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Different Types of Planners: Finding the Best Planner for You

With so many distractions in today's world, it can be difficult to stay organized and our productivity suffers.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to counteract these issues is to use some type of planner. There are different types of planners to use so today we're going to take a look at them to help you decide which one is best for you.

In this article, we'll be looking at the 3 most common types of planners that you can use.

  1. Digital Planners
  2. Traditional Paper Planners
  3. Printable Planners

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    What is a planner?

    Before we get started, let's go over the basics. What is a planner? If you didn't come from our Ultimate Guide to Personal Planners, you can start there.

    A planner is a tool used to help structure and organize your tasks, goals, and events. If you know that feeling of not knowing what to do next or wondering how you will have time for everything, a planner can help you stay on top of everything.

    What are the different types of planners?

    There are tons of planner styles which is what we're looking at today but they all have the same job, helping you be organized and productive.

    Some planners are more general and can be used for all aspects of your life and some are more niche to focus on a specific thing, such as financial planning or fitness planning.

    In addition, you have different formats that they come in. Some are digital planners while others are paper planners.

    Digital Planners

    If you are looking for a digital solution but still want to write like it is pen and paper, this is the solution for you.

    A relatively new method of planning, digital planners are quickly becoming the favorite way to plan.

    If you're new to digital planners, we have an in-depth article available here but we'll give you a basic overview now.

    The planners are PDF planners that you import into a PDF markup app on your iPad or tablet. Then, with a stylus, you write on them as if they are pen and paper.

    You keep that natural writing experience but you get a lot of the benefits that come with digital. Again, you can read more about digital planners here.

    We offer a wide variety of planners in the digital format. No matter what you need a planner for, we have something special for you.

    • Personal Planner
    • Life Planner
    • Weekly Planner
    • Daily Planner
    • Financial Planner
    • Health and Fitness Planner
    • Business Planner
    • Gratitude Journal
    • Academic Planner
    • Teacher Planner
    • Bullet Journal
    • 100 Day Planner
    • Money Saving Challenge

    If you interested in a more in-depth look at each of these different planners, you can read more about them here.

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    Traditional Paper Planner

    Do you like a good ol' paper bound planner?

    Some people don't like to have something digital, they want to have a classic coil-bound planner that they can write on with a pen or pencil. Our PU and cloth hardcover planners are actually some of our most popular options.

    Paper planners will always have a spot in your life. They can serve multiple benefits and still give you all the daily planning functions that you need.

    With our bound paper planners, you get a complete daily planner. You start with high-level planning so you know where you want to end up and then you break it down into monthly, weekly, and daily plans.

    Setting goals and building a schedule that helps you keep track of everything. It helps you prioritize all of your goals and tasks.

    Whether you're using it as a work planner, a reminder for your to-do list, or a goal-setting journal, it will improve your life immediately.

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    Printable planners

    If you love paper planners, you have another option. You can always go with a printable planner.

    Printable planners are nice because you can create a customizable planner very easily. We offer all of our digital planners in printable versions so you can print what you need, and create your own planning binder.

    If you want some financial planning templates, you can print and insert them. If you want weekly and daily planner templates, you can add those. Same with fitness, business, school, or any of our planning templates.

    You can organize them however you want using dividers to create different sections. You can put in whatever you need to keep track of your life.

    Even if you don't want to create a new planner binder, you can use the sheets individually.

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    Other person planner options

    2 different options are not as popular but still available. One is pretty new in the last few years and the other just isn't as popular.

    First, the less popular option. You're limited to the type of planning you can do with them is a spreadsheet planner. These are typically better or financial or budget planning or even tracking habits.

    The next planner has gained huge popularity in the last few years which are Notion templates. With these, you have an unlimited number of possibilities. From goal setting, to meal planning and budgeting, literally everything can be accomplished with a Notion template planner.

    There is a lot to uncover with Notion, if you're interested in learning more, we offer a more detailed Notion guide here.

    How to choose the right planner

    There is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to planners. It varies from person to person and some people switch between the different formats. To choose the right planner, you need to consider your goals and what you need to plan.

    The goal of a planner is to help you organize and boost productivity. Whether it's a monthly planner, fitness planner, or financial planner, 

    With that, there could be arguments that in the new digital age, a digital planner is better. It offers several benefits that include:

    • Easy to erase text without ruining paper
    • Adding images and other types of media
    • Ability to duplicate pages as needed
    • Planners can be reused if they are not dated
    • Ability to store multiple planners on your iPad or tablet without carrying more bound notebooks
    • Can be customized
    • Can be synced to other apps or your calendar

    Ultimately, you need to choose one that works best for you, makes you more organized, and helps you stay focused. The first planner might not be the best planner for your situation but if you keep trying, you'll find the best planner for your needs.

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      Types of personal planners' final thoughts

      There is overwhelming evidence to show that there are extreme benefits to using a planner. From increased productivity and higher success rates to less procrastination and stress, planners have ample value in your life.

      There is always the question of, what types of planners are there and which one is best for me?

      There are many types of planners available, each has its pros and cons. The best way to determine which one is right for you is to pick which sounds the most appealing to you and give it a try.

      One of the great things about planners is that you can switch and change as you want. We have customers who switch between all of them. Some people have digital planners but also use paper planners.

      We offer all of these different types of planners and you can try them to see which ones you like the best. We thoroughly believe that no matter which type of planner you pick, you'll drastically improve your life and be most productive, organized, and happier.

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