Time for a new planner (already?!)

Now that we’re into October I’m realizing my planner is about to expire! I’m already receiving dates for school events and family activities that spill into 2016. Crazy, right? I know there are school calendars that begin in August, but I’m a big fan of the classic January start date. So, I’m in the market for my next planner and contemplating all options – well, the prettiest and most helpful options, that is.

I’ve really loved my Day Designer this year. It was my first dive into these “strategic planners for a well designed life” by Whitney English. I started strong by going through the vision and mission exercises, but fell off the map when it came to the monthly exercises. If I go this route again, I need to figure out how to schedule time for those.

Here are options I’m considering. I’d love your feedback on which planner you love best!!

{OPTION ONE}

day designer

I could stick with a Day Designer and go “black spotty” this year. There’s also an exclusive pink stripe pattern from Belle & Blush that has my eye.

{OPTION TWO} 

The Simplified Planner is supposed to be super helpful. I love this "happy stripe". It would be a change from last year, but I'm considering.

The Simplified Planner is supposed to be super helpful. I love this “happy stripe“. It would be a change from last year, but I’m considering. This fellow blogger did a nice comparison between Day Design and Simplified Planner. Good research for me!

{OPTION THREE}

Katie Daisy planner

This is an adorable planner by one of my favorite designers, Katie Daisy. It’s a 17-month planner, which would solve my school-planning dilemma. If I get this now, it would last until Dec 2016, but what do I do until it starts back up in Aug?!

{OPTION FOUR}

Another personal fan favorite is Rifle Paper Co. This planner is also a 17-monther. Its compact size, but has more room than the one above for daily and weekly planning.

Another personal favorite is Rifle Paper Co. This “birch floral” planner is also a 17-monther. It’s compact, but has more room than the one above for daily and weekly planning. It doesn’t have any of the extras like monthly challenges, but I had trouble finding time to do that kind of thing anyway. Hmm.

{OPTION FIVE}

This option gets me back to the traditional 12-month planner. Its not as pretty as the others, but its filled with inspirational qoutes. You know I love that kind of thing. Am I judging these books too much by their cover?

This funky option from Sugar and Type gets me back to the traditional 12-month planner. It’s not as beautiful as the others, but it’s filled with inspirational quotes. You know I love that kind of thing. Am I judging these books too much by their cover?

I’m still leaning toward the Day Designer, because of the extra bells and whistles regarding the personal planning. Let me know what you think. If there’s an overwhelming favorite, I’ll buy and extra one and have a special giveaway! It would be my first, so be patient and kind as I work through the details. But yes, a GIVEAWAY!!

Here’s to a creative and organized day, my friends.

-Kate

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2 comments on “Time for a new planner (already?!)

  1. I’m so glad you found Erin Condren!!! Yes, love her DG story! I’ve ordered many things from her site, but I’ve never broken down and purchased the Life Planner. Maybe we should try it out together!!? (Although her new ones come out every June) Love You, KJ!

    • Hi, Dunbar! 🙂 Where have I been all this time that I didn’t know about Erin until now?! Everything on her site is beautiful – and right up my alley. I think she offers different calendar start dates, so we might be able to jump into 2016 together! I’ll research it a bit further for us. Hugs to you!

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