Get more done in less time with the perfect planner for you! Discover the best planners for moms (or anyone) who wants to stay organized and be more productive.
Have you heard the saying, “A goal without a plan is just a wish?” Speaking from my own life experiences, I’d say the saying is true! 🙂
A new year is here and I want to help you reach all your goals! So I’m giving you my best advice and tips on selecting a good planner that will suit your working or stay-at-home mom lifestyle.
So busy moms, college students, or anyone who needs to plan, let’s talk more about some awesome goal-setting planners! Learn why you should use one, how to pick the right planner for you and my top 10 best planners that I think you’ll love!
Why Use A Planner?
So why bother with a planner? Planners are key to helping you keep your entire day more organized. A great planner can help you with a ton of daily tasks like:
- meal planning and grocery lists
- school activities and appointments
- to-do lists
- workout schedules
- daily cleaning routines
- tracking bills and budgeting
- scheduling wellness appointments
- keeping personal goals
- and so much more!
Plus, having a planner also reduces stress and anxiety. Just by seeing what you need to do each day you’ll increase your productivity. And you will less likely miss any important dates or appointments!
How To Choose The Right Planner For You?
So now that you’ve seen the benefits of using a daily planner, how do you choose the best mom planner for you?
To answer that question, let’s break it down to first deciding on what you’ll be planning.
What Do You Need To Plan?
Some planners are designed very simple. They’re set up to help you keep track basic needs like daily appointments or weekly to-do lists.
Then there are more complex planners with additional categories that can help you plan grocery lists, meals, budgets, family life and goals.
So before you buy a planner, you need to ask yourself what you want from the new planner. If you pick one that doesn’t have everything you need, it may end up on a shelf collecting dust and just adding clutter to your home.
Now, Consider the Size and Design
The size of your planner is important too! Do you want a small planner that can go with you (that fits inside your purse)? Or do you want a big desk planner? Or maybe something in between?
I’ve used them all! Desk planner calendars are great because you can see all your tasks easily and often. But at the same time – it’s big and takes up some valuable real estate on your desk.
Now that I work from home, I prefer a more mid-size planner that can go with me if need be – without being too bulky. But most often it’s at home next to my laptop for easy access and reference.
When it comes to design, of course I keep it pretty neutral. That’s just how I like to roll. But if you want your planner to be cheery and colorful – go for it!
Which Layout Would Work Best For You?
Planners can come with many different layout styles. Most common layouts are hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly. Also there’s also the option of a vertical or horizontal layout as well.
If you need a planner to keep you on track hourly each day – go with an hourly layout. If you like to see your week all laid out at once – weekly spreads would be best for you. But if you prefer to see your whole months tasks in one glance – a monthly planner would be the best pick.
The best layout for you will totally be based on your use for the planner. So again, make sure you know the main tasks you will be planning. 🙂
Lastly, Consider Your Budget
Planners are available in wide variety of price ranges. The more complex or additional accessories a planner has, the more the cost.
Having said that, I’ve found a great selection of different planners that are very functional, stylish and affordable! Let me show you…
My Top 10 List of the Best Planners
This planner had to be a the very top of my list because I’ve personally used it for years. I bought the life planner collection several times because it offers three different planning layouts. This way I could personalize the planner to exactly fit my needs!
Erin Condrens planners bonus features: monthly inspirational quotes and productivity pages, additional notes in the back, 4 planning sticker sheets, 1 keep it together folder, 1 perpetual calendar and a snap-in ruler. They are made really well and I’ve always been happy with mine!
If you want to approach your life with purpose – the power sheets planner is for you! It’s the first-of-its-kind, research-backed goal setting planner that helps you build a life you love, simply one day at a time. This planner will help you set, plan, and track progress toward the goals that matter most to you—big or small.
Cultivate What Matters Powersheets bonus features: Goal School membership which includes exclusive video coaching and PowerSheets resources, free library of downloadable Wildcard Pages and a private community of goal makers!
I think what I really like about this design is the fact it’s an undated planner. So, unlike most dated planners, you can start using it at any time of the year without having to waste a single page – you just fill in the monthly calendar and dates.
Clever Fox Planner bonus features: detailed step-by-step illustrated user guide for a quick start and includes 150 colorful planner stickers.
If you love to get creative with your planning, the Happy Planner is a great option. It’s a customizable disc-bound planner system that includes sticker books and all the accessories necessary to keep you organized and inspired – all the while letting your creativity style shine through. This is not your traditional planner!
The Happy Planner bonus features: unique disc-bound feature allows you to easily customize your planner.
Another great non-dated planner you will love! The Panda Planners built in mini-routines (based on proven research) are engineered to help you build a habit of positivity and develop a growth mindset.
I also love how this planner helps you break down all of your current projects into baby steps. Then those tasks become your top priorities in the daily activities section. Such a smart and achievable way to plan!
Panda Planner bonus features: 11 eBooks (on topics like “how to crush your goals” and “a billionaire’s guide to productivity”) and a video mini-course on how to skyrocket your productivity.
6 | Day Designer
I actually spotted this stylish planner in Target a week ago. What caught my eye? The stripes of course! 🙂 But all kidding aside, this daily planner offers a ton of features for a very affordable price point.
I love that includes special tasks like dinner, gratitude, and top 3 to-do prompts. It also includes goal-setting worksheets as well!
Day Designer bonus features: 2023-2024 holidays reference calendar, birthdays & important days checklist, two gold foil sticker sheets, bookmark ruler and removeable protective overlay.
This perfect family productivity planner is parent tested and mom approved! 🙂 A great planner for any busy household looking for an activity calendar, meal or budget planner, and all-around life organizer!
My favorite part about this planner is the easy tear-off perforated grocery lists for weekly shopping, meal planning, and menus. Such a great idea!
Amy Knapp Family Organizer bonus features: more writing space than other planners on the market while still easily fitting in a purse or bag, includes 350+ practical stickers just for moms and internal storage pocket
This fun planner features goal and budget trackers to maintain a balanced, stress-free life, and tear-out shopping and to-do lists. This is definitely on of the best planners for moms on-the-go because it’s big enough to keep you organized, but light enough to pop into a purse!
Orange Circle Do It All Planner bonus features: planning space for 6 family members, 340 stickers to track appointments and an interior storage pocket.
This is more than just a planner – it’s your paper life coach, accountability partner, and personal cheerleader all rolled into one. It’s uniquely packed with life coaching worksheets and inspirational features to help you set and achieve all of your goals for the year.
I love the larger size, 8.5″ x 11″ which gives you plenty of space to write. And the softer cover is a great way to make the planner more flexible but still very durable.
Bloom Daily Planner bonus features: metal lay-flat spiral binding, 2 vertical pockets on the front and back inside covers and magnetic bookmark.
10 | Day Spring Planner
If you are looking for a Christian planner, Day Spring offers some great options. Here you will find bright and encouraging monthly art spreads, expanded month calendar views, and spacious horizontal weekly layout.
Day Spring Planner bonus features: six tear-away notes to share hope with others! Tape a note to a door or mirror, pop it in a loved one’s bag or briefcase, tuck it under a windshield wiper, or leave it (with a tip) for your server.
Shop My Top 10 Best Planners for Moms
So, Which Of These Planners Was Your Favorite?
I hope I gave you some great insight into why planning and having the right planner is the best way to help you succeed at all your goals. No matter how small or big – taking the time to plan is never wasted energy! 🙂