Daily, weekly, or monthly? For many who are new to planing, figuring out what type of planner to get can be one of the biggest challenges. Finding out what exactly you need can be difficult and finding out how to best manage your time with a planner can be even more difficult Today, I want to go over a few common planner types to give you some ideas about what could work for you. Please keep in mind everyone is different and these are just suggestions from my personal experience.
Daily planners are great for people with busy days full of appointments, tasks, and other needs. These planners work great for super busy students, employees, managers, and entrepreneurs. Moms also like these planners as well. I love using a daily planner at work. I use the 2015-2016 Day Designer for Blue Sky. (similar) Due to the nature of my job, I have many tasks that I may be working on in a given day. I also have other tasks to plan to work on later and I also must prioritize my day to ensure I get the most important things finished before they are due. Because of this, I find that this planner is a great option for the “work me.” Daily planners usually have an appointments column and/or tasks and notes. My daily planner also has a monthly calendar that I use to record staff leave time and events at a glance. The daily appointments area is very popular with people who attend many meetings or have appointments regularly with their job. Although I don’t have too many meetings, (I am lucky!) I do have many regularly scheduled programs each week. I mark these here so I can see when in my day they occur and I also records stats for these programs in this area as well. Although I love this planner for work, I feel that it would not suit me for home or personal needs and definitely does not work for all types of jobs.
Here are my favorites:
Day Designer by Whitney English
The Simplified Planner (I LOVE Emily Ley, she is adorable.)
Franklin Covey (a big kickstarter of the planner movement in business)
Weekly planners are most the most common type of personal planner for a very good reason. They are simple, functional, and give you a view of the entire week. Weekly planners give you a great view of what you have to do, what you have done, and where you can fit other tasks. Also, because they are so popular there are many formats to choose from to find what works for you. Erin Condren planners have popularized the vertical planner layout where you see each day as a column. Horizontal planners are also popular, giving you a rectangular box for each day. Also, there are weekly appointment planners that are great for those who have those meetings, appointments and events to schedule.
I use a Happy Planner as my weekly planner to keep track of everything unrelated to my job. This is where I write my husband’s schedule, menu plans, personal events and appointments, daily to-dos and my blogging schedule. My planner divides the day into Morning, Afternoon and Evening, but I change that to Life, Tasks, and Blog. Because I see the entire week at a glance, this planner really helps me plan my week and put my brain at ease. I also keep shopping lists, and other tasks in it on sticky notes to ensure all important notes are in one place.
When shopping for a weekly planner decide the view that you want, (Vertical or horizontal) as well as if you need the week to start on a certain day. (You would be surprised how annoying a Monday- Sunday week view is for someone who uses a Sunday- Saturday scheduling system at work.) These planners often come in several sizes depending on your needs.
Here are my favorites:
The Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas
Day Designer for Blue Sky
Erin Condren Life Planner (Check out their personalized items!)
Not sure about needing that much information in your planner but you need something? Try a daily planner. These are essentially a small calendar to record only a few things per day. We use a large monthly calendar at make and record everyone’s schedule. Checkbook sized monthly calendars are a great start and can be found anywhere, even dollar stores.
Other planner types:
To-dos: Whitney English recently introduced a to-do planner that has undated pages with to-dos and appointments that you can fill out as needed. This means you don’t need to dedicate pages to days you don’t need to plan. Of course, if you just wanted a place for to-do lists you could also pick up a inexpensive journal.
DIY: Many, myself included, have made their own planners from journals, binders, and old planners. Want to try a daily planner? Pick up a Moleskine notebook or journal at target and date your own pages. Once you figure out what you like you can stick with the notebook or pick up a dated planner in the style of your preference.
Still don’t know what you need? Try some of these printable planner templates to get a feel for what works best for you.
Emily Ley free printables
Day Designer free printables
(Both of these sites have great planner printables and tons of extras. )
Please note: These are just a small sampling of popular planners. I know I have skipped filofax and many other popular binder planners. Still not sure whats best for you? Leave a comment and see if anybody has any suggestions!