16 of The Best Planners for 2017

Better late than never!

The great thing about being a bit late to the organisation game in 2017 is that many planners out there are now on sale :) So if those visions and goals you set last month are still persistently nagging you to be realised, then consider buying a planner to MAKE. THEM. HAPPEN. Why a planner? There is something therapeutic and more effective with putting pen to paper rather than committing everything to the digital space. You may find that using a planner in conjunction with apps and digital tools gives the best of both worlds. 

While it is tempting to judge a book by its cover, try not to pick one just because it looks cool. Choosing the right planner that will work best for you will ensure that you won't be left with one that was enthusiastically filled in for January and February but quickly discarded and forgotten as an unusable dated notebook. 

There are a LOT of planners out there, and unfortunately a lot of the ones in the shops are now either sold out or just not user friendly. Here is a list of 16 of the best that we could find online in 2017, each focusing on a specific demographic. However, all of them seem to capture the essence of what makes a good planner: aesthetically pleasing, practical and effective. 

Thrive Daily Planner for Goal Setting Productivity: This is a 90 Day productivity system that is designed specifically to increase your changes of following through with your goals. It claims that success is highly correlated with the right time frame, and by committing to achieving something in 90 days, it helps you to actually stay motivated and accomplish your goals. The Thrive Planner also helps you to stay balanced with both personal and professional life. 

Daily Greatness Business Planner for the Visually Driven Business Owner: Claiming to be the most comprehensive and stunning business planner on the market, the features are very impressive. There are week-to-a-view, daily planner view, business vision planner, expansion strategy worksheet, social media content planner, comprehensive goal planning system, 90 day business challenges... you get the picture. Suitable for any go-getting entrepreneur. 

Commit30 2017 Day Planner for Quick Results: Based on the notion that you can do ANYTHING in 30 days,  this planner is all about customising your specific goals, dreams and passions to help you keep focused all year long on your goals. The result? A whole year of attained goals through intermittent goal setting. On Sale.

The Volt Planner for The Achievers: It was hard to find a niche market for this planner as it really can be used by anyone, with its simple lines and no-fuss design for weekly and monthly goal setting and execution. There is plenty of room to make it your own and adapt to your own habits. Designed by a tech exec and startup founder, it has been meticulously designed and made with high quality materials. 

Blacklist's The Daily List for the Cool: This is one understated planner that makes up for what it lacks in the feature department, in the slick monochrome feeling it emanates. With a simple weekly and monthly view, and a splash of motivational quotes throughout, it is perfect for any demographic. 

Pilot's Diary for Writers for Writers of All Levels: This planner features over 200 pages of wisdom and motivation from industry professionals such as tops on getting published and 52 writing prompts to kick start your creativity for the week. There are also 150 Australian writing competitions, festivals and awards and an A-Z of essential Australian resources for writers. You can tell Pilot has laboured over this one to really bring home a winner. 

Moleskine Daily Planner Diary for Moleskine Lovers: When it comes to quality, it is hard to beat a Moleskine notebook or planner. It is hard to pinpoint exactly why, but they really know how to design with a sense of minimalism and detail. While a bit on the pricier end, you just have to take one look at the gorgeous spectrum of colours each month comes in, to be won over. 

Mi Goals Diary for Dream Chasers and Action Takers: There are several versions to suit your tastes, but all are designed to get you thinking about how you can improve yourself and your life. We like this one "Better than Yesterday" as it focuses on bettering yourself not comparing yourself to others. Like any good planner, it has many features to help you stay focused and moving forward each day to achieve your goals for the year. 

Craftsposure Planner for Business Creatives: Calling all passion makers and creative doers to make each day count, this planner covers a LOT of ground with a well thought out hand crafted system of organising your year, month and week. Each feature brings you closer to achieving your goals and finding clarity in your business. Set Weekly, Monthly and Yearly goals, fill in a One Page Business Plan or Marketing Calendar, track important numbers and statistics... and turn your vision into reality! Not only that but the pages are filled with stunning artworks from the Craftsposure artist community. 

Poketo Daily Weekly Monthly Planner for the Efficiently Detailed: With the detailed daily planner being the most requested element, this is a minimalist option with timestamps neatly lining the page. This makes it great for planning out your whole day to a tee. There is also something nostalgic about the inclusion of a world map and of course lots of room to freestyle note take and scribble down thoughts. 

StartPlanner for the Busy, Multi-Role Individual: The one pictured here in particular is the Hustle Daily spiral bound Planner. It is designed for helping organise all aspects of your life, featuring Goal Setting and Tracking; Holiday and Project Plans; Personal Financial Planning, Food Budgets and Planning; Health Planning; Inspirational Quotes and more! This is something that parents, entrepreneurs, teachers and students alike will get a lot out of. Also available in business edition. 

Tiny Me Personalised Name Diary for that Special Someone: We have included this one just because it is always cool to gift a personalised gift to someone. Maybe there is someone in your life who you think needs a bit of prompting to chase their dreams and get organised :)... why not order one with their name on it and surprise them next time he or she is talking about how they wish they had more time to achieve what they want this year – or just get one for yourself for that extra bit of motivation to start using a planner. 

Well hopefully amongst this shortlist, you've been able to find one that suits you! We are now working on getting some exclusive offers on some of these planners and other undated planners. Stay tuned for that!

COMING SOON: Pop Up Marketplace for Undated Planners.


All I want for Christmas is YOU

Love Languages Part 1: The Gift of Quality Time

12 days left and Christmas gift buying anxiety has now tripled. What in the world do you get that person who, despite being asked, has told you he/she doesn't really have anything on their Christmas list?
Hint: the answer is not a passive aggressive glare.

Chances are, said loved one's primary love language is not quite receiving literal gifts. So how does one give something that says "I love and value you"?

Let's start with a primarily Quality Time (QT) love language person. Dr Gary Chapman in his book "The 5 Love Languages" defines this as "giving someone your undivided attention." Individuals with this primary love language are in need of face to face, heart to heart connection. It means meaningful conversations, slowing down time & space to listen and be listened to.

Sound like someone in your life? Here are a range of Gift Ideas to help you get started:

  1. Picnic in the backyard/lounge: Budget friendly, and can be planned to specific tastes.
  2. A planned Dinner & Movie day/night: While tempting to just give a movie voucher, it's the night out connecting that makes this person's heart skip a beat. So, give that voucher but take that extra step and lock in a pre-planned night for you both, or for you to babysit so he/she can go with their partner without the kids.
  3. A "voucher" to a pre-planned Restaurant Crawl: Pick a location with a few dining options within walking distance. Start with entrees at one place, walk to another restaurant for mains, and to a final one for dessert. It creates ample space for you to talk and a new experience to adventure together. Score! (Remember, high expense isn't necessarily needed, he/she will love the whole experience of connecting with you.)
  4. A Jazz club (or whatever the equivalent music  genre they love): Great place to have dinner/drinks for QT before enjoying something they love together with them.
  5. A Zoo/wildlife park/Museum day out: Again, voucher and a pre-planned date makes this extra great.
  6. Boat ride adventure: Or if budget is within your means, hire one for the day for them to have with you and their closest peeps.
  7. Gift them a class you both love and do it together: Ideas include cooking, dancing, calligraphy, gardening, photography etc. Plus make sure you spend time 'debriefing' with them.
  8. Short (or long) trip away: This could be as simple as a night's stay in the city or at a mate's holiday home, as budget friendly as a road trip, or as extravagant as a cruise/international flight away.

Memories to be made!

Let's be Real.

Let’s be real, gift giving can sometimes be a stressful thing for those not so naturally inclined. Somehow that picture in your head of the perfect gift for your loved ones, rarely materialises neatly packaged in a box. “Where’s the joy in this?” you wonder as you traipse around glancing at window displays yelling out that they’re the answer to your giving needs. You guiltily ponder for a second the ease of a gift card, before refocusing back on the task at hand. Why? Because it’s worth the effort. Because there is beauty in the act of giving; a language spoken between the giver and the receiver.

A gift strengthens our need to be known, understood and loved. It communicates thoughtfulness; a moment where someone carved out time in their lives to think of you. Sometimes it can even speak to one’s future by letting someone know you believe in them – a notebook & pen for a budding writer or perhaps a book on “Vegetable Gardening for Dummies”.

So as we kick off the December countdown to the biggest gift giving time in the year, let’s remember what we’re really trying to say… I love you, I understand you, you’re valued, and above all…this really isn’t about me.

The Two Day Phone Detox

Last week, my phone kamikaze-style flung out of my arms, flipped 360 degrees and landed vertical in a tiny bowl of water in the corner of the room behind the oil heater. 

When things like this happen*, a sense of dread and remorse usually takes over but this time was different. I just stared down at my baby in arms (the fiasco happened in her room in the middle of the night of course), and enjoyed the surprising sense of peace transcending me... even amidst the prospect of losing 6000 photos and videos! 

Over the next three days without phone, I:

  • Felt my brain emerged from a slumber of mush as previously sleep deprived brain cells started to recover their ability to convert information to long term memory
  • Was no longer filling the in-between micro moments of life by reaching for my phone 
  • Appreciated time with my husband and baby by being a lot more present rather than subconsciously checking my phone
  • Took no photos (this is a huge deal, my nickname is Pamarazzi for good reason) and remembered the moments in my head instead
  • Started thinking new thoughts again and new ideas began rushing in once more
  • Came up with this website site plan, something I had been avoiding for 4 months
  • Felt naked but extremely liberated. 

It's easy to have intentions or fantasise about detoxing from our phone. This was me as I heard others doing it. Ironically, on the morning of the very day I dropped the phone, I even had written on my to do list to back up my files.

But whether you self-impose a phone detox as a result of higher revelation and goodwill, or are forced to through your phone’s sheer determination to take a summer dip like mine, embrace it and you will not regret it. Watch those breakthroughs and special moments of clarity roll in – unaided by Google or Instagram!

* I have dropped or broken about 80% of my phones over the past 15 years. If you need tips or a phone doctor recommendation, I’m your expert. This one’s for free: back up your photos and videos via Google Photos or Apple NOW :)