For those of you who like tangible organization tools (as opposed to software), and you’re tired of the same old Day Runners, Day-Timers, Franklin Coveys, etc, this post’s for you. I’ve been looking at day planners recently, both because of a request to cover them here and the growing realization that the combination of two small children, a part-time office job, ongoing freelance assignments, and a swirling maelstrom of doctor’s appointments/errands/grocery lists/home and garden projects/ET-BLEEPING-CETERA is resulting in what you might call a need for improved personal productivity on my end.
Ahem. So, planners! Preferably interesting and/or unique ones! Let’s check them out:
Bubble Planner. Here’s a 100-page planner with “bubble map” pages for mindmapping/brainstorming activities. Each planner contains a section for goal-setting, roadmapping (using the bubble map design to help you along), ongoing task management, a calendar, activity log pages, and more. Cool idea for long-term planning, especially for the more visually-oriented folks.
momAgenda Day Planner. This planner is aimed specifically at busy moms, with space in the agenda pages for multiple kids’ schedules as well as Mom’s. Designed so you can keep track of appointments, playdates, school events, meal ideas, etc; includes a “momEssentials” notebook for important info like contact data, birthdays, medical information. Plus: it comes in a pretty pretty pink.
Moleskine Planner. People are downright cultish about Moleskines, so if you like Apple products, Star Wars, or refreshing mugs of Kool-Aid, surely the Moleskine is for you! I like the looks of the Weekly Planner, which features a week per two page spread, along with standard planner features like month/year-at-a-glance, note pages, and various travel data like time zones, dialing codes, and conversion info.
The Slingshot Organizer. This pocket planner features “radical dates for every day of the year, space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, menstrual calendar, info on police repression, extra note pages, plus much more.” Um, AWESOME.
Handmade Dayplanner “Red Rome”. A beautiful red 9″ x 6″ handmade planner, with month/week-at-a-glance layouts, address section, and notes. The endpapers feature vintage Rome map graphics, and the hand-stitched binding allows you to lay the book flat.
Kate Spade “Jane Street” Organizer. An uberfancy organizer with calfskin lining. What, no giraffe fetus lining? I am disappointed, Kate Spade. This planner includes a weekly and monthly calendar, ruler, storage pouch and tabbed sections for addresses, notes, restaurants and birthdays . . . and a shiny shiny cover.
Hipster PDA templates. If you’re a fan of the index-cards-and-binder-clip method of staying organized, check out these templates for adding some flair to your cards. Never heard of a Hipster PDA? It’s too geeky to explain, I swear to god.
How about you? Do you use a day planner, or something similar?