements, you will need to invest in a special punch. The price range for a disc punch is anywhere from $20 to $80 depending on brand and style.
Overall, I can't speak highly enough about the discbound system. The options for customization are endless and in a world where planner people like us are always looking to change and tweak how we do things, having a system that can be easily changed and tweaked can really make a big difference (especially on our wallets!).
If you have a discbound system, or are thinking of getting one, be sure to check out the printable inserts, and printed discbound inserts that are available in my shop!