With the year quickly coming to a close, choosing a planner for 2023 can feel like one of the most important decisions for the new year to start off on the right foot. It’s important to know that it is completely okay to not know where to start in your search for a new planner. We want to give you some planner ideas for the new year.
Finding the best planner for you sometimes requires a few catch and release, or trial-and-error attempts before you can truly be confident in what you are looking for on the shelves or online. After all, that is what this blog is for, to do the hard part for you. So you can go straight to shopping for a new planner that fits your lifestyle.
There are a few important questions to ask yourself before you truly start your search for the best planner for your style. Use these planner ideas to point you in the right direction for your planning going into the new year.
What size would fit the best into your lifestyle? This could differ greatly across students, working men and women, or someone who simply wants to stay organized. Many planners come in US Letter size of 8.5 x 11 in, Pocket in 81 x 120 MM, and medium sizes between 7×9 in and 8.5 x 5.5 in. These are obviously not the only sizes that planners come in, but they are the most popular.
It is important to think about how you will be using the planner and where it will mostly be stored for carrying to and from your daily activities, work, or classes.
What are you looking for in a layout? Are you looking for a blank planner with lots of room for customization? Or one that has everything already inside waiting for you to fill out? Some planners come with self-help, mental health guidance, or affirmations which can be a deciding factor for many people. Do you need your planner to help you achieve your goals? Some people need a constant written reminder of those goals, so planners are a great way to keep track of them. The options for layouts in planners are truly endless.
A few key factors to look out for are:
- Horizontal or vertical weekly and daily outlines
- Blank pages with room for notes, or filled with worksheets to fill out the pertain to goals, budget, or reading lists
- Self-help and affirmations to stimulate your mental health
- Customization Capabilities
Customization in a planner is extremely useful to make the planner your own, and though it can be a bit pricier, it is worth it for the use that you are able to get out of it throughout the year. With custom options ranging anywhere from $35 – $65, when you do the math of a whole year, those numbers are dramatically smaller per month. Those numbers drop to $2.9 – $5.4. That is a great price for something you’ll use for an entire year.
Possibly the biggest and hardest question to answer while also being the simplest is the purpose of a planner. Why do you want a planner? What are you planning to accomplish by having a book that keeps track of your life? The answers are endless and each and every one of them is valid. From keeping up with meetings to crossing off the days as they come by, planners are a great way to stay organized and on top of things in life.
No matter what your goal is for 2023, or why you want a planner, you now know that planner ideas are out there either premade or with the ability to be customized. Thinking about the size, layout, and purpose is a great place to start in your planner shopping journey.
Adeline is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism. Currently living in Charlotte, she enjoys reading, volleyball, and strolling through her favorite farmers markets with her Goldendoodle Theo.