Are you searching for the perfect planner to guide you through 2011? Hopefully I can help you in your search!
The first thing you have to decide is whether you want a bound-book style of planner or a loose-leaf binder system (like Filofax etc.). Here is my post Planner Preference: Ring Binder vs. Bound Book to help you decide.
Here is a list of reviews I have done of 2011 planners, with some suggestions to help you figure out what you need and want from your planner in the coming year.
Click on the highlighted links for my complete reviews with lots of photos of features of each planner, and links to order the planner from the appropriate website if you are interested. Click on photos for a larger view:
**Edited to add: in my original post I left this planner out because it was sold out, but now it is back in stock! If you want a beautiful, super-slim planner with fabulous paper and a unique layout: months and weekly pages visible at the same time, you MUST check out the Rabbit planner (click here for the ordering page)! Click here to see my review of this fantastic planner:
If you want a sleek, classic style planner that suits many needs in many circumstances, check out the Moleskine planners (here is my review of the Large Daily and Vertical Weekly Moleskine planners).
If you want a similar style to the Moleskine but with all seven days as vertical columns and space for notes in a portable size planner, then it's the Leuchtturm medium weekly planner you want.
If you want a very small, portable planner (perhaps as a companion to your smartphone) then you want the Moleskine Extra Small planner (in daily or weekly format).
If you want a portable planner with a pretty cover, large weekly view, and monthly calendars across a two-page spread with the months EMBEDDED in the weeks (a very hard-to-find format!) check out the Plan-It Planners. Click here to see my review of the academic year version. Click here for the 2011 January-December planners.
If you are very busy and need lots of space to write each day and need to write task lists on your weekly pages to see everything you have to do and when you have time to do it all in one view, you can't go wrong with a Quo Vadis Trinote or Minister planner. Click these links for my reviews of the Trinote and Minister, links below go straight to the Quo Vadis product pages.
The Trinote format has Notes spaces for each day:
Minister is a slightly slimmer book:
If you have lots of recurring events each week and/ or month and are tired of re-writing them each week (because sooner or later, you'll forget to re-write and something will slip through the cracks) then hurry to order your 2011 WeekDate planner before they sell out! Its unique format allows you to "Only Write It Once" as the brand's logo says. Click here for my review of the 2011 WeekDate weekly planner.
If you want to keep track of your and your family's schedule while having fun and learning interesting facts in a weekly-changing planner, check out the Dodo Pad diary (which comes in various formats and sizes including desk, mini, wall, and Filofax inserts). Click here to read my review of the 2011 Dodo Pad A5 Filofax insert on Philofaxy.
If you want budget sheets, menu planning, shopping lists, holiday planning and more incorporated in your weekly planner, take a look at the Life Book by Organised Mum.
All of these planners, believe it or not, I actually own so if you have any specific questions about any of these that I didn't cover in the reviews, post a comment and let me know. I'd be happy to help you sort through the piles of options and help you find the right 2011 planner for you!
Of course there are loads of other options besides those listed here, but this selection will get you started or maybe show you some options you hadn't considered before.
Good luck reaching your own personal Planner Nirvana in 2011!
For those of you who have already decided what planner you will use next year, please post a comment and tell us what you've chosen!