Planners for 2021: The best options for women

Planners for 2021: The best options for women

Every year, I share a list of my favorite planners for women. I highlight some of the best daily planners to help business owners and moms get organized and be productive. This is my list of best planners for 2021.

This year is different, to say the least. At first, I thought it was odd to share about organization tools amidst a pandemic when our lives are in chaos. Then I realized many of us need a good planner more during COVID. 

I hope these great 2021 planners and organizers will help working moms better manage hectic days of work, parenting, teaching, and keeping the peace with kids at home.

There isn’t one tool that works for everyone. That’s why I’m sharing a bunch of the best productivity planners—cute planners, custom planners, daily and weekly planners, perpetual planners, planners for moms, planners for college—basically, something for everyone!

(This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase via a link here, I may receive a commission. The price is the same for you whether you use my link or buy directly from the vendor.)

Feminist Agenda by Erika Firm for Minted

Feminist Agenda Monthly or Weekly planner (starting at $25) is a 5.5″ by 8.5″ planner that includes perpetual weekly or monthly planner layouts so you can start them on any date. It includes two sheets of colorful stickers to highlight birthdays special events and reminders. You can even customize the front and interior cover with your name and/or photos.

Learn more/order: Minted.com (search for “Feminist Agenda”)

Ashley Shelly 2021 Planner

Ashley Shelly

The Signature and Petite Ashley Shelly planners ($44.95 / $29.95) feature a combination of organization and inspiration. They include a weekly layout on two pages with equal space for all days of the week. Each day has a section for your schedule, to-do list, and notes or meal planning. I love the Creative Spreads, at the start of each month, which help you get inspired and set goals. The Signature planner has 6×9″ wire-o bound pages, a hard, semi-gloss cover. The Petite planner has 5×8″ lay-flat pages and a hard cover wrapped in smooth leatherette.

Learn more/order: AshleyShelly.com

 

Ashley Shelly 2021 Planner

Purple Trail

Throw Kindness Real Foil Daily Planner ($54.95+)  is completely customizable so you can make it fit your exact needs. Choose a hard or flexible cover (I love the smaller 6×8″ size, but 8.5×11″ is available for $10 more), and then make the inside your own. You get to choose from 10 different inside layout styles, colorful or gray pages, the month start date, and from 6 to 18 months. There are also a bunch of fun add-ons for a little more money, including stickers, pockets, and all sorts of extra inside page options. This company also has super specific planners for teachers, real estate agents, hair stylists, and more.

Learn more/order: PurpleTrail.com

 

Classic Panda Planner

The Classic Panda Planner ($24.97) is small but mighty. Inside the 5.25×8.25″ UNDATED planner you’ll find space for daily morning and end-of-day reviews, plus daily schedule, tasks, priorities, and notes. There are also weekly reviews and planning areas, monthly overviews and reviews, and space to work on habits. You also get access to eBooks on topics like “How to Crush Your Goals” and “A Billionaire’s Guide to Productivity”, plus a video mini-course on how to skyrocket your productivity. It comes in 4 colors and is likely to become your favorite planner.

Learn more/order: PandaPlanner.com

Inkwell 2021 planner

InkWELL Press 360º Disc Planners

360º Disc Planners (starting at $65) are full customizable and allow you to create the ideal planner for your lifestyle. No more trying to fit your schedule into someone else’s idea of how it should flow. The 360º Disc system offers multiple covers, page formats, and accessories. You can choose undated daily, horizontal weekly, vertical weekly, monthly, or goal setting spreads. It can take a bit to get the hang of building your own planner, but for control freaks (like me) it may be the best solution and worth the price of admission.

Learn more/order: InkWELLPress.com

The Best Self Planner

Self Planner ($9.99) is the most economical option on this list. It’s a six-month UNDATED planner designed to help you manage your time and plan your life. Use the various templates to get clear on your priorities, mastermind your future, and infuse every day with the things that matter most to you. Available in a black or coral hardcover measuring 7×10”, it includes a back pocket, two ribbon markers, and perforated corners. You can’t really beat the simplicity and price of this planner.

Learn more/order: BestSelf.co

The Day Designer

The Day Designer ($59 for the original size) is the first daily planner I ever used and I still have a special place in my heart for it. 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 (my favorite part!). There’s also a ton of space for events, to-dos, notes, meal planning, gratitude, and more. If you prefer a daily planner, I doesn’t get more elegant and practical than this. Original is 9×9.75″ and Mini is 6.6×8.3″; both include hard, coil-bound cover (and there are 12 gorgeous cover designs to choose from!).

Learn more/order: DayDesigner.com

Commit 30 planner

The Commit 30 Planner

The Commit 30 Planner ($34.99) is designed to help you crush your goals and dreams by focusing on 30 Day Challenges every month. I freaking love this sleek little planner, which comes in weekly (Sunday or Monday start) or monthly formats. It includes vision mapping, planning and goal setting pages, life and work to-do lists, blank notes pages, a back pocket, and motivational quotes. Best of all, part of the sales of certain planners go to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (Jenny, the creator, is thriving after ovarian cancer in her early 20s). Available in compact (5.75×8.25”) or deluxe (7×10″), and both include faux leather covers with an elastic band enclosure.

Learn more/order: Commit30.com

Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets

The PowerSheets®  Intentional Goal Planner ($58) is a best-selling goal planning tool for a reason. They help you uncover the right goals for your season of life, have goal coaching on every page to keep you motivated, and include seasonal worksheets to refresh and refocus your goals. Plus, you get access to a free library of downloadable pages (including things like a meal planner, finance tracker, reading list, and budget). I highly recommend this system for anyone looking for a very in-depth, comprehensive approach to setting big goals. 2021 PLANNERS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 14

Learn more/order: CultivateWhatMatters.com

DAILYGREATNESS PLANNER

Dailygreatness Business Planner

The Dailygreatness Business Planner ($49.95) is a must-have tool for entrepreneurs, with an intuitive format that guides you to upgrade your thinking and strategy to reach your business goals. It includes a dated yearly planner, week-to-a-view pages, finance and budget worksheets, goal and appointment planners, and personal development tools in a simple daily, weekly, and quarterly structure. I love the 90-day high-level check-ins to keep you accountable for your goals. It features a lightweight, durable flexibound cover, 464-page full-color design, and is about the size of an iPad. 2021 PLANNERS AVAILABLE FOR ORDER NOW; SHIP IN NOV. 2020.

Learn more/order: Dailygreatness.com

Enneagram planners

Workspacery Enneagram Planner

The Enneagram Planner ($24.95) are designed to help Enneagram type actually plan in a way that makes the most sense to their unique needs. After all, why do we think there should be a one-size-fits-all approach to planning, goal setting, and list making? This collection features nine UNDATED weekly planners, each designed to embrace a distinct planning style, that include lined notes pages, monthly and weekly undated layouts, and more. Each book is 5x25x8″ with gold Wire-o binding, and spill- and tear-proof soft covers.

Learn more/order: WorkSpacery.com 

My PA Planner

My PA Planner ($39) is more than just a planner, it’s a road map for your success with everything you need to turn your vision into a reality. It’s designed for creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who want to make the most of their gifts and lives. Think of it as having your very own 24/7 personal assistant helping you to stay on top of your game, stop you from feeling overwhelmed and help you make every single day count. There is a place for every goal, project, idea, thought or intention. 2021 PLANNERS PRE-ORDERS NOW FOR OCTOBER DELIVERY

Learn more/order: MyPAPlanner.com

Life Planners

The LifePlanner™ ($50+) is the ultimate planning system to get organized, achieve your goals, and preserve memories in one stylish space. This feature-packed design boasts two-page spreads per month, three layouts (vertical, horizontal, or hourly), stylish elements and inspirational quotes, coiled-in stickers, and a two-page goal setting spread. It’s ideal for anyone who loves scrapbooking or is otherwise artistic (and I know teachers love this one!). There are so many accessories you can use to personalize and make yours a true reflection of you! 2021 PLANNERS NOT YET AVAILABLE

Learn more/order: ErinCondren.com

Hope Planner

The Hope Planner ($34) is more than a daily planner with Bible verses—it’s an all-in-one Christian planner that combines a daily planner and prayer journal to help you be organized and put your faith first each day. This is a beautiful option for Christian women who need a daily planner that helps them make time for faith, just as they make time for tasks and appointments. It’s an UNDATED day planner with space for monthly project tracking, goal setting weekly sermon notes, and more. The planner is 9×8” inches with gold wire-o binding and a blue linen-wrapped hard cover.

Learn more/order: Hopefuel.co

Ponderlily 2021 planner

Ponderlily Planner

The Ponderlily Dated Planner (£35 GBP) is made with eco-conscious materials and plastic-free packaging, and is designed to prompt you to dream fearlessly, set meaningful intentions, and take bold actions. It available in either dated or undated weekly layouts, and comes in several beautiful colors. There are gentle prompts, lists, gratitude reflections, habit trackers, and more to hold you accountable and help you celebrate triumphs. This is perfect for my European readers: It won’t fly across the world to get to you, meaning a smaller carbon footprint, a cleaner conscience, and a smaller price tag!

Learn more/order: Ponderlily.com

Bloom daily planner 2021

Bloom Planners

The 2021 Vision Planner & Calendar ($29.95) has everything you could need. There are monthly and weekly views, monthly vision boards, weekly calendar, monthly spending tracking, contact pages, notes pages, monthly challenges, inspirational quotes, and so much more. The 7.5×9″ planner includes lay-flat spiral binding and a hard cover with tropical plam leaves and gold foil accents (there are many other cover options available, too).

Learn more/order: BloomPlanners.com

Bloom daily planner 2021

The Happy Planner

The 2021 Happy Planner x Teresa Collins Deluxe Classic Vertical Planner  ($32.99) is a gorgeous monthly planner filled with inspiring words and beautiful artwork. There are monthly and weekly calendar pages and dividers, space to write notes and reflect, a grid calendar, and individual spreads for every week (that include to-do lists). It’s 7.75 x 9.75″ and I freaking love this cover. But Happy Planner has a ton of other options if you don’t love the look of this one.

Learn more/order: TheHappyPlanner.com

There you have it! The best planners for 2021. I hope you find one you love! If you found this post useful, please share it with your friends and on social media. Help me spread the love for these amazing planners and organizers. Thanks!

Planners for 2020: The best options for women

Planners for 2020: The best options for women

It’s my favorite time of year—time to order fresh new planners for the new year! This popular post highlights more than a dozen of the best planners made for creative women business owners by creative women business owners.

I’m an old pro at this by now. I’ve been using paper organizers forever (seriously, I’ve tried and failed digital options many times), and this is the fourth year that I’ve put together this roundup. 

What I’ve learned is this: There isn’t one option that suits everyone. That said, I’m hopeful that among this great collection of planners you can find the right one for your organizational and inspirational needs.

(This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase via a link here, I may receive a commission. The price is the same for you whether you use my link or buy directly from the vendor.)

Feminist Agenda by Erika Firm for Minted

Erika Firm is an artist, designer, magazine hoarder, kitty squisher, wife, and mother. Known for her love of the color green, a perfectly imperfect stripe, and a well poured cortado, Erika resides on Johns Island, South Carolina. The unique charm of Charleston, her French heritage, oak trees with Spanish Moss, Lowcountry salt marshes, and every color Mother Nature has to offer inspires her work.

Feminist Agenda Monthly or Weekly planner (starting at $25) is a 5.5″ by 8.5″ planner that includes perpetual weekly or monthly planner layouts so you can start them on any date. It includes two sheets of colorful stickers to highlight birthdays special events and reminders. You can even customize the front and interior cover with your name and/or photos.

Learn more/order: Minted.com (search for “Feminist Agenda”)

The Ashley Shelly Planner

Ashley ShellyAshley Shelly Planner Roundup has a passion for planning and organization—on paper and in her environment. Her brand’s tagline is “Create Your Best Days” because she knows planning is such a huge part of a woman’s day (and life!). She created a planner that combines scheduling, to-do lists, and inspirational planning. “I believe function and inspiration are the key ingredients in a perfect planner,” she says

The Ashley Shelly Planner ($44.95) features a combination of organization and inspiration. It includes a weekly layout on two pages with equal space for all days of the week. Each day has a section for your schedule, to-do list, and notes or meal planning. I love the Creative Spreads, which are positioned at the start of each month, to help you get inspired and set goals. It has a hard, semi-gloss cover, and measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches including binding.

Learn more/order: AshleyShelly.com

 

Classic Panda Planner

The Classic Panda Planner ($24.97) is small but mighty. Inside the 5.25×8.25″ undated planner you’ll find space for daily morning and end-of-day reviews, plus daily schedule, tasks, priorities, and notes. There are also weekly reviews and planning areas, monthly overviews and reviews, and space to work on habits. You also get access to eBooks on topics like “How to Crush Your Goals” and “A Billionaire’s Guide to Productivity”, plus a video mini-course on how to skyrocket your productivity. It comes in 4 colors and is likely to become your favorite planner.

Learn more/order: PandaPlanner.com

InkWELL Press 360º Disc Planners

Tonya DaltonTonya Dalton, creator of Inkwell Press planners started InkWELL Press in 2014 to pursue her passion of providing productivity tools, training and education. She believes “in ending the glorification of busy. No one can do it all, but we can take what we’re given and develop a system that allows us to manage our days in a way that leaves us feeling happy and fulfilled.”

360º Disc Planners (starting at $52) are full customizable and allow you to create the ideal planner for your lifestyle. No more trying to fit your schedule into someone else’s idea of how it should flow. The 360º Disc system offers multiple covers, page formats, and accessories. You can choose undated daily, horizontal weekly, vertical weekly, monthly, or goal setting spreads. It can take a bit to get the hang of building your own planner, but for control freaks (like me) it may be the best solution and worth the price of admission.

Learn more/order: InkWELLPress.com

Dailygreatness Planner

dailygreatness planner founderLyndelle Palmer-Clarke os a recovering self-help junkie who’s read all the books, been to all the seminars, listened to all the DVD’s and followed all the gurus only to realize that something was seriously missing from the picture—applied knowledgeShe made it her life mission to empower others to apply self-help ideas into their lives so they can start seeing results, and created the Dailygreatness planner to help.

The Dailygreatness Original Yearly Planner ($49.95) combines a yearly diary, goal and appointment planner, and daily tools for self-mastery. It includes space for appointments, reminders, gratitude, intentions, and evening reflections. This beautifully designed undated journal, with 488 full-color pages, will inspire you to upgrade your life and achieve your goals. Why wait for January 1st to start achieving your goals, when you can start today. 

Learn more/order: Dailygreatness.com

The Commit 30 Planner

jenny newcomer commit 30 plannerJenny Newcomer searched for years for the perfect planner that would help keep her busy work and home life in order. Eventually, she decided to create our own and manufacture it in the USA. A successful Kickstarter campaign funded the initial 2016 production run, and now this planner is a popular choice among entrepreneurs, moms, and busy people of all types.

The Commit 30 Planner ($29-36) is designed to help you crush your goals and dreams by focusing on 30 Day Challenges every month. I freaking love this sleek little planner, which comes in weekly (Sunday or Monday start) or monthly formats. It includes vision mapping, planning and goal setting pages, life and work to-do lists, note pages, a back pocket, and motivational quotes. Best of all, part of the sales of certain planners go to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (Jenny, the creator, is thriving after ovarian cancer in her early 20s).

Learn more/order: Commit30.com

The Best Self Planner

Cathryn Lavery co-founded BestSelf Co. in 2015 because she wanted more from her life, and realized lack of time was her biggest obstacle. After too many days spinning her wheels, she figured there must be a better way to create success. She and her partner studied high-performance practices and created the Self Journal and Self Planner. They now donate one meal to Feeding America for every order on their site.

Self Planner ($19.99) is the most economical option on this list. It’s a six-month life planner designed to help you manage your time and plan your life. Use the various templates to get clear on your priorities, mastermind your future, and infuse every day with the things that matter most to you. Available in a black or coral hardcover measuring 7×10”, it includes a back pocket, two ribbon markers, and perforated corners.

Learn more/order: BestSelf.co

Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets

Lara Casey is passionate about helping women get unstuck, unrushed, and living on purpose instead of by accident. Because that was her story, too. She created PowerSheets to help women make what matters happen, right where they are. She wants to get women asking themselves what makes them tick, what do they most want to cultivate in their lives, and what are the things they’ve always wanted to do. I love that!

The PowerSheets®  Intentional Goal Planner ($58) is a best-selling goal planning tool for a reason. They help you uncover the right goals for your season of life, have goal coaching on every page to keep you motivated, and include seasonal worksheets to refresh and refocus your goals. Plus, you get access to a free library of downloadable pages (including things like a meal planner, finance tracker, reading list, and budget). I highly recommend this system for anyone looking for a very in-depth, comprehensive approach to setting big goals.

Learn more/order: CultivateWhatMatters.com

The Day Designer

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 (my favorite part!). There’s also a ton of space for events, to-dos, notes, meal planning, gratitude, and more. If you prefer a daily planner, I doesn’t get more elegant and practical than this.

Learn more/order: DayDesigner.com

The Refresh Weekly Planner

Jenna Murillo Planner RoundupJenna Murillo has felt a sense of magic with paper since childhood. She’s energized by turning a blank canvas into something beautiful. 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 2020 with three fun new cover design options (they are all great, but the Kennedy, below, is my fave). The Refresh Planner includes a pocket design, goal-planning pages, monthly and weekly spreads, intentional space for weekly action steps and gratitude notes, and a notes section. It’s all beautifully bound with hard covers, so it won’t fall apart by April. This one always makes my list because it’s so pretty and practical.

Also, don’t miss the Enneagram Planners if you love that personality test. They are so cool for helping each type actually plan in a way that makes the most sense to their unique needs!

Learn more/order: WorkSpacery.com 

My PA Planner

Alexandra Stearn  tested numerous planners over the years, but none offered what she needed. She out to create the ‘Champion’ of planners—one with a place for everything, that addresses her productivity and time management problems, and is second only to actually having a personal assistant.

My PA Planner ($39-$49) is more than just a planner, it’s a road map for your success with everything you need to turn your vision into a reality. It’s designed for creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who want to make the most of their gifts and lives. Think of it as having your very own 24/7 personal assistant helping you to stay on top of your game, stop you from feeling overwhelmed and help you make every single day count. There is a place for every goal, project, idea, thought or intention.

Learn more/order: MyPAPlanner.com

Life Planners

Erin Condren Planner RoundupErin Condren left 12-hour days in the apparel industry to become a stay-at-home mom of two. She developed a case of cabin fever, and searched online for career opportunities she could do from home. She began making cards for friends, and a friend encouraged her to sell her designs in June 2004. The rest is history.

The LifePlanner™ ($50+) is the ultimate planning system to get organized, achieve your goals, and preserve memories in one stylish space. This feature-packed design boasts two-page spreads per month, three layouts (vertical, horizontal, or hourly), stylish elements and inspirational quotes, coiled-in stickers, and a two-page goal setting spread. It’s ideal for anyone who loves scrapbooking or is otherwise artistic (and I know teachers love this one!). There are so many accessories you can use to personalize and make yours a true reflection of you!

Learn more/order: ErinCondren.com

Hope Planner

Heather Vreelandheather vreeland, creator of hopefuel christian planner for women is a wife, mother, founder of Occasions Media Group, and the creator of The Celebration Society, St. Augustine Social and Littleature Children’s Books. In 2016, she was inspired to design her own daily agenda that helped reorganize her priorities and make room in her schedule to read God’s word every day. That simple goal sparked new life and greater perspective in her normally stressed out days and became an agent of change in her life.

The Hope Planner ($34) is more than a daily planner with Bible verses—it’s an all-in-one Christian planner that combines a daily planner and prayer journal to help you be organized and put your faith first each day. This is a beautiful option for Christian women who need a daily planner that helps them make time for faith, just as they make time for tasks and appointments. It’s an undated day planner with space for monthly project tracking, goal setting weekly sermon notes, and more.

Learn more/order: Hopefuel.co

Ponderlily Planner

Carina Lawson, creator of Ponderlily plannerCarina Lawson is a Brazilian-born, Arabian Gulf-raised, Brit-wed, higher-ed executive, and twin mum. Like most of the creators on this list, Lawson created her planner for herself to solve her problem of overwhelm. “I’d internalized the message that making time for myself was less important than my to-do list,” she says. “But I wanted space to grow, learn, laugh, and to be honest, sleep, too!”

The Ponderlily Planner (£35 GBP) is made with eco-conscious materials and plastic-free packaging, and is designed to prompt you to dream fearlessly, set meaningful intentions, and take bold actions. It available in either dated or undated weekly layouts, and comes in several beautiful colors. There are gentle prompts, lists, gratitude reflections, habit trackers, and more to hold you accountable and help you celebrate triumphs. This is perfect for my European readers: It won’t fly across the world to get to you, meaning a smaller carbon footprint and a cleaner conscience!

Learn more/order: Ponderlily.com

Rule The World

Ilana Griffo Planner RoundupIlana 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. 

The Rule The World Planner ($35) is full of goal-setting tools bound to help you crush your goals. From budget-planning worksheets to inspirational quotes, it’s bound to make this year your best yet.

Learn more/order: Amazon.com

Bloom Planners

Kaylyn Minix and Michelle Ashkin started Bloom in 2010 to appeal to everyone, from middle schoolers to moms. Their aim is to make staying organized trendy and fun. “We hope to use our products as a vehicle to inspire and encourage women around the world to accomplish their dreams. Never stop dreaming, never stop blooming!”

The Woman with a Plan Planner ($18.95) runs July 2020 through July 2021 and has a hard cover with reinforced metal edges. It includes a yearly mission statement prompt, yearly overview spread, purpose page, values page, life auditing page, things not to do page, yearly goal setting, vision board, habit tracking, ideal week planning worksheet, weekly scheduling template, monthly task tracking, monthly spending tracking, to-do lists, notes pages, contact pages, website login tracker, monthly challenges and more!

Learn more/order: BloomPlanners.com

There you have it! My roundup of the best planners for 2020. I hope you find one you love! If you found this post useful, please share it with your friends and on social media. Help me spread the love for these amazing women who are making beautiful products to help all of us get more organized. Thanks!

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