Personal Shopper: A Planner to End All Planners for Jennie

Jennie writes: Hi Outblush!! Thank you SO much for your site! I visit it at least once a day and I've received some great help from you all in the past! I'm in need of some more though....My work life has recently gone from crazy to one flew over the cuckoo's nest insane!! I've tried to keep everything straight in an Outlook calendar, on a regular calendar, planner and you should see the number of post-its all over my desk! Bottom line is, I put something one place, but not another so it gets lost in the shuffle. I'm on the lookout for a GREAT daily planner book that will actually help me organize everything. It needs to have enough space to write actual notes/events each day for different times. I'm also looking for something with a fun look. I'm a young professional so I don't want to look too little kiddish but something fun would be great! Hoping to not spend over $50 for it if possible. Can you help me get my organized life back?!

Jennie, I understand you and this need to organize at the most base level. I feel for day planners what Tobias Funke feels for j-orts. And if you don't get that reference, may I recommend you watch seasons 1-3 of Arrested Development before the 4th airs. Anywho, day planners are my crutch. Seriously, I have a dry erase month calender next to my desk, my BlackBerry planner and I have a separate planner for my toddler's weekly activities. Yes, my two-year-old has a planner. So I get it. I also get needing as much space as humanly possible to write everything you need to do in a day all in one combined space. So I made sure to pick planners that had good real estate dedicated to each individual day. And I'm fairly certain most of these also have at-a-glance monthly pages as well. I describe them a tiny bit below. God speed, fair lady. Never forget to schedule time for yourself. And my toddler suggests scheduling time for cupcakes as well. -Magzilla

1. Look To Tomorrow Day Planner ($36) It is a free style planner with each open page laid out for a week.
2. Cavallini 2012 Daily Planner ($35) You'll love this: every day gets an entire page, turning your life into a quickly scribbled novel.
3. Initial it! Weekly Life Planner ($50) Totally customizable, this planner also comes with matching stationary if you wanna be fancy about it.
4. Little Otsu Annual Vol. 5 Weekly Planner ($18) Each open page displays a week with a large space for daily notes, weekly to-do list and a side bar for doodling/what have you.
5. MomAgenda MyPlan ($14) Without giving up a grid structure (like you do in the Cavallini planner), this daily planner allows the entire length of the page per day split into five sections allowing you to physically divide the day into Office, Gym, Kids, To-Do Laters etc. This was my favorite.
6. 8 Days-A-Week Planner ($18) Week by week, day by day and hour by hour, this planner allows you to detail your entire life in 60 minute increments.
7. Office Desk Set ($34) The organization of a daily planner with the freedom of a post-it, this tear away weekly notepad go stay in the office or some with you after 5. Also comes with a tear away to-do list and DO THIS NOW paperclips.
8. Corace Organizer ($24) Another novel style planner, just a bit more whimsical.
9. Pocket Planner | Vintage Typewriter ($11) Probably not what you were looking for but appeals to the nerd inside us all.

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Posted on 10.13.11 at 11:21 AM

Erin Condren also has amazing planners.


Posted on 10.13.11 at 7:26 PM

moleskin has the best planners ever!


Posted on 10.15.11 at 7:17 AM

Arrested Development!!!

...and that's always leave a note.


Posted on 10.17.11 at 7:47 PM

Yay new AD! ...I'm afraid I just blue myself

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