This time last year I found out the hard way that April-May-June is the Planner Dry Season. The current-year planners are just about sold out. The academic and mid-year planners don't start for several months yet. If you're experiencing Planner Fail or are in need of a new planner due to changes in circumstances (higher workload, for example) you might have a hard time finding a new planner.
Luckily there are several planner options that begin now!
Some brands have planners that start quarterly, so you can begin a new planner in April:
Planner Pad (click here to read my review) has the option to choose which quarter you want your planner to start, and goes for 12 full months so your year can start in whichever quarter you choose.
The Women's Success Planner (click here to see my review) comes in quarterly books so you can start in whichever quarter you like. (Don't forget you can get 15% off your total order at The Success Choice including planners and leather covers by entering the code plannerisms12 at checkout. (I make no commission.))
If you use a binder organizer (like Filofax or Franklin Covey) there are some April-start options for you. Click here to see Franklin Covey's April-start inserts.
There are also options that allow you to start a new planner in any month:
Personal Planner UK lets you choose which month your planner starts, and goes for a full 12 months, so your planner can start in any month at all. You can also choose just about every feature of your planner from the layout, cover, features and end pages. Click here to see my post about it.
An option that allows you to start your planner on any day of the year is an undated planner. My very favorite undated planners are by Uncalendar (www.uncalendar.com), which has several options including bound Full Size (see my review here), bound Half size (see my review here), and 3 ring binder versions of the Full Size and Half Size. Uncalendar planners also have designated goal-setting pages and loads of tips for setting and achieving your goals. I actually just ordered a bunch of these last week: new Full size and Half size bound, and a stack of their Monthly planners. So no matter what nuttiness this spring brings, I'm prepared!
If you'd like to print your own, check out Steve and Ray's excellent selection of formats they created and posted over on Philofaxy (click here for the printables list with links to the files). These are designed to be hole-punched and used in a Filofax or similar binder, but you could also have them bound into a book if you prefer.
What about you? Are you entering the Planner Dry Season satisfied with your current system? Or are you searching for a new planner now?