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  1. Nice post! I use a paper planner from Rifle Paper Co. that’s super visually pleasing and lets me combine my work and blog to-do lists by week and by month. I love it! I stopped using my phone because iCal would occasionally delete appointments, making me seem like a forgetful or unreliable person, and it was so frustrating!
    I love the quote about being one thought away from a great idea – such a nice one for creatives!

  2. I love the cover of the Day Designer! I’m a planneraholic so I could stare at these babies all day!
    This year I chose a simpler planner and I actually just recently reviewed it on my site!
    I also have an upcoming post about why the Emily Ley Simplified Planner Didn’t Work for Me! I thought I would love it because it has some great elements and it’s gorgeous but I just couldn’t use it!
    Great post!

  3. OMG Chantel! This is a totally awesome post! I really love notebooks and planners, so thank you you took time to put this together.
    Since you asked, I think could be on this list. It’s a geat tool/system. Also, If I had to pick one favorite from the ones you listed it would be difficult, because you have the best ones there. I’m now checking out #3 Get To Work Book and #4 which I didn’t know about. Cheers, Stella

    • Stella – thank you for your kind words. I actually did mention bullet journaling at the very end, but I probably shouldn’t have done that in the “Paper vs. Digital section”. Thanks for pointing it out since others may have missed it too. I keep thinking it seems like such an intriguing option. I might try it at some point. 🙂

  4. My friend swears by the Passion Planner and has been using it for years, I love all these types of notebooks but sadly being on the road all the time I always feel that they are so big and bulky and take up room with all the other ‘stuff’ I need to squeeze into a carryon. But I do carry a small notebook because nothing feels better than writing it down.

    • Being organized is something that I have to work at constantly. But I’m finding that using a planner *and* Trello is a good combination for me. 😀

  5. That get to work planner is right up my alley. It has all the space that I need to write in all my restaurant photography and reviews that need to be done. Plus, its the layout that I love. Gotta go to their site noooooow!!!!

    Danielle | <3

  6. Goal setting and planning for a weekly content always inspires me. Thank you for such a wonderful post and a planner resources. I think I should try one of above-mentioned planners. All look so gooooood. I think your post will be helpful in writing my upcoming post about goal setting.

  7. I LOVE a good paper planner or notebook! I agree that writing something down feels more committing and I physically crossing things off my to-do list just makes me feel more productive. Thanks for the great round up of these!

  8. Great round up! I just purchased the Happy Planner but have heard many good things about the ones you mentioned above. If this one doesn’t work for me I may just have to check out that Passion Planner.

    • I’ll have to check our the Happy Planner, Damaris. Also, did you know that you can download PDF pages of the passion planner to see if you like it? 😀

  9. Thanks for the info. I must use a planner to get my life in order. I make my own and incorporate my own needs so it changes every three months or so, in design, to meet my needs. And where do I get my ideas? Other planners of course! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into these.

    • Margaret – I know what you mean! It is very tempting to want to make my own and combine what I like best about each of these, but… I don’t need another project on my “to do” list. 🙂

  10. Hi Chantel, thanks so much for including my quiz about using a paper or digital planner! I hope people will find it helpful. 🙂

    As far as a planning tip, I find it best to review my planner not only in the morning, but in the evening as well. It helps me better understand what took place during the day, and helps me plan for tomorrow.

    Thanks again, and best wishes for a wonderful 2017!


  11. I recently invested in a Ban.Do and I love it! I cannot use my calendar on my computer as I like to use a pencil to mark up my planner, so that I can cross things off. Great round up!

  12. Love this post. I am currently using Wonderlass’ Blog + Life Planner for my blog in 2017. I got my sister a Day Designer for her job though for Christmas and I am so excited for her to get it because it has so much space and I know she will adore it.

    • It looks great, doesn’t it?! I still can’t decide which planner I want for myself and I’m running out of time. Leaning towards an undated one, though. 😀

  13. I love setting pen to paper to plan myngoals and my life. Even if I don’t constant ly refer to it, the act of writing it down helps me internalize hhings.

  14. Great list Chantel, I always carry a notebook anywhere I go; mostly because I need to jot down ideas or plans that breeze in when I’m not really ready to go for it. It has really helped me on my blogging journey. Thanks for sharing.

  15. These are great planners. They look very well laid out. It is always good to have a way that you organize yourself for maximum productivity. Keep up the great work and live unstoppable!

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