Although my work in digital strategy at an advertising agency (and this blog!) keep me on the computer and internet all day long, I prefer to track appointments, etc. in a paper planner. I like the tactile practice of writing things down and being able to visually see my week, on paper, at a glance.
When I am shopping for a new calendar, these are the features I look for:
- year format
- timeframe (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)
- price point
- materials quality
These are my preferences in the best planners for working moms:
- Calendar year format (NOT academic year)
- 5″ x 8″ size. I don’t like the full page size because it’s inconvenient for me to transport. I don’t like smaller calendars because they are more difficult to write in.
- Beyond the weekly and monthly calendars, I don’t really need much else. Having a pre-printed list of holidays and full year calendars for the current and next two years is nice. But, I don’t use the address book and don’t need a lot of extra space for notes.
- I usually pick a feminine color (purple is my favorite!), but if not black or navy suits me fine.
- Weekly two-page spread, with a monthly calendar at the beginning of each month. I don’t have the need to track many appointments every day along with to do items. However, I do prefer that the hours be pre-printed in the weekly spreads.
- I try to stay in the $20 price point range.
- I like monthly tabs for easily navigating to future months.
- I prefer a plastic cover and back. It helps the calendar to hold up better.
BEST PLANNERS FOR WORKING MOMS (2022)
This is the planner I use…
1. The Day Designer features:
- 2022 Planner: Dated January 2022 through December 2022
- Signature Today & To-Do page format combines your daily schedule and to-do list on one page
- Includes goal setting worksheets, annual overview, and monthly calendars
- Includes two gold foil sticker sheets and a bookmark ruler
- Original Size: 9” wide x 9.75” tall
- Ticking Stripe, classic French motif
2. Blue Sky
The Blue Sky features:
- 2021-2022 Academic Year
- Weekly Planner
- Monthly Planner
- Flexible Cover
- Twin-Wire Binding
- Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Action Day 2022 features:
- Daily agenda
- Weekly agenda
- Monthly agenda
- Yearly agenda
- Goal Journal
- Size: 6″ x 8″
- Color: Turquoise
- Best Daily Planner for Happiness & Productivity
- Size: 8.5″ x 11″
- Gratitude & Goals Journal
The AT-A-GLANCE DayMinder features:
- Column-Style Weekly Planner
- January 2022 – December 2022
- Size: 4-7/8″ x 8″ (Small)
- Size: 7″ x 8-3/4″ (Medium)
- Color: Black