Plan Ahead| It’s Not too Late to Get Organized

PlannerBookendsIf you’re anything like me, even though summer hasn’t officially begun, you’re already making plans for the end of 2016 and beyond. What better way to get organized for the rest of the year than to get a new planner? With all the options available, which planner is right for you? Hope for Women is here to help you take the guesswork out of your planner shopping. We reached out to a few of the top planner companies, and they graciously sent us some of their latest products for review. Did we mention we have 12 planners to give away? Check out these planners, and enter for your chance to win.

Day Designer

Founded in 2012 by Whitney English, Day Designer has gained a devoted following over the last few years. The daily agendas come in three sizes—the large hardcover Flagship, with a page size of 7.3 x 9.5 inches; the mini hardcover Flagship, with a page size of 6x8.125 inches and the A5 ring bound, which is a leatherette binder that holds page inserts.

The Flagship planners offer space for monthly calendars and daily pages. Each planner page includes columns for your daily schedule and to-do lists, as well as areas to jot down what’s for dinner, due dates and reminders, notes and daily gratitude, and there’s an inspirational quote.

Day Designer, which releases new editions that have June (midyear) and January (regular) start dates, can be purchased on the company website, and a July through June version is available at Target, thanks to a collaboration with Blue Sky.  Be sure to sign up for the mailing list to be notified when the planners go on sale because they sell out fast.

Erin Condren

Erin Condren Life Planners just make people happy. From the bright customizable covers to the cute stickers you can use to decorate the interiors, these planners are sure to put a smile on your face. Whether you are looking for a 12- or 18-month, teacher or wedding planner, or address book, there is something for everyone, and there are accessories galore, including pens, pen holders, storage pockets, elastic bands, dashboard bookmarks, and stickers—lots and lots of stickers.

The planners measure about 7.25 by 9.25 inches. They have a coil binding, and there are vertical and horizontal layouts for the beautiful interior pages. There is also a zippered pocket to store stuff. You have the option to purchase additional interchangeable covers, and there are endless designs. New options are available at the beginning of the year and mid-year.

Erin Condren also offers coordinating products like mouse pads, trays, cell phone covers and wine totes.

Emily Ley
The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley lives up to its name. It’s simple and compact yet beautiful. The hardcover planner arrives in a keepsake box and is available as a daily and weekly edition and includes a wire binding and corner protectors. It’s small enough to fit in your purse but offers plenty of space for keeping up with appointments and to-do lists. There are pineapple designs throughout to symbolize welcome, which is exactly how this planner makes you feel—like you’re catching up with an old friend.

The Emily Ley brand offers several other products in addition to the Simplified Planner, including binders, journals/notebooks, and address books.

Inkwell Press

Inkwell Press planners want to break the Superwoman myth, and they are on a mission to help women work smarter not harder by pairing form with function in its line of planners.

The portable hardcover planners are 7x9 inches and have a wire binding and an elastic closure attached. They come in a classic or flex weekly full-color layout with lots of space for notes, a monthly bill tracker and extras like gift list and an accordion pocket. There is also room for goal setting and plenty of blank space to customize the pages so they suit your needs.

Inkwell Press has thought of everything with this planner.


Limelife is arguably the most customizable planner on the market. Not only can you select daily, weekly or monthly options, but you get to decide your start month. You also have seven layout options from which to choose, including a Sunday or Monday start date and a six-subject or to-do start date. (Not sure which layout you’d like? You can download the different options on the website to check them out.) If that’s not enough, you can personalize the cover with your name and a quote or purchase an interchangeable cover to change things up a bit. You can also change the size of your coil (or chose the unpunched A5 option so you can punch them to use in a ring-bound planner you already own) and add on extra pages for your budget, checklist, projects, direct sales, photography, social media, fitness and meals.

Limelife also offers teacher and homeschool planners, paper pads, notebooks, as well as accessories.

Passion Planner

I love the story of Passion Planner founder, CEO and Designer Angelia Trinidad. Feeling directionless after college, Trinidad figured she wasn’t alone, so she created Passion Planner in her garage to help people clearly define their goals and dreams and break them down into actionable steps.

The Passion Planner is available in classic (8.5x11) and compact (5.5x8.5) sizes with dated and undated versions. The planners are a faux black leather with the exception of the limited edition Paradise Blue version.

The dated interior boasts an annual goal-setting guide, weekly layouts, monthly check-in reflection questions and blank and gridded pages. The undated interior includes an appointment calendar, motivational quote and personal and work to-do lists.

Plum Paper

The Plum Paper planner is one of the most versatile planners on the market today. I love it because each planner is custom made. You can personalize the exterior with your name, your initials and a photo and the interior of the ME, which is their family planner, and their teacher editions can be personalized to include the classes you teach or spotlight various areas of your life in the weekly layout.

The basic planner covers 12 months, and you can select your start month and add on up to six additional months, plus sections for home, fitness tracking, direct sales, blog, wedding, classes if you’re in school, baby, meals, and budget. You can also get add-ons for notes, to-do lists, bills, monthly cleaning, checklists, contacts and party planning.

In addition to the basic planner, Plum Paper also offers weekly and monthly planners, teacher and student planners, fitness planners, address books, memory keepers, and spiral notebooks. You can also order an interchangeable cover.

Plum Paper planners measure 7.5x9 inches, so they can be slipped into a workbag or diaper bag. They have a really nice coil binding, and the cover is made of a durable synthetic material that is waterproof and tear resistant, which is further protected by a clear overlay.

With so many planner options, there is something for everyone.

Are you ready to plan ahead? We’re giving away 12 planners. Enter our Plan Ahead planner giveaway for your chance to win a Day Designer, Erin Condren, Inkwell Press, Limelife, Plum Paper and Passion Planner.  Enter Here