Us bloggers, our lives are crazy. In fact, all of you non-bloggers probably have insane lives too. Life in general is just cray cray, and for the most part, I like it that way. I don’t mind the hustle and bustle of life as long as there is method to the madness. I am a huge fan of writing things down and taking notes when something I need to remember comes to mind, and of jotting little to-do lists all over the place (let’s not get into whether or not I complete said to-do lists…). Ever since I was little, I have been a
hoarder collector of notebooks and journals and planners. Ever since I started dabbling in the world of blogging, I’ve found myself needing places to write down all of my ideas more often. That’s why places full of handmade paper goods, like Etsy, can become dangerous for me. I justify my want with my need. And today I’m going to justify your want with your need by sharing the best planners for bloggers and creatives!
I initially wrote this post based on a planner by Ninj & Ninj a few years ago, but I’ve since used a few more planners, so I wanted to revamp this post and share more than just one. Below is the planner that Ninj & Ninj had sent me to try out a long while back, and I loveeeed that planner. The cover was GORGEOUS and the amount of space inside for writing was perfect for me. They’ve since updated the cover of this one, but still have the “Quit Slackin and Make Shit Happen” quote (not only just on a planner, but also on a notebook and a print) which, if you’re a notorious procrastinator like myself, is pretty much the best ever. The new cover is still so cute and they’ve also amped up the greatness of the inside since I originally posted as well- PLUS, they now include stickers.. yay!
If I were getting a new planner right now, I’d definitely get this “Go Home Monday, You’re Drunk” planner or this hilarious “Get Off Your Ass” planner. Seriously, Ninj & Ninj speaks to the procrastinator in me. Their planners are made in the USA (shop local, friends) and are selling for like FIVE DOLLARS right now because they’re closing at the end of the year. GO GO GO!
The year before the year before last (oh my gosh, I have to add to this every year that I update this post hahaha), I used an Erin Condren Life Planner. I loved the customized cover (and they have a TON of options), I loved how colorful they are, I loved the stickers that you can put inside for special days, I loved it all. The only downfall for me (which is the opposite of a downfall for lots of other people, I imagine) is that this planner is HEAVY. DUTY. It’s got a laminated cover, it’s quite thick (I had an 18-month planner at the time, which would’ve definitely contributed to the thickness) and it’s got a metal coil binding. I was carrying this planner back and forth from home to work as I wasn’t self-employed back then, and it just was a pretty clunky thing to haul around. That would basically be the only downfall of this planner for me (other than it’s somewhat hefty price tag), but as I said- for most people, heavy duty is probably a huge plus.
The year before last, I used the Whitney English Day Designer. This is a planner that is geared towards creatives, and being a web and graphic designer, I was pretty into the whole idea. They also come highly recommended! I loved the style of my Day Designer and I loved all the space for writing (it’s got hour-by-hour in it), but I found that I didn’t have busy enough days to actually fill in enough of the page to make it worth having the Day Designer. If you’re a busy bee who fills their planner with things, then this would be perfect for you! Another thing I loved on this was the little goal setting areas and mini important to-do sections. The Day Designer was sold out at the time of this post (buy this EARLY for the next year or you’ll miss out!), so I can’t find a price tag, but I believe it runs upwards of $50.
Last year, I opted for the Kate Spade planner in the medium size. It was the perfect planner for me. It’s small enough that it’s fine to have sitting out on my desk as it doesn’t take up a ton of room, it has just enough space inside for me to write my daily to-do lists, and it is very visually pleasing. I am also Kate Spade obsessed, so there’s that. I chose the gold dot cover, which has been known to have the gold dots rub off if you are carrying it around in a bag, but I didn’t really care because this planner stays on my desk so there was no rubbing off of dots going on. The Kate Spade planners come in medium, large and jumbo spiraled sizes, and in several different patterns. They’re all gorgeous! They sell out super quick around the new year, so get yours early. They range in price from $30-$40, depending on the size of the planner.
This year I’m using a ban.do planner. I fell in love with it when my friend bought it last year, and it’s basically just the cutest ever. I have the smaller size because I decided I don’t need as much writing space this year since I’m using a lot of to-do lists instead, but it comes in a larger spiral version as well. These also sell out fast close to the new year, so again- buy early. They retail in the $20-$30 range.
Special note! One of my most favorite designers (Lauren from Restored 316) has released her own BUSINESS PLANNER. This is an absolute must have for freelancers/designers/anyone with a small business that needs help with some daily organization (aka ME, haha). I’m definitely getting one!
Planners that are on my to-try list in the years to come:
- Rifle Paper Co. Planner (I’m in love with everything they make, let’s face it)
- Lilly Pulitzer Agenda (this was ALMOST my planner choice last year, because they’re so colorful and pretty! Obsessed with this Island Time print.)
- Emily Ley Simplified Planner (I’ve heard great things about this brand!)
What planner are you using this year?