But 2016 is quickly approaching, and I’ve decided I wanted to get more organized.
No, not just organized, but really focused.
And that’s going to start with a planner.
I know it sounds … simplistic. But right now I’m using a calendar on my wall next to my desk to schedule my writing clients. I also use Cozi calendar on my computer and on my phone to schedule just about everything else and give me reminders on my phone. Oh, and I use Trello for my daily to do list because I can access it on my computer and phone.
It’s been working, but I feel like I’m all over the place. I want to streamline, make my life easier and inspire me to do more this year.
Yes, I have some lofty goals.
So enter, the personal planner. I used to use a planner and loved it. Somewhere along the line I decided I needed to be more high-tech and do it on my phone. But you know what? I really don’t need to be more high-tech. There’s something wonderful about writing things down and crossing things off your list.
For me, a good personal planner has both a weekly and monthly calendar view. There’s enough space to write what I need to do each day, and pencil in appointments.
And since I’d like to accomplish some goals this year, I want something more. Something that also allows me to write goals, inspirations and more. Here are some of the best personal planners for 2016.
Bloom Daily Planner
This is the one I actually bought.
There’s weekly and monthly views, with enough space on each to write everything down. There’s even laminated tabs to help you easily find each month, which I love.
I like to schedule things by day, especially my freelance writing clients. I like to visually see my calendar, and how much work I have to do each day. But, since my kids are still in school, it’s difficult for me to schedule the day by time. So planners that break down the day by time is a bit overkill for me. Right now, tasks get broken up and moved around. I don’t have a set schedule … yet. Maybe it will be more regular once my younger child is out of his half-day preschool and in school full time. Maybe then I’ll love to something with times.
What really stood out for me was the vision planning pages. Each month gives you a page to plan your goals like: personal growth, health and fitness, relationships, adventure, family and home, finances, work and school and more. And you also get a page to plan out what you’re going to do to make those goals happen.
At 7.5″ x 9″ it’s large enough to write everything down, but small enough to carry around.
The InnerGuide 2016 Planner
This was a close runner-up for me. The weekly view gives you lots of space to write your goals, intentions for the week, your to-do list, things you are grateful for, reflections, self-assessments and more. The days are even broken down by time, which as I mentioned, I don’t need. I really do hope to schedule my days by hour one day. I read that it helps make you even more productive than having just a regular to-do list.
The monthly view is pretty cool too. Called “Looking ahead”, you have spaces to write your personal goals, professional goals, where you are going and your priorities.
This one is about 8″x9″, so still plently portable.
Action Day Planner
I like the Action Day planner, mostly because of the space it offers. Like the others personal planners, it has a monthly and weekly view.
The weekly breaks down the day by time like the InnerGuide planner.
If you’re super organized and like a structured day, I think this planner would work well for you.
The new year is upon us, are you ready? For me, part of getting ready for the new is getting organized with a personal planner. I looked a few personal planners to determine the best for me, settling on the Bloom planner for it’s space to write, compact size, and goal planning features. Which personal planner will you choose?