I am a journal junkie; a persistent planner; an obsessive organizer. And I love a good planner. I’ve been using a planner for the majority of my life, starting with the free planners my middle school gave out to all students. With that being said, I did not develop a strong planning skill set, or the ability to make my planner work for me, until I reached college (I got better in high school but I still had friends that reminded me when assignments were due).
College was a huge learning curve for me. During the beginning of my college career, I tried a couple different ways to keep myself organized. I also failed miserably for a while. One reason I failed was because I was trying too many things all at once. But the real reason I failed was because I tried to go digital. Now don’t get me wrong – going digital is great, for some people. I’m just not one of them. Once I figured out writing things down works best for me, I was able to make a much more effective system.
So without further ado, here’s a look into some of my favorite paper and printable planners:
This planner is specifically geared toward creating a schedule and plan for your blog, as well as track your stats, goals, and general maintenance. It is a great resource for all bloggers, and especially if you’re just starting out (like me!). It’s basically an all-in-one book to manage your blog (including a style sheet and everything). If you’re looking for a good, inclusive way to plan and manage your blog, this is definitely it.
2. Mead ACCO Weekly/Monthly Planner
This is the closest planner I could find to the one I use.
I use this planner for my blog content schedule, maintenance, goals, and to-do’s (if they have specific dates). There are a bunch of things I love about this planner for blogging, and in general:
- Monthly view
- With a list on the side for goals, reminders, etc.
- Weekly view with big blocks for more in-depth lists
- Tabs for each month
- Pre-Listed holidays
- Several pages for notes
- Future planning section
- Year-at-a-glance section for current year
- Pretty colors
While I like this planner for blogging, I would not use it as a personal planner because my day job requires an hourly view for various appointments throughout the day/week.
This was my lifeline in grad school. I had a lot of stuff to keep track of, like my internship sessions, classes, and two jobs. Needless to say, without this guy I wouldn’t know where I was supposed to be or what I was supposed to be doing. I used this planner until the end of the year (I graduated in August), then I created my own planner for work.
Speaking of creating your own, here are some excellent printable planners designed by incredible women:
Alli has put so much work into the wide variety of planner options she has created. This includes daily planner pages, weekly planner pages, monthly calendars, agendas, and more! Plus, they all come in several different sizes! Talk about awesome!
5. Miss Tiina
Tina has a paid personal planner, a paid un-planner, and great freebies for a monthly planner. Plus she has created a bunch of add-ons to customize your planner (like savings tracker, pay-off tracker, cleaning, and more)! You should definitely check her out.
Angelia has created a planner that is designed to help you discover and focus on your goals. This system allows you to explore your passions and develop a plan (while still having magical planner capabilities)! The complete planner is available for download, provided you share either her website or Kickstarter campaign on social media. It’s definitely worth two clicks to download a planner than can help change your life (or at least help you create a 3-5 year plan).
Well, there you have it! My collection of my favorite paper and printable planners. Go forth, plan, and do!
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What’s your favorite way to plan?