2018 Planner Design Story
Our lead designer, Jun Lim, talks to us about the design story behind the Mossery 2018 Planner.
First things first. Why did you decide to design planners?
The idea of a planner came when we were just starting the business. Because we were planning different things, we needed something to help keep track of our time.
This was also when we realised the significance of planning ahead, keeping track of your long-term goals, as well as jotting down your values. Hence, we thought it would be a good idea to put everything in one book.
Well, why not make notebooks then?
The best thing about planners is that every entry will have a timestamp on it, so you’ll end up with a precise visual map of your year.
The design of planners also simulate how time works in reality—it doesn’t wait for anyone. This is why we believe it would be the perfect tool to experience an entire year. It would lead people to realise the scarcity of time, hopefully helping them to live a more conscious life.
Why is it so important for us to lead a productive life?
I believe it’s one of the ways to find meaning in life. Being productive is an indication that you’re moving towards a meaning and achieving progress in life, as opposed to leading a meaningless life.
Because we’re also interested with the idea of maximising human potential, we know that productivity is a good quantification of your potentials. If you keep track of productivity, you can measure growth, and that’s where you’ll be able to see your potentials expand.
How is the 2018 Planner different from the previous designs?
We’re using a new 85gsm paper that will give us about 20% extra papers, so we’ve decided to add in note papers, as requested by our customers from previous years.
We would also like to suggest an interesting way to maximise your year in 2018, which is to have a Master Plan. You can use it to plan your main objectives—from creating schedules, forming good habits, to noting down the people you’ve met. Track your year with these extra note papers.
Many people tend to give up their goals very quickly. How is this going to help?
We always encourage people to think of their goals in large chunks, then break them down into smaller, digestible pieces. Hence, we structured the planner to begin from a bird’s eye view and zoom into the nitty gritty so you can plan right down to the detail.
Setting goals doesn’t necessarily mean you need to achieve them in a short period of time—some goals could take years. Most importantly, you need to make progress. Because progress indicates growth. And life is nothing without growth.
So, what made you decide to share this experience with the world?
There are two reasons: one of it is the fact that we’re toolmakers. We made the planner as a tool and companion for you to record your days. We believe that having a physical copy of your time allows you to observe your year with clarity, and that’s key in understanding yourself.
The other interesting experience about a planner is that you get to keep and document one year in your life. Imagine having a shelf filled with planners, each book encasing an entire year. If you want to revisit a year, all you need to do is to reach out to the specific planner/year in mind.