January 1st, we know it well. Its ushers in the promise of goals established and executed. We also know that by January 21st, many of us have forgotten or even lost track of our goals. Thankfully, some seriously organized people crafted goal planners designed for success. Whether you want to save more money, up your fitness game or stay on top of your responsibilities, one of these planners is bound to help you.
Traditionally, planners have been designed to help you maintain your daily agenda. Many of us learned how to use them as early as grade school to record homework assignments and project deadlines. The tech boom led to most of us using our phones as agendas, and with COVID-19, our calendars might feel emptier than usual. This offers a unique opportunity to shift from a digital planner to a paper goal planner. Experts say that up to 1.4 times as likely to execute a goal when we write it down. What if you were to spend more time goal planning instead of checking things off your to-do list? Luckily, there are a bunch of planners out there dedicated to just that. I have selected five planners with unique traits and treats to help to achieve your goals this year.
For the legend in the making:
The Legend Planner is designed to help you cultivate a vision for your life by defining and breaking down your short and long-term goals. From there, you will be able to fold your goals into your daily life. This planner comes undated, so you can use it throughout the year without wasting any pages. It is equipped with both a 12-month and a 52-week run on separate pages. It comes complete with a hardcover made from animal-friendly PU leather, heavy-duty paper, a pen holder, illustrated and 3 sheets of stickers. It’s also available in 19 different colors.
According to one reviewer: “I am new to journaling and looked at a lot of them before choosing this one. It is great for a beginner like me with a good mix of prompts and free space to create your own goals. […] Also having a dot grid at the back is great for personalizing my journal and having space for extra thoughts, charts and art.”
For the minimalist maven:
Erin Condren planners are some of the best in the biz, and the PetitePlanner is no exception. Designed to really zero in on a few goals, this little pastel planner still packs a punch. It was designed to parse out the necessary tasks in achieving a goal. The PetitePlanner comes complete with goal setting tips and 6 “big goal action plan” spreads. It also includes a built-in pocket and 49 stickers.
According to one reviewer: “I'm not one to buy planners for goals but rather I use them for scrapbooking, journaling, habit tracking, etc. After viewing the photos of this journal, I decided to give it a try for some goals. I liked it so much, I bought a second one and shared it with a friend who also bought one.”
For the action-packed achiever:
90x has one mission, and one mission only – to help you achieve your #1 short-term goal in 90 days. This planner begins with a vision board, dials into your motivations, and helps you act from there. It’s loaded inspirational quotations to encourage productivity. Their undated format and abundance of blank space provides room to reflect and doodle. Their unique system is based on the Laws of Attraction; as they suggest, “work the system and the system will work for you.”2 The Action Planner is also available in two colors.
According to one reviewer: “[…] I love that it starts by focusing on the 90 days as a whole and what I intend to accomplish during that time. It gently guides my thoughts–especially the vision board, which was something I’d never used before. The weekly and daily goals make it easy to remember where I’m at and where I’m going. Positive thoughts are sprinkled throughout and there’s even a place for me to keep up with my water consumption.”
For the passionate pursuer:
Passion Planner’s mission has always been simple – to keep the focus on what really matters. Their Weekly Undated Planner is a great choice for big-picture thinkers that want to digest their ideas. Each planner begins with a Passion Roadmap, allowing you to map out your goal into a Passion Plan. These beautiful planners are printed on sustainably sourced paper and designed with monthly layouts grouped in the front. They also leave room for a monthly reflection. It is available in 6 different colors.
According to one reviewer: “This is a fantastic planner. After almost a decade of trying planners, I’ve stuck with passion planners for the past three years. They are excellent for anything under the sun: planning short term or long-term projects, daily/monthly priorities, goals in work, personal life or health, [expressing] creativity, bringing clarity to priories and paths, anything.“
For the busiest babe on the block:
The 2021 #GOALS Planner from Love Sweat Fitness aims to keep you wellness-minded as you knock your goals out of the park. This planner is equipped with regular daily planning pages and resources to get you organized. Complete with a 2021 vision board, this planner keeps the fun coming with 3 full sticker sheets, monthly goal setting and motivational messages from LSF founder, Katie Dunlop. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, this planner has added perks like monthly horoscopes and easy-to-follow workouts.
This product is super new, so no reviews are available yet!