Is there a Perfect Planner for Entrepreneurs?
Note: The 2016 edition of this planner post can be found by clicking here >
Once again, I was recently on the search for something and went to my go-to resource, Facebook groups full of entrepreneurs! And once again, they came through in a big way. This time, I was on the search for the “perfect” planner for 2015.
Now, to be honest, I wasn't even sure what I was looking for in a planner, other than I wanted an actual paper planner, not just another digital calendar.
You see, my life is coordinated with a combination of my Google calendar, my Appointy calendar (where clients and potential clients book sessions with me), and my iPhone calendar. Thankfully, those are all synced up and the alerts keep me from missing anything. I also keep a paper calendar on my desk so I can see things at a glance, because sometimes I don't want to launch a browser window to see what's on my plate for the day! This year I've literally been ripping the pages out of my wall calendar and keeping them handy on my desk. Fancy, huh? 😉 For 2015, I was looking for a better system. Something to help me track my days and also my big GOALS, not just client sessions.
What follows is a compilation of all the calendars and planners recommended to me, with a little commentary. Looks like I will be using a combination of Leonie Dawson's planner and the iBloom planner. I'll let you know what I think once I get 2015 under way!
I hope this was helpful to you to have all these awesome choices put in one place! If you know an entrepreneur planning for 2015, please share this with them as well! Let me know in the comments what planner you're going to be using for 2015!
Passion Planner handles appointments, journaling, a goal setting guide, to-do lists and motivation all in one! The woman behind Passion Planner is full of heart and soul. She had a vision of what could help her settle and center. Lucky for us, she realized how much it could help everyone else in the world! If you visit the website, you can download bits and pieces of Passion Planner for free, which is super convenient if you're waiting for your purchased hard copy to arrive in the mail! (I really wanted this for 2015, but they are on backorder until January, and I didn't want to wait. Maybe next year!)
Leonie Dawson's 2015 Create Your Shining Year Planner looks SO fun! She's bright and bubbly and knowledgeable about how right brain people get stuff done! She knows what motivates and inspires you to set and meet your goals! Check out her video about the story behind the planner too, exciting stuff! (This is actually the planner I've ordered for 2015. It hasn't arrived yet, but when it does, I'll give you all an update!)
The Kate Spade Planner for the fashion conscious goal setter…This book is large, and has space for appointments and celebratory goal realizations. Check out the decorating tutorial over on her site as well if you decide to buy this one! Fun!
The David Byrd Planning System is a little more utilitarian. It's a more scientific setup, perfect for you left brainers!
Calendar Lab might be a good choice if you need a free calendar that you can print out yourself. There are lots of options to choose from, and you can download them all straight away to print. If you like to doodle in the margins or decorate your own stuff, or if you really just like black and white with lines and numbers, this might be a good option. While I am waiting for my calendar to arrive and starting to plan out 2015, I've printed a few of these to help me start outlining some big picture plans. I've also realized that I will need both Leonie's planner for big goals and ideas + a day planner of some sort to track appointments. This might be a good free (other than printer ink and paper) solution.
2015 Life is Beautiful and So Are You Calendar isn't a planner, but it's a bright, vibrant, fun calendar to inspire you. As they put it… “This little calendar is full of magic! Discover 365 days of hand-drawn morsels of wisdom with outrageous optimism jumping off the page. Sure to uplift and inspire you every day. Let yourself be reminded of the how beautiful life truly is. You're worth it!”
The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley isn't necessarily for goal setting, but it's been created to highlight success by organization and is a good “simple” planner. There are some other fun tools for organization on Emily's site too! Each page features four simple, purposeful spaces: Today (7am-7pm schedule), To-do, Notes and Dinner — everything busy, intentional women need – and nothing more.
Jon Acuff's Do Over Year Planner promises to help you double your goals in 2015. It helps you focus on when and what times you will work towards specific goals in order to increase your chances of meeting them. And it's HUGE!
Tony Robbin's Life Planning System invites you to think differently, in terms of actionable steps building up to different goals. Don't be led astray by all of those checkmarks on your to-do list, they may not be getting you as far as you think, according to Tony!
Nicola Holland's Goal Setting Planner helps you breakdown and track yearly and monthly income goals and even social media planning! (Which I of course recommend!) 🙂
Danielle Laporte's Desire Map Day Planner is beautiful, inspirational, spiritual and thought provoking. It's also practical and somewhat compact.
The Erin Condren Life Planner is quirky and cute with a large selection of cover designs to match the spirit of your business or life adventure. It's a pretty straightforward planner. There are Classic planners and these great Quote planners as well to choose from.
The Creative Biz School Productivity Workbook Designed by a creative for creatives, this colorful, motivational workbook will show you how to get where you want to be in your business. Stay focused building your confidence, organizing your projects and manage tasks daily starting today! Darla has some wonderful resources for creatives on her site, so be sure to check her out!
iBloom Life and Business Planner iBloom Life and Business Planner was actually brought to my attention after I originally published this post on my site. It was so fantastic I added it to the list and got a hold of a copy for myself! If you've been drooling over the Passion Planner but don't want to wait for it, you should check out iBloom.
The iBloom planner is well designed and colorful and it does a fantastic job of walking you through the process of setting goals for the year, and also monthly and weekly. There are places to assess your progress, celebrate your wins, and keep track of everything on your to-do list. I'm already in love with this planner and can't wait to start filling it up!
UPDATE: Still didn't find the perfect planner? Several more options were brought to my attention after publishing this post. At the risk of overwhelming you with options, here are more planners to choose from…
Working on your New Year's Resolutions? Check out this FREE PRINTABLE.
More FREE stuff! 🙂 Download Your Free HEART AND GOALS Biz Planner + Workbook to get into inspired action in 2015!
Have a basic calendar but trying to create an action plan for 2015? Check out the Annual Action Plan by Vibe Shifting. It's a FREE PRINTABLE as well!
Casey Choate created this new planner that takes you step-by-step through creating a marketing plan. There are also some great looking bonuses with this planner for only $29. GRAB YOURS
Nadia Finer has an affordable Action Planner for micro businesses HERE and it's digital so you can get it now!
Want video courses on planning for 2015?
Kimra Luna had this free biz strategy webinar you can check out HERE.
Ilean Harris is teaching you how to hit $100k with info products in 2015 HERE. (free webinar)
Michael Hyatt has a fantastic (paid) goal setting course called 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and registration ends January 8th, 2015!
So, which planner are you getting for 2015? Did I miss anything that just HAS to be added to the list? Let me know!
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