If you use a paper based diary and generally prefer paper over digital, then you might want to have a look at the planners below. I have put together a selection of planners that I believe are worth their money. Their general advantage is that they are not dated, so you can start at any point in the year and don’t have to wait until the end of the year, or have to waste half the planner if you’re getting it after January.
The problem with most diaries is that there is simply not enough space to properly plan in them. Yes, you can add your appointments and possibly a to do list, but with a dedicated planner you can go much deeper. You can add your goals, break them down into action steps, add a bit of journaling or reflection, etc. You can really make it your own.
So here are my top 5 choices (in no particular order). All of them are available on Amazon and I have added links so you can check them out.
What I particularly like about this planner is its emphasis on productivity. It makes you rank your tasks by importance, so you can focus on what you need to get done first, then do the rest. It only has a 5-day week, so you are encouraged to use your weekend for rest and relaxation and “Sharpen your saw”, rather than power through it with even more work. You also get weekly planning and review pages so that you can reflect on how the week went and what to improve for the following week.
In addition to very well designed planning pages, you also get an awareness, gratitude and self discovery section, if you like to go deeper into your personal development. It is great for monthly and weekly planning, has a weekly habit tracker and is of high quality. In addition, it comes in a wide variety of colours, so suitable for any taste.
If you’re into Law of Attraction, then this is the planner for you. It is really well laid out with loads of space for planning and strategising. You can work with monthly, weekly and daily goals, there’s space to monitor your water intake, space to reflect and to create a vision board. It’s a very well designed planner and worth checking out.
This a refillable planner. It has space for your goal setting, reflection and also a budgeting section. There’s also a habit tracker section which makes it easy to create and track new habits. The planner is designed to keep you on track and productive. It’s well made and of good quality.
This is one of the highest quality planners out there. It has also a wide variety of useful features such as a large space for your vision board, monthly and weekly review sections, and lots of space for planning. The enclosed “how to use” booklet helps to make the most out of the planner. It also comes beautifully packaged so makes a very nice gift.
Finding the right planner that really works for you and your lifestyle is important, you want it to be a tool that moves you towards your goals and helps you getting stuff done. I hope the above short reviews help you in making a decision. There are, of course, many more planners on the market and maybe it’s a dated diary that works best for you. You decide.
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