What knows all your secrets, sometimes makes you feel like scarfing an entire box of Oreos due to shame but also gets you giddy with excitement thinking about your goals?
Give up? Got an answer? Kind of annoyed that this blog post starts with a silly riddle and are imagining smashing one of those whipped cream pies in my face? (That’s cool…just make sure it’s dairy free, please!)
It’s your planner.
When you find the right system, you feel like you’re in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and you’ve found the golden ticket.
You spend an entire day planning and you can barely go to sleep that night, because you’re so wired from your brainstorming and drafting session (not to mention the seven cups of coffee you might have guzzled during the plan-a-thon).
And, this system does help you stay on track.
You post on Instagram regularly, blog more, and even send emails to your list. YAY!
You use it consistently for three months when the inevitable happens.
Your friend (aka, a random person in a really large Facebook group that you sporadically check in with) mentions that her life has been changed by such-and-such planner and you spend the next two hours reading everything you find about that planner.
Your stomach flips with guilt when you think about cheating on your current planner that’s been helping you get more done, but you can’t help but wonder if this new planner will help you not only get more done but also drink more water and exercise more like that woman from the previously mentioned FB group.
While you fold laundry and load the dishwasher, you think about it some more.
You try to write a blog post, but this other planner invades your thoughts. You try to paint, but once again, this other planner wiggles its way to forefront of your mind.
Finally, you give in and order this other planner, gulping when you realize that the shipping costs you an additional $8.95.
You don’t get a lot done until it arrives four days later, because you figure that you can’t do much until you have your new planner. I mean…how are you supposed to plan anything without it?
This time, you spend two full days working in your new planner and you’re even more sure this is the right system for you.
Do you feel like you fall into this ‘do I have the right planner’ trap? Do you waste time researching, moving into a new planner, and planning things you’ve already planned before?
Are you the person who gets stuck in planner mode–never really moving into action mode?
Maybe you plan a whole sales funnel but never set it up? Maybe you plan out a big launch and then go with something small? Maybe you’ve got products to sell but you never do the marketing?
I want to help you pick the right system for 2018, so that you’re satisfied going into January and you don’t have to play the ‘do I have the right planner’ game throughout the entire next year.
Let’s make it one and done, shall we?
That’s why I’ve bought most of the BIG planners out there–along with some that aren’t as well-known–and am putting together a huge blog post that will compare all of these planners and help YOU figure out which one you should pick for the next year.
I’m photographing all of the planners, to show you exactly what they look like. I’m also writing up a summary, including the pros and cons and what’s included and what’s excluded within each.
I’m also creating a quiz to help you figure out which planner will be the best fit for you.
But, I need YOUR help.
I haven’t used each of the planners day in and day out. While I can flip through them and get a pretty good sense of what it would be like to use them, I would love to hear from creatives and entrepreneurs who have used them on a regular basis.
If you have used any of the planners in the list below on a regular basis, all I need you to do is leave a comment below letting me know:
1. Which planner did you use?
2. What industry are you in? What’s your job title? (This will give me a sense of what industry a particular planner might work best for. For instance, if a bunch of photographers love the same planner, that says something.)
3. What did you love about the planner? What did you dislike about the planner?
4. If there was one thing you could change about the planner, what would it be?
That’ll be a HUGE help when I’m putting together the in-depth blog post on these planners. Thank you in advance! (As a heads up, I’ll be using these comments as quotes in that blog post.)
Here’s the list of planners:
- The Desire Map Planner
- Simplified Planner
- The Day Designer
- Passion Planner
- Get to Work Book
- Daily Greatness Business Planner
- The Happy Planner
- The Happiness Planner
- Productivity Planner
- Conquer Your Year
- Daily liveWELL Planner by InkWELL Press
- Lara Casey’s Powersheets
- Melbourne Planner
- Bullet Journal
If you don’t see the planner you absolutely LOVE on the list above, please add it the comments and I might include it in the post, especially if it’s mentioned a bunch. I can’t include every planner and I’m trying to focus on the ones that I think will help creative entrepreneurs reach their goals, but I’m open to including more. Thanks!