Planner Girl 101: What is the Best Planner for You?

 

Are you wondering what the best planner for you may be? Looking to find out more about the planning world or just love reading about your favorite hobby? Check out our Planner Girl 101 series! In this segment, find out more about different types of planners and how to pick the best one for you.

Hey hey!  I hope this Planner Girl 101 series has helped you gain a better understanding of what planning can do for you.  Planning can be such a beneficial practice for all areas of your life.

So far in our Planner Girl 101 series, we have explored:

Next stop on our planner girl train is determining what is the best planner for you!  All aboard!  WooHoo!

Important Considerations for Finding the Best Planner

  1.  Revisit Planner Squad’s What is Planning? post. Look at each type of planning.  Is there one type that resonates with you?  That really sticks out and interests you?
  2. How much time do you realistically have?  Like it or not, some types of planning require a lot more time than others.
  3. What is your planning budget?  There are some absolutely stunning planners out there!  Plus, so many gorgeous colors, styles, and brands!  Don’t forget when considering the best planner for you that you will want accessories-budget those goodies in, too!
  4. How will you be using your planner(s)?  What is the proposed purpose of the planner?  This step can be helpful but I will caution that I have bought planners with one purpose in mind, only to change how I use after a bit of use.  Nonetheless, this consideration is important when looking to find the best planner.
  5. What is your personality type?  How you function and take in information can be a huge impact on what type of planner will work best for you!  I will be touching upon this topic very soon and would love your help in a research project!  (Stay tuned for details!)

Take time to seriously consider all of these suggestions.  As awesomely fun as planning is, it can get expensive and a tad overwhelming.

Once you have narrowed down what type of planner girl you may be (and it is okay to dabble in a few!), you will want to learn all that you can about the different planners available in each category.

Again, please do not let yourself get overwhelmed and jump ship before even starting!  Planning is so worth it!  Hang in there!  With a little help from my friends (Squadettes!), here is a list of popular planners for each type of planning:)

Most Popular Planners for Each Type of Planning

Functional Planners

Bullet Journals are super popular for functional planning.  In fact, they are so popular that I created its own category (see below).

Traveler’s Notebooks are also great for a functional planner.

Webster's Pages Color Crush Faux Leather Travelers' Planner - 5.75Webster’s Pages Color Crush Faux Leather Travelers’ Planner – 5.75Midori Traveler's Notebook Journal Passport Size - BrownMidori Traveler’s Notebook Journal Passport Size – BrownPASSION Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Travelers Journals Diary geniune leather notebook diary notepad notebook handmade Traveler's Notebook travels (12*21cm)PASSION Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Travelers Journals Diary geniune leather notebook diary notepad notebook handmade Traveler’s Notebook travels (12*21cm)

 

 

Glam Planners


Create 365 Happy Planner - Botanical Garden
Create 365 Happy Planner – Botanical Garden
NEW! Create 365 Happy Planner Planner Box Kit - Best YearNEW! Create 365 Happy Planner Planner Box Kit – Best YearNEW! Create 365 The Happy Planner - Classic 12 Month - Get FitNEW! Create 365 The Happy Planner – Classic 12 Month – Get FitErin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner-Floral InkErin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner-Floral InkErin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Blossom- Midnight Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 06)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Blossom- Midnight Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 06)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Midcentury Circles-Colorful Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 12)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Midcentury Circles-Colorful Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 12)

Bullet Journals

Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook - Dotted Pages - BlackLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook – Dotted Pages – BlackLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook, Plain Pages, Emerald ColorLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook, Plain Pages, Emerald ColorLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size A5 Notebook, Squared Pages, NavyLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size A5 Notebook, Squared Pages, NavyMoleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Colored Notebook, Large, Dotted, Underwater Blue, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25)Moleskine Classic Colored Notebook, Large, Dotted, Underwater Blue, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25)

 

Art/Junk Journals

Canson Montval All Media Journal - All Media JournalCanson Montval All Media Journal – All Media JournalRanger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-InchRanger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-InchPentalic Art Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch Book, 8Pentalic Art Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch Book, 8Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 PagesStrathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 Pages

 

Faith Journals

NEW! Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Starter KitNEW! Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Starter KitBella Blvd Illustrated Faith Book - Basics - PraiseBella Blvd Illustrated Faith Book – Basics – Praise

 

Digital Planners

I am not a digital planner girl but know quite a few friends who swear by it.  They recommend Cozi and Asana.  Jenn has started to use Asana to keep us organized for Planner Squad and gives it rave reviews.   I Heart Planners has a great review of The Very Best Digital Planning Apps.

 

Based on the above information and resources (and your own experiences),
which planner would work best for you?

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Amy Milcic is a mental health therapist turned homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys. She knows the importance of having the right planner that fits your needs. Amy specializes in planning-on-the-go, homeschool, and sports family planning. Amy blogs at Rock Your Homeschool to share positive and creative approaches to {homeschool} family life.

Comments

  1. Thanks for another great post Amy! The choice seems endless! 🙂

    The cost is a big thing for me, living in Scotland, the postage alone makes many things prohibitive before I even start!! Although, I do love a good sale and I’m trying to see what would work best! Coupons are not such a thing over here as they are in the US, but email voucher codes are always good! Please could I ask a couple (more!) questions….

    1. I am thinking probably not, as that would just be helpful, but are the “boxes” on the Erin Condron and the Happy Planners the same size?? Can I just buy stickers that will fit both, or do I need to be careful!?

    2. The HP obviously has the removable pages and so I can make it as thin or thick as I want during the year. How does that work with EC planners? Are you just fixed for the year with the pages in there?? I can see it getting very thick especially if you put stickers in each week/month!!! 🙂 I am thinking that you could reuse the rings each year for the HP, storing the old pages neatly bound in ribbon, and then just buy more pages for the new year, but with the EC you would need to buy a whole new planner with spiral and covers etc.????

    Loving the Squadette Show too, I wish I could watch it live, but that is about 3am here!!! 🙁

    Keep up the fab work! 🙂

    Lynne.

  2. I’ve always wanted a planner in something similar to a binder. It has two sections: important info that can be updated over time and the… planning/calendar section.

    The first section could be your personal information, physical sizes of things (like shoes or shirts), medication or medical conditions, etc. Things you should always remember in case it comes up.

    The second section would be the planning/calendar. The calendar obviously lets you jot down things like appointments and deadlines. Everyday could could have a section that has a diary-like section, or even a small questionnaire like “what did I accomplish” or “major activities”, etc.

    I have a very bad memory and have trouble remembering things from my past and what important things I did in the past month. XD

    • Stephy, that type of planner sounds awesome! Do you want a hard cover or do you mind a softer one? I use an A5 Carpe Diem with different inserts. I love it because it has rings & I can move around the pages. Reminds me of a smaller binder:)

      • I have an old Day Runner that might fit the bill. I think they still make them. (I can find the inserts on Amazon, at any rate.) Mine is a 5 ring binder that zips shut and I love it.. There are inserts for month at a glance, weekly, and even daily pages, as well as blank pages, a phone directory (does anyone use those anymore?), and I think there are ones like the OP mentioned with important physical info — if not, the blank pages could be used to make your own.

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