It’s been about a month since the end of the summer vacations. After a few days of trying to adjust back into my daily routine of blogging and attending classes, I’ve realized that, no matter how hard I try, it’s really difficult to stay organized and motivated to be productive, while keeping track of all my plans and responsibilities. I know that it won’t be long until I forget I have to turn in an assignment or I need to go to the dentist. During the years I’ve realized that, for me, the best solution to all of these problems are planners.
I know, the beginning of the year could look like the perfect moment to buy a planner. This is because the new year is perceived as the period of new goals and good resolutions. However, especially if you’re a professional or a student, it’s actually more productive to buy a planner after the summer rather than at the beginning of the year. How many times, at the beginning of the new year, did you buy a planner that you ended up not using after only a couple of months?
For professionals and students getting an academic planner that follows the work/school cycle is the best option, as you’ll be able to set plans and goals that will be easier to follow when included in your routine.
The real question is, which are the best planners around? Personally, I love using my bullet journal (this is the one I use and love) to plan my weeks, as I feel like I’m way more productive when I use something that I’ve put time and creativity on.
However, we’re all different and we work at our best with different types of planners, from minimal to super decorated ones.
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The Lilly Pulitzer Agenda is probably one of the cutest and girliest planners I’ve ever seen. I really really love it because it has the ability to be very classy and chic while looking super vibrant and fun.
Also, it includes a page of super cute stickers that will make both your plans and the actual planning process way better.
- A peculiarity of this agenda is that it has a lot of space, that’ll allow you to write down everything you need without worrying about it.
- It has a 17 months structure, which is a great deal for the price, but most importantly it allows you to start your academic year whenever you want and have to.
- The paper is great and pens generally don’t bleed through.
- It has both weekly and monthly pages.
Being so spacious it is also a pretty big planner. For many people this is definitely not a problem, especially considering how great this academic planner is, however, if you don’t like carrying around big bags, the Jumbo one might not be the right one for you, but the Medium could be great (they also have a Large size, which is the perfect in between).
It’s available in a bunch of different colors and designs (all of them featuring the 17 months spread) that you can check out, and eventually buy, here.
The Simple Elephant planner, as its name says, is a very basic planner, definitely not as elegant as the previous one. However, its simplicity is something that many people prefer over those planners that are super decorated and colored.
- It’s undated, which allows you to start using it at any time of the year without feeling like you’re wasting money.
- It includes vision board and goals pages that are completely customizable.
- It’s relatively small, which makes it easier to carry around with yourself.
- It has a pen holder, which is great for those who always manage to lose their pens (🙋)
- It has a sturdy cover.
- It comes with 3 ribbon bookmarks, a quality I’ve never found in other planners.
- Pages are numbered.
- It has ample notes pages in the back.
- It comes with a sheet of stickers to decorate and personalize your planner.
- Some people complain about how the pen holder of their planners has fallen out.
- The pages are on the thinner side, so marker pens are quite likely to bleed through.
- It only comes in two colors, blue and pink.
You can check them out, and eventually buy them, here.
This planner is once again definitely more minimal and classic compared to the first one. It’s super easy to use and it will guide you through the planning process, and not only that.
In fact, it also includes fill in spaces that will help you become healthier and happier. All of this in just a few minutes per day, thanks to the very organized and guided structure.
- It includes both pre-week and post-week review pages to plan for your week and then to reflect on it.
- On the daily pages (and even on the post-week review pages), you can track how healthy you ate, if you drank enough water, and if you worked out.
- On every monthly page, there are columns to write in the places that you want to travel to and the people you want to see.
- There are pages in the back of the planner for “travel planning”.
- Each week is separated by its own page that has a “Did you know” fact on it, which makes it a lot cuter.
- It includes a 6-month budget sheet to track your budget for 6 months.
- Saturday and Sunday do not get their own pages, but they share one page.
- The pages are very thin so you can only use pens that don’t bleed through.
- The font size is a little small.
You can check it out, and eventually buy it, here.
These planners are once again very feminine, elegant and simple. They are designed by women for women “in order to bloom into the best versions of themselves through the power of organization”.
Even though it might not look like it, these planners are actually very basic and simple in terms of structure, which makes them perfect for those of you who are trying to approach for the first time to the idea of planning and setting goals but are looking for something more fun and personal.
- It includes a goals page as well as vision board and bucket list pages.
- At the beginning of each month, you get to set your goals and aspirations.
- Compared to other similar academic planners on the market, this one is cheaper even though the quality is pretty much the same.
- It’s small enough to fit in a purse but large enough to plan your days without running out of space.
- A small monthly calendar is included at the top right of every Monday, allowing you to easily see the remaining days in the month.
- It includes two pages for addresses and numbers.
- It has both weekly and monthly pages.
- They have a hard sturdy cover, which makes them very durable.
- Even though it is great as a planner, the space provided for each day is definitely not enough for it to be used as a journal.
- It only has 5 note pages.
The vision planners, which are the ones that I personally love the most, are not the only ones that Bloom Daily Planners offers. They actually have many other academic planners to choose from. More or less they have the same characteristics as the vision planners, however, these are studied for specific people and specific necessities:
- Teacher Planners
- Student Planners
- Wedding Planners
- Gender Neutral Planners
- Monthly Planners
- Notebook Planners
- Undated Planners
- Pregnancy and Baby Planner
Here are a few examples of how they look like:
The Happy Planner is all about taking life with positivity and start each day with the right attitude. All the covers are super cute and vibrant, here are a few examples:
- It comes with several super cute sheets of stickers that’ll motivate you to use your planner even more.
- It includes a sheet of cute sticky notes.
- Every month divider comes with an inspirational quote to start each month with a positive attitude.
- It has both weekly and monthly pages.
- It contains 18 months, which is a great value for its price.
- It comes in different cover (and dividers) looks.
- It doesn’t have a pouch folder included in the planner.
- It only has one notes page.
- It doesn’t include the year at a glance page.
Are you considering buying one of these academic planners? Comment down below which one you would love to get! Also, if you’ve already tried some of these planners, feel free to share your opinion on them.
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