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2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters

December 27, 2015

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters // www.thelovelythings.com

2016 is just around the corner and with a new year comes a new planner!

Going to Chapters around this time of year to pick out my new day planner was always one of my favorite things, but eventually smartphones came along, and shared iCal’s became easier and more efficient to use, and somewhere along the way I stopped using paper planners altogether.

But the past couple of years, especially this past one, I’ve noticed that I go through notebooks and endless scraps of paper every year writing out my lists and planning my weeks.

I find iCal and some other apps are fantastic for shared events and to-do’s, but all that other stuff going on that’s just for me to take care needs it’s own place to stay organized. So I’ve decided that 2016 is the year to bring the planner back into my life!

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters // www.thelovelythings.com

I’m a big fan of simple, clean, easy to read and write in spaces. I’m not so much into super decorated and colorful (on the inside) ones – their just a bit distracting to me and I want all the writing space I can have! So here is the gathering of the best planners I’ve found for setting (and reaching) goals, scheduling days, and making to-do lists so that things actually get done.

Bear with me, it’s a bit of a long post….

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - Get To Work Book // www.thelovelythings.com

Get To Work Book // $55USD (+ $17 for shipping to Canada)

I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this one before and I know I’ve mentioned it’s creator, Elise, many times on here. But the Get To Work Book is my dream planner.  The only downside for me, and the reason I don’t currently own one, is that the cost of it, plus the cost of shipping it to Canada, and the exchange rate makes it way out of my price range. That being said I’ve definitely convinced myself that it’s worth it. My bank account however, doesn’t agree with me ;)
It’s very durable, Sharpie-tested it (no bleed through), has tons of blank space for whatever you want, and no frills except for monthly motivational quotes that can be taken out and framed or hang on your wall. Awesome.

Purpose: goal setting (and accomplishing!)

Date range: January-December and July-June

Layout: 2-page monthly spread at the start of each month, 2-page spread vertical column weekdays in list form

My favorite features: lots of blank note space / graph paper note section on weekly pages / “project breakdown” and “reflect and goal-set” pages. Check them out in her video walkthrough!

Downside: the cost

How real people are using it: #gettoworkbook

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - Spark Planner // www.thelovelythings.com

The Spark Planner // $35 (+$17.50 for shipping to Canada)

The Spark notebook started as a Kickstarter campaign in November 2014, and this year the made a planner version too. Unfortunately the planners are so popular already that they’re sold out until further notice. Sad. But I’m leaving it in here in hopes that they restock or so I can remember to look in to the 2017 version sooner than a couple of weeks before 2017 ;)

Purpose: goals and productivity

Date range: January-December. However the notebook version is a 6 month format without months/days printed in is so you can decide when to use it. For example, if you’re away on holidays for 2 weeks you don’t waste 2 weeks of pages. You just pick up where you left of. Love that!

Layout: 2-page spread vertical column weekdays in block form

My favorite features: 30-day challenge pages / monthly goal pages with check boxes / lots of blank spaces for filling with whatever you want

Downside: the only size option, 5.75” x 8.25”, is a bit small, though easier to carry around

How real people are using it: #sparknotebook

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - Passion Planner // www.thelovelythings.com

Passion Planner // $24-30 USD (+$11 for shipping to Canada) or download for free

Guys, this is really cool. This person designed a planner that is fairly minimal, well laid out, very goal accomplishing, and then gave it away for free. Seriously. Click that link over there to check out how you can download the PDF version. Although, I have to say the bound version you can order has a really nice black (faux) leather cover and nice thick paper that I’m pretty sure would win me over in the end. There’s also a few different size, cover, and date range options you can choose from.

Purpose: goals (and dreams/passions!)

Date range: January-December, August-August, or undated

Layout: 2-page monthly spread at the start of each month, 2-page spread vertical column weekdays in list form

My favorite features: separate to-do list spaces for every week / soft cover, which means lighter and easier to carry around

Downside: a few extra “reflection” pages that I probably wouldn’t use

How real people are using it: @passionplanner

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - InkWell Planner // www.thelovelythings.com

InkWell Press/LiveWell Planner // $44-54 USD (+$29 for shipping to Canada) Sold out for 2016, but they’re having an “imperfect” sale in January so you can still get one

These planners lean a bit more towards the “frills” side than the others so far. They have more cover design options and include softly colored designed in some way on each page. They also have titled organizing pages for meal planning, bill tracking, travel plans, gift lists, and important dates. If you like a little guidance in your list making and organizing then this is probably the one for you.
They also have different kinds of planners that you can order or you can just get hole punched inserts if you prefer a binder style over bound.

Purpose: life organizing

Date range: January-December, academic year option coming soon

Layout: there are 2 options to choose from, 2-page spreads for vertical or horizontal weekdays

My favorite features: two weekly layout choices / 3 daily boxes to help prioritize

Downside: most spaces tell you how to use them as opposed to using them for what you want

How real people are using it: #inkwellpress

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - The Handmade Home Planner// www.thelovelythings.com

The Handmade Home // Free printable PDF

I don’t remember how I came across this one, but the more I scrolled through it the more convinced I became. The creator is a graphic designer who, from what I gather, creates a new planner every year and then gives it away for free. Whaaaaat. There are a lot of options to choose from including the usual cover, contact page, monthly calendars, contacts, etc. But there are also a bunch of other pages to customize this to your life. There’s goals, to-do lists, budgets, cleaning schedule, menu planning and shopping list, chore chart, lesson planning, and more. It’s a bit crazy. And I think it’s really clever.

Purpose: life organizing

Date range: January-June

Layout: 1 page horizontal monthly spread, 2-page spread vertical column weekdays

My favorite features: you can customize it to fit your needs / tons of organization pages to choose from / it’s free!

Downside: you have to print it yourself

How real people are using it: #thehandmadehomefreebies

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - Emily Ley Simplified Planner // www.thelovelythings.com

Emily Ley Simplified Planner // $58 USD on sale for $38 right now! (they do ship internationally, but I can’t find the rates..)

There are two versions of this one (daily and weekly) and I honestly don’t know which I like better. There are a few really cute covers to choose from, and inside is the perfect balance of simple and pretty. There’s a bit of color, lots of writing space, and convenient check boxes on half of each day.

Purpose: scheduling and to-do’s

Date range: August 2015-December 2016

Layout: there’s daily (vertical) and weekly (horizontal) options, 2-page monthly spread at the start of each month

My favorite features: blank checkboxes for each day / Saturday & Sunday get their own shared page /

Downside: the daily version has a printed timeline which doesn’t really work for me, but I could easily ignore that and use it for more notes and lists instead. There’s also some to-do’s already listed for every week which could be handy,  but I like to make my own.

How real people are using it: #simplifiedplanner

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters -Day Designer Planners // www.thelovelythings.com

Day Designer flagship edition and Today & To-Do // $49-59 (+$39 shipping to Canada)
There is also a free download of the same pages that are in the planners along with a bunch of other free printables on the website!

Purpose: daily scheduling and planning

Date range: January-December (Flagship), undated (Today & To-Do)

Layout: 2-page monthly spreads, daily vertical pages with Saturday/Sunday on one page (Flagship). Daily vertical pages (Today & To-Do)

My favorite features: lots of room to write all your daily to-do’s (both versions) /undated days so don’t waste pages (Today & To-Do)

Downside: no weekly layout option. Also, pretty expensive especially after shipping

How real people are using it: #daydesigner

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - 1 canoe 2 Planners // www.thelovelythings.com

1 canoe 2 // $42-44 USD or $55 at Chapters

Purpose: scheduling and organizing

Date range: January-December or January

Layout: 2-page monthly layouts, 2-page horizontal weekly spreads

My favorite features: big empty daily blocks on the weekly spreads / that mint and gold cover. Insert heart eyes emoji here

Downside: there’s not really a dedicated list space or extra note space

How real people are using it#1canoe2planners

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - A Beautiful Mess Planner // www.thelovelythings.com

A Beautiful Mess // $35 USD (shipping costs not listed until you go through the check-out process)

Purpose: scheduling and goal setting (little bit)

Date range: January-December, academic version will come out in the spring/summer

Layout: 2-page monthly spread at the start of each month, 2-page horizontal weekly spreads

My favorite features: to-do list page at the start of each month / weekly spreads just have the date so there’s more room to write

Downside: goal lists and extra note pages are all in the back of the planner, and I like having them in my face all the time so I can use them

How real people are using it: #abmplanner

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters -Kate Spade Planners // www.thelovelythings.com

Kate Spade planners// $30-36 USD (+$10 shipping to Canada), $32-34 at Chapters

Purpose: being pretty ;) and scheduling

Date range: August-December

Layout: 2-page monthly spread at the start of each month, 2-page spread horizontal weeks

My favorite features: it’s sooo pretty / lots of cover choices / simple weekly layout with lots of writing space

Downside: some reviews say the paper is quite thin – definitely would not hold up with a Sharpie.

How real people are using it: #katespadeplanner

2016 Planners for Creatives and Goal Setters - Rifle Paper Co. Planners // www.thelovelythings.com

Rifle Paper Co. planners // $34 (+$11.25 for shipping to Canada)

Purpose: same as the above

Date range: August-December

Layout: 2-page monthly spread at the start of each month, 2-page spread horizontal weeks

My favorite features: the illustrated covers / list style checkboxes on each day /

Downside: also the same as the Kate Spade one, thin pages

How real people are using it: #riflepapercoplanner

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