One of the best parts about being a business owner is choosing a calendar for the new year. After all, who doesn’t love gorgeous new stationary? But we solopreneurs have some unique needs when it comes to planners.
The creative in us wants something that will reflect our brand and make us happy to plan our days. The entrepreneur in us needs a workhorse calendar that will keep us organized while juggling multiple projects -- not to mention family, friends, and the never-ending to-do list.
Whether you’re a designer, copywriter, or life coach, these 5 planners are your best bet for making the most of your business goals in 2015:
This popular option by Whitney English has been considered the go-to planner for busy moms, bloggers, and entrepreneurs for several years. Designed specifically to help female entrepreneurs find clarity, achieve their goals, and retain work/life balance, the Day Designer has earned its spot as the darling of solopreneur calendars.
Pros: The strategic vision worksheets at the beginning of the planner encourage you to set your life goals -- and make a plan to achieve them -- for the entire year ahead. They’re a valuable tool to help you live intentionally in every area of your life, not just business.
Cons: Weighing in at more than 2 lbs, the Day Designer definitely isn’t a purse planner. If you’re a lady on the go who needs her calendar along at all times, this might not be your best option.
Best for: Work-at-home solopreneurs, multipassionates, mompreneurs
Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner is another powerhouse among entrepreneurs. With its daily to-do list and hourly schedule plus space for notes and dinner ideas, this planner is comprehensive, while still living up to its simple name. There are no frills, bells, or whistles to overwhelm or distract a busy solopreneur. Bonus? The cute covers will look great in any home office.
Pros: The Simplified Planner also comes in a weekly edition for solopreneurs who prefer to plan ahead and see the big picture.
Cons: Weekend pages are drastically pared down, leaving little space for the entrepreneur who needs to plan her schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.
Best for: Minimalists, mompreneurs
Price: $58 for the daily edition; $42 for the weekly edition
Designed by a college grad searching for direction, the Passion Planner is truly a one-stop shop for managing your life. It has everything from an appointment book and to-do lists to a journal and gratitude log. If you’re searching for a planner that can handle everything (and I mean everything) in your business and personal life, the Passion Planner is your new best friend.
Pros: The appointment calendar is broken into 30-minute increments, making it the perfect tool for the busy entrepreneur who needs to optimize her time.
Cons: The Passion Planner isn’t the cutest option out there. If you’re searching for a planner that reflects your personality and matches your office, this straightforward design isn’t for you.
Best for: Type-A personalities, busy solopreneurs
Plum Paper is a stationary company focused on personalized, beautiful designs, and it shows in every aspect of their products. Don’t let the pretty covers fool you, though. These planners still have all the tools you need to manage your life and business, including customizable calendar views and blank pages for notes at the beginning and end of each month. They also offer planners that follow the school year in case your kids’ schedule influences your business.
Pros: There are four options for your weekly page view. The super organized can view their days in hourly increments while the more spontaneous solopreneur can plan by morning, afternoon, and evening.
Cons: These planners only offer a weekly view, so if you prefer to focus on one day at a time, this isn’t the planner for you.
Best for: Stylish solopreneurs, mompreneurs
Price: $31 (One Woman Shop members: look for your Plum Paper discount in the weekly member update! Not a member? Learn more!)
May Designs is a stationary company making a big splash: they were named as one of Oprah’s favorite things for 2014! With fully customizable, monogrammed covers and gorgeous eco-friendly notebooks, it’s easy to see why. You can even go all out and make your company’s logo part of the cover! The planners themselves are simple and functional with a classic monthly and weekly view. The May Books are also available as meal planners, budget trackers, and more for the solopreneur who likes to keep a little space between business and personal.
Pros: May Books are 5x8 in size, making them the hands-down winner for solopreneurs on the move.
Cons: The planner pages don’t offer much space for long to-do lists or extra notes. If your calendar quickly fills up with reminders and notes, you may want to pass on this one.
Best for: Ladies on the go, stylish solopreneurs
Now that you know your options, you’re all set to get organized and make waves with your business in 2015! Which planner will you choose? Have a different one you love? Please share!
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