What’s The Plan? Top Planner Picks for 2018

Hey Friends! It’s almost 2018, which means I’ve had my planner for several weeks and I’ve been waiting to fill in my appointments, important dates and plans (my husband calls this act, where I spread out all my planner materials, my “pageantry”).

Yes, I’m someone who still likes a paper planner. I like having a book to stick notes in. I like writing and doodling, and I love organizing my planner. About two years ago, I embarked on what seemed to be a never-ending journey to find the perfect planner. I joined Facebook Groups, solicited opinions and even printed my own pages – all in the search of a planner that worked perfectly for me.

I did the work – I looked deep into the abyss of options. I purchased and returned. I had high hopes and had those hopes dashed. Friends, I’ve done the heavy lifting and have narrowed it down to a few planners that seem to be the best of the best. here are the planners that top my list for 2018.

Tried It, Love It: The Happy Planner

Last year, at the end of my research, I was weary. I truly believed there would be no planner that would meet my needs as a busy professional. Then, I stumbled on The Happy Planner. “Surely, this won’t work for me,” I thought. “It looks like too much fun. I work in a business setting; this won’t be something I can pull out at a board meeting.

I had my doubts, but I was also at the end of my rope. I bought the Happy Planner and went home to begin my pageantry. I got a feel for the free-form column-style pages, which allowed me to structure my day based on tasks, to-dos, appointments, notes, whatever I wanted. I LOVED this as it gave me full control of my planner set up.

Eventually, I bought in fully. I purchased a hole punch so I could add additional pages. I bought the extender pack so I could add A LOT of additional pages. I bought covers for each season, stickers, binder clips, paper clips … you name it. I was in. “Oh my gosh! I’m having fun with my planner.” It felt a little secret I carried into the board room with me – a planner with fanciful stickers and color-coded schedules.

I have faithfully used this planner for nearly two years. Don’t get me wrong, I looked, but I never strayed from The Happy Planner.

Click on a pic to see the details of what I love about this planner:

On the list with some reservations: Erin Condren Life Planner

Right out of the gate, let me address the two reservations I have with this planner: First, when I purchased mine, I purchased the spiral bound version and my cover started to split after about a month. For the price, I really thought the cover should be durable enough to toss in my bag without it splitting. That said, the return process was pretty easy and they were very nice about it.

My second reservation has more to do with the fact that I have a lot of meetings and appointments during the day and I found this layout to be a bit challenging for that.

All that said, this is a GORGEOUS planner, and Erin has really thought of a lot for planner lovers. I actually think this planner (which is hard bound, not spiral) would be perfect to keep for my blog editorial calendar, so I will probably give it a whirl again in 2018.

Click on a pic to see the details of what I love about this planner:

My Top 2018 Pick: Day Designer Flagship Planner

And, finally, the planner I selected for 2018!

A couple of months ago, I started wondering if I wanted to use The Happy Planner again. Over the summer, three important things changed in my workday that made me question the free-form set up of my beloved planner: I started this blog, added additional work in my 9-to-5 and continued my consulting business. I have a lot going on these days, and each day starts earlier and ends later than ever before. And, all of these great opportunities have led to more scheduled appointments than I could shake a stick at.

Now, I seriously do not have time or place for stickers in my planner, and I really need something to help me structure my days by the hour. I need something super functional and beautiful (of course).

That’s when I stumbled on the Day Designer Flagship Planner (this is the mother ship to the Day Designer planners you find at Target).

I have to be honest, what caught my eye initially was the beautiful emerald green box it came packaged in. I saw that and thought, “Anything that comes packaged this nicely must be worth a shot.”

I got mine in the mail a few weeks ago, and my box was teal green. At first I thought, “Meh; that’s not emerald.” Then, I remembered I’m not going to be planning on the box, so I quickly got to the planner.

Just like a luxury car you’ve saved up for and finally test drive, this baby didn’t disappoint.

Let’s get to the heart of why I purchased this planner. Not only does each day give me hourly slots for calls, appointments and projects (which go from 5am to 9pm … just like me) it also includes a spot for your top three must-do items; a section for things that are due, what you are planning for dinner; what not to forget; and money spent. Finally, it includes a long list of running to-do items; and it has sections for notes and gratitude. All that plus an inspirational quote on a single page really makes this worth the money for me.

Click on a pic to see the details of what I love about this planner:

No matter how you like to structure your days, I suggest you enter each day with mindfulness and a plan. I hope this quick roundup helps you select a perfect planner for

You should know: I’ve tried all of these planners and have provided my honest opinions . That said …  herinspiredlife.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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