I love a great planner. There are so many options out there, sometimes it is hard to decide which one to purchase each year. One thing I am learning about planners is that often different seasons of life call for a different style of agenda. As I have different needs for organization and dates, I go on a hunt for the planner that best fits my current situation. Over the years, I’ve purchased everything from kitty cat calendars, Walmart and Target agendas, to designer planners and I’ve even made my own. I’ve learned that looking for the layout that best suits my current needs is key to lowered stress and maximized organization. I want to share some of my favorites here with you today!
1. My Agenda / Mom Agenda - I worked in a boutique in college that carried MomAgendas. After a few years, they also produced MyAgendas because of the women without kids who were using the MomAgendas! Both the MomAgenda and the MyAgenda are structured the same way - the only difference between the two is that the MyAgenda removes all references to kids and family. These planners come in the form of a slightly soft covered book with patterns or designs of your choice. You can also have your name engraved on the cover for an additional five dollars - what’s not to love? These include both a monthly and a weekly layout.
The monthly view includes one inch squares for each day. The weekly layout has a one by two inch square for each day at the top of the page. The bottom of the page is a continuation of the day columns with four rows of one inch squares in each day. I love these agendas for seasons of life where I am involved in many consistent commitments. I used the bottom half of the page when I was in college for each of my classes. I’ve also used the bottom half of the page for varying things at once such as meal planning, a class, work, and a workout journal. There are so many versatile ways that this can suit your needs!
2. Bullet Journal - I am currently using the Bullet Journal, and let me tell you, I am head over heels in love with it for this season of my life. The bullet journal is an analog system that can be used in any notebook. Once the basic system is understood, it can be molded to fit many different needs. I use mine to track my calendar, my blogging, goals, daily lists, weekly lists, and endless sticky notes. The thing that I appreciated the most about the bullet journal is it’s intuitive solution for updating lists. I used to get so frustrated with the time required to create a list each day. With the bullet journal method, this takes me less than five minutes and is quite a cinch. I do recommend sticking with it for at least three months if you decide to give it a try. It takes a little bit of time to adjust to everything but it is definitely worth the transition. Check out this video for a deeper explanation.
Planner Plus App - I searched high and low for a great digital calendar. Anyone else with me? The planner plus app is amazing. There are different app designs for each type of Apple device and they sync together - I have been using the ones for iPhone and iPad and I just discovered one for Mac as well. This app has a space for calendars, tasks, and notes. The beauty of it is that you can assign tasks to certain days and notes to certain days and tasks. You can also create projects under tasks where each item as a different due date that shows up on your calendar. It’s beautiful. I’m not using all of it’s functions right now, but I frequently switch to it for those days or weeks when life takes a busy turn and I am constantly on the go.
Day Designer - These things are GORGEOUS. Designer Whitney English creates new covers each year and I go googley eyed over them every time that I see them. Also, the Day Designer has an Instagram feed that is to die for (see below)! I have never used these planners, but that is only because of my current task management needs. English sections each day off beautifully with space for tasks, appointments, goals, dinner planning, and thankfulness. I love these fresh gorgeous pages. I think if I used them each day, they would be a daily reminder of Lamentations 3:22-23 which says “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Day Designer also just did a collaboration with Blue Sky for Target. I don’t know much about it - but it is definitely something to keep your eye out for this summer!
May Designs - May Designs does way more than planners. They have calendars, daily planners, checklist planners, meal planners, workout/health trackers, notebooks with differently lined paper, photo books and stationary. How do they do it all, you ask? Well this company started by Mica May here in Austin, TX allows you to customize the exterior of your notebooks, stationary, or photo books. They have varying patterns to choose from and allow you to design the words on the cover of your notebook as well. Once you've chosen your exterior design, you get to pick the filler paper for the inside! Each notebook is hand stitched. I’ve included a picture of mine as well as their Instagram feed above. Check it out yourself!
Are you on the search for a new planner? Do you have a favorite that isn't listed here? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!