Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Planner You Want for 2016
I love planners. Love them. I like having a tangible, pen-to-paper, flip-through-able planner for collecting my thoughts, to do items, deadlines, birthdays, and reminders.
Sure, I use my Google calendar for scheduling. It’s easy to add appointments on the fly since I almost always have my phone with me and I would definitely be lost without the dinging sound to remind me that something is coming up.
But my everyday tasks and intentions go in my planner. It helps me tick through my day and make sure the big important stuff gets done.
In 2014 I used the Erin Condren planner—perky, colorful, spiral-bound, with tabs to divide the months, and both monthly and weekly page layouts. That was definitely a good choice.
This year (2015) I went for Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner—sleek, hard cover, with monthly and daily pages. But those daily pages? Those are special. Each day left space at the top for me to write my core desired feelings (ease and usability, comfort, kindness, sacred in the everyday), a section for lists which I used for my to-do’s and appointment reminders, then a declarations section, which is where the real magic began.
The declarations section had space to set intentions for different aspects of life: livelihood & lifestyle, body & wellness, creativity & learning, relationships & society, essence & spirituality. It asked what I was grateful for, what I wanted to experience, who I wanted to serve, and with whom I wanted to connect. These little prompts started my days off in the right frame of mind.
Between each month there were more prompts to review what went well and what didn’t from the previous month and to refocus on goals and overall intentions.
The Desire Map Planner isn’t just an agenda; it’s a navigator. Am I on the right path? Am I working toward the right things? For the right reason?
If you aren’t already familiar with Danielle LaPorte, she’s pretty amazing at helping you unlock your true desires. She’s also amazing at designing things. She has been asking Desire Map Planner users all year what they liked, what they wished it had, what they want more or less of, and she used all of that to redesign it for 2016.
It still combines lists and calendars and intention-setting prompts, but this year it is spiral bound. And you can choose from daily or weekly pages depending on how you prefer to plan. And it’s beautiful.
I’ve already ordered mine and can’t wait to organize myself with it in the coming year. Until then, I am still filling up my 2015 Desire Map Planner. This planner and I have been through a lot together this year and it’s still helping me take on the day.
Check it out here if you are looking for an amazing planner for 2016. I imagine it also probably makes a great gift.
Disclaimer: The links in this post are affiliate links. This is a product I have used (and currently use) from a person who consistently puts out high-quality kick-butt stuff. I share these links because I truly use and love Danielle LaPorte’s work, books, and planners.