The perfect planner can help transform your days into a harmonious symphony of productivity and creativity. Or at least something closer than the unorganized chaos many busy people struggle with. But how do you choose the right planner for you?
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The Perfect Planner
I’m writing this on National Planner Day. This is a good time of year to consider purchasing a planner. No matter how long it’s been since I was in school, back-to-school season always feels like a great time to evaluate my organizational systems and tweak things a bit. Do you feel the same way? It’s almost like another “New Year”.
We all know how chaotic life can get, juggling multiple responsibilities and goals. That’s where a planner can be so helpful – a powerful tool that can revolutionize your daily routine and help you regain control of your time. But with countless options available, each claiming to be the best, choosing the right planner can be overwhelming.
Fret not! I’ve rounded up a nice collection of planners for you. You’re sure to find the planner that perfectly aligns with your lifestyle, goals, and unique organizational style. So, let’s take a look at some options.
Let’s start with one of the most popular choices. There are so many Erin Condren planner options – something to suit everyone! Highly customizable, you can select your cover, choose the coil color, pick your planning layout and select the interior design. They offer weekly, daily, monthly, A5 size, ring or coiled. There are also specialized planners for students, teachers, kids, homeschool and even wedding planning.
They are doing a flash sale right now, too. You can save 20% on all planners, full A5 ring Agenda Systems, PetitePlanners and notepads while supplies last. Click here!
The Living Well Planner
I did a review of this one a few years ago which you can read here:
It’s a gorgeous planner and has sections for monthly goals, project planning, menus, budget, expenses and gratitudes.
If goal setting is an important part of your planning, you will like this one. It’s undated (I like that feature) and you get free access to the Crushing It™ Bootcamp email series.
I purchased a Plum Paper academic planner for my nephew several years ago when he was starting college. I was impressed with the quality – very classy. They offer three sizes and you can customize your planner’s cover, layout, and binding as well as add personal events and holidays. If you are looking for a student planner, they offer them for elementary, middle/high school, and college students. Makes a great graduation gift.
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The Happy Planner
I’ve had a few Happy Planners over the years and they are an excellent option if you are looking for something at a reasonable price. Happy Planners are also very versatile. There are lots of great cover options available including Disney. They offer four different sizes, vertical or horizontal options as well as several specialty options. One fun feature of the Happy Planner is the availability of extension packs, stickers, and various accessories.
Get $10 off your first order of $50 or more! Click here.
The Mom Agenda
I had one of these many years ago and really liked it.
If you happen to be more of a digital planner, Mom Agenda offers a digital version for both iPad and Android.
They are having a 20% off summer sale right now. Use code SUMMER20
I’ve heard good things about this one. It’s undated, comes in lots of great colors, includes a quick start guide, stickers, goals, and self development tools. One plus is that it’s available through Amazon so you can have it in a couple of days. It’s currently selling for $34.99.
Clever Fox has a medical planner, as well. I’m considering purchasing one myself to help track my chronic illnesses. I think this could be very helpful.
If your life is pretty simple and you’d like a small planner that you can toss in your purse, you might enjoy this one from Current Catalog. It’s 5.5 by 8.5 inches and includes pages for contacts plus monthly and weekly grids followed by a page for notes. You can personalize the cover and best of all, it’s only $8.99.
If you aren’t familiar with Current Catalog, I recommend that you browse the site a bit. I remember my mom and aunt both buying from their catalog many years ago. I buy almost all of my greeting cards from them as well as Christmas cards, wrapping paper, address labels and more. Use this link to get 20% off all orders with the code: AFLD20A
I’ve been buying my wall calendars from this company for years and for 2023 I purchased one of their “File It” planners. It is very pretty and has file pockets for each month. The paper quality isn’t that of something like an Erin Condren planner but it is also significantly less expensive. They are currently $21.99 and I think it’s a good choice for that price range.
I’ll be perfectly honest here. I am woefully inconsistent using a regular planner. However, I’ve been doing my version of a bullet journal virtually every day since 2017. I don’t do weekly or monthly spreads but I do a daily to-do page. If you follow me on Instagram or on Facebook you’ve likely seen my pages. Here is a blog post all about how I use a bullet journal:
I still have hopes of doing weekly and monthly plans. I know that would help a lot when it comes to achieving bigger goals. But at least my day-to-day life is fairly orderly.
What about you? Do you use a planner? If so, what is your favorite?
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