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    Apr 1, 2020

    23 Planners That'll Help You Organize Your Life Right Now

    Writing things down in a planner can make big leaps in helping you stick to a schedule that works for you, even right now.

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    Things are definitely not normal rn, we know! But there are some low-lift things that can help you get through this time of social distancing. For example, writing your schedule in a planner! You're still taking work meetings and likely doing normal-ish things like exercising and cooking dinner. Those should go in your planner too! Despite everything, crossing out something you accomplished on a to-do list always feels oh-so satisfying.

    FOX

    BTW, after I started writing this story I listened to the first ep of Staying In with Emily & Kumail in which Emily V. Gordon (writing/podcast partner and life partner with Kumail Nanjiani, you know their story from The Big Sick) mentioned that writing something like "get dressed" in your planner will help you feel a sense of accomplishment and move your day along. Both of them work from home constantly as writers and started this podcast to 1) help folks cope with social distancing from home during this time and 2) donate the net revenue from the podcast to three charities that help those affected by this pandemic: Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and Feeding America.

    TL;DR, you should listen to this podcast while you do a puzzle (what I did), clean, take a social-distancing walk, whatever! It'll help give you lots of ideas about how to copy with staying at home, straight from a person who's autoimmune-compromised and her partner.

    And now, for the planners:

    1. A Ban.do wellness journal as a reminder to be kind to yourself now and, well, really any time!

    Bando

    It has more than 100 pages of goals, tear sheets, artwork, tips, balance charts. TL;DR, all kinds of ways to help you think about your wellness and how to help yourself. If you're especially struggling with ways to do that when we're all staying inside as much as possible, this could be a huge help.

    Get it from Ban.do for $18.

    2. An illustrated planner you can have customized with your name, lest anyone try to steal this cutie and all your plans. Hey, it's the little things that can really excite you!

    Paper Source

    This 17-month planner (August 2019-December 2020) includes two pockets in the front, two sticker sheets, monthly and weekly views for each month, a "Special Dates" section, and two "Notes" sections in front and back.

    Get it from Paper Source for $49.95.

    3. A weekly desk pad to help you put your to-do list in a way that's extremely obvious (in a v pretty way). Sometimes you just need to see it in front of your face. Plus! You can use it as an impromptu mousepad for your home office setup.

    Rifle Paper Co.

    Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $12 (available in four designs).

    4. A Dave Ramsey financial planner in case you're using all this not-going-out time you now have on your hands to figure out where you can cut back. If you've ever looked up "budget hacks" on YouTube, the algorithm has *def* led you to a video that mentions his methods.

    Barnes & Noble

    This planner has the financial guru's regimen for getting out of debt and helps give you some direction. Given the state of things right now, getting out of debt may not be top of everyone's mind (I realize this!) but if all this extra time to yourself HAS made you think about this a lot, buying this planner is a step you can take. Seriously, just search his name on YouTube to hear lots of people talk about how they applied his tactics to their own lives.

    Promising review: "I have read numerous books on financial planning, and this is the best. One of the most important aspects to me was that Dave Ramsey included "Tithe" as one of the first expenses. His advice is sound, and works. I have already incorporated several of his ideas, and it has allowed me to be more on top of our finances. Great book!" —PattiePooh

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $16.20.

    5. Or a different budget planner with some ~flowery~ language can also help you put your goals to paper.

    Barnes & Noble

    This undated 12-month planner has monthly budget worksheets, expense tracker, bill payment tracker, debt payment plans, and a savings tracker.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $6.99.

    6. Or! A printable financial planner that'll cost you even less (that is if you have paper on hand already).

    Pretty Pink Planners / Etsy

    Downloadable files (so no waiting on shipping!) 12-month undated planner with monthly budget trackers, monthly bill pay checklist, monthly expense trackers, monthly sinking fund trackers, debt payment tracker, savings goal tracker, and savings goal coloring sheet.

    Get it from Pretty Pink Planners on Etsy for $1.50.

    7. A gorgeous linen-cover journal – it'll look so luxe in your Insta flat lays with your Taco bell drive-thru takeout. (Y'all, support your fave local businesses! Non-chain eateries too.)

    Urban Outfitters

    It has a page for every day of the year plus some pages for extra notes. So if you're into doodling in your journal (why not?), then this'll be perfect.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24.

    8. A wall-mounted organizer set to help you spell it out to everyone in your household. Plus it'll easily erase for when ya' gotta refresh your to-do list.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I got this for my daughter to put in her room to help keep her class schedule and work schedule organized. She loves it! Just peel and stick to the wall. It's removable so you can move it if you need to. Did not damage paint when we had to move it." —Julie from Bristol, TN

    Get it from Wayfair for $31.99.

    9. A Dr. Seuss Moleskin planner to bring a bit of cheer to your day without, like, shoving it down your throat. In case you want some pep but not TOO much pep, OK?!

    Urban Outfitters

    This colorful 16-month Moleskin (July 2019-December 2020) will POP from your couch, in case you find yourself in search of it to cross out the "shower" on your schedule. Each two-page spread shows your week's events on the left and a lined page for notes on the right. Plus, it has tools for time zones, international measurements, dialing codes, and flight duration. AKA, you'll be covered.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $11.50.

    10. A running log book that, OK isn't quite a planner but more or less will help you keep track of your exercise regimen anyway. Sometimes it just helps to look at your accomplishments.

    Barnes & Noble

    This 12-month planner (January-December 2020) has sections for goal setting, your races, race bucket list, and more.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $6.99.

    11. A spiral-bound Rifle Paper Co. number in case you like to leave your planners laying flat open for easier doodling and note-taking.

    Rifle Paper Co.

    This 17-month planner (August 2019-December 2020) has metallic gold foil accents, weekly and monthly pages, inspirational quotes, pocket with a ruler, and two pages of stickers to help ~customize~ as you please.

    Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $10.20 (available in two floral patterns).

    12. A undated purrfect planner with a dose of shimmer thanks to holographic accents inside.

    Paper Source

    Get it from Paper Source for $22.95.

    13. A comprehensive wedding planner from The Knot in case you're planning your nuptials during this strange time. You can feel a bit better about your progress by getting some stuff outta the way now that you *can* do at the moment.

    Barnes & Noble

    This planner has detailed worksheets and lists, info on color swatches, budget tips, tons of inspiration, and, well, tons and tons of things you could use in your planning process!

    Promising review: "This is a must-have for Brides! I absolutely love it! It has sections and so many great questions we wouldn't have thought to ask. This will help keep you and all things wedding super organized!" —AlisonMarie1982

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $26.99.

    14. A dry-erase wall planner to help stop the question of "What's for dinner tomorrow night?" Look up here, fam.

    Wayfair

    It's peel-and-stick so you can reposition it as you please!

    Get it from Wayfair for $23.99.

    15. A downloadable daily planner you can edit on your own computer to help fit your schedule. And then edit again when we're all leaving our houses again like normal in a bit.

    Cafe Latte Designs / Etsy

    Downloadable planner template you can edit the text of on your own.

    Get it from Cafe Latte Designs on Etsy for $5.57.

    16. A 100-day goal journal if you've set some personal goals for yourself during all of this... like unsubscribing from useless email newsletters or finally learning how to knit!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.99.

    17. A weekly meal planner pad that'll be there to help you put all those pantry staples to use. You said you like to cook, but now everything that's happening is making you prove it.

    Rifle Paper Co.

    It has lines for every day and meal of the week, and a tear-off shopping list to help you keep track of things you need to replenish.

    Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $15 (also available in pink).

    18. Or a printable weekly meal planner to help you get your grub in order ASAP.

    Pretty Pink Planners / Etsy

    Psst, this is a downloadable PDF, so you don't even have to wait for it to ship to start using it!

    Get it from Pretty Pink Planners on Etsy for $0.52.

    19. A rainbow ~perpetual~ planner for a daily dose of color. Bc why the heck not?

    Paper Source

    This planner is undated and shows a weekly view.

    Get it from Paper Source for $19.95.

    20. A 2020 planner with tons of stickers to help you map out the rest of the year. (Plus it's on major sale given it's just for 2020.)

    Paper Source

    Get it from Paper Source for $5.73.

    21. A #mom planner you can download and tailor to your fam's needs now that you're together 24/7. I mean, you managed them before, but now you're really keeping track of everything.

    Life on Waller / Etsy

    FYI, you have to print these files. But because you don't have to wait on shipping, you can start filling in your planner ASAP!

    Get it from Life on Waller on Etsy for $20.

    22. A Baby Yoda monthly planner that'll last ya' through the end of 2021. Talk about goal-setting.

    Barnes & Noble

    Every month has a two-page spread with a monthly inspirational quote.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $5.99.

    23. And a printable Walt Disney World vacation planner in case you're thinking about your family vacay that's far in your future. Part of the fun of a vacation is looking forward to it. This'll help you feel like you've got a good chunk of planning in place for that future ~magical~ trip.

    Disney with Shan / Etsy

    This instant download planner has 60+ pages of helpful info that'll be perfect for anyone who's going to be visiting Walt Disney World for the first time. Or if last time you WISHED you'd done way more planning.

    Promising review: "My wife and I are hoping to plan a trip to Disney world for our 5- and 3-year-old children. My wife was there as a child, and I have never been! With that being said, neither of us have any idea what we’re doing or how to plan. I bought the ultimate Disney World Guide and I have to say I’m very pleased. The guide covers every aspect of the trip and it is making this planning process a breeze. Also I love that you can share them! I shared this guide with my brother and his family and they are excite to plan their next family vacation as well." —Jason

    Get it from Disney with Shan on Etsy for $10.20.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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