Find your Perfect Planner

Trying to decide what planner to use? These posts can help you figure out what you need:

First decide what you need your planner to do for you. Then find out if you are a Low, Medium or High planner user.

Then figure out which planner you need. These posts will help:

Choosing Your Planner, Part 1: Daily, Weekly, Monthly?

Choosing Your Planner, Part 2: Size Matters

Choosing Your Planner, Part 3: Types of Weekly Planners

Ring binder vs. Bound Book (advantages and disadvantages of each, to help you choose)

What I love about different types of planners tells what each type is best for.


These tips will help you learn how to use your planner effectively:

Planner Tips: Using Weekly Planners

Using Monthly Planners

How many notebooks/ planners do you need to use?


Having Planner Problems? These posts will help you figure out a solution:

Calling the Dog (choosing between two planner formats, posted on Philofaxy)

Countdown to Fail (how to recognize Planner Fail)

My Planner Quagmire post helps you figure out what you REALLY want from your planner.

What to do when you Hate your planner 

16 comments:

  1. Hi I just bought your 2014 planner and couldn't wait to use it. I tried using digital/electronic planners but it is not working for me. I am so excited that this planner is what I really wanted but still,I will give you a better opinion after a year when I completely utilized it. Thanks again for this wonderful planner.

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    1. Naomi thanks so much for your order! I hope you love your Plannerisms planner! I look forward to hearing more about how you like it after you've used it awhile. :)

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  2. Hi! I love the setup of your planner and would love to order it. However, as a teacher I really need an academic layout. Do you have any plans to create an academic layout? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, thanks for your interest! Unfortunately at this time there are no plans for an academic-year version. (I've been trying to convince my publisher for years!)

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    2. Drat! That means I've got t wait MONTHS for the new planners to come out! I'll have to set a reminder in a planner!

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  3. Hoping you can help me! I am a planner lover as well. However, right now I cannot for the life of me find what I want for this season of life. I've spend hours looking and in the process came across your poll re: Monday vs Sunday start. I noticed you said that Monday start is more common in calendars printed internationally. I'm hoping with your familiarity with the market you may know of a source I've missed. What I am looking for is a full size (approximately 8 1/2 x 11) monthly calendar that is both Monday start AND has lined boxes. Does such a thing exist to your knowledge? I ordered two options from Day-Timer. One is the right size but unlined (I'm left handed and my writing tends to drift down the page as I go, so the end product is a visual that drives me nuts). The other is perfect, except that it is the size of a poster board (not exactly portable when taking kids to the Dr and scheduling follow-ups, etc). Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide!

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    1. Hi Holly, the Moleskine Extra Large Monthly notebook has Monday- start weeks. The boxes themselves are not lined, but each month has a lined page behind it so you can see the lines through the page well enough to use as a guide when writing. The Extra Large is almost the size you want, 7.5 by 10 inches. I reviewed the Large size one here: http://www.plannerisms.com/2012/01/2012-moleskine-monthly-notebook.html If this is something you want you should get it quickly, the Moleskine US site is already listing them as out of stock and they usually sell out before the end of the year. So far it's still available on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Moleskine-Monthly-Planner-Month-Diaries/dp/886732277X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1412670207&sr=8-2&keywords=2015+moleskine+monthly+planner

      Another option is to use an Uncalendar monthly calendar. It doesn't have Monday start, but because it's undated you can just change the days of the week and number the days accordingly. The day boxes are not lined, but the book is full size (8 1/2 by 11 inches) and very slim so it's really easy to carry everywhere. I reviewed it here: http://www.plannerisms.com/2012/04/uncalendar-monthly-planner.html I hope this helps!

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  4. Hi Laurie, I would like to buy a planner to use everyday, with hours or with space to write the hours, and planning simple task along the day.

    Your blog is absolutely good, has been a joy to read some articles, but i admit i am confused.
    I would like a pocket size, because of travelling and having it with me all the time, i do like to write other ideas that come along the day, but for that i must stay with a another small notebook, (slim one if you can recommend one as well it will be good) i just need a planner to plan the day with hours.
    I love the moleskine ones, but what to you recommend me to take a look?

    Thank You, keeeeep the good work,
    Cheers from the UK.

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    1. Manuel take a look at the Moleskine Pocket size daily diary, it sounds like it would fit your needs well. If you want a weekly view, Moleskine also makes pocket size weekly planners and week + notes (with the week on the left page and the right page lined for notes). Moleskine also makes pocket size notebooks in various covers and types of paper (blank, lined, grid) that would be a great companion to the planner.

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  5. Hi Laurie, I would like to buy a planner to use everyday, with hours or with space to write the hours, and planning simple task along the day.

    Your blog is absolutely good, has been a joy to read some articles, but i admit i am confused.
    I would like a pocket size, because of travelling and having it with me all the time, i do like to write other ideas that come along the day, but for that i must stay with a another small notebook, (slim one if you can recommend one as well it will be good) i just need a planner to plan the day with hours.
    I love the moleskine ones, but what to you recommend me to take a look?

    Thank You, keeeeep the good work,
    Cheers from the UK.

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  6. Hello! I was referred to you by Ana at "the Well-Appointed Desk." I cannot, for the LIFE of me, find a calendar/planner where the weekly pages start on Sunday. I do not know why all calendars/planners have monthly calendars in Sun-Sat (which is the way it should be), but then turn the weekly into a Mon-Sun. Am I the only one on this planet who likes to match my planning materials? Is my brain set up shifted one day to the right...or is it left? :-) I truly have not found any explanation as to why this occurs (other than putting the work week together and the weekEND at the END)....and maybe if I did, I could conform. (NO!) :-) I did find in your blog links a printable that starts the weekly on Sunday, but I'd like to buy one ready made. I also determined by following your "find your perfect planner" steps that I prefer a vertical open space (no hours) day structure in a 2 page format in an A7 (?) size. Would you happen to know of such an item? My (un)organized life depends on it. Thank you so very much......Deborah

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    1. The 2015 Passion planners have Sunday-start weeks in the monthly and weekly pages: www.passionplanner.com. They have vertical days, but they are timed. They have A5 and A4 sizes, but not smaller. A7 is tiny, I don't know how vertical daily columns would work in that size.

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  7. This is an amazing article!! I have zero idea how to plan so figuring all this out helped. Now to sit down and figure it all out.

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  8. Hi, do you have an email? I think someone may have stolen this post from you.

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