I've always been a planner kind of girl. And when I became a working mom, and a working mom with her own business, I stepped my planner game all the way up! I know a lot of you are planner girls too ( to-do lists, checklists, calendars oh my) so I thought I'd share with you my list of the best planners for working moms
Why I love a good planner
I started off long ago with a notebook and a pen. But as life evolved, so did the way I planned. My first paper planner was the Erin Condren planner way back in the day. But as life has evolved, so has my planner game.
One thing I've learned over the years is that there is no one planner fits all situations. There will always be something that's not quite what you need. As working moms, we need a planner that can help us keep track of all of the mental load that we carry in our heads. The grocery list, the kid's schedules, Dr's appointments, husband's schedules, and our own projects.
The best planners I've found are the ones that allow you to do all of that, but still let you find time for creativity, gratefulness and motivate us all at the same time.
And they need to be pretty too.
How to Pick a Planner
1. What's Your Budget?
Planners can get expensive! You can pay anything from $5 at Aldi to $60 for some of the bigger planners.
2. How Much Detail do you need?
Do you just need a monthly and weekly view? Do you need slots for days too? Or do you need room to journal, draw, play with stickers and plan your day? Do you want the times written in? Days? Or would you rather fill in as needed?
3. What features fo you HAVE to have?
For me, I need space for taking notes, scheduling my day( a sort of hybrid time blocking), a space for meal plans and a to-do list for the day. Some people want space to track water intake or exercise. Know what you NEED in a planner before you start to look.
4. Are you looking for a specific size?
Planner size can very. The more stuff you have in it, usually, the bigger the planner. Do you want to carry it around in your purse or are you ok leaving it open on your desk at home?
5. How much time do you have?
How much time do you have to invest in your planner? Are you using it to get organized AND as a creative outlet? DO you have time at the beginning of every week to add stickers and decorate? Or do you need something bare bones where you can just start putting your plans?
Planners for Working Moms
The following planners are just a few of the many many options that are out there for working moms. I have chosen all of these because I have personally tried them all.
Therefore, I've included the pros and cons of all of the planners here, just so you can get an idea of what may or may not work for you.
However, always remember that you don't have to stick to the planner you choose. LOL. I have been known to switch planners mid-year after my chosen planner didn't fit my lifestyle. For example, I've gone back to the same planner over and over again because it's the only one that has worked.
Ok. Let's get to these planners.
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I'll update in another post what I chose for my Planner for 2020 soon!
What planner are you planning to use in 2020?