I don't know about you but I leave a veritable graveyard of planners in my wake. I've tried dozens of them with varying levels of success and learned that there is no one-size-fits-all planner. Some people want a by-the-hour daily planner to manage their schedule. Some people want a don't-box-me-into-a-schedule goal planner. I've rounded up some of the most popular 2016 planners out there in this quick guide so that you can choose the one that fits your needs. Be sure to read to the bottom to claim the Bloom Business Solutions daily, weekly & monthly action plans for FREE!
Dailygreatness Business PlannerWhat's to Love: This planner is colorful while still understated. I enjoy the clean design that leaves plenty of space for me to write. There are quite a few goal planning tools along with space to track your daily schedules. I also love the Dailygreatness Journal which is less business focused but still great for laying out personal goals. Both are undated so that you can add the days/weeks/months as you go. They also offer a fitness training journal and a yoga journal.
Things to Consider: Fully bound so you can't add pages.
The Bottom Line:7.1" x 9.4", $44.95Get the Dailygreatness Business Planner
Create Your Shining Year Workbook
What's to Love: This goal setting workbook is very colorful and artistic, it's a joy to work through. Offered in both print & digital versions, if you get the digital version you can choose to print it yourself and then add or remove pages. The print version is wire bound. She offers bundles that include a wall calendar and a daily planner.
Things to Consider: The structure and language of this book definitely leans towards new age which will be a great fit for some but too woo-woo for others. Since it's wire bound you can't add your own pages.
The Bottom Line: The Biz Workbook (printed) $21.95 or (ebook) $9.95, Daily Planner/Diary $24.95, The Biz Bundle (printed Biz Goals workbook, Life Goals workbook and daily planner diary, wall calendar) $64.95Get the Create Your Shining Year Workbook
Your Best Year
What's to Love: If you want something that blends 2016 vision casting with monthly/weekly birds eye view planning, this is a good fit. I have really enjoyed the goal setting tools in this book. Plus it's inexpensive and available on Amazon Prime!
Things to Consider: Not as "pretty" as other planners but has a very clean design printed in black. Fully bound so you can't add pages. Not a daily planner.
The Bottom Line: 8.5" x 11", about $15.00 (Amazon pricing sometimes varies)Get Your Best Year
Erin Condren Life Planner
What's to Love: The cover is customizable and replaceable. You get to choose the planner layout. Includes reinforced tabs to separate the months, colorful stickers to use, one zipper pocket and a folder pocket for receipts/etc, lots of add-on accessories that are fun and customizable.
Things to Consider: Everything about this planner is colorful so if you want something plain and simple this isn't the planner for you. Spiral bound so that it will lay flat but you can't add pages.
The Bottom Line: 7.25" x 9.25" size, variable pricing based on customization, starts at $50.00Get the Erin Condren Life Planner
Danielle LaPorte Desire Map
What's to Love: Unique daily layouts that focus on unravelling your goals, monthly spreads for big picture focus. The clean simple design feels elegant. There are several versions based on how detailed you want to be with your schedule.
Things to Consider: Fully bound so you can't add pages. Much of the language is focused on manifesting & intention which will be a great fit for some but too new age for others.Get the Daily Edition Get the Weekly Edition Get the Journal
The Day Designer
What's to Love: plenty of room for your by-the-hour daily schedule and to-do lists, monthly overview calendars.
Things to Consider: coil binding so that you can lay it open flat but you aren't able to add pages
The Bottom Line: Flagship Edition, 9" x 9.75″ size, $59 or the Mini Edition, 6.625” x 8.3”, $49Get the Day Designer
What's to Love: If you are an DIY planning hacker, this is the system for you. Basically you use a journal of your choice (most people use a dotted Moleskine journal) and a specially laid out system for creating your own custom planner.
Things to Consider: This is DIY all the way so basically you are building your own planner as you go with paper and pens.
The Bottom Line: You can build any size or format planner you want. If you have a journal on hand it's FREE or you can buy a blank journal in any budget.Get a Dotted Moleskine Journal Read about how to Bullet Journal
What's to Love: Full size pages make writing out your schedule non-squinty. There is space for your to-do list on the weekly view and a neat "passion plan" guided brainstorming worksheet. This is a great planner for people who like to layout each day down to the hour.
Things to Consider: Not as colorful or creative as other planners but has a very clean design in black text. Fully bound so you can't add pages.
The Bottom Line: Classic Size (8.5"x11") $29.99, Compact Size (5.5"x8.5") $24.99, Limited Edition Gold or Blue (8.5"x11") $34.99Get the Passion Planner
Savor the Success Daily Action Planner
What's to Love: Tons of room for daily and weekly plans. I personally love the brain dump concept and the idea of tackling your "frogs".
Things to Consider: A single planner only covers one month (or 3 months) so you will need to buy multiple per year. Spiral bound so that it will lay flat but you can't add pages.
The Bottom Line: 6"x9" size, choice of six colors, 30 day version $14.95 OR 90 day version, $39.95,Daily Action Planner
What's to Love: These planners have a simple, professional layout with colorful highlights. Includes tabs to separate the months, reinforced corners and an inside pocket.
Things to Consider: Spiral bound so that it will lay flat but you can't add pages. No goal setting or planning pages.
The Bottom Line: Daily Edition, 8" x 9", $58.00 OR Weekly Edition 8" x 9", $38.00Get the Simplified Planner
Make it Happen PowerSheets
What's to Love: This vibrant goal planning workbook is well designed. I love unique the goal and vision guidance in this planner. There are two options: a spiral bound workbook monthly dated, three hole punched worksheets undated. The undated version still includes month and week layouts, you just add dates as you go. The dated, spiral bound version has tab dividers and extra stickers.
Things to Consider: The spiral bound version doesn't allow you to add pages. The three hole punched version allows you to add or rearrange to your hearts content but you also have to purchase a binder.
The Bottom Line: 9" x 11", bound workbook, $50.00 or 8.5" x 11", 3 hole punched, $50.00Get the Make it Happen PowerSheets
Plum Paper Planners
What's to Love: This company offers an amazing array of planners. Different covers, different formats, different colors, customized with your name, initials or photo, even a selection of add on sections. Overall this is probably the most flexible of all the planner companies.
Things to Consider: While you can change the cover, the rest of the pages are bound so you can't add any pages once you receive it.
The Bottom Line: 7" x 9", price varies based on customization, starting at $31.00Get a Plum Paper Planner
What's to Love: A clean simple design for you to add your own colorful highlights. This planner offers daily, weekly and monthly planner pages plus project management, goal setting, budget management and more. Includes monthly tabs, reinforced corners, inside pocket and elastic closure.
Things to Consider: Fully bound so you can't add any pages. Doesn't offer any customization.
The Bottom Line: 6.5" x 8.5", $60.00Get the Start Planner
She Plans To Do List Planner
What's to Love: This planner company is similar in cover design to others but offers some great flexibility in format. There are spiral bound daily, weekly and monthly planners formats, cover options, name customization and the option for the planner pages to be based on your to-do list or an hourly breakdown. In additional they offer a Notebook Edition which is saddle stitched and very thin.
Things to Consider: Fully bound so you can't add any pages. Interior pages are printed in plain black/white.
The Bottom Line: 8.25" x 9.25", coil bound editions, starting at $46.00 or 7" x 9" saddle stitch notebook editions, starting at $16.00Get a To Do List Planner
Get to Work Book
What's to Love: This minimalist design offers weekly and monthly schedules, goal planning and project planning. Includes: monthly tab dividers, monthly motivational prints perforated to tear out, elastic closure.
Things to Consider: Fully bound so you can't add any pages. Interior pages are printed in plain black/white. No customization options.
The Bottom Line: 8.25" x 9", $55.00Get the Get to Work Book
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