Yup, I’m talking about my favorite planners in March. Because you don’t HAVE to buy a new planner in January. There are no rules for this!
I am a digital gal for sure, but there’s something about pen and paper that just works. So I combine my digital efforts with paper planners. And yes, that’s plural. I manage multiple businesses and life roles and don’t need everything in one place!
So without further ado….
My Favorite Planners and How I Use Them
I’ve been on the Day Designer bandwagon for years. This is the planner that gave me planner peace! I cannot stand planners that only have horizontal space, or time slots, so the fact that I can write a giant to-do list on this daily planner makes me so happy. Plus, it’s totally gorgeous. And you can find loads of cute stickers on Etsy!
I buy the mini Day Designer but it comes in two sizes: Flagship and Mini. The first few pages contain some worksheets you can work through on how you ideally want your days/weeks/months to look like. I’ll be honest, I haven’t gone through them this year but I did the first time and they are super helpful.
I use the Day Designer as my primary planner for the day. I dump my top 3 goals, scribble in an idea for dinner and a to-do list as the day goes on. Since this is my main planner, I’ll sometimes slot in stuff for my blog too even though I have a whole separate planner for that.
P.S. The 2018 Day Designer is 20% off right now!!
Photos via Day Designer
If you’re more of a personal planner type of person, the Day Designer also comes in an A5 size. I will say the one drawback of using the spiral version is you can’t really add in your own pages if you’re into that kind of thing. For me, I’m happy the way it is and don’t feel the need to mod it at all. But if you need to customize, an A5 may be better for you.
You may also like: Day Designer vs. Erin Condren Life Planner
The Ultimate Blog Planner
Looking for the perfect blog planner is like praying you’ll find a gorgeous pair of Loubs at Last Chance…but it can happen! I found it with The Ultimate Blog Planner which, P.S., is totally FREE! It’s now become one of my favorite planners. They do have an upgraded version that just rolled out this year and that’s only $10. Totally worth it for the extra pages, IMO.
The Ultimate Blog Planner is a printable planner that comes in a variety of sizes so you can put it in any planner system you want. A blog is an entirely separate business, so it’s so helpful to have a planner just for that.
The FREE version includes:
- 2018 Calendar
- Undated Monthly Calendar
- Undated Monthly Editorial Calendar
- Post Brainstorming Guide
- Post Topic Brainstorming
- Weekly Post Planner
- Weekly To-Do List
- Blog To-Do List
- Cover Page
- Usernames & Passwords
- Blank Planner Page
The Extension Pack includes:
- Advertising Tracker
- Facebook Advertising
STATS & ANALYTICS
- Yearly Stats & Analytics
- Blank Yearly Stats & Analytics – new!
- Monthly Stat Tracker
- Monthly Blogging Goals
- Yearly Blogging Goals
- Social Media Planner
- Weekly Facebook Post Planner – new!
- Weekly Instagram Post Planner – new!
- Pinterest Post Planner – new!
- Email Campaign Tracker – new!
- Automated Email Planner – new!
- Email Campaign Planner – new!
- Monthly Finance Tracker
- Yearly Finance Tracker
- Affiliate Programs
- Giveaway Tracker
- Sale Tracker
- Change Record – new!
- Printing Guide
- Printing Instructions
- Copyright & Terms
I printed mine out in a standard 8.5x 11″ size. I don’t like ring binders so I purchased a Create365 Happy Planner (Big size) and use this hole punch to fit the planner pages in. (They also have heavier duty ones like these.)
I took out the daily planning pages and basically just use the month tabs, the month spread and then the rest of it is filled with the planner pages I printed out. I do have a few cute accessories from Create365 and bought some extra pages and to-do sheets as well.
Have you tried any of these planners or have a favorite I should try? What are your favorite planners?