What type of planner is right for you?

Picking out the right planner to get organized is like finding the right pair of shoes, it can be fun and frustrating at the same time.

Planners need to be functional first and stylish second. You need a system that makes you want to pick it up every day to get the job done. A pretty planner will only get you so far. If it’s not organized functionally, it’s not going to work in the long run.

Don’t get me wrong. There are some people who can get the job done with just a monthly view calendar system; I wish that was me but it’s not. A good planner for me needs a place where I can store all my ideas to refer back to later. It should also have a logical order to help me move forward every day.

Yet, I’m still a sucker for a pretty planner!


What type of planner is right for you?

It literally takes me months to find the right planner system for the upcoming year. I would always gravitate to a planner because of the pretty cover. The one with the gold or silver lettering resting on top of a pink or white leather cover. 

The problem I had is they were pretty outside but when I opened them up there wasn’t enough content inside to help me keep track of my activities, budget, exercise, goals and so much more.

When I couldn’t find that one perfect planner, I would take suggestions from my girlfriends who love planners just as much I do. Eventually, I would end up on Pinterest and YouTube just to see what other women were using to get organized.

Don’t get me wrong, I love anyone who takes the time to create a system to help women or men improve their daily lives. No one planner is right for everyone, but you have to find the one that supports and helps you reach your goals.

Please keep in mind, you still have to put in the WORK and use the system to get the benefits. Without putting in the work any planner system you get will just be another book-end in your office or collecting dust on your nightstand.

Here are some things I feel are essential when selecting a planner.

Monthly View – This area should provide you an overview of the entire month. At a quick glance, you should be able to see:

  • Special occasions you have coming up 
  • Important meetings
  • Important task you need to complete 
  • Your top goals for the month 
  • Bills that need to be paid 
  • A section to keep track of your personal growth 
  • A Place to store future plans

Weekly Glance – This area should provide you an overview of your plans for the coming week. You should be able to keep track of key activities for you and your family, including:

  • Personal task and activities
  • Budget 
  • Exercise 
  • Giving & Volunteering 
  • Section for your main goals that week

Daily View – In this area, you should be able to map out what you need to do for that day only.

  • Track daily activities 
  • Section to prioritize your goals 
  • Meal Tracker
  • Track spending 
  • Section to reflect on how you did that day.

Some other things a planner system should include is an area to reflect on how you did that week or month, a place to track your entire budget, meal planning, and a section to help you organize your household.

It’s very important to take a 360 approach when working to organize your life. We all have that one area that’s working well but if you’re like me, you still have some areas that are falling short and you need help to keep you on track.

This is one reason I created the Audrey Lucille Planner System. I needed a way to collect everything that was going on in my life and to be able to prioritize it so I could reach my personal and entrepreneurial goals.

Remember don’t get frustrated when trying to decide on the right planner. The key is to pick a planner that meets your needs and will keep you organized. 

Please don’t go into the new year without having a planner!

Remember to get the future you want, you have to be intentional about your plan!!

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