Think About The Big Picture
There are a few things to consider when picking a planner or organizer—from design preferences and paper type to pain points and planning style—but in the end most of what makes a planner a good choice for you will depend on what you want to get out of it.
Today, there are plenty of apps covering nearly every need, from daily journaling to the hourly schedule maintenance. But sometimes, the best solution to help you organize your life is to use an old-fashioned, physical planner. After all, nothing beats pressing a good pen into some nice paper.
A planner can be a critical tool in staying organized and accomplishing your goals, so it’s important to choose a design, color, and format that makes you want to use it. No matter how disciplined you are about keeping your planner up-to-date, it is just more fun when the planner is something you’re excited to write in and look at. It may also be important to look for a planner that can help you to fulfill more specific needs with useful details and add-ons that suit your unique professional or business goals, mental health needs, and long-term plans.
Consider Your Planner Needs
It may be helpful to ask yourself: What do you want your planner to help you achieve? Maybe you’re striking out on your own and starting a business. Perhaps you’re planning to start applying to graduate school programs, or are coming up with incremental ways to work toward your next promotion. In these cases, you might be looking for something with less structure and more fluid space to write down custom lists, flow charts, and creative strategy.
Some might need a design that is more regimented and can help to keep appointments, to-do lists, and other day-to-day needs in order, from dental cleanings to coffee catch-ups with old friends. For others, a planner may also serve as a wellness tool that will help keep track of your mood and help improve mental health by integrating mindfulness and positivity into every day.
Whatever it is you’re looking for, there are plenty of journals and planners to choose from. In fact, there are so many that we took the time to curate a few that suit different needs, approaches, and design preferences.
So whether you’re wanting to try out bullet journaling, integrate more mindfulness into your days, or incorporate daily affirmations to keep you feeling good, then look no further—we’ve got the planner for you.