It’s almost the end of 2016, which means you probably need to start looking for a new paper planner system for the new year. I always carry my iPhone around, but never like using my phone as my planner. I need room to write, and I feel more productive when I actually put pen to paper. If you are looking for the best paper planner system for the New Year, here are some things to you consider before purchasing it.
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How to Choose the Best Paper Planner System – and Conquer the New Year
1 – Pick the right size
Size is a huge consideration before you choose your paper planner system. Are you going to be carrying it in your purse, or using it on your desk? I like having the extra room to write in my book, but the downside of that is that it’s impossible to carry my heavy planner in my purse. So, when I’m making appointments on the go, I use my digital calendar on my phone, and then sync everything up when I get home. But I use my large planner as my main planner. If you want to only use one planner, and carry it around, make sure that you buy the right size.
2 – Figure out how you will use it
Do you want a planner to schedule out your goals? Will you want to plan each and every day with it? Or, are you just looking for an agenda so that you can keep track of appointments? Figure out how you will use your planner, so that you know exactly what features you’ll need.
3 – Find a style you will love
Part of the fun of buying a new planner is to find a style and pattern that you love. Take the time to look at the interior of each planner and decide which ones you like best. My planner sits on my desk every day, so I want something that matches my style and aesthetic. Erin Condren, the Happy Planner, and Day Designer are the planners that have the most fun designs (see links below).
4 – Look at the whole system
When you are buying a paper planner for the whole year, you should consider the entire system. Are their accessories that you can purchase? I like the Happy Planner (sold at Michaels) because you can add in extra pages, pocket folder, and other fun accessories that make it even more flexible.
Here are my recommendations for 2017 planners, including links to purchase.
Erin Condren offers fun planners in a variety of colors and styles. She also offers numerous accessories, including pajamas that match your planner design. Depending on the size of your purse, these could also be carried with you.
I love the Day Designer because it offers daily planning pages as well as goal setting pages. It’s the perfect professional planner.
The Happy Planner, available at Michaels, offers a few different sizes. It’s a flexible system, with lots of different accessories that you can purchase. It’s a disk-bound system, so you’ll be able to add pages to it.
Foxy Fix Traveler’s Notebook with May Designs Book
A traveler’s notebook is a can be the basis of a great planner, and the Foxy Fix makes my favorites. They are essentially leather covers, and you’ll need to add inserts. I like the books from May Designs that can be customized and made as calendars. But you can also add other things to Foxy Notebooks, like folders, wallets, and blank inserts (buy the blank inserts and dashboards directly from Foxy Fix.
If you are looking to plan for your whole family, momAgenda is a great option. They include spaces for your whole family, so that you can include their schedule as well.