Happy new year, mamas! There’s nothing like starting the new year off fresh and optimistic. I always plan to be extra organized and on top of our appointments, work, sports practices, and everything else that inundates mom’s life. And if you’re like me, you’re often the mom with a thousand lists and pieces of paper floating around to keep track of your grocery shopping, meal planning, work to-dos, and more, don’t worry. This was me too. One of the things that completely changed my organizational style is a paper planner. Having everything organized in one book instead of twenty different apps on my phone has been a game-changer, so I always recommend physical paper planners to friends.
Best Day Planners for Moms
So what’s out there, and what may work for you? Here are our favorite planners for moms.
The Day Designer
Day Designer is a Type A mom’s dream. It has boxes to organize specific activities or life notes, like a “Top Three To Do’s” for the day and a box for daily dinner plans. Day Designer also has tons of space for daily notes and extra notes throughout the planner. A defining feature is the extensive goal-planning space at the beginning of the planner. You can map your goals, priorities, and more for the year. These books can get heavy, but they are sturdy and come in two sizes, a weekly and daily format, for both the academic and calendar year.
Erin CondrenBuy Here
The Erin Condren planner has everything a busy mom needs to keep organized. This planner includes weekly planning pages and has various layouts to choose from; vertical, horizontal, and hourly. You can also choose from multiple beautiful, interchangeable covers or upload photos to make a custom cover. We love that it has pockets, a folder, lots of stickers to personalize your planner, and extra pages for notes and more.
Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner
Simplified Planner is aptly named because the layout is just that – simple. This planner is an excellent option if pre-labeled sections make you feel anxious. It has plenty of space for writing out timed appointments and to-dos and a large blank area for notes, habit tracking, and more. Also, the covers are gorgeous. Like Day Designer, Simplified comes in daily and weekly formats for the academic and calendar year.
This is the ultimate planner that is perfect for moms. Happy Planner offers several planner types, sizes, and page layouts, including daily and weekly designs. We love that you can select a planner customized to what you are working towards, such as a budget or fitness planner. Choose a cover and style that speaks to and inspires you daily!
Passion PlannerBuy Here
There was a recent discussion in my mom friend group about planners, and there were many votes for Passion Planner. If you prefer a weekly layout (their daily planner only comes in an un-dated version), have many appointments, and like having plenty of space to track them, this could be a great planner for you. There’s also plenty of free space for notes and separate to-do lists for work and personal items.
Bloom PlannersBuy Here
Bloom Planners has a planner for everything — from daily and weekly planners to planners for pregnancy and the baby’s first year. They are super customizable and have tons of additional pages, including checklists, vision, bill tracker, and more. You can also choose dated and undated pages too.
Clever Fox PlannerBuy Here
This planner is simple and to the point. It comes in daily, weekly or monthly formats, and you can get it in dated or un-dated versions. The design is very minimalist and modern. It has colorful stickers, a pen loop, and an inner pocket to stay organized.
What About Planner Apps?
These paper day planners are sure to keep you organized. But what if you’re not the type of person who likes paper planners? Here are a couple of suggestions for organizational apps you may like instead:
This app is a fancy to-do list. It’s every list maker’s dream come true. Keep track of all your tasks and appointments easily. You can even add comments or contributors to your lists!
Project managers love Trello to stay organized, so why wouldn’t moms? This app lets you create boards for anything you can think of. It also enables you to track all your boards across various platforms. So you can check your to-do list or schedule on your computer, phone, or tablet.
Cozi is a digital family organizing calendar. It comes in a basic free version or an upgraded version with bells and whistles. You can access it across all your platforms, such as your desk or phone.
All of these options are perfect planners for moms. Let us know your favorite or what you would add to the list!