Last year was the first in probably 15 years that I didn’t have a proper planner or calendar. I can remember back to middle school I would get so excited to hang a new calendar on my bedroom wall. Decorating the daily agenda book was also a highlight well into high school years. It’s no surprise that my love for planners and organizing the calendar would continue as adult.

Looking back now, I’m convinced my crazy year was in part due to a lack of structure. This year, I am determined to hold myself accountable to tasks and goals by using a tangible planner. Don’t get me wrong though, I love technology. Google Calendar and Evernote are both part of my daily life, but there is something to be said for markers and paper.

Finding the Perfect Planner

The stationery store is my version of heaven. All the new fresh notebooks, planners, colorful pens, stickers and accessories make me feel like I’m in middle school again. The possibilities for personalization are endless and I just want everything! Am I right?
With so many different styles and formats of agendas on the market today it can be hard to find just the right one to fit your needs. In researching my perfect planner for 2016 I found about a dozen fun and unique options. Each has calendar sections, to-do lists, blank pages and cute accessories for the creative, maker, entrepreneur or busy mom.
I haven’t decided which is just right for me, but here is a great mix of digital downloads, calendars and goal setting tools that I hope may help you find the perfect planner for the year.
Planner and Agendas for Moms, Makers and Business owners

1. Simplified Planner by Emily Ley

A gorgeous, colorful planner for stylish women who want something simple and easy-to-use. It sells out in record time, so sign up for the email list to get notified when planners are back in stock.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner

2. Day Designer  by Whitney English

I am a big fan of this agenda book. It’s a beautiful piece with a tough hard cover that looks classy and sophisticated for any lady on the go. I had one in 2014 and wish I would have taken advantage of all the additional free downloads and worksheets.

Whitney English Day Designer



3. Life Planner  by Erin Condron

This book comes highly recommended by both business woman and mom friends. Featuring different covers you can customize, both horizontal or vertical day-to-day layout, PLUS a ton of stickers, sticky notes and accessories it’s top of my list for 2016. Honestly, you had me at stickers.

Erin Condren Planner

4. Unraveling The Year Ahead Planner + Calendar (download)  by Susannah Conway

For the more spiritual lady, this planner and calendar comes with an amazing bonus exercise to help you discover your Word Of The Year. Every year (not counting last year) I’ve had a word to live by. For 2016 I’m 99% sure it’s going to be SAVOR.

Unraveling The Year Ahead Planner

5. Passion Planner (download + physical book)

Recommended by my cousin, this planner was originally launched as a Kickstarter project.  It looks fabulous and you have a few options for both size and format. Choose a hardcover large or small size or opt for the FREE digital download. Yep, that’s right you can get the PDF right now and see if its a good fit for you!

6. Organized Creatives Passion Printables Collection (download)

A collection of digital downloads to help you reflect on the past and plan for the future. Including a pretty editable grocery list!. (Fun Fact: I worked with the designer, Krystle back in 2014 to create My Best Year Yet Calendar + Guide.  It’s a planner for female entrepreneurs and you can snag a free copy here! Don’t worry I’ve deleted all numbers so its just blank calendars now, not one with 2014 dates.)


7. Craftsposure 2016 Agenda

I am so so so in love with this calendar because it’s designed with creative business owners in mind. However, they are all sold out of 2016 editions, but hopefully more become available because it looks like the perfect tool for makers.

craftsposure weekly planner-2016

8. Living Well Planner

I want to live well, don’t we all? With this planner your life at least LOOKS more than well! Probably one of the more colorful planners on the market this book comes with budget pages, expense tracker, monthly goals and section dividers.

living well planner

Living Well Planner

9. Get To Work Book

A clean and simple agenda to help you get shit done.

Get To Work Planner

10. Daily Action Planner

This planner comes in a variety of colors for the cover with your choice of 3 month or one month pages.

Daily Action Planner

11. Create Your Shining Year In Biz + Life by Leonie Dawson from The Shining Academy

Create Your Shining Year PLanner

This planner was one of the first ever to pave the way for creatives, business owners and all goddess-like women in general. I got my hands on a copy way way back in 2010 and have been amazed at how much this planner has evolved over the years. Also, Leonie is amazing and you should follower her on Instagram or Facebook. She’ll make you look at life differently- for certain.

What did I miss? Do you have a favorite planner or agenda? Hope your 20i6 is off to a wonderfully organized start!