The SOD daily planner has been a steady companion through an unsteady year, and has provided daily prompts to return to tried and true practices that support spiritual growth. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to create or reinforce habits on a daily/weekly/seasonal rhythm. There's also white space that's helpful for a bit of journaling and reflection.
I love my Daily Planner! I've gone thru so many planners trying to find what Sacred Ordinary Days provides. As someone who is prone to get off track (and somewhat unmotivated to get things done), this planner helps me to stay focused. Anyone can make a to-do list. But the key to staying focused for me is knowing there's a reward or rest at the end of it. Genius! This is why the best feature of the planner is the Priorities-Cue-Rest/Delight section. I also absolutely love that they've built in a weekly examen to help reflect and reset. So vital to remain grounded!
This planner was so helpful in reorienting my thinking and rhythms, and I loved the inclusion of the Daily Office, Church calendar items, and space for priorities and cues. An amazing resource in viewing life holistically, instead of as a list of to-do items.
Several years ago, I read an article that identified the six activities of people who "flourish" as: helping others; interacting with others; being intentional about playing, learning, and exercise; and engaging in some kind of spiritual practice. As I sit with my Sabbath page open at the beginning of the week, I make notes - How will I be serving / volunteering this week? With whom will I play? From what book will I learn? I begin each morning of the week in prayer (using the BCP readings as a guide), and then I record the six activities, triple-spaced, in the lined part of the planner. Each evening, I record in the ways I "flourished" that day by writing down how I helped, with whom I interacted, etc. When the Sabbath arrives again, I reflect on how I "flourished" (and failed to) during the past week, and I reset by making notes about how I will "flourish" in the week ahead.
This is my second year using the daily planner. I currently use mine for planning out Bible study, for writing down things I am praying for and practicing a memory verse. This helps me focus on what is truly important for the day and for God's plans, not my own.
This is such a thoughtfully designed resource. The focus on honoring rest and Sabbath has been particularly helpful. I also appreciate the ideas for more intentionally following the liturgical year.
Literally the coolest planner. Space to write homework, goals, reflections, and so much more. Very in depth information on each season of the Christian year. Starting and ending the day with the daily office is so inspiring. Highly recommend!!
This is the second liturgical planner I've used from SOD and it's such an essential tool for developing more meaningful and life-giving rhythms in days, my weeks, my months. Thank you Jenn & team!
So often I would live my life out of my email inbox, letting everyone else’s priorities run my day with no sense of what God was really inviting me into. I am only a few weeks into this, and already I am giving myself permission to limit the amount that I try to accomplish each day and give myself permission to rest and delight in the life God intends for me.
I am lovely my planner. It is helping me build better margins in my life and balance between my chores & my hobbies. This is my first time buying this planning & I *plan* to do so again at the end of 2021!
I just bought my 4th SOD planner. I use the academic year since I'm in seminary. The weekly layout helps me keep track of assignments and the liturgical features help me stay present and grounded. The combined planner and liturgy remind me that my work is my worship too. My SOD planner helps form me and give rhythm to my days.
I am so happy to have this planner. I was unsure about spending the money, since I don't have nearly as many events or thing to plan as I did before the pandemic, but the beauty of this planner is that it is more than just a place to jot times and dates. I use the small daily spaces to often joy down a thought or a prayer. I use this planner to write down what I'm learning from God. I keep track of friend's birthdays, I am keeping a reading list, etc. The cover is gorgeous, and I love how pretty it is.
This planner/journaling system has become a daily practice that keeps me grounded in spirit and continuously seeking god's guidance over my life and I can't emphasize what a blessing this has been. You will not be sorry if you decide to try it and persist until it becomes a deeply connected habit.
After much contemplation, I finally purchased my first liturgical planner after wanting one for quite some time! And I love it! The Weekly Planner allows me a glance at the week while also incorporating guides for my spiritual walk & rhythms of grace. I love the attention to the liturgical calendar cycle & the prompts for Sabbath & examen. While this planner allows me to jot down key things to remember fro each day, it also serves as a journal space, combining work with rest. I selected the Glowing Ember Red cover because it sparks a sense of joy & motivation. Thank you for creating such a beautiful & useful tool!
I had the honor of previewing the new weekly layout and giving some feedback. I appreciate both the daily and weekly layouts, but the weekly is by far my favorite. Honestly, having used the weekly in previous years, it didn't need any alterations to be wonderful. But what Julie and the team have done with this has made a good thing even better! The Rule of Life section alone nearly makes the purchase worthwhile. How they've approached the weekly Examen spread is thoughtful and appropriate. There is just enough guidance throughout the days/sections to be helpful, but then the team gave themselves permission to step back and let us ponder and let the Spirit lead us to use these wonderful pages in ways that speaks to us personally. I'm thinking of the Sabbath white space and the bulleted priority lists. It's so clear that this was put together with prayer and intention. The weekly spreads are functional for planning out your days/weeks. The included quotes are wonderful for pondering and learning. I just can't recommend this planner enough. I'm so grateful for these folks. They are filling a space that needed to be filled. This will be my 3rd year using this planner, and each year it just gets better. Thanks y'all!
I have recently been using the Book of Common Prayer as part of my daily rhythm and am happy that I now have a planner to work alongside it. As a stay at home mom, I love having the weekly format as it seems less daunting to me than keeping up with a daily planner. I usually use Sunday as my day to rest, reflect and plan ahead, so the Monday start day is perfect for me. The size and weight are great for taking with me when I need to and fit perfectly in the kitchen drawer that is my command station. 😊 The only difficult thing is choosing just one of the beautiful covers.
This isn’t just a planner that will help me organize my day, it is a planner that will help me create a rhythm of life that will be a source of steadiness and comfort in a rapidly changing and unsteady world. It is such a gift!
I am so excited that this resource is coming back! I used the weekly planner in the past and I love that it served as a way to orient my weekly planning while allowing a lot of freedom to incorporate other resources into my planning/journaling/bible reading. I love that Sacred Ordinary Days sets up the planner to be a touchstone and a starting point whenever you come back to it, and I love that the weekly version provides many of the same resources as the daily planner, but the simpler format was so helpful to me in not getting lost or overwhelmed in the way I did for the daily planner. I especially loved the examen pages, and learning to practice this new-to-me routine.
I'm also excited for the smaller, slimmer version of this year's planner and the beautiful cover options! I am also loving the change to start with Monday - I've recently changed all calendars in my life to this orientation (when possible) to remind me of the way that God oriented the week - 6 days of work followed by a rest.
I can't tell you how many planners I've used over the years.
This is the first one that worked well with my pattern as a pastor, as well as supported my individual spirituality.
The weekly exam is a welcome rest from a busy schedule and serves to help connect my heart with God and focus for a new week.
The weekly quotes offer insight and inspiration.
The space to identify priorities has revolutionized the way I think about my work days and my days off.
The Sabbath pages are a GIFT. Full of white space, this page welcomes creativity and ease.
I am SO grateful for this planner, and am content to be a loyal customer for as long as these planners are available.
I was thrilled and blessed to be among those who got a sneak peek at the new weekly planner and had an opportunity to give feedback on the design. The various components of the planner help keep God at the center and life from being too overwhelming. I am a weekly planner user, as I like to see my whole week laid out before me; otherwise I have a tendency to miss things I need to do! I have been looking at the Sacred Ordinary Days planners for a couple of years, and now is my chance to finally see how this can bring more rhythm to my days with the weekly option now available. Thanks for all the hard work that has gone into making this wonderful resource.
I have been using this planner more as a journal and a bible reading prompt in 2020. It has really made a difference in the way my day starts. Loving it!
The Weekly Examen guided course was a delight and a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom. Jenn is a skilled and gracious facilitator and mentor, and hosting the course in an online group setting made it feel like joining a circle of friends each week. I looked forward every Thursday to the scheduled meetings; the weekly structure helped me stay on track with incorporating the practice as a regular part of my weekly rhythm. The month-long format is accessible even for busy people but the teaching is still impactful enough to help form new habits in a short span of time. I can't say enough good things about SOD and the courses I have taken, and I recommend this one to anyone who is curious about making the prayer of examen a part of their spiritual practice.
I enjoyed the Weekly Examen course. Although there is no "right" way to practice the Examen, it was helpful to be led through the practice to get a feel for the pace. On my own I feel like I either rush through, or belabor the movements and find frustration instead of peace and clarity. It's key to remember that the practice is about reflection. The practice is not undertaken in order to catalog the ways you may have fallen short in your devotion and service to God; the practice is undertaken to notice and see where God is and to see where you are and to see that God sees you and knows where you are. And He loves you exactly there.
I feel like the "class" size was appropriate. If there were a way to defy the laws of physics, it would have been great to have the opportunity to meet IRL. As that did not happen, the Zoom option was good.
I am so glad that I joined the Centering Prayer group. I was brand new to Centering Prayer, and it was a great experience to learn this practice in a guided group alongside others who were both new and others who have been practicing for a long time. I enjoyed the community aspect of it, but also appreciated the set aside time for prayer. There was good conversation with time to ask questions and hear answers both from Jenn and from others in the group. I can see fruits of Centering Prayer in my life and I am enjoying the time resting and being in God's presence, and it is something I will continue to practice and learn about. I'm 100% thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this group.
My experience with this group was a 5 star experience I have been practicing CP for a few years, and wanted to be with others who are both starting out and experienced. Our group was a great mix of different people on the same journey. From time to time I wondered if I could “do” CP “better”, so I signed up for the guided practice. Good call on my part.
I learned new tools, and the responses of group members during our reflection time helped me grow in my own CP experience. Jen’s prompts for reflection produced insightful comments from the participant that really affirmed and stimulated my spiritual formation.
I had been getting more and more into GoodNotes after discovering digital journaling and looking forward to new liturgical planners that start in November when this four month version came out with the academic ones. I knew instantly I wanted to make the switch right away and I am so glad I did!!
I bought this for a friend who uses her phone, and she is having difficulty using the PDF planner. Here is an excerpt from her email to me.
“Unfortunately, the digital version of the planner has frustrated me to the point of elevated blood pressure. It’s painfully small to read on my phone, won’t sync in the Kindle app to my Kindle Fire, and apparently counts every time I have even looked at it as a download (only 5 allowed). I sent a query to Customer Service the day I received. They have never answered but are happy to keep the promo emails coming ;-)
I did download the planner to my desktop where the viewing is larger, but I rarely use that format because of the strain on my bad eye. The PDF is not interactive so pages have to be printed in order to add personal data.”
I downloaded this pdf and got it printed and spiral bound at Staples because I couldn't wait for the journal I purchased to get here, much less wait til the end of November to start! I really need a livable way to incorporate prayer and scripture into my day as a working mom and even after my first two entries, and this is it. I have always been a planner and journaler, and to have both functionalities in the same elegant and thoughtful book is so helpful and refreshing. I'm looking forward to getting off my phone more since I have the lectionary readings and day planner in print, keeping me away from the tempting apps that await me when I open my calendar or web browser to look up the scripture of the day and my events.
Cannot wait to continue this new practice in the coming year!!
I have been a SOD user from the kickstarter days, and I have used both the paper and digital versions. When I needed an Ipad and apple pencil for work, I decided to try the digital version of the planner. I use the GoodNotes app and open the PDF file there. I can write, highlight, add pages between SOD pages for notes / planning, bookmark pages, add calendars to an outline, etc. It is easy for me to carry with me everywhere I go.
My practice is to wake up early - before the husband and kids - take my caffeine to the back porch, and spend 15 or 20 minutes working through my day. Having the planner has kept me feeling grounded in a time of uncertainty.