Happy new year, mamas! There’s nothing like starting the new year off fresh and optimistic. I always have plans of being extra organized and on top of all 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 who has a thousand different 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 organization 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 pages throughout the planner.
A defining feature is the extensive goal planning space at the beginning of the planner. You can map out 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, and are made for both the academic and calendar year.
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 a wide variety of beautiful, interchangeable covers or upload your own 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.Buy Here
Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner
Simplified Planner is aptly named because the layout is just that – simple. If pre-labeled sections make you feel anxious, this planner is a great option. It has plenty of space for writing out timed appointments and to do’s, as well as a large blank section 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.Buy Here
This is an ultimate customizable planner that is perfect for moms. Purple Trail offers several planners sizes and page layouts, including daily, weekly, and monthly designs which you can choose vertical or horizontal styles. We love that you can choose your favorite cover or design for yourself with your name and even a collage of your photos. It’s also great that you can customize sections with your kids’ names and add up to 4 additional page sections, like note pages, “to-do” lists, checklists, nutrition trackers, travel itineraries, and more. Choose the add ons that are best for you!Buy Here
There was a recent discussion in my mom friend group about planners, and there were a ton of 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.Buy Here
Bloom Planners has a planner for everything–from daily and weekly planners to planners for pregnancy and baby’s first year. They are super customizable and have tons of additional pages that include checklists, vision pages, bill tracker page, and more. You can also choose dated and undated pages too.Buy Here
Clever Fox Planner
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 comes with colorful stickers, a pen loop, and an inner pocket to stay organized.Buy Here
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 basically a really 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 keep track of all your boards across various platforms. So you can check your to-do list or schedule on your computer or your phone or tablet.
Cozi is a digital family organizing calendar. It comes in a basic free version or an upgraded version with a bunch of 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 which one is your favorite or what you would add to the list!
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