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Irakli Khakhviashvili

Creator of the Esse Planner

My story

I come from the small country of Georgia, located between Eastern Europe and West Asia. Since I was a little kid, I was always fascinated by western movies, pop culture and the American dream – the idea that anyone, regardless of where they were born, their culture, ethnicity or religion, can attain their own version of success. I never stopped pursuing my dream, and when the opportunity came along I was able to immigrate to the United States.

By nature, I am very driven and constantly trying to improve my life in all aspects, whether it is my career, business, fitness, family, diet, you name it. I was always in search of new methods and ways to make the most out of my days and get more things done.

When I first immigrated to the USA, I knew I was starting everything from zero. I had to do so many things each day that very often I found myself overwhelmed; I was having a hard time keeping up with my schedule and was even forgetting things I had to do.

I knew I would do better if I had a plan of some sort that would guide me throughout the day. I needed a way to write down my to-do lists, meetings, doctor’s appointments, reminders, etc. First, I thought, why not find an app so I can install it on my phone and add all my to-dos there? Sadly, another app on my phone created even more confusion and added more complexity to my life. All the alerts and updates and staring at the screen for an even longer amount of time wasn’t very helpful at all. I realized I needed to free myself from all the digital devices and write things down on paper. I started trying out various paper planners. Some I used only for a day, some for a week. Some were very complicated, and I didn’t understand how they worked and couldn't use them at all.

I wanted a planner that was simple, yet powerful, something that didn’t take up my entire day with filling out complicated and sometimes unnecessary sections. I wanted something that was easy to use, but effective and functional at the same time. This is when I decided to design and print my own planner. The initial idea was to use it for myself and perhaps help friends and family members who had the same issues. After using it for some time and having a few of my friends try it, I got very positive feedback. People loved it! Some were saying it changed their lives, some said it made them more productive and others simply weren’t forgetting their daily chores anymore.

This is when I thought that other people could find my planner useful too. I tweaked the design even more, saved up as much space as I could and created what’s now the Esse Planner, undated 6-month daily planner with weekly and monthly review pages.

In Latin, esse means being, existence, essence. Planning your life is essential. To live, you need a plan, something to guide you throughout the day and help you stay in control of your life and find balance in this fast-paced world.

I hope you will find the Esse Planner as useful as I do. I hope it will help you to be more productive, so you can focus on what matters, and perhaps motivate you to be the best version of yourself. I hope that the Esse Planner will have a positive impact on your life and change the way you do things for the better.