With the new year rapidly approaching, I’ve already started to think about starting my year off on the right, organized foot. I’ve said it time and time again, I am type A to a T. If you come to my house, you’ll find lots and lots of to do lists. It’s how I get things done, how I get the most out of each day.
The most important tool I use to keep my life organized is my planner. Today, I’m going to share the three planners I am familiar with. Two I have used in the past and one I purchased for the upcoming year.
Before I get into details about each planner, let me tell you what I need from a planner. First, I need to keep track of family events. From birthdays to appointments to playdates to social events to grocery lists to keeping up with a cleaning schedule. Next, I need it for my business. I work from home with two little ones home with me at all times. I have a mommy’s helper come in for 2-4 hours a week but other than that, it’s a balancing act with the kids and work. If I don’t write it down, I will forget it. Last, I use my planner to keep track of things for blogging. Blogging is a hobby and a small business for me. I do make money from blogging but that is not why I do it. I do it to journal our lives as a family. For my children to look back on through the years. But, I also need a planner to be able to keep track of sponsored posts, guest posts and to do’s associated with blogging.
Before choosing a planner for yourself, ask yourself what you’ll need out of it. How much space do you need to write each day? Do you want it small enough to take it with you everywhere? Do you need extra planning pages? How many items are on your typical daily to do list?
Below, I’ll tell you about each of the planners I’ve had and how they’ve worked for me. I’ll be back next week to show you how I use my planner to organize my days.
Now, lets talk planners.
I started with this planner when I was teaching, before I had kids. I loved it. You can customize it and add things on to make it the best for you. I love all of the different options for the covers, the extra pages in the back for notes and the stickers that come with it. They are colorful and fun to use. The reason I moved away from this planner is because it had a morning, day and night block for daily tasks and two pages for a weeks worth of dates (see below.) I needed more space for each day, which is the reason I didn’t purchase the planner again. BUT…if you don’t need tons of space for each day, you’ll like this planner. This is a thick planner, not so much a throw in your purse and go kind of item.
This planner is the planner I am currently using for 2014. I ordered it because it is specially created for entrepreneurs. It’s definitely not limited to that but it is why I chose this one. I like how there are goals pages at the front of the planner to help with how you want to grow your business and brand planning. There aren’t as many design options as the Life Planner but the function of the planner is there. Even though I am not going to use this one next year, it was a good purchase and did help me organize my days. The pages are a tad thin, but I eventually found pens that didn’t show through. There is more than enough space to plan out your days. The design for 2015 is great, she changed some of the things I didn’t love, which was a section at the bottom that said “downloads” and leaving more space at the top for your top three for the day. For me, there was just a little more space in this planner than I personally needed. Even though I didn’t choose it for next year, I would still recommend it.
This is the planner I purchased for 2015. I spent a lot of time researching planners for this upcoming year. I ended up deciding between this one and the Day Designer (above.) When it came down to it, I wanted something a little less crowded. My goal for 2015 is to simplify. My life has changed a lot over the past year, heck over the past 6 weeks. I need to slow down, focus on few things each day and prioritize. I like how there aren’t as many bullets for to do’s in the Emily Ley planner. It will force me to pick only the important things to add to my list each day. I also chose this one because of the multiple lines for the times of the day. I found that I didn’t have enough room in the Day Designer and ended up using extra space each day. There is a page at the beginning for goals for the year, monthly calendars and pocket in the front cover. Overall, I chose this one because of it’s title. The Simplified Planner. I’ve already started filling in the important monthly dates and cannot wait to use this one on a daily basis next year.
I’ve had a few readers talk about Plum Paper Planners. I actually ordered this one before I ordered the Day Designer for 2014. I had heard great things and loved how you could customize the columns for each day. When I received the planner, I was extremely disappointed. The quality was no where near as good as the Day Designer or Simplified Planner. The biggest issue I had with it was the pages. I like using pens when I fill out my planner. The pages were so thin, you could see everything written on the previous page. It bothered me so much, I decided not to use it at all. Now, the product could have changed from last year. This was just my personal experience.
There you have it. If you have any questions about any of the planners above and deciding what will work best for you, I’d be happy to answer them!1 Likes