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Ultimate Guide to Personal Planners for 2024

Being organized is often a challenge. There is always so much to do but never enough time. Time to overhaul your life in 2024.

That is where a personal planner comes in handy. It gives you clarity, reduces stress, and helps you achieve your goals more efficiently so you can have more free time. 

Do you know what a personal planner is?

So what is a personal planner? Simply, it is a system to organize your goals, tasks, and events. One central place to write, or type, everything down that you need.

It can come in several forms, from physical paper notebooks, to digital planners on your computer or tablet, to binders you make with printable planner inserts.

Some planners are more of a simple task manager or grocery list reminder, other planners are more sophisticated in being a planning system to help you organize and structure your life. 

The importance of planners

If you want to increase your productivity and be more organized, a good personal planner is essential. Without exaggeration, it will completely change your life.

People who don't use planners typically live more chaotic lives. They forget important things more often. They are slower and less efficient with their work.

When you use a personal planner, you wake up every day knowing exactly what you need to do, this helps you focus better. No more trying to figure out what your tasks for the day are.

Benefits of using a personal planner

Better organization. You're going to have anything you need to know right at your fingertips. From your current goals and tasks to appointments, and events. Open your planner and see your life neatly organized.

Increased productivity. With everything being organized, you'll work much faster and be way more productive. No more wasting time trying to figure out what to do. No more forgetting tasks or deadlines. Just wake up, look at your planner, and start knocking things out.

Clarity with your goals. Writing down your goals and creating a plan makes them easier to achieve. Break them down into smaller tasks so you can make progress every single day. They'll also seem more achievable and less overwhelming.

Reduced stress. Creating and working on your plan will immediately help lower your stress. There will be more predictability in your life and you won't be wondering what is happening with your time anymore. You'll know what needs to be done and when.

Improved time management. Everything will be planned out. You'll have time to work on what is important so it gets done plus you'll find more free time to do the things you love or spend time with friends and family. 24 hours in a day is a lot when you plan it properly.

Enhanced goal tracking. Setting goals is crucial to success and happiness. Figuring out what you want to achieve and breaking those down will make it easier to track the progress. Take small bites and work consistently until they are accomplished.

Greater accountability. There have been scientific studies that show writing down goals increases your odds of success. When they are written down, with a date, it's recorded in time. Psychologically, it's easier to put it off and say you'll do it later when it's not written.

What is the best personal planner?

There are lots of great planners out there such as the Happy Planner, Panda Planner, or digital planners available on Etsy. Ultimately, a lot of which planner is best for you comes down to personal preference.

If you're looking for a unique planning system that specifically helps you figure out your goals and what you need to work on, the Boss Personal Planner is your best option. 

They are built to help you prioritize your goals and create a plan to achieve them. They aren't just to-do planners or grocery lists, they are designed to boost your productivity and accomplish more.

Different types of planners

Luckily, there are a ton of different types of planners, there is something for everyone.

Your most traditional option is an paper planner or organizer notebook. They can be spiral or standard bound and offer the classic pen and paper planner experience.

Next we have our Digital Planners. These are advanced PDF planners that work "like pen-and-paper" but on your tablet. For these, you need a tablet, stylus, and a PDF markup app. Most often you will hear about them being used with Goodnotes on an iPad because it's the most powerful combination but they can be used with Android or other apps.

You also have Notion Planners which are becoming more and more popular. These more customizable and easier to access on multiple platforms such as your computer or phone.

Finally, we have Printable Planners which are great if you want to create your own planner binder or just use templates individually. All you need are the printable planner files and a printer. Pretty straightforward and with ours, you can get all the same templates as our Digital Planners.

Dated vs undated planners

One of the biggest differences between planners is dated vs undated. Very simple, dated planners have a calendar system for a specific timeframe. Undated planners have blank calendars that let you fill in the dates.

If you're interested on more details on dated vs undated planners, you can learn more here

Different planner layouts

Ultimately, the purpose of your planner is to help you get organized and create a plan. People are different, situations are different, so planners should be different. The more specific you can get, the better your chance of success. We offer planners in all the following layouts (applies to digital and printable planners):

  • Daily planner
  • Weekly planner
  • Budget
  • Fitness
  • Business
  • Student
  • Teacher
  • Custom planner
  • 100 Day planner
  • Bullet journal
  • Money saving challenge
  • Gratitude journal

For an in-depth look at each kind of planner, we have more information here.

How to choose the right personal planner?

Choosing the right personal planner can make a significant difference in how effectively you organize your life and achieve your goals. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you find the perfect planner that fits your needs and preferences:

Determine between digital and paper. If you can choose, you can try both or even switch back and forth. We have a lot of customers who purchase both options.

Next, figure out your planning needs and goals. If you choose one of our digital or printable planners, you'll have a wide variety of options to fit your situation perfectly.

At the end of the day, there is no one-size-fits all planner. You need to find the right planner to suit your needs.


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