While most people are probably operating on a digital schedule of some kind, research says there is a major benefit to putting pen to paper and using an old-school planner.
Plus, I think there's just something exciting about opening up a fresh journal and mapping out the possibilities of a new year. So even if you're like me, managing your team's schedules, meetings, and big deadlines on your devices, here are 8 traditional planner systems that will help you reach your goals in 2018.
The Passion Planner
This is the planner I've used for the past three years. Designed to help you break down your short and long-term goals and incorporate them into your daily life, The Passion Planner promises to be a "24/7 life coach that fits in your backpack."
It starts with prompts to narrow your focus to one ultimate game-changing goal. Each month and quarter, you can do a review and receive prompts to stay on track. "I want to help people pursue their passions, to pursue things that make them excited to get up everyday," says founder Angelina Trinidad.
The Passion Planner comes with options for an annual calendar, academic calendar, or undated so you can begin setting (and crushing) goals at anytime.
The Simplified Planner
Perfect for busy mompreneurs, the Simplified Planner helps you juggle the demands of work and family. "I was an overwhelmed working mom desperate for a tool to help me keep it all together," says creator and best-selling author Emily Ley.
I'm tempted to give this one a try this year because of the productive layout- there is plenty of space for planning meetings and business goals, right alongside brainstorming nightly dinner plans (something I'm trying to be more intentional about this year). "Every other planner I found had boxes to check for how many glasses of water I'd drank, blanks to fill out for my daily budget... I didn't want another task on my list. I wanted something simple, something that felt like a fresh start."
The Simplified Planner pages have a purposeful, minimalist design to help you manage your day. It can fit into a purse or laptop bag and offers add-on accessories like calendar stickers and a bookmarking bundle.
The Happiness Planner
If you tend to lose sight of the big picture and what truly matters, you'll want to check out The Happiness Planner. Inspired by her blog, Mo Seetubtim initially launched the planner to help her readers embrace the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.
The paper planner and mobile app goes beyond the typical to-do lists and scheduling functions. It also includes writing prompts to help you start your day in a positive frame of mind. At the end of each month, you can reflect on your happiness, health, energy, and productivity level and reflect on the highs and lows.
The Morning Sidekick Journal
If you want to master your mornings and create new, powerful habits, The Morning Sidekick Journal aims to make it easier to wake up at 5am and to set your day for success.
The journal was created by three young entrepreneurs who were inspired by overcoming their own personal challenges and the impact morning habits had on their success.
Using a scientific approach and behavioral studies that follows a 66-day cycle for optimal habit creation, the journal gets you laser focused on productivity in 3-minutes every day.
The Idea Sanctuary
If you're always full of ideas but no sure how to execute, enter The Idea Sanctuary.
Invented by a software engineer and online entrepreneur Nathalie Lussier, The Idea Sanctuary is a place away from the distractions of technology and group collaboration.
The planner comes with a guided process to help you uncover your best ideas, and make them happen- from marketing to launching. It's especially great for online entrepreneurs who want to launch a product, a sales funnel, or a membership site.
Daily Action Planner
Great for the on-the-go entrepreneur, this planner is a unique month-at-a-time system promising to "organize your chaos" one day at a time. Each 30-day lightweight planner is made to be carried with you everywhere, a bonus if you don't want to carry a whole year schedule around during your day.
The Daily Action Planner was invented by the founder of Savor Beauty + Spa, and Korean skincare inventor, Angela Jia Kim, who also runs a popular business and spa conference for women entrepreneurs, The Savor Retreat, every fall.
The Mastery Journal
Created by the top-rated podcaster and host of Entrepreneur on Fire, John Lee Dumas launched The Mastery Journal earlier this year on Kickstarter, raising more than $280,000.
You can grab the digital or hardcover version to use as a roadmap to mastering your productivity, discipline & focus in one-hundred days. Each day, you are held accountable to areas like your morning routine, daily focus sessions, and self-evaluation. You'll also gain access to a private online community to collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs and Mastery Journal users.
The Full Focus Planner
Created by author, coach, and course creator Michael Hyatt, the Full Focus Planner complements his "Best Year Ever" goal-setting system.
The planner prioritizes tasks so you're always maintaining momentum on the activities that help you reach your goals. Each planner is for a 90-day time period so you can focus on quarterly goals. It also has a special section dedicated to rest on the weekends. The planner also comes with a digital video training to help set you up for success.