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It’s no surprise that I love planners. I’ve been obsessed with the concept of planning for years: I have used the Erin Condren Life Planner for several years now, I’ve loved Corie Clark’s Purposeful Planner (and even been a brand ambassador for her!), and I use my Happy Planner products faithfully (and have more stickers for them than I would like to admit). It’s almost time to purchase 2020 planners, so I wanted to share with you the planners that I am planning to use for the year ahead.
And yes, I did say planners, because each one meets a very specific need. I know it may seem excessive to some people, however, but I find that having a niche planner with one focus helps me to stay focused and actually accomplish my tasks.
I also personally believe in the power of paper for productivity. I know that as we’re in an increasingly digital world, many people are making the transition to digital. I just find that paper is more powerful for my needs (which, let’s be real, are MANY as I have so many things going on).
Without further ado, here are the 2020 planners that I am considering!
The Panda Planner
The Panda Planner wasn’t even on my radar, but as I was drafting this post, I saw some Facebook acquaintances discussing it. That led to a Google search, and the rest is history.
I immediately fell in love with how it looked, and put in an order for the 90 day version of the planner.
After 3 days of using it, I’m impressed beyond measure. Here’s why I am loving the Panda Planner:
- It’s divided into three sections: monthly, weekly, and daily (and has a ribbon bookmark for each so you can easily flip to that section!)
- It has a to-do list for each day – this is a HUGE win for me! I thrive off of to do lists. I try to list 3 priorities per day, and the Panda Planner has me covered.
- There is space for reflection: whether it be good, or areas of improvement, there’s space (but not too much that it feels dominating) to reflect and improve. It also focuses on positive aspects of improving yourself vs negative and feeling like a failure.
- Undated, so you can start at any time!
I have a feeling that the Panda Planner is a front runner for my 2020 planning needs, and I didn’t see that one coming…
You can get the Panda Planner in two sizes. The Pro is 8.5×11 inches, and is 6 months long. The only drawback that I have found with the Pro is that it only comes in a softcover version at this time.
The 5×8 version is for 3 months, and has a hard cover. It is currently available in black, blue, purple, and orange, but I would be surprised if they do not debut new colors for 2020.
I personally like the 3 month version simply for how easy it is to carry around, and since I already have so many Moleskine notebooks that are the same size, it just is the right fit for my life.
Check out the Panda Planner on Amazon:
Erin Condren Life Planner
I can’t help it. The Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP) is like Old Faithful. She’s easy to carry around (not too big, not too small). I’ve just found Erin Condren to be the basic, get-the-job-done planner. It’s in a format that I like with room to write down what I need to remember each week.
Here are a few reasons I love the ECLP:
- Monthly spreads
- Weekly spreads
- Space for lists (I am 100% a lists person)
- That rose gold coil option – it’s gorgeous!
Weirdly enough, as much as I love the life planner, I am toying with the idea of trying the Focused Planner as one of my 2020 planners. For a year, back in the day, I used a Moleskine planner for work productivity – I LOVED using it, and had a weekly spread – on the left side, the days were broken out, and on the right was a whole page for notes. I like that the Erin Condren Focused Planner has space for notes each week – it’s got me tempted.
For general life, I want a generic planner – if it tries to do and be TOO much, I can’t keep up with it, and don’t use it. We all know that a planner is only good if you use it.
I have time to figure out if I want to try the Focused version….ah, decisions, decisions.
You can shop Erin Condren’s entire line of planners HERE.
The Content Planner
This one is a new one for me in picking my 2020 planner, and I am rather obsessed with the idea of it. It’s specifically designed for people who are producing content, whether it be through social media, blogging, podcasting – if you’re creating content, this is the planner for you!
Funny (and appropriately enough), I found it on Instagram, and have LOVED Kat Gaskin’s content and free information out there.
Realistically speaking, though, anyone who works in social media and content creation does need to plan out content. You cannot build an audience without strategic work, and this planner helps streamline all of that into once place.
The Content Planner helps you put pen to paper and intentionally build your online brand.
Here are some of the features that I am excited to use in this planner:
- Social media stats tracking
- Goal setting & tracking – both monthly and weekly!
- Social media stickers
- Hashtag organization
- Random holidays – things like “national doughnut day!” – cause we all need to know that!
- Fillable dates, so you can start whenever!
- Light and portable.
Pre-sales for the 2020 planners start in September. I am legitimately counting down the days until this planner is available for pre-order.
As a bonus: If you have shiny object syndrome, and aren’t sure that you’re ready to invest in a content planner, and if you’re not sure if you would use it, they offer a $9.99 digital download of 2 months so you can try before you invest in the bigger planner.
Pens You Need for your 2020 Planners
Oh, I couldn’t write a blog post without telling you what pens I use! That would just be sad.
So here is a short list of pens that I always have handy:
- Sharpie Art pens with hard case (bonus: it’s cheaper on Amazon than it is at Walmart!). I have had super good luck with these not bleeding through my paper on any of my planners.
- PaperMate InkJoy – these do sometimes bleed through though….but I love how smoothly they write, so I sometimes just deal with it.
- PaperMate Flair Felt tip pen – I love these. Those felt tips are pretty much perfect, and the Flair style of pens is just so great!
And just in case you need a super cool case to hold your pens, I HIGHLY recommend this leather pen holder. It’s unique and super amazing, and I almost always have it in my purse so I am never caught without a pen!
So there are my 2020 planners that I am considering (and really, have bought, ha!)….tell me, what is your holy grail planner? Have you picked out your 2020 planner yet? Is there one that I have missed that I must know about? Tell me more about it in the comments!
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