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I don’t know about you, but when I think about the new year, I think about FRESH starts, clean houses, big dreams and NEW PLANNERS!!! Who doesn’t love a NEW PLANNER right?! When you have a brand new, un-marked, planner in front of you…. there’s this weird motivation to want to use it PERFECTLY, right?! Am I the only only with this strange sensation? I hope not. The issue is, you can’t use ALL of the super cute planners out there. Any truthfully, I think a lot of women spend big time bucks on planners that aren’t really suited perfectly for them.

It’s hard to find what you need and while I may not review your perfect journal or planner today, there are PLENTY of other tools and resources out there that may work better for you!!

I’m a GREAT example of this. I have a to-do list system that works… and I have a great workflow that keeps me up to speed and maintaining crazy fast delivery times… but when it comes to a planner, I’m still searching. It could be that I’m just not cut out for a physical planner (I’m really loving Evernote right now!). Some women LOVE being able to pull their planner out of their bag and makes notes… but sometimes I don’t even like carrying a PURSE! So that’s not me. I’m just strange I guess…. I don’t LOVE google Calendar… but it’s with me WHEREVER I go and it syncs to everything instantly. So a planner for me would really need to be a daily project / to-do list & time manager. But I’m really picky about my to-do list system! I have an abnormal amount of projects and tasks going on all at once that all have their own individual lists inside of lists and so some planners just don’t fit what I really need. At the end of the day, I’ve realized that my situation is rather unique and I have to keep reminding myself not to spend money on planners that are just super cute but not functional for me. So if you’re in my position…. I’ll share when I have a solution for my daily project, to-do list and time management planning!

The good news for everyone else out that is that I have been given so many beautiful journals and planners and I’d love to share my favorite parts!! They are all SO very different and I love them for different reasons!! Quick note: I think you should follow the creators of these journals because if you resonate with them and their lifestyle, you’ll probably love the way they keep their life straight too!

First up, the Daybook Planner from Elle & Company! Lauren Hooker is the beautiful face behind these awesome planners and she’s just a sweetheart! I love her to pieces and I also love what she’s about! Her Daybook planner is made for a three ring notebook and can be changed out so easily. She also sells ALL kinds of inserts and it’s great because someone like me may not want the “meal planning” chart but I do want the “project planner” page!!

This isn’t exactly a PLANNER, it’s an intentional journal created by the amazing Karen Stott! Karen is the founder of the Pursuit Community and I just love her passion about this! She runs the Intentional Home shop and you most definitely need to follow her on Instagram (@intentionalhome)! This journal allows you to not just write… but to really think about how your journaling is going to impact your day and in return, impact your friends and family. As a someone who loves to journal, I really appreciate the thought behind this!!!

Next! Introducing “Forever Notes” by Marissa Lynn! Marisa is a dear friend of mine and she has been working on this project for quite some time. It’s such an awesome idea! I think this is especially useful for women with children! The idea of this journal is to document memories as they HAPPEN! Who has baby books that are completely un-done?! I have a feeling there are a lot of women out there that want to keep their children’s memories, pictures, cute little things they say and their artwork in a safe place but it’s hard to make time for SCRAPBOOKING! So this is a great solution!! They are sold out at the moment but definitely read more about there HERE!

Who hasn’t heard of the Whitney English Day Designer? So stylish right? I just want to use this one simply because it makes me feel more “chic” than I really am! I just love the design of this planner! She thought of everything and somehow fit it on to one page! I love planners that are broken up into daily time slots because it really shows you how to be realistic with your day!!!!

One that’s not mentioned that I haven’t had a chance to play with is Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner that the whole world seems to be raving about…. which means I want to see one! :) I just LOVE Emily’s style and simplistic approach to life. I also love following her on Instagram because she’s about to have TWINS! So fun!! Needless to say, if anyone can teach about time management, it’s a woman with a toddler and two babies on the way! She’s doing amazing things in her business and I just love following along!

Last but not least, this isn’t a planner or a journal…. it’s kind of a mix of both. Lara Casey’s power sheets are amazing. This is such an intentional way to start the year!! If you are struggling with your goals and dreams and an action plan to make them happen, this is for you!!! You can find out more HERE!

I hope this was helpful! You may not be a good fit for any of these OR you may have just been introduced to what you’ve been searching for!!! Happy Monday everyone… and get excited, we’re only 3 days out from our REBRAND!!! GAH!!!!!!!!! This is one of the last posts on this blog… EVER!!

xoxo, Katelyn
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  1. Lauren Hooker reply

    What a sweet surprise this morning! I’m honored that you included the Elle & Company planner in your list, and I’m still working on your printable idea ;) Thanks so much Katelyn!

  2. Megan Kelsey reply

    Ah!!! Now I can’t decide which one to buy… lol! I think I want the intentional home journal and the day designer… these look like they make scheduling so fun. :)

  3. Megan Kelsey reply

    Also crying because I love this blog and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye!!!!! But I cannot WAIT to see what your new brand looks like…. Eeeeeek!!!!!!!!

  4. Abby Grace reply

    I love my Day Designer! I don’t use it perfectly, but I have noticed when I fill out the “today’s top three,” I’m MUCH more likely to get those three things done. I had Emily Ley’s planner when it was still in the 3-ring binder format and I loved that one, too! To be honest, the only reason I switched to the ay Designer was because it matches my branding better :).

  5. Erin Schrad reply

    I can totally relate to this! Every year I look at these fancy planners with visions of a perfectly planned life… color coded notes, appointments, and to do lists all written out in nice handwriting. But I fail at this EVERY YEAR with $10 Target or Office Max planners so I can’t bring myself to spend more on others knowing I’m not likely to change. So it’s iCloud or Google calendars for appointments and I’m still working on a task list I can stay consistent with.

  6. Karena DIxon reply

    I’ve always been a Franklin Covey girl. Used them for a decade. I made the switch to a paperless system and my beloved technology failed me twice this year. So I just punched that very chic Day Designer and feeling a little lost going back to paper. Here’s hoping I can make them both work for me. I’m starting to think I’ll be impleminting a moleskin as well.

  7. Cindy reply

    I love the Intentional Home Daily. My first thought was oh how I’d love to read what my mom and dad may have written in these spots. Great keepsake to hand down.

  8. Stefani Lefler reply

    I just ordered a day designer on ebay, but I have owned quite a few other styles and designers planners. i hope this new one is what i’m looking for. Awesome article!

  9. Sydni Jackson reply

    This was a great post!! I always see other girls with planners but you’re right, you have to have the right one for you. This was really helpful. I really like the day designer, may have to get that one. Also, sooooo pumped for your rebrand reveal!!!

  10. Lydia reply

    I’m on my second Simplified Planner and absolutely love it! I also have Power Sheets I’m using from last year that I know if going to make such a difference in 2015!

  11. Karen Stott reply

    OH my goodness Katelyn.. you are the sweetest ever! Thank you so much for featuring the intentional home journal… so much of my heart in those pages. I love you so much sweet friend! xoxo

  12. Lauren Swann reply

    Girlfriend, you need a Simplified Planner!! I think that you would absolutely love it!!

  13. Sarah Anne Hayes reply

    I’m sort of a combination person, too. I use Emily Ley’s Simplified PLanner and can vouch for its awesomeness, but I use the Blog Planner pages from the Elle & Co. Library for, well, blog planning, and the Power Sheets for goal/business planning stuff.

  14. Adriean reply

    Have you seen the passion planner? It’s not exactly cute, but it’s an awesome concept! I haven’t been able to get my hands on one though!

  15. Lacoya H. reply

    I just can’t even imagine life without my Simplified Planner. XOXO

  16. Stacey reply

    I thought I was the only one with an obsession for empty planners. lol
    They are all good, but I have yet to find great.

  17. Anna reply

    I just kept nodding my head “yes!” to everything in this post, Katelyn! When I was in school I couldn’t go anywhere without my paper planner but now I’m on the same page as you. I always think it’s a good idea, and it’s just money down the drain. At work everything I do is on my Outlook calendar which is synced to my phone, so a cheap (but still adorable!) Target planner just helps me with personal to-do’s and dates!

  18. Kirsten reply

    I have the Simplified Planner and I love it. The only complaint I have about it is that it only goes up to 7 pm and I do all my major home tasks at night after 7.

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