Productivity and organization are closely linked. The more organized you are, the more productive you’ll be. And planners are an excellent way to stay organized. You can choose from paper planners, digital planners, or a combination.
Paper planners are a great option if you’re also looking to boost your memory. Handwriting triggers your brain’s natural learning process through the use of fine motor skills, touch, and sight.
We’ve got free printables for you! Check out our Free Monthly Planner. Other popular options are At-A-Glance and Day-Timer, which are well-known planner and organizer brands. You can choose from SO many options and styles and colors (I love this color). Some planners have inspirational quotes or sayings like Silk and Sonder’s self-care journals with science-based methods for combining writing and planning that help relieve stress and burnout.
There are planners for specific events or activities, including:
- Academics– Calendar from July- June of the following year
- Wedding/Event Planner
A digital planner is not the same as the notes app on your phone, tablet, or favorite cloud software. Instead, they are PDFs of traditional paper planners that can be imported into your favorite note-taking app, giving you the high degree of organization of a planner with the highlighted portable nature of digital items. We’ve created a 39-page printable planner that can be used in this way- Check it out here!
The right Apps for Your Digital Planner (GoodNotes, NoteShelf, & OneNote are the apps recommended for using digital planners)
GoodNotes This one is for iOS only (sorry Android users). This app is unique because you can take handwritten notes on your iOS devices, and the app turns them into searchable data. You can categorize them, put them in folders, add images, etc.
NoteShelf Similar to GoodNotes, you can create handwritten, searchable notes. Even better, this one is available for both Android and iOS. And if you’re trying to help your family stay more organized, you can share notes in NoteShelf with them. If you’re a person whose handwriting is messy and hard to read, NoteShelf can turn your handwritten notes into typed text.
OneNote For Microsoft fans, OneNote is a great option. With OneNote, you can take a digital file and “print” a PDF that syncs across all devices where you have it installed.
There are other note-taking apps, as well. If you decide to look for one not listed here, be sure it allows for pdf annotation.
Back to Basics – App Calendar/Planners
Planner Pro – Daily Calendar is pretty slick. It combines events, tasks, and notes in one place, which you can organize by week, event, or project. You can create recurring tasks as well. It’s also ad-free and available on iOS.
Business Calendar 2 is similar to Planner Pro Daily Calendar but for Android users. A unique feature is the “heat map,” which helps you locate free time. If you opt for the pro version, you can export events to iCal, create repeating tasks and subtasks, and link contacts to appointments.
Cozi Family Organizer
For busy families, this is a must-have! It helps organize and communicate schedules, grocery lists, to-do lists, meals, and more. With Cozi, everyone in the family is on the same page because it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. Each person can also receive important reminders on the device of their choice. It’s Free to sign up.
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