Planning for Success: The Big Planner Roundup!

WeddingIQ Blog - Planning for Success The Big Planner Roundup

Today's post is going up a little late, but I guess that's a perfect tie-in to the topic: planning! Planning our goals, our commitments, our schedules. We all have to do it, and there are (almost) literally a bazillion resources out there to help us do it better.

December is a perfect time to choose the tools we'll use for managing our time and moving toward our goals with intention in the New Year. We've touched on plenty of digital tools and tricks for time management on this blog before, so this post is going to cover another approach: paper-based planners!

Many wedding pros are attached to the paper-and-pen method of planning their time and their goals, while plenty like to integrate good old-fashioned handwritten planning with scheduling apps on their phone/computer. Personally, I definitely fall into that latter category - I'm an Outlook girl for email and calendar management, so I'd never those up, and writing my zillion meetings and deadlines in a paper planner would just be double work for me (and I'd inevitably screw something up along the way). But there's also nothing like curling up on the couch or in bed with a beautiful planner for dreaming, planning and goal-setting.

A couple of weeks ago, I took the plunge and invested in Lara Casey's PowerSheets for my goal-setting in 2016. (Side note: their customer service is AMAZING.) After a lot of contemplation, I chose the PowerSheets One-Year Worksheet Set, along with the gold foil binder and tab stickers. And I've got to say, I am SO stoked about these. I was a little apprehensive, because I am (a) not girlie; (b) not religious; and (c) not organized.

My concerns were for nothing, though, because Lara's system is completely open-ended and adaptable to any mix of professional and personal goals - and on defining actionable steps toward achieving those goals. As such, it's not a calendar-type planner at all, but rather a resource for making meaningful progress in 2016. It's absolutely perfect for what I need, and I've already set my ten goals for next year. I don't know when I've ever been excited for a new year to start!

I haven't yet used the PowerSheets enough to give a full review, but here's a comprehensive post from someone who used and loved the 2015 version!

PowerSheets just happened to be my own choice based on my need for a goals-only planner, but I found plenty of other options online, that seemed to have glowing endorsements from many of the fellow business owners in my Facebook groups. I've provided a roundup below so you can find the perfect planner for you!

Hybrid goal-setting & time-scheduling planners:
The Get-To-Work Planner (monthly/weekly calendars, goal-setting & project tools)
The Passion Planner (monthly/weekly/daily calendars; goal-setting & project tools)
LiveWell Planner (monthly/weekly calendars; goal-setting & project tools; customizable layout)
Refresh Weekly Planner (monthly/weekly calendars; variety of lifestyle add-ons)
Brilliant Business Planner (monthly/weekly calendars; goal-setting & project tools; business-focused)
Erin Condren Life Planner (weekly/hourly calendars; goal-setting & project tools; customizable layout)
Bloom Vision Planner (monthly/weekly calendars; goal-setting & project tools)
ShePlans (separate monthly, weekly or daily versions; goal-setting & project tools)

Time-scheduling planners:
Whitney English Day Designer (monthly/daily calendars; inspirational quotes; multiple cover options)
Kate Spade Agenda (monthly/weekly calendars; multiple cover options & sizes available)
Emily Ley Simplified Planner (weekly or daily formats available; coordinating accessories available)
Mint Planner (monthly/weekly calendars; manila pocket; coordinating notebooks available)
kikki.K Planner (monthly/weekly calendars; build-your-own option available)
Ashley Shelly Planner (monthly/weekly calendar; coordinating notebooks available)

Bonus: Still prefer to keep everything digital? I get it! Check out this all-digital, entrepreneur-specific planner I found: Thrive Planner. Also, here's a detailed review.

What planner are you planning to use in 2016? Do you have a favorite to recommend? We'd love to hear from you!