It’s that time of year!!
September begins the release of all the new planners for the next year, which incidentally means that I’m doing a happy dance all month long!
Generally, I order a bunch of planners, take a ton of pictures, and write a detailed review for each one. That’s what I’ve done for the last few years, and that was my plan this year as well! But this year, as I looked around at the traditional-year planners coming out, I realized that there aren’t a ton of changes from their academic-year counterparts. Since you can find all of the reviews for those planners in my Ultimate Academic Planner Review from a couple of months ago, I’m changing up this season’s review a bit – both for your sanity and mine!
Below, I’ll list all the planners I’ve ever reviewed, and link straight to each one, so you can check out every single planner you might be interested in, and decide which one is right for you. I’ll also detail any updates they might be offering this year, so that you have the full scoop.
After that, I’ll give you a peek into my own planning system. It’s changed a bit in the last few months, and I’m excited to share the changes with you! It’s easy to tweak and make your own, so I hope it inspires you and helps make planning a little more simplified!
Alright, onto this year’s review round-up!!
If you’re looking for the latest Simplified Planner, Purposeful Planner, Limelife Planner, or LiveWell Planner, CLICK HERE.
- Important Updates:
- The only planner in this group with serious updates is the LiveWell Planner. They have added a few sections, like habit tracking, that look pretty cool. You can check out their new planners here.
If you’re looking for the Life Planner, Get to Work Book, Passion Planner, To-Do List Planner, or Keeping It Together Planner, CLICK HERE.
- Important Updates:
- The new To-Do List Planners look beautiful, and she now offers the A5 option with lots of printables. I really like what she’s doing over there – be sure to check out her new planners!
- Erin Condren now offers an hourly layout as well. It’s great if you’re on a schedule that changes each day! But if you need to take notes or make lists each day, it’s not for you – there’s really no room to do that.
- Important Updates:
- None to speak of. Plum Paper has always offered a variety of options to choose from, and iBloom sticks with it’s tried and true planner style.
Other fabulous planners you might want to check out:
- The Happy Planner: I’ve heard that quite a few of you love this planner, so it’s worth mentioning! It’s similar to the EC Life Planner in layout, but uses the ARC system for binding, so you can add or remove pages as you’d like. It’s not my personal favorite (I prefer spiral binding), but it’s customization is definitely a plus!
- The Focused Day Planner: My friend Jennifer has developed a new planner for Christian Homemakers. It’s beautiful, well-laid out, and covers all aspects of homemaking. I think you’ll love it!
- The Living Well Planner: This planner looks pretty all-encompassing – meal plans, budget, goal setting, etc. It’s undated and set as a weekly planner. I have a copy coming this week that I’m excited to look at.
- The Day Designer Series at Target: I received one of the weekly versions of this planner, and it was great! Beautiful design, a variety of layouts, and a few with notes pages at the back. Ultimately, for me, the paper was just too thin for my fancy pens. But if you don’t care about that, these would be a great option, and you can pick them up at your local Target!
My Favorite Planner Accessories:
1. Papermate Flair Pens – I love these in regular tip and fine point! They are my absolute favorite for planning – I use them in my daily planner, my meal planner, and anything else I have an excuse to write on.
2. Frixion Erasable Pens – I use these mainly in my Bible, but they are great for planning too. They erase beautifully, and I love how they don’t bleed. Win-win!
3. Staedler Fine Point Pens – I’m starting to love these as a close second to my fine point Flairs. These are pretty great pens!
4. Sharpie Fine Point – I always use these to write in cards. Somehow, my handwriting looks prettier in a Sharpie. I have no idea why this is, but I’m not complaining.
5. Velocity Ball Point Pens – My favorite everyday pens. I love them. They just feel good to write with!
6. Ticonderoga Pencils – It’s the teacher in me, but these are just the only pencils worth anything. I use them for homeschooling stuff, and have a pack for Emily. They have them in chunky size for little hands, or regular size for us normal-handed people.
7. Washi Tape – Washi helps make your planner your own. Create new sections, decorate for holidays, do whatever you want, because WASHI!!!
8. Planner Stickers – Awesome options for every planner. And often cheaper than what you’ll find on etsy. (Though those are fun too!)
My Personal Planning System for 2016-2017
Okay you guys, I’m pretty sure that by this point, I’ve tried EV.E.RY. planner system on the planet. And while my planning needs change as my season changes, I am really loving the system I’ve developed over the past year. It’s flexible enough to change with me!
See, I’m a list person AND a planner person. And sometimes, those just don’t go together all that well. There’s not enough room for lists inside of planners, or you finish only a few things on your list and have to move the unfinished ones to the next day, but then the list is split over many days… it can get confusing and not at all organized. And organization is the whole point!
So, I’ve found the perfect combination of planner + list: My SP Daily Planner & My Bullet Journal!
I love my Simplified Planner so much. Every time I use another planner, I can’t stick with it for too long, because I always come back to my trusty SP. It’s simple enough to customize as I’d like, the paper is gorgeous and thick, and the colors are beautiful and happy. I need the daily planner page, especially now as a homeschooling mom, because honestly, it keeps me on track. I’m juggling so many balls in the air that I really need to have a good idea of each day as I go into it. The Daily Simplified Planner helps me do that. I love it!
But I’m also a big picture person. I like to look at a week at a time and have a good idea of what’s coming up. I have ongoing lists that span more than one day. I like to meal plan a month in advance. I makes lots and lots of lists. And I honestly haven’t found a single planner that can accommodate all of my lists.
But my Bullet Journal can!
And so, I’ve combined the two. I’m SO THRILLED with how it’s going – I’m much more organized using both. I’ve got a weekly overview, a daily plan, and a place for all of my lists. It’s absolutely perfect.
For a detailed look into how I’m using both my Simplified Planner + my Bullet Journal, click on over to this post right here. Lots of pictures and explanation, just for you!
And there you have it, folks! Just about all the planner details you need to find your own perfect planner!
P.S. Don’t Miss Out!!! The brand new Simplified Planner launches today! Head on over here to grab yours – plus you’ll find a ton of new stickers, paperclips, washi tape, and more!
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