The new year is right around the corner, and it’s that time of year again: highlighting my favorite productivity & planning picks for 2016!
This year, I found a planner that I think would be sheer perfection for most of the soapmakers I have worked with that gives lots of focus on the biz as well as normal planner tasks. But I know that picking a planner is super personal, so I rounded up a HUGE list of other planners, workbooks, and tools, too!
Here’s to hoping you find your match made in planning heaven!
This Year’s Top Planner Pick
Managing a biz and your personal life in one-go is hard, and this is the best planner I have ever found for small biz owners.
Paper & Prosper’s The Briefcase Business Planner includes tons of biz savvy tools to help you build a better business, including:
- Brand guidance
- Monthly objectives tracking
- Advertising schedules
- Social media schedules
- Social media growth tracking
- Goal planning + management
- Creative planning
- Priority task lists
And of course, it still has monthly and weekly planner spreads, areas for notes, tabs to navigate the planner effectively, and an area to review the year.
I love that it’s not hard-dated, and you can start using it whenever you want. Right now, the printed and bound version is sold out, but they’ve made a digital download available, too. I’m swooning over that, because then I can customize it even further for my biz.
Other Planners & Workbooks
Every year, I come across even more planners I love, and narrowing it down to that special one is hard. If The Briefcase isn’t right for you, maybe one of these badass productivity & planning picks will help launch you into a successful and well-organized 2016:
- ActionDay’s Planners
- Briana Borten’s Rituals for Living Dreambook
- Lara Casey’s Powersheets
- inkWELL Press’ liveWELL Planner
- Plum Paper Planners
- Girlboss Planner
- Blissed Happiness Journal
- iBloom Planner
- ShePlans Planners
- Design Love Planner
- Leonie Dawson’s Shining Year Workbooks
- Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner
- Whitney English’s Day Designer
- Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner
- Savor the Success Daily Action Planner
- Erin Condren Life Planner
- Passion Planner
- Daily Greatness Planners
- Positively Present’s Every Day Matters Journal
- Strange & Charmed Printable Pages
- Britney Garner’s Get Shit Done Printables
- Crossbow Printables Planner Pages & Notepads
- Mama CEO Planner
- Mandy Jean Printable Pages
What am I rocking in 2016?
I’m still largely sticking to the same system I used this last year!
This month, I’ve shimmied down with creating an Integrity Report a la James Clear. I love the focus on values and honestly reviewing how you are performing, and then setting yourself up to approach a higher standard.
I still use David Seah’s Emergent Task Planners on the daily, with a mix of ToDoist and Google Calendar. I keep myself limited to three tasks a day so I can focus, and (usually) get more done than that. When I don’t, I don’t feel like a crappy unproductive person anymore.
I use my Leuchtturm1917 Large Hard Cover Notebook (with dot ruling) as a modified form of a Bullet Journal. I have loved my teal Leuchtturm1917 to death, and highly recommend it for other Bullet Journal fanatics.
I’m pretty happy that I’ve found a system that works for me. I love that it can change when I need it to, instead of starring at empty planner pages for those times when I need to change it up!
Have you snagged a planner for 2016? Share which one in the comments below, inquiring minds want to know!