Hi There! A new year means a new planner. Selecting a planner that fits your needs can be daunting given how many styles there are. Here are some of the things I consider when selecting a planner. Hope these ideas will help you select the perfect planner for you.
Things to Think about when Selecting a Planner
There are so many things to consider when selecting a planner. For me selecting a planner comes down to what features best fit how the planner will be used.
How will the Planner be Used
I have several planners for different purposes, so selecting a planner is all about how I’ll use it. There are tons of ways to use a planner, so selecting the right planner for the job is somewhat personal. Here’s a list of the planners I have and the functions I look for in each.
This planner is use for setting intentions for the month. Things I want to accomplish each month both personally and financially. Each year I pick 5 areas of my life to focus on, then set monthly goals in each area. After setting monthly goals, I make notes each day as I move towards them. At the end of the month I review the things I did well, and areas needing improvement, then I set goals for the coming month.
This planner is about accomplishments and encouragement, so I want a planner that is beautiful.
It’s important that I have an area to write a review of the month, so I need a page at the beginning or end of the month for that.
Selecting a planner with a horizontal layout is ideal, because the entries I make are similar to keeping a journal.
So when selecting a planner for my goals I picked one that is a small size with a horizontal format, and has the look of a journal.
My workhorse planner is my schedule planner. It contains my to do list and appointments, so for this planner I prefer a dated planner.
Selecting a planner with a vertical style is key, because I use each section for a different purpose. Top section for appointments and to dos that help me achieve my goals, the middle section for all the other things to attend to, and the bottom one for meal tracking.
This planner sits on my kitchen counter, so it’s best if it doesn’t take up too much space. A classic size planner has enough room to write my daily to dos, yet doesn’t take up too much space on the counter.
A spiral binding is important when selecting a planner for my daily schedule, because by folding it to show half the week it takes up less room on the counter.
That means for my schedule planner selecting a planner with a spiral binding, in a classic size with a vertical layout is ideal.
My most fun planner is my memory planner, because it’s the one I decorate and share with you. Selecting a planner for memory planning always takes me the longest, since in addition to function I need to love the cover.
The binding of my memory planner is important, because I like to add extra pages. So it must be a ring, disc or have wholes that match my Bind-it-all. Last year I used the Make Everyday Great planner by Paper House Productions, because I like the colors and the binding matched my Bind-it-all.
It worked perfectly as a memory planner, but this year I want to use larger photos. So, I removed the 2017 memory pages from this planner and I’ll be making a new cover for those pages. Because the Make Everyday Great planner is an 18 month planner I’m using the rest of the planner as my 2018 scheduling planner and selected a larger planner for my 2018 memory planner.
I choose this MAMBI planner as my 2018 memory planner, because the vertical boxes accommodate larger photos. MAMBI planners have a disc binding that allows me to add additional pages, but I did have to purchase a punch to match.
While I prefer a dated planner for my everyday schedule, I chose an undated planner as my memory planner. With a dated planner, I found myself strategically placing photos and embellishments to cover the date, because the date wasn’t in a good location. With an undated planner I can place the date where it fits in the spread.
A larger size planner with a disc binding and beautiful cover where features I looked for when selecting a planner for memory planning.
I hope this helps you select a planner that is perfect for you. I’ll be back soon with my January 2018 before the pen posts.
Below are the planner products I talked about in the post. To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below. I personally selected all of the products used in this project. All products, except the Paper House Productions products, were purchased by me. As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing this blog post.
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