Feel like you're always running around like a headless chicken, but you never seem to achieve your goals?
If you want to get you and your family organised and become more productive, one of the best ways to do it is to use a mom planner.
So I've put together a list of some of the best mom planners and organisers I could find to help you achieve your goals.
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The thing is that not all planners work for everybody.
How do you choose a planner that works for you?
There are a few questions you can ask yourself before you choose the perfect mom planner (for you and your family):
- Does it fit with your lifestyle? Will a daily planner be enough for you to keep on top of your daily tasks or you need something to keep track of all your weekly activities? Or perhaps a monthly calendar for longer projects or other commitments?
- What size do you need? Will you have to carry your planner around or you'd keep it at home or at the office?
- What's your planning style? Are you creative? In which case a bullet journal like this one from Scribbles That Matter is your thing. Or you can't draw for s**t and want to have everything organised for you in a logical manner? Then you'll prefer the Panda Planner.
- What do you want to get out of it? Do you want to use it to achieve your goals more easily (and in a timely manner)? Then you'd choose something like the Law of Attraction Planner. Or you just want to use it to keep track of your family's comings and goings + birthdays and other events? So you could do with a basic Calendar like this Mom's Family Calendar?
- How consistently will you use it? Do you need something that starts at the beginning of the year and will use it every day? Or do you think you'll skip some weeks and take breaks? (I don't recommend this, but if you want a bit more freedom, an undated productivity planner that you can start, might help).
- Who is going to use the planner? Do you need a planner that other members of your family can check or is the planner just for you?
- Do you want a planner for a specific purpose or a general one? It makes a difference if you want a planner for the year, or just a way to keep track of your to-dos every day. Or perhaps you need something to help you track your exercise or plan your meals?
Whatever your motivation is for using a planner, I've put a list of my top planners for moms in this blog post and I've included planners to use for different purposes so you can find something to suit you.
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My 3 favourite mom planners
In case you don't want to go through the list and want a little help to decide what planner you should use, here's a list of my favourites. They're not in order of preference because they're different types of planners.
- Mom's Family Calendar by Sandra Boynton. Cos it's handy to have a calendar in the kitchen or the office where everybody can write down birthdays, activities and other stuff. It's dated but they seem to print a new one every year.
- The Digital Planner by Commit 30. For those people who want a digital planner but who love the look of a paper planner and being able to write on the planner.
- The Legend Planner. This one I've chosen because it's a planner I would give as a gift cos it looks stunning and it's quite easy to use and follow, so I think it would suit most moms.
best mom planners under $15
At the time of writing this blog post, these working mom planners were all cheaper than $15. If you want something basic and inexpensive to keep you organised, they will do.
You don't have to spend a fortune on a productivity planner, and if you've never used one before, starting with a cheaper option is OK.
A couple of these also come with an accompanying calendar you can see further down.
best mom planners: calendars
It doesn't matter how many alarms you have set up on your Google Calendar. Some times you want everybody in the family to see what everybody is doing at a glance.
Using a paper calendar can help keep all the family organised and you can even get the kids to help you fill them in.
They're also great if you want to give them as a present and they are quite cheap compared to some of the other options!
best mom planners: food and meal planners
Busy moms don't want to ages every day in the kitchen, they'd rather spend their time with their family or doing the really important stuff.
That's why my list of best mom planners includes some of these food and meal planners for the whole family but also for the mom on a diet.
Planning your meals in advance will help you save money shopping but it will also help you save time, because you know exactly what you're cooking each day and it's easier to get organised.
My favourite one is the Clever Fox Food Journal, but it's the priciest.
best mom planners: fitness trackers
But for people that find it more motivating to keep track of everything on paper, here are some fitness planners, trackers and weight loss journals you can find on Amazon:
best mom planners: day planners
I don't have my PC or mobile on with me all the time. So having a to-do list or a day planner notepad I can use every day and take it with me wherever I go is really helpful.
And, let's be honest, writing to-do lists on scraps of paper doesn't look right.
Plus I keep loosing them...
best mom planners: digital planners
You can use an app but this Digital Planner is like having a real planner on your iPad . It's only for iPad+GoodNotes5 App, though.
best mom planners: Weekly and Monthly planners
These are a bit more expensive and are specially designed to help you accomplish more and be more productive.
best mom planners: budget planners
I felt I had to add some budget planners here as well.
Though most of us do everything online nowadays, and all our bills get paid automatically through the bank.
The danger of doing it that way is that you don't have a clue how much you're spending every month.
If you run your own business, they give you somewhere to keep your receipts, check your cash flow and track your expenses.
Or you can use them only for your family expenses and plan when you can get the kids' new pair of trainers without blowing the month's budget.
best mom planners: habit trackers
Some planners already include a small section each day for habit tracking, but it tends to be quite small and you have to check every day to see how you're doing.
If you want to be able to see all your progress at a glance, here are some habit trackers you'll love.
best mom planners: bullet journals
You can't have a list of the best mom planners without including bullet journals for creative mums.
I must admit I am useless at this bullet journal stuff, I never know what to do and how to make it look pretty, but I love the simplicity of bullet journals and not having to follow the layouts of planners. And I can always use journal stencils.
But if you're more creative than me, and love playing with colours, pens and stickers, have a go at one of these, though the STM one is my favourite.
awesome Accessories for Mom planners
I made a mistake once: I didn't have any colours or
So now I only use
They're good enough for writing on most planners, though you might want to check if you use bullet journals, cos the paper is thinner.
They're also great for colour coding, using them with stencils or writing on sticky notes. And you can also use them to colour-match your washi tape.
The other thing you need when you have a planner is stickers. They're great to customise your planner and save you time cos you don't have to write everything.
Have a look at some accessories for planners I've selected for you:
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Did you find the perfect planner for you?
Tell me in the comments how using a planner helps you be more productive.