Time for the Annual Battle of the Planners!
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about the perfect planner, it’s nothing.
Every single person has a unique set of preferences and wants in a planner, which is why the market is so full of choices! And we’re not even talking apps and other digital products. No, this post is limited strictly to good old fashioned pen and paper planner products.
I’ve pulled together a couple of my personal favorites plus top contenders from my community’s recommendations. Here they are, in no particular order:
iBloom For 2015 I used the iBloom planner, and I loved it so much I’ve already pre-ordered it again for 2016. This is the planner that not only helps you remember where you need to be and when, but also WHO you want to become and WHY. 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 goals. There are places to assess your progress, celebrate your wins, and keep track of everything on your to-do list. There’s a great slideshow of the pages and more details at http://ibloom.co/planner/.
Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year looks as bright and fun as Leonie herself. But don’t let the bubbly cheerfulness make you think this woman doesn’t know what it takes to make your year and business soar. She knows what motivates and inspires you to set and meet your goals! I used this planner in 2015 as well. It was a great way to review the previous year and set big dreams and goals for how I wanted 2015 to look and feel. It was a wonderful process to go through. This was NOT the planner I need for the day-to-day, nitty-gritty planning I needed though, which is why I added in the iBloom planner to get me through the year. *Note: The video above is for the 2015 version of the planner & so is the link because the 2016 version is not yet for sale, but you get the idea and I will update the post when it’s for sale.
Day Designer According to the website, a “four-step daily planning system” that can bring order to chaos. Sounds good so far! This planner will keep you on track with a running to-do list – including isolating your top three to-dos, your schedule, and recording daily gratitude.
Passion Planner is designed by a woman full of heart and soul. Her vision for what could help her settle and center led to the creation of a planner that handles appointments, journaling, a goal setting guide, to-do lists and motivation all in one!
LifePlanner Erin Condren’s planners made a splash this year when they were carried in select Staples locations. Besides featuring the same entrepreneurial/dream big planning space, LifePlanner also features personalized covers and SUPER cute accessories – think inspirational quote stickers, photo stickers, customizable event stickers, and compliment cards… come to think of it, I might have to shop these accessories no matter which planner I end up choosing this year. Hmm…
DIY Fish Life Mapping System – This is for the true DIYers. This planner is actually delivered to you via digital files that you print and cut yourself. The end project looks pretty neat if you have the patience to go through the process. Very ingenuitive and includes fold out pages to let you see multiple views at once as you sit down to do your planning.