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You’re a solopreneur — a creative entrepreneur that blogs, snaps photos, manages your marketing, pays and keeps track of the bills, and so many other things that only us creative women can nod, smile and agree to. We’re juggling a lot of balls in the air and somehow we have to keep them from crashing into each other (or splatting on the ground). Enter the list of 2018 planners for creative women by amazing creative women.
I honestly don’t know what I’d do without a planner — that space to keep the juggling act looking like some form of sane and simple.
I’m a planner by nature and for as long as I can remember, I’ve planned virtually everything down to the minute.
Hosting a trade show? Planned and timed down to the minute.
And like a typical planner, I was never late for anything — in fact, I was usually 10 minutes early to everything.
Although technology has taken over, I still love having a paper planner. I’m a pen and paper type a gal. That’s something that won’t ever change. It commits things to memory and in the case of goals, to your subconscious for further deliberation and goal achieving.
If you’re a hardcore planner like me, it’s likely you’re extremely particular on the planner you select. It can be a frustrating selection process, as I find many of them don’t fit the bill. When you’re a multi-talented woman, you need a planner that takes care of your creative soul, your blogging journey, your biz (outside of the blog), and allows you to keep track of your goals. Finding all of that in one planner can be a challenge.
Goal tracking is an especially difficult part of the process. You see, I’m a dreamer and a big picture thinker. And when you’re a big picture thinker, you visualize the end goal but neglect to sit down and plan all the steps in between. This, of course, leads to frustration as to why you haven’t met a goal or procrastinate on a project until the very end.
Knowing yourself when selecting a planner is half the battle. Because I understand I need to be able to plan out large projects or 5 year goals in small sections to achieve them, I look for a planner that allows that. And because I’m a touchy feely creative type, I know I need a spot that allows me to nurture my creative spirit.
Without further ado — and in no particular order — here’s the list of must have planners for creative solopreneurs/entrepreneurs.
Must Have 2018 Planners for the Creative Solopreneur
Danielle Laporte The Desire Map 2018 Planner
You’ve heard of Danielle Laporte? Right? If not, let me say she is totally freaking awesome. She believes in nurturing your soul. That’s the key to your creativity and planning your life intentionally. She’s the bringer of light and calm. She’s about women nurturing their souls and creative spirits. Did I mention I’ve read all her books? She is freaking amazing. I said that already didn’t I? #girlcrush
“Put Your Soul on the agenda.”
The Desire Map planner is different from any I’ve used before. Instead of focusing on your to-do list and top priorities for the day, the Desire Map Planner has you looking at how you want to feel first. For creative entrepreneurs, this allows us to reconnect with why we’re doing this in the first place. What I love most about these planners is the beautiful cover designs, and the focus on mindfulness and intention.
Types of planners: Daily and Weekly with monthly spreads and monthly goal check ins. I’ve used the Daily edition and find it works best. It really lets me focus what I need to get done each day without worrying about the rest of the week.
Pros: Spots for appointments allowing you to write in the time of day. Motivational words, phrases and ‘check-ins’ to nurture your creative spirit. Soul prompts and 3 Things to focus on prioritizes your day and your happiness.
Cons: A bit heavy – more of a desktop planner. Tear off page tabs – I debated this as a pro because they have motivational words on them but I find they don’t tear off well all the time and leave ragged edges. Pages are not quite roomy enough – there’s a lot on each page (Core feelings, soul prompt, Schedule, 3 Things, To-Do, Stop Doing, Gratitude, and Want to Change).
Who it’s for: Best for creatives with a sensitive soulful side.
Created by Angelia Trinidad and initially offered on Kickstarter. After graduating college, Angela was feeling a bit lost and directionless, what she calls ‘directionless floating’. It was from this state of analysis paralysis that she came up with the Passion Planner. She wanted to design a planner that helped people clearly define their goals and dreams and then map them out. A simple guide for daily decisions.
I’m currently using the undated Passion Planner and am loving it! I have a tough time with long term goals and figuring out how to get from year 1 to year 5. I’m a big picture thinker and I have no problem envisioning the end goal; it’s the getting there that can be a problem for me. The Passion Planner is great for this because it has you create a mind map of your life goals when you first start and gives you room each month to map out a monthly goal and reflect back on how each month went.
Types of Planners: Eco Line, Dated, Undated and Academic. All in Classic and Compact sizing.
Pros: Try it for free option, Eco option available, Passion Roadmap, Mid-Year Passion Roadmap, and monthly mindmaps for goals. For 2017, I opted for the classic size and it has plenty of room for doodles, mindmaps and creative space in the back pages (blank + grid). Monthly reflection pages really get you thinking on how you can improve. Becomes a keepsake. Faux leather cover for the vegans in the house!
Cons: Weekly time slots are only from 6AM to 10:30PM – no room for anything outside of that, has only 1 ribbon divider, no tabs for each month.
Who it’s for: Best for Creatives, Dreamers and Big Picture Thinkers. And those that are very goal oriented and enjoy breaking it all down each month.
Created by Emma Kate. Emma is a fellow dreamer, happiness maker, storyteller and adventurer. She believes that life is a ‘beautiful, grand adventure’. In 2016, she designed a planner and launched it on Kickstarter. Within 4 weeks, they received 500% of their funding goal. She listened to creatives that wanted more white space, room to write, and bigger weekend slots in their planner. Each year, she polls planner owners and makes improvements based on feedback from the creative community who use her planners. For 2018, they’ve improved the cover to make it more durable and reduced the size/weight to make it 25% lighter.
Emma is amazing and what she’s created is beautiful. This is the planner I’m considering for 2018. It’s beautiful, simple and designed for creatives.
‘The Write Your Own Adventure Planner is a container to colour outside the lines – to allow space for the unplanned. It’s a haven where wildest, most vivid ideas can take root + grow.’
Types of Planners: One size in 3 colours – Grey, Blush or Black
Pros: Minimalist design, feminine, designed for dreamers and those who time block their day differently.
Cons: No appointment times printed in weekly planner section. (However I find this a pro but that’s me. As a creative, photo shoots or writing sessions can be swapped at the last minute.
Who’s it for: Best for Creatives and Dreamers, Minimalists
Created by Whitney English who believes that a ‘well designed day is a well-lived life.’ Day Designer came to life in 2010 and grew from a space of chaos – millions of emails, never ending to-do lists and a hectic schedule. The Day Designer is a simple system created to help you find balance, focus, and productivity.
‘This planner isn’t magic, and it can’t live your life for you. But it can, through a simple, guided framework, help you figure out a focus for intentional living. It can be a trusted tool for setting goals, creating a plan and taking action each and every day.’
I haven’t yet tried the full version of the Day Designer, but I have downloaded their free test pages to see if the planner would be a good fit. I’m a bit hung up on the amount of space for notes and to-do’s.
Types of Planners: Daily Planner available in full size (9″x9.75″) or mini. Calendars and weekly planners are also available.
Pros: Sections for Today, To-Do, Dinner, Gratitude, Top 3 To-Do Prompts, Notes, Budget. Try it for free option. Daily inspirational quotes.
Cons: Heavy and bulky – 3 pounds, designed for desktop. Schedule from 5AM to 9PM (again this could be perfect for you or not).
Who it’s for: Best for the busy creative solopreneur, full-time pros.
Do you have any faves you would add to this list?
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