Whether you have big goals for the new year or could simply benefit from a little organization, an hourly planner is one of the best ways to stay on top of your daily tasks. Gentle reminders to send an important e-mail or sneak in a workout can help to maintain the structure and routine of everyday life and turn your resolutions into habits.
For efficient productivity, Melissa Picheny, owner of declutter + design, recommends "(doing) the easiest task first in order to get it done and out of the way; so making quick calls, checking on or paying bills, filling out the calendar with appointments can be first. Categorize by the task that takes the least amount of time."
If time does manage to slip through your fingers, Amy Tokos, president of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals, recommends keeping a notebook on hand so you can add to-dos to your planner at a later time. "Because you have more distractions at home, you will think you have time to do everything," Tokos said. "Instead of stopping what you're doing, always have a 'landing pad.' Use this notepad on your desk to capture the distractions to handle later. Then you won't forget and can stay on your work tasks."
If you're ready to put your ideas, tasks and goals on paper, read on for some of the best hourly planners to help keep you organized.
Expert-approved hourly planners
"It gives you the opportunity to work out what your big picture goals are, like a vision board, only in notebook form," Ron said. "It then breaks those life goals into smaller, actionable, monthly, weekly and daily goals or tasks to keep you on track."
If you're looking for a space to review your progress, Ron also says that the planner offers pages for monthly reflection.
Ron is also a fan of Fringe Studio daily planners, as she said that "they are beautifully designed, (work) for any style and offer a simplified place to get your thoughts and goals down day by day."
This planner allows you to arrange your schedule, to-dos, reminders and daily goals, as well as jot down any fleeting thoughts on the notes section on the following page.
Professional organizer Ronni Eisenberg says that choosing a method of planning requires "taking your lifestyle into account." Before she began using a digital planner, she relied on the Day-Timer set to help keep her days in order. "I loved it. Two pages per day. Lots and lots of options," Eisenberg said.
While Eisenberg relies mainly on her iPhone for convenience, she says that many people find that "by writing something down, it helps you to remember."
Bestselling hourly planners
New to Sugar Paper for the upcoming year, this extra-large planner has ample room for you to keep track of every event, practice and obligation in one place. It even has two pages at the beginning of each month where you can jot down any notes and goals or things you want to focus on.
Not only is this a planner, but it's also a place to track yearly, quarterly and monthly goals, create budgets, plan projects, track habits and create as many to-do lists as you need. Plus, it's large enough so that you don't have to squint at the pages or squeeze everything in teeny tiny handwriting.
A major part of staying organized is keeping track of everything you have to do in a consistent place. This hourly planner with weekly and monthly spreads will help you keep track of your days down to the minute. It has a 4.7-star average and almost 600 verified ratings. Aside from reviewers being repeat customers and ordering several years in a row, they also love the ease with which you can block time in these planners and that they run until later in the evening, with each day ending around 8 p.m.
With a motivational message on the cover, you'll be excited to make big plans for the next year in this dated planner. Each month is tabbed for easy navigation and kicks off with a two-page spread where you can map out your goals and create an actionable path for success.
This adorable planner features daily pages that include an hourly schedule and to-dos. At the beginning of each week, there are a few pages where you can map out your goals for the days ahead, track habits, create a grocery list, write a meal plan and more. As an added bonus, you can personalize with your name.
This daily planner duo is the newest release from popular lifestyle brand Erin Condren. The year is divided into two six-month planners, so they won't be too bulky to carry around. You can set your goals for the month, schedule out each day and check off your to-dos.
This undated bestselling planner makes it easy to get organized without having to worry about wasted pages, no matter how late in the year you decide to purchase it. The sturdy leatherette cover makes it easy to keep it with you when you're on the go, while the elastic strap keeps your pages safe from damage.
"I love that I am able to put in goals and daily gratitude. Having dealt with a lot of negativity lately, it helps to take a moment to focus on what I am grateful for!" one of the planner's over 1,000 verified reviewers wrote. "I also like that it is dateless, so I can start here in March instead of wasting part of another planner."
With a 4.7-star average and almost 700 verified ratings, this appointment planner makes it easy to stay organized and productive. You can set your goals for the week, plans for the day and assess your progress at the end of the week — all on the same page. One verified Amazon reviewer even found another use for this planner: a pillow! "If I fall asleep on my desk, I make sure to lay my head on the planner so I can at least rest my head on something that feels soft," they shared.
This popular planner has amassed tons of reviews on Amazon. "I had been using a bullet journal, but it was feeling like too much work," one verified purchaser wrote. "I like that this comes pre-printed with a daily schedule, task list, etc."
If you could truly just use a "little more" organization in your life, this planner is another popular pick. You can organize and structure your days to your liking in three-hour blocks. One verified purchaser notes that the planner even "has sections to list (events and dates by) their urgency."
Available in large, medium and small editions, this daily planner has you covered until January 2023. Days are broken down into hourly segments, which are further broken down into 15-minute increments, so you can plan your day down o the minute.
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