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I have been using a planner for about 10 years, and I would be lost without it. I color-code my tasks, use stickers and write bulleted lists weekly in the "notes" section. Yes, I'm that person.
One of the best ways to begin is by learning how to keep track of your plans, goals and responsibilities. Filling out a planner may feel like just another thing to do on top of your already busy day, but I've found that setting some time aside to just get my week or day planned can help me feel more prepared and together. It can also help ensure that I don't forget about dinner dates I made with my best friend or groceries on my list.
There are many different kinds of planners to fit whatever your needs may be. Whether you need a desk calendar to organize your work day or a daily planner that fits in your purse to detail your busy life, it's important to find a format that motivates you and helps you stay on track.
Here are our favorite planners that will help you get and stay organized for 2019, from your home to your office to your next vacation.
Daily & Weekly Planners
Daily or weekly views are great for those who are detail-oriented or just really busy. If you are trying to keep track of multiple kids' practices, work meetings and doctor appointments, this is probably what you need.
- 1. Butterfly Flutter Daily Planner, $20, Vera Bradley
If you love making to-do lists, then you'll love this planner. It features weekly spreads, to-do list pages, room for notes and laminated tabs.
- 2. My Infinite Agenda 2019 Daily Planner, $58, Walmart
This planner offers everything you could possibly need to get organized. It has daily views, daily goal sections, stickers, year-in-review prompts, inspirational quotes and a lot more.
- 3. Day Designer Floral Navy 2019 Planner, $11, Target
This planner features both daily and monthly views. It has a very pretty and stylish design.
- 4. Patterned Daily Planner, $19 (originally $24), Urban Outfitters
This fashionable planner comes in multiple print options. It features a page for every day of the year, plus extra space for notes and doodles.
Monthly views are a nice way to organize upcoming events like weddings, concerts or birthdays. If you want to get organized, but you're not into the idea of writing down every little task, then this is a great option. Many monthly planners also include weekly views as well.
- 1. Bloom Daily All-in-One Monthly & Weekly Undated Planner, $35, Amazon
This planner has it all. Monthly view, weekly view, grids and notebook pages. It can help get your life together. And it's not dated, so you can actually start it whenever you're ready.
- 2. 2019 Mini Booklet Planner, $7 (usually $10), Paper Source
This adorable planner includes monthly pages with space to make notes and plans. It's simple and easy to carry around.
- 3. 2019 Large 12-Month Annual Planner, $28, Amazon
I personally use and love Ban.do planners. This one features both a monthly and weekly view. It has fun stickers, a pocket and lot of great artwork throughout.
For the more creative and artistic souls out there, bullet journaling can turn into a full-on hobby. There are tons of Pinterest boards and YouTube channels dedicated to building all different kinds of pages and trackers that are customized to your own specific life and goals.
- 1. Bullet Journal Notebook, $25, Amazon
This bullet journal includes tons of dotted pages, a blank key and a blank index.
- 2. Pink Bullet Journal, $20, Paper Source
This bright pink bullet journal includes a guide to help you get started, 240 pages and a gusseted pocket.
If a planner seems like too big of a commitment, but you still want to get organized professionally, then a desk calendar may be the right move.
- 1. Bloom Daily 2019 Desk or Wall Calendar, $35, Amazon
This desk calendar is filled with elegant floral designs that will brighten up your work area all year long.
- 2. Office Depot Large Monthly Desk Pad Calendar, $11, Walmart
For those who want something very simple just to keep track of meetings and phone calls, this desk calendar is a good option. It's inexpensive and a Walmart best-seller.
If you have a lot of trips planned for the new year then you may even want to consider a travel planner.
- 1. "I'm Outta Here" Travel Planner, $30, Ban.do
This handy dandy travel planner includes not only a day planner, but also a packing list page, travel tips, postcards, a world map and more.
For more tips and products to help you get organized this year, check out:
- How to organize kitchen cabinets and drawers, according to chefs and experts
- How to declutter every space in your home