The Best Planners for Solopreneurs, Bloggers and All Around Busy Women

The Best Planners for Solopreneurs, Bloggers, and All-Around Busy Women

The Best Planners for Solopreneurs, Bloggers, and All-Around Busy Women

No matter how much our digitally-savvy hearts love online organizational tools like Google Calendar, Evernote, Asana, and more, there’s one thing a lot of one woman shops can agree going analog on: planners.

There’s something so incredibly satisfying about setting your planner up for the week, the month, and the year. Something to be said for seeing everything you want to see in one place. Something to be said for being able to physically cross something off a list.

So when it comes to tracking time, to-dos, ta-das, and much more, we love getting a glimpse at the best planners for solopreneurs.

Without further ado -- and in no particular order -- we give you the best planners for solopreneurs!

The Simplified Planner from Emily Ley*

The Simplified Planner from Emily Ley

”Grace, not perfection” is Emily Ley’s motto, and The Simplified Planner is a fantastic example of how she helps women live that motto out. Coming in both daily and weekly editions, the minimalistic design is perfect for starting every day on a fresh note. We especially love the ample margin space and luxurious paper.

Pros: The Simplified Planner is minimalistic, leaving room for you to make it entirely your own. Daily and weekly editions let you choose how you want to plan.

Cons: Weekend days share one page -- not ideal for the freelancer who likes equal opportunity planning for Saturdays and Sundays.

Price: $58


The Happiness Planner*

The Happiness Planner

Focus on what makes you happy. That’s what The Happiness Planner is all about -- breaking us from the autopilot of constant productivity and turning our minds toward reflection and self-care. Start by creating your “Happiness Roadmap,” then head into each day with the spotlight on positive thinking and affirmations, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.

Pros: With an initial monthly page that gives you room for personal and work goals and daily pages that still leave plenty of space for to-dos, list-loving solopreneurs will still have plenty of room to plan out their days.

Cons: The planner focuses on a daily view, so for those who prefer to see their week at-a-glance, this might not be the planner for you.

Price: $59


Plans & Things from Christie Montague Design*

Plans & Things from Christie Montague Design

Created for solopreneurs, by a solopreneur. Freelance designer Christie Montague knows a few things about juggling a million things on the to do list. She created Plans & Things as a way for her to keep track of everything in her work + life, and you might quickly realize that it’s great for you, too.

Pros: So. much. room! The monthly spread gives you each month at-a-glance, while the weekly layouts include room for writing out weekly goals, scheduling your days, building multiple to-do lists under different categories, and jotting down “notes + brilliant ideas.” Add interchangeable covers, and the versatility of this planner becomes tough to beat.

Cons: The flexible cover, though protected, might be prone to wear.

Price: $36


The Life Planner from Erin Condren

Erin Condren LifePlanner

What doesn’t Erin Condren do right? Created by a woman, for women is what we like to see — and she does it right with her signature LifePlanner™, which seems to somehow keep getting better, year after year.

Pros: Three choices of layouts (horizontal, vertical, or hourly) allow you to see your week how you want. Sturdy binding and laminate (interchangeable) covers make this a durable companion throughout the year, and inspirational covers with quotes like “She designed a life she loved” will remind you how lucky you are to be a solopreneur.

Cons: Bright colors and a 7.25” x 9.25” size make this planner hard to conceal when you’re out and about.

Price: $55+


Get to Work Book from Elise Joy*

Get to Work Book from Elise Joy

Elise says Get to Work; we say get shit done. With this planner, they’re one and the same. The Get to Work Book is a daily planner + goal setting workbook designed to help you break those big goals down and take things one day at a time. In Elise’s words: “While (sadly) it can't do your work for you, every inch of it was thoughtfully designed to help you get to work.”

Pros: The minimalistic design lets you focus on the important additions you’ll make, and the 12 motivational text prints throughout will give you the push you need to make each month your own. The addition of 14 "project breakdown" pages and 13 "reflect and goal-set" pages make this a true goal-getting planner.

Cons: For those who like color, you’ll have to add it on your own. And at 246 pages, expect some weight for your work.

Price: $55


The Pocket Book Planner from Poppin*

The Pocket Book Planner from Poppin

Poppin’s out to help us all ”Work happy.” This incredibly colorful planner packs a lot of punch in a little space, and is made with a sturdy spiral and protective cover, keeping it travel friendly.

Pros: Easy-to-find, color-coded months as well as weekly spreads leave room for lined notes and white space every day. The addition of a sheet of icon stickers makes our sticker book-loving hearts oh so happy.

Cons: Coming in at just 8.25” x 6”, the planner might be too small for those who like to write a lot…or write big.

Price: $14


The Desire Map Planner from Danielle LaPorte*

The Desire Map Planner from Danielle Laporte

Hardcover. Gold foil. Daily and weekly editions. ”What I will do to feel the way I want to feel” adorning the covers. Yep, Danielle LaPorte’s planners are about as enticing as everything else she creates. (#truthbomb) Naturally, it incorporates “your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day.” Love.

Pros: The daily layouts leave room for your Core Desired Feelings, Soul Prompts, your schedule (with a focus on reframing obligations into choices) and more. If you identify as a heart-centered solopreneur, this is more than just a get-shit-done planner.

Cons: Lots to distract from your daily to-do list (but yep, that’s kinda the point).

Price: $44


The Life List Planner from Clara Paperie*

The Life List Planner

All.of.the.lists. That’s what this planner is about. Each page features one long to-do list, with each day making room for your top five priorities. Weekly goal + gratitude prompts add a layer of reflection, and sections dedicated to goal tracking and note-taking leave room for making it your own. For the Type A’s out there, your heart will never have been happier.

Pros: Despite weighing a hefty 2 lbs, this planner’s 7” wide x 8.5” tall, making it easy to tuck away. A hardcover and strong binding make it portable no matter the conditions.

Cons: If you’re looking for a simple to-do list planner, this one might have more bells + whistles than you need.

Price: $38


The May Book from May Designs*

The May Book from May Designs

With seven different interior agenda choices and non-dated alternatives that offer up more space, May Designs is the ultimate in offering options that let you build planners to fit your style. Choose a cover style and your own personal monogram, and you’ll never mistake this planner for anyone else’s.

Pros: Choose from three sizes: the Mini May Book (aw!), the Classic, or the Large. Totally customizable interior pages let you choose how you want to build your planner, so you can make it work how you want to. Flexible covers make them super easy to stow on the go.

Cons: Extra space isn’t at a luxury here. For people with lots to write and keep track of, this probably isn’t the best option.

Price: $20-$26


Studio C*

Studio C Planners: Raise the Barre

Simple, yet definitely still fun: This medium-size planner includes a pocket for extra papers, colorful monthly tabs, and a convenient elastic closure to keep everything in place. Our favorite part: the colorful, inspirational, coated tabs that mark the start of each month.

Pros: Simple yet durable. Includes a past and future month reference on each monthly spread (something that comes in handy more often that we think it might).

Cons: The layout of the Raise the Barre planner doesn't leave a ton of room for customization.

Price: $16.99


Commit30 planner*

Commit30 planner

The Commit30 Day Planner is the first product in what its creators are calling the Commit30 movement: a movement to help you accomplish your goals + dreams by taking small steps that lead to big changes, 30 days at a time. The path of least resistance is one we can get behind, which is why we loved the theme of this planner.

Pros: 240 pages of goal-based planning keeps you hyper-focused on breaking big dreams down into small actions, and staying consistent. Also: Despite not being spiral-bound, this planner lays flat when opened. (Thumbs way up.)

Cons: With black, brown, and gold as your cover options, this isn’t the prettiest (read: girliest) of planners.

Price: $34.99


Plum Paper*

Plum Paper planners

Plum Paper is more than just a delightful name -- these planners offer endless options to not only make them pretty, but to make them super functional in helping you manage your life and business.

Pros: Customizable calendar views let you organize your days however you want -- the super organized can view their days in hourly increments while the more spontaneous solopreneur can plan by morning, afternoon, and evening. Additional add-ons include extra note pages, stickers, and more.

Cons: Honestly? It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the choices! From five vertical/horizontal options and countless cover designs, it's hard to choose just one.

Price: starting at $32


Passion Planner

Passion Planner

The Passion Planner has a bit of a cult following for a reason: It 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.

Pros: The flexible cover makes this planner fun to stow anywhere, and the ample space for note-taking makes it easy to transform into a planner, notebook, and journal.

Cons: Black and white is the name of the game here. If you’re searching for a planner that reflects your personality and matches your office, the straightforward design may not be for you.

Price: $24.99-$34.99


Dailygreatness

The Dailygreatness planner

The Dailygreatness journal combines a yearly diary, goal and appointment planner, and daily tools for self-mastery. This is more than just your average get-shit-done planner; the Dailygreatness planner is for anyone looking to truly integrate self-care into their ongoing routine.

Pros: Daily, weekly, quarterly, and yearly check-ins help keep you accountable in creating great habits, from meditation to dream journaling, exercise to even self-awareness question sessions, and more. Full-color pages make it a book you’ll never want to put away.

Cons: At 464 pages, this is no pocket book.

Price: $44.95


Day Designer

Day Designer planner from Whitney English

Whitney English struck a chord with busy moms, bloggers, and entrepreneurs when she created the Day Designer in 2010 -- and it’s remained a favorite amongst these groups ever since. Beautifully-laid out daily pages help women to specifically to focus on the important pieces of each and every day.

Pros: Each day includes a Today, To-Do, Dinner, Gratitude, Top 3 To-Do Prompts, and space for notes. For solopreneurs fitting a lot into their day (maybe you know someone like that?), this planner has the space you need.

Cons: All that space comes at a premium! Adding up to over 2 lbs, the Day Designer isn’t great for stowing and going.

Price: $59


Sadly, the 2017 Planner Giveaway Extravaganza has come and gone. Sign up below to be notified about our next epic giveaway!

Love giveaways?

Enter your email address below to get notified about our next giveaway!

By entering your email address, you'll be added to our main email list, as well as specific sub-lists that relate to your interests. You can unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

This post contains affiliate links. As always, we only include affiliate links for products + services we think might benefit you...like these planners!

Stay Organized: 6 More Planners for Freelancers + Solopreneurs (+ a Giveaway!)

Note: The giveaway has closed -- congrats to all of our winners! Sign up below to be notified about our next giveaway. (It might just be more planners!) 

Love giveaways?

Enter your email address below to get notified about our next giveaway!

By entering your email address, you'll be added to our main email list, as well as specific sub-lists that relate to your interests. You can unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Last year, OWS member Ashley Brooks of Brooks Editorial showcased the five best planners for creative solopreneurs. Well… with a marketplace of planners that are seriously stunning, functional, and fun, it’s tough to only show off five anymore!

So while we’re still huge fans of The Day Designer, The Simplified Planner, The Passion Planner, and Plum Paper planners (Ashley describes their features here), we thought we’d throw a couple more into the mix of ones we love -- and then do a fun (and epic, if we do say so ourselves) giveaway so you can start January off on the right foot, with planner in hand.

Without further ado, here are seven more fantastic planners for paper-and-pen adoring freelancers + solopreneurs:

1. Plans & Things (Christie Montague)

Christie Montague planner

Created for solopreneurs, by a solopreneur. Freelance designer Christie Montague knows a few things about juggling a million things on the to do list. She created Plans & Things as a way for her to keep track of everything in her work + life, and you might quickly realize that it’s great for you, too.

Pros: So. much. room! A full monthly spread gives you room to see your month at-a-glance, while the weekly layouts include room for writing out weekly goals, scheduling your days, building multiple to-do lists under different categories, and jotting down “notes + brilliant ideas.” It’s tough to find a planner with equivalent room for those who have a lot going on.

Cons: The 8.5” x 11” size means it likely isn’t fitting into your purse, and the flexible cover might be prone to wear.

Best for: Busy freelancers; Type-A personalities

Price: $31

2. 2016 Planner (Poppin)

Poppin 2016 planner

This incredibly colorful planner packs a lot of punch in a little space, and is made with a sturdy spiral and protective cover, keeping it travel friendly.

Pros: The horizontal orientation includes easy-to-find, color-coded months as well as weekly spreads with room for lined notes and white space every day. Oh -- and it starts with a Bingo board of 2016 experiences that is entirely random, but totally fun.

Cons: Coming in at just 8.25” x 6”, the planner might be too small for those who like to write a lot… or write big.

Best for: Ladies on the go; stylish solopreneurs

Price: $12

3. The Freelancer Planner (Bombchelle Industries)

The Freelancer Planner

The aptly named Freelancer Planner is a design-friendly, intuitive planner that not only keeps track of all of your important freelance business information, but also helps you learn to plan better with a focus on priorities. Stress less and earn more? Yes, please. (We’re not the only ones crushing: this planner hit 157% of its Kickstarter goal!)

Pros: Daily, weekly, and monthly planning for every aspect of a solopreneur business -- from money and admin tracking to project management and to-do lists broken down by priority. You know Michelle’s in the thick of it with you since her planner covers what she refers to as “the niggly tasks”: those that “don’t relate to a bigger project, don’t require a lot of creative firepower.”

Cons: Income and project tracking aren’t what everyone needs in a paper planner. For those who rely on digital tools for this, the Freelancer Planner might just be too much.

Best for: Freelancers; girl bosses

Price: $10 (digital); $25 (5.5”x8.5”); $35 (8.5”x10”)

4. LifePlanner™ (Erin Condren)

Erin Condren LifePlanner

What doesn’t Erin Condren do right? Created by a woman for women is what we like to see -- and she does it right with her signature LifePlanner™, which seems to somehow keep getting better, year after year.

Pros: Tabbed months make finding your place easy, while a choice between horizontal or vertical layouts allows you to see your week at-a-glance, how you want. Sturdy binding and laminate (interchangeable) covers make this a durable companion throughout the year, and inspirational covers with quotes like “She designed a life she loved” and “nothing can dim the light that shines from within” will remind you how lucky you are to be a solopreneur.

Cons: Bright colors and a 7.25” x 9.25” size make this planner hard to conceal when you’re out and about.

Best for: Multipassionates; stylish solopreneurs

Price: $50

5. The Happiness Planner

The Happiness Planner

With a tagline of “focus on what makes you happy”, it’s hard not to be drawn to The Happiness Planner. Start by creating your “Happiness Roadmap”, then head into each day with the spotlight on positive thinking and affirmations, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.

Pros: The Happiness Planner breaks us from the autopilot of ever-more productivity and turns our minds toward reflection and self-care. With an initial monthly page that gives you room for personal and work goals and daily pages that still leave plenty of space for to-dos, list-loving solopreneurs will still have plenty of room to plan out their days, as well. Choose between dated and undated versions.

Cons: The planner focuses on a daily view, so for those who prefer to see their week at-a-glance, this might not be the planner for you.

Best for: Mindful solopreneurs; minimalists

Price: $29-$59

6. May Book (May Designs)

May Designs notebooks

Okay… so this one landed on last year’s list, but we couldn’t help but include it again (especially since they’re part of our epic giveaway!). With updated interior agenda page options and non-dated alternatives that offer up more space, May Designs continues to help you build planners that fit your style.

Pros: Totally customizable interior pages let you choose how you want to build your planner, so you can make it work how you want to. At just 5” x 8” with flexible covers, it’s also super easy to stow on the go.

Cons: Extra space isn’t at a luxury here. For people with lots to write and keep track of, this probably isn’t the best option.

Best for: Ladies on the go; stylish solopreneurs

Price: $23

There's the skinny on some of the best planners out there for freelancers + solopreneurs!

This post contains affiliate links. As always, we only include affiliate links for products + services we think might benefit you.

Get Organized: The 5 Best Planners for Creative Solopreneurs

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:

1. The Day Designer

Whitney English Day Designer

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

Price: $59

2. The Simplified Planner

Simplified Planner

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

3. The Passion Planner

Passion Planner

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

Price: $25+

4. Plum Paper Planners

Plum Paper planners

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!)

5. May Book

May Designs planners

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

Price: $19+

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!

This post contains affiliate links. As always, we only include affiliate links for products + services we think might benefit you.