I’m so excited because it’s time to share my annual roundup of awesome planners! The 2018 planners I’m including here are made for creative entrepreneurs by creative entrepreneurs. Plus, they are all kickass women. I think that’s pretty freaking cool.
When I put this roundup together for the first time last year, I didn’t know if anyone would read or care about. In fact, that 2017 planner roundup became the most popular post on my blog (wow!). It still gets hits EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
I’ve been working on my 2018 roundup for many weeks, and now it’s finally time to share it with you! This year’s list includes some repeats from last year, along with a few new ones I’d not seen before. Isn’t it great there are so many planners to help us stay on track in 2018? No matter your organizational needs and personal style, there’s something out there that’s perfect for you. Hopefully, you’ll find a great match in this list.
Kathy Pine started her first company at age 25. After navigating the challenges of balancing entrepreneurship and early motherhood, Kathy realized she had a passion for helping women pursue their dreams and she began making inspirational and practical paper products. She created her first planner with a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017. Since then, the Inspired Year planner has become the flagship product of her One Love Paper Co.
The Inspired Year Planner ($49) is the ultimate goal-setting calendar for busy creatives who are juggling it all. Its no-nonsense approach, functional design and roomy pages provide everything you need to stay organized and inspired. Designed with goal-setting and work-life balance in mind, this planner is uniquely suited to manage your busy days while making space for your dreams. Thoughtful prompts allow you to reflect, so you can focus on meaningful work and be intentional with time for family, home and self-care.The get-down-to-business planning pages allow you to reflect on what matters most to you, balance your priorities, and get organized. Warm and inviting, with beautiful quotes and loving inspiration throughout, it is like opening up a piece of art every day to allow you to create your own life masterpiece.
Learn more or order at 1LovePaper.com.
Yvonne Heimann created the ProtoPreneur Planner after spending hundreds of dollars on other planners that never seemed to “do it all”. Life, business, goals, gratitude – all those things in a thousand different places. Nothing coherent and totally inefficient.
The ProtoPreneur Planner ($53) is your DIY Life & Business Coach, helping you self-coach or boost the 1:1 work you do with your coach. A fully integrated business plan, areas for project planning, finances, personal goals, social media, gratitude, and even workouts helps you balance your life and pay attention to the things you know you should do to kick A$$ in this weird thing we call life. All wrapped up in a nice vegan leather sleeve you can use for years to come, just slip in a new insert.
Learn more or order at AskYvi.com
Whitney English faced an overflowing email inbox, a hand-scribbled to-do list, a pile of meeting notes, and felt overwhelmed and disorganized back in November 2011, She needed a solution—quickly. And so the concept behind the Day Designer™ was born.
The Day Designer ($59) is the original daily planner. It’s a simple and easy system created to help women find balance and productivity. There are yearly and monthly glances, but this one is all about the daily pages. There is a focus on the top three things you need to do each day, and there is also a ton of space for daily events, to-dos, notes, meal planning, gratitude, and more. If you’re a daily planner user, it doesn’t get better than this.
Learn more or order at DayDesigner.com.
Jenna Murillo has felt a sense of magic with paper since childhood. She’s energized by turning a blank canvas into something beautiful, and that’s what led her to planner design. “Designing a product that’s a stunning and functional tool for others was always a dream,” she says. “In 2015, fueled by the encouragement of friends and family and a fire inside of me to create, I fulfilled that dream.”
The Refresh Weekly Planner ($39.95) is back for 2018 in the same portable size you know and love, with weekly, monthly, and yearly overview layouts, a goal planning section, and lined pages for easy tear-out notes throughout the year. New this year—the inclusion of December 2017 so you don’t miss a beat when transferring planners. The weekly layout section now features “focusing on” and “grateful for” sections, designed to keep you in a focused, positive frame of mind.
Learn more or order at JLynnDesignery.com.
Ilana Griffo decided to make a planner when she couldn’t find one that fit her needs. “As a design student, I wanted a place I could doodle, take notes, and stay on track of my classwork,” she says. In the last five years, Griffo’s planner has evolved to reflect her creative journey and her customers’ needs. She’s an illustrator and designer, and founder of Sugar & Type. She’s fueled by puppy kisses, dessert, and beautiful typography.
The Rule The World Planner ($36) is jam packed with tools to help keep you on your toes. Each month has a monthly overview, a weekly list for goals and to-do lists, budget pages, coloring pages, and hand-lettered inspirational quotes. The daily spread helps you prioritize and get sh*t done! You’ll have access to free printables to add to your planner when you purchase.
Learn more or order at SugarandType.com.
Hillary Alberta got into planner design because she struggled to find balance with work, school, and time with friends and family. “My better half asked the simplest of questions one night before going to bed, ‘Why not make your own planner?'”, she recalls. “That was the start of Happy Balance Planners.”
The Happy Balance Planner ($36) is a goal-planning system that helps the dream chasers frame their day through the lens of their goals. It includes a Goal Funnel that helps you break down your big goals into smaller, actionable steps that will add up with the help of yearly, monthly, and weekly goal worksheets. Choose between a daily or weekly layout and multiple cover options.
Learn more or order at SherbertShop.com.
Tonya Dalton started her first business in 2009 and in just two years the company flourished, but something was missing. In the summer of 2014 she closed up shop to start inkWELL Press. Tonya helps women use productivity to pursue their big goals and end each day feeling satisfied and successful.
The 2018 liveWELL Planners from inkWELL Press make organizing your busy life easier. The three different styles of weekly planners you can choose from will help you set your goals with intention thanks to sections like the monthly goals focus, the daily habit tracker, and more. Their flagship 2018 liveWELL Planner | Wood Chevron ($54) is the original goal-setting planner. It’s designed to help you live a life focused on your personal priorities and goals. After all, productivity isn’t about getting more done, it’s focusing on getting the important things done. It’s about living with intention.
Learn more or order at inkWELLPress.com.
Eve Tokens says she created a planner to keep her life on track. “I was using a bullet journal for managing my personal life, Trello for my online business, and my phone calendar to keep track of both and random other appointments,” she says. “It was too much, and I found I was getting less done than ever before.”
The Perfect Project Planner ($40) is a simple 8×10-inch, undated planner (inspired by the Epic Blog planner from Regina Anaejionu.) It covers everything in your personal and your business life—Google Stats, bills and income, books, goals, and more. Taskmaster pages break down every project through completion, and there are simple tick boxes to mark off when tasks are complete.
Learn more or order on Amazon.
Helen Jerlach is a parent of three and an entrepreneur with a couple of businesses. “There’s always more to do than there’s time to do it,” she says. “I’m always looking for the perfect system that will make juggling all the different parts of life seem easy and effortless. Even with the best of intentions, I have realized that I need to see everything on the wall in front of me to see how everything fits together.”
The Annual Focus and Goals Wall Planner is a well-designed 90-day planner that looks good enough to hang on your office wall. It allows you to keep the big-picture view. It breaks the year down into months, and breaks each month into your specific goals, focus, and results. It keeps things simple and keeps you moving forward.
Learn more or order at DesigningaHappyLife.com.
Deana Uhrig created a planner to help women keep organized and help them find daily time with God. Her biggest prayer is that her planner keeps people focused on God as they plan their days.
The Anchored Press Devotional Planner ($49) is a Christian planner full of Bible verses and devotional content. Each weekday includes a devotion written by a different (godly, gifted and inspiring) contributor that focuses on a specific theme. Following each, you’ll be guided through a full week of reflecting and growing in that area of your life. Also included are meal planning, goal setting, notes pages, prayer request pages, pockets, and other organizational tools.
Learn more or order at AnchoredPress.com.
Tiana Gustofson struggled for years as a work-from-home entrepreneur in the music and media businesses. She had to-do lists but felt like she wasn’t getting anything done. She also struggled with keeping contacts organized. She did some research on the habits of successful people and used what she learned to create a planner.
The Freedom Planner ($30) is an all-in-one undated 90-day planner, contacts manager, and success and goal organizer for the sales person, entrepreneur, or network marketing professional. It includes a daily calendar, social media checklist, and self-development and weekly goal setting.
Learn more or order at YourFreedomPlanner.com.
Anung Villay is the mastermind behind Courageous Creativity, a place for introverts and homebodies to go on with their life and live with some adventure.
The Fulfill Your Dreams Planner ($17.99) will help you plan out your goals and break everything down into small steps so you can actually can get it all done. It’s laid out in bite-sized tasks that will help even the laziest, most unmotivated person take action.
Learn more or order at CourageousCreativity.co.
Ashley Staum spent the last year working with Pace Creative to make her designs more simple and classic. “A slower, more mindful version of the designs we’ve offered in the past,” she says. “This goes along with our message of setting fewer goals; setting goals you have a true connection to, and shifting your focus away from their outcome and towards the journey, the actions you take in working towards your goals.”
The Daily Planner ($46) is for those who like to see their days planned out from beginning to end. the 6-month planner provides all the organization you crave along with the portability you need. It provides space for daily appointments (including half hours), daily to-do lists, notes sections each day, an action plan each quarter and month, and monthly pages for future planning.
Learn more or order at ShePlans.com.
Ashley Shelly started designing planners soon after creating The Budget Notebook, her first official product, because customers asked for it and she felt the time was right. “I’ve been a planner user for years, but I always wanted to improve on the designs I saw,” she says.
The Ashley Shelly Planner ($49.95) combines logical planning with inspiration. The 2-page Creative Spread at the beginning of the month helps you identify what make your days the best. It also has thick inside pages, a built-in bookmark, monthly overviews, weekly layouts, two notes pages each month, 10 notes pages in the back, and icon stickers.
Learn more or order at AshleyShelly.com.
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