While I used to be the type of person who could remember all of my tasks with ease, after becoming a mom, I just don’t have the same memory. It’s crazy to think how easily having a baby can throw off your short-term memory. For crying out loud, I used to juggle three jobs, college, and managing a college basketball team with ease, so why is it so hard to remember to call someone back now?
So, now I’m a planner, and a serious one at that. I’ve tried (and spent a ton of money) on a lot of planners, and I’ve come to realize that a planner isn’t a one size fits all type of product. Each planner will come with pros and cons, plus you have to think about your budget and actually sticking to using the planner itself. So, after a lot of trial and error, plus some research into what other boss moms are using, I’ve created a list of the best planners for mompreneurs.
Price: As cheap or as expensive as you make it.
- Great for those that want flexibility and something they can customize to fit their creativity, mood, lifestyle, etc.
- A bullet journal is as unique as the person writing in it. You’ll never see two of the same journals, and it’s fun to create multiple journals overtime and see how you’ve progressed.
- You can start it at any time, and add whatever is most important to you. Want to track your cycle? You can do that. Need to create a checklist for spring cleaning? You can do that too. There is no limit to what you can do and track in a bullet journal.
- You can choose whatever size or brand you want.
- The bullet journal is time-consuming. Setup takes longer than it would with a planner that was created to be a planner.
- It can get expensive. Sure, you can buy that cheapie $5 journal at Target, but many people (myself included) tend to go overboard when buying new office supplies. Before you know it, you’ll have pens, markers, extra washi tape, and more supplies that you really don’t need, but want to make your bullet journal nice and pretty.
In A Nutshell: Bullet journals are great for those that like drawing, tracking multiple hobbies, interests, or habits, and those who like customizability. It’s also a great option for those that don’t want to spend a lot of money to use a paper planner (as long as you don’t go overboard with supplies).
Bullet Journal Inspiration: Want to create your own bullet journal? Here are my favorite inspirations: Tiny Ray of Sunshine, Ryder Carroll (the original bullet journaler), Simply Productivity, and Boho Berry.
What, Where, How To Buy: There are many different journals that you can choose from, like this one ($), this one ($$), or this one ($$). You can also grab some pens, a few highlighters, and even planning stickers if they suit your fancy.
My Personal Opinion: While I loved having my bullet journal for the few weeks that I did have it, I became overwhelmed at the thought of constantly creating and filling out multiple pages. I prefer structure over being artistic when it comes to planning my days, so I quickly changed from bullet journaling to traditional paper planning.
Erin Condren Planner
Price: Starts at $55.00
- Erin Condren is a popular option with planners all over the internet, so it’s an easy to trust brand.
- This planner has nice and thick pages, so you don’t have to worry about them tearing with excessive use or if you write heavy.
- Great option for mompreneurs who are homeschooling, as it has a “teacher” option as well.
- Great for the visual planner who loves using stickers.
- This planner is not the best option for those who write big. Space is very limited, so if you find yourself writing sentences, or if you just have large handwriting, this may not be the best option for you.
- Can be expensive, especially if you are only planning casually.
In A Nutshell: The Erin Condren planner is a great option if you are a busy mom who likes functional, but pretty, planning. It’s also great if you juggle multiple responsibilities, like a business, kids, homeschooling, etc.
What, Where, How To Buy: You can buy the planner directly from the Erin Condren website, and get your stickers and extras there as well.
My Personal Opinion: I have friends who swear by their Erin Condren planners. I love the idea of the this planner, and actually plan on buying one in the future. It is similar to the planner that I use (more on that below).
Price: Prices start at $29.00
- The planner comes in a multitude of options, including vertical and horizontal layouts, coils or no coils (if you prefer a planner that lays completely flat), A5 inserts, and even a quarterly planner option.
- This is a comprehensive planner. It includes everything from monthly and weekly layouts, a goals sheet and goal breakdown, a mission board, travel organizing, bill tracking, and more.
- It’s BEAUTIFUL. Seriously. This planner is great for someone who is looking for a planner that is aesthetically pleasing.
- It focuses on your life as a whole. This planner isn’t just about being productive. It also has options to rate your day, create healthy habits, etc.
- It’s undated, so you can start at any time and not have to worry about losing out on a few pages.
- This planner is small. I like big, really big, planners for writing down everything I need to do. If you are using this planner for both your personal and business life, you may find that it’s a tad too small for your needs.
- It’s expensive. Unless you’re buying the quarterly planner or A5 inserts, this planner will run you around $50 dollars.
- As far as I see, this planner is a final sale purchase, and there is a no refund policy. So if you figure out that you don’t like it, you’re still out $50 bucks.
In A Nutshell: The inkWELL Press Livewell Planner is a great option for those that love beautiful, minimalistic, and clean looking planners. It’s also great if you don’t like to do a lot of planning, but more goal setting and wellness checks.
What, Where, How To Buy: You can buy the planner directly from the Inkwell Press website.
My Personal Opinion: While I love the idea of the Livewell planner, and would love to have one for myself, I’d probably only use it for personal life planning. That would mean that I’d have to get another planner for my business as well.
Commit 30 Planner
- Makes planning fun by offering 30-day challenges.
- Offers a flat lay design.
- Has a nifty back pocket to hold on to any papers you have, pens, etc.
- Motivational quotes to keep you from quitting (because anyone can keep up with something for 30-days!)
- It’s a goal setter and planner all in one!
- This is a very simple planner. If you like your planner to look pretty, this won’t be the planner for you.
- Because this planner focuses on one goal at a time, it’s not really for those that have a ton of things that they’re trying to accomplish at one time. This is more for those that have a hard time being committed to building good habits.
In A Nutshell: The Commit 30 planner is for those that find it hard sticking to their plans and goals, and who are looking for more accountability. It’s also great for those that are looking to start focusing on their health journey.
What, Where, How To Buy: You can buy the planner directly from the Commit 30 website.
My Personal Opinion: This planner isn’t for me, but only because of the fact that I don’t really have a hard time sticking to my goals and aspirations. However, I have contemplated buying this planner solely for my health journey.
Price: Prices start at $25.00
- Comes in a multitude of colors, sizes, and even has eco-friendly options.
- Can get an undated or dated planner based on your preferences.
- For every planner that someone buys, the company will give away one to someone who needs it. So this is great if you’re a big advocate on giving back.
- Great for planning short and long-term goals.
- Focuses on your passions (hence the name) and makes it easy for you to map them out.
- Focuses on gratitude.
- Offers a monthly reflection section.
- May be a little “woo-woo” for those who tend to want more logical planning vs. emotional/feeling planning
- Not a lot of space for daily planning, especially for those who write big.
- It’s like a notebook, so there isn’t any tabs or options to help you flip through easily. There is only a ribbon.
In A Nutshell: The Passion Planner is for those that want a way to reflect and learn (or continue) to be in tune with their feelings while focusing on their goals and plans.
What, Where, How To Buy: You can buy the planner directly from the Passion Planner website.
My Personal Opinion: This planner isn’t what I would consider to be the planner for me, but I love how they donate a planner every time someone buys one, and I love the monthly reflection options.
My Current Favorite: The Happy Planner
Price: Prices start at $25.00
- Comes in a multiple sizes and colors, including different colors for the rings that connect the pages.
- Can get an undated or dated planner based on your preferences.
- Offers extension packs for those that are looking to get fit, plan a wedding, budget, etc.
- Has monthly tabs, so you can easily flip through pages.
- Offers end of the month reflections.
- Disc bound, so you can add pages or take out pages that you no longer need.
- Can be inexpensive if you have a Hobby Lobby or Michaels store near you. Just use one of their awesome coupons on the price of the planner!
- As far as I can tell, this planner only has vertical planning options for the weekly spreads.
- For some people, the weekly spread starting on a Monday is a huge con.
- To add pages to the planner, you have to buy a special hole punch from the website.
- No extra pages besides the monthly reflections. If you need to make notes, need to keep passwords safe, etc., you’ll need a separate notebook.
In A Nutshell: The Happy Planner is great if you want to plan for your personal life and business , but want to keep them separate. With multiple “packs” that you can add to the planner, you’re easily able to build a planner that fits every aspect of your life.
What, Where, How To Buy: You can buy the planner directly from the Happy Planner shop.
My Personal Opinion: The Happy Planner is currently my FAVORITE planner. I use the large planner, and I can fit so much into it. In my planner, I write my monthly budgets, due dates, client work, blog work, and much more. I can easily find whatever I need, and I love being able to look back and see what I’ve done in the past. Plus, the stickers that you can buy for the planner are pretty, yet functional, so I use them from time to time when I want a prettier layout.
There you have it, some of the best planners for mompreneurs, including my personal favorite! Do you have any other planners that you think deserve to be on the list? Shoot me an email and let me know, I’d love to add to my list!