So I tried a lot of different ways to plan the week last year – 52 in fact! These were my top 7 favorite weekly planners.
This planner was the one where it clicked for me that I prefer a 2 page weekly spread with 1 page having the days of the week in lined horizontal format with a 2nd page that has a checklist, notes space and habit tracking on the other page.
Vertical planners just aren’t the right fit for me – the columns are too narrow and so is the sidebar – I’ve only found one – the Otto Wellbeing Planner that included a habit tracker.
I was really excited by the release of the 2018 Mi Goals version – there’s been lots of improvements and the weekly layout is almost perfectly in sync with what I consider the ‘perfect’ planner layout for me. I’ll definitely be using the Mi Goals planner sometime again this year!
Week 19: Mi Goals Weekly Planner
I tried this one in week 12 but don’t think I used it ‘properly’. I didn’t put a lot of thought into what I was going to plan in each section.
However, I ended up finding the perfect use for this planner later in the year – for pre-planning the week and journalling.
A cross between a teacher planner and a student planner, I tried the Plum Paper Me Planner in week 29 and it worked really well. I recommend this layout not just for students but also people planning multiple things (for me it was blogging, meal planning, vacation planning etc.) and if you’re a mum, for keeping track of everyone in the family’s schedule.
I really liked the Me Planner as the sections for each day were lined. There were also more sections (7) for each day than what most planners in this style have.
I had Plum Paper send the pages to me unpunched, then used my ARC punch as I prefer discbound planners (can, add, remvoe and rearrange pages as often as needed)
See also: Review of the Plum Paper Me Planner
Some planner companies offer free printable versions of their planners – Limelife Planner is one of them (which is great as they have so many different layouts to choose from!)
I tried the layout C and really liked it…
So I purchased a proper physical planner from them to to try out in 2018! It’s similar to the Plum Paper Me Planner only the sidebar is wider and lined, there are 6 sections per week (unlined) and Sat and Sun are combined.
From looking at the image below I’m sure you’re picking up on a common theme here… I like planners with lots of planning categories!
This weekly spread took a bit of hacking / modifications with washi tape and planner stickers. It turned out really good and I loved the colors of the planner, but it would be time consuming to cover up the existing titles every week.
The larger page size (8.5 x 11″) gave more room to write – I actually had white space at the end of a week and didn’t need to use a sticky note to create extra space which doesn’t happen very often!
The main reason I love making printables? So I can make exactly what I want, whenever I want.
At week 35 on my quest to find planner peace, it clicked. Planner peace for me is using different planners. And when I can’t find one that suits what I need to plan for that week, or when I just feel like using something i’ve made just for me that doesn’t need customisation or hacks to make it suit, then I can make my own planner.
Week 49: Using the Create Your Own Planner
7. Planning by category rather than by day
I much prefer to just work off a big to do list with blog posts planned for the day they get published and a small space for each day for things that need to get done e.g. paying bills – things with due dates. Otherwise I don’t allocate tasks to a day, I just work on them when I have time. Planning by category rather than by day worked really well and it’s definitely a method I’ll be using again!
Weeks where I planned by category instead of by day:
- Week 2: Planning using daily checklists
- Week 4: Minimalist planning: how to plan your week using a blank notes page and stickers
- Week 5: Planning by category and task, rather than by day
- Week 13: Using a Kmart lists book to plan your week (planning by task, rather than by day)
- Week 45: Using the priority quadrant for weekly planning
- Week 47: Planning by category rather than by day using a Kikki K Notepad – ‘Work Smarter : Live Better’
- Week 51: Weekly planning using only a printable to do list
Others planners worth mentioning:
If the Planner Pad comes out with a horizontal version I’d love to try it. It’s a great idea with the pre-plan / brain dump at the top of the page then funnelling down and scheduling / prioritising. The columns are just too narrow for my liking.
A horizontal scheduling planner that I converted into 2 checklists per day. If this planner had been a bit bigger in page size with a larger notes section for the week it would be really good!
I’m normally not someone that uses a daily planner. I really only use it on days when I’m planning an ecourse or a product launch or am super busy.
The Slice Planner has a unique concept of combining pen and paper and digital systems. While I didn’t really use the digital / app part of the planner to it’s full potential, I did really like the pre-drawn close face that was a much better (more flexible) way to plan the week. If I need a daily planner, this one is going to be my go to!
I use sticky notes almost every week. From meal planning to blog planning and when I run out of space. They’re so handy! I don’t think I’d plan an entire week using just sticky notes again though.
For an updated list of my current favorite planners, see this post: My Top 10 Favorite Weekly Planners (after reviewing more than 200 planners)
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