it’s okay to start late

choosing a planner for 2014

last week i shared about my one word for 2014. i shared some of my goals for the year too. at the time i had not decided on my new 2014 planner.
i know what you are thinking, i probably should have thought of these things before the new year.
well i didn’t and now i am so drop it.
i spent the better part of yesterday evening searching planners online. i read reviews, i pondered prices, and i even designed a few custom covers, just in case.

i need a planner that will work for my whole family. there are 5 of us, and the calendar can get full, fast. i am not extremely picky about my planner but did have a few must-have requirements:
– under 50.00 BEFORE shipping
– a two page monthly calendar spread
– cute cover
– daily calendar pages
– has extra space for added notes/meal schedule

originally i wanted a planner that worked for our family schedule and my blog schedule, but i decided i like to keep those two separate. or i’ll get too overwhelmed. By the end of the evening i had chosen a family planner and a blog planner.

for our family, i chose a super cute planner from Plum Paper Designs.

plum paper planner 2014

friends i am so geeked about this planner. the cover is fun and it included all of my requirements..
per their website:
– This is a 12 MONTH REGULAR PLANNER that can begin in ANY month you choose.
– Planner Size: 7.5″ x 9″
– Clear Frost Plastic Cover
– Personalized Name on Cover
– Week, Month, and Year-at-a-glance pages
– 2 Notes Pages Per Month
– Contacts Page
– Holidays
– 2 Sided Pocket Folder

2014 daily plum paper planner

i had mine start in feb. BAM, no wasted month since i started late in choosing a calendar. problem solved.

as for my blog planner, i happened to run across one last night that i am eager to start using. I had not idea that my friend, Jacqueline Ernst had just created one. It has EVERYTHING you need to keep track of our blogging goals and more.

2014 blog planner

2014 planner for your blog

did i mention it’s very affordable? Since it’s a PDF, i will send it to office max to be printed and bound, once we are out of this winter storm. I did print January’s pages at home just to get started!

okay it’s your turn, show me what planners you are using this year…

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  1. Christine Presto says:

    I love the ability to choose the spreads you want in your calendar – I am an organization freak so it is a great option! I don’t have huge requirements on a daily basis, just me, so I have been using the same calendar brand from Barnes and Noble for a few years – it is just enough and not too confusing!

  2. Super cute binders. Can’t wait to get myself completely organized.

  3. OMG I love my Plum Paper Planner! It’s amazing, and I love that you can choose the start month! And very affordable!♥ I added extra note pages cause I make 5 million notes all the time!

    Found you from the Kate Spade giveaway♥
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  4. Love the Plum Paper Designs one, I posted about it, too! I ended up getting an Emily Ley planner, I can’t WAIT!

  5. I ordered my planner from Plum Paper this year. I am SO ready for it to get here! I can’t wait to start using it.
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  6. That pattern is really cute! I love the Chevron. I really need to get started on my 2014 schedule.
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  7. I’m using one I found at staples, perfect for what I wanted
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  8. Very cute binders! I’ve already got my planner for this year, but I love looking at other planners!

  9. Ooooh…I love that daily planner! I’ve been needing a new one, and there are so many pretty ones in her shop! I don’t know which one to get!
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