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The Daily Dish Back to School

Want to Be More Organized This School Year? These Planners Are Key


By Katie Leahy

For me, back-to-school season really means back to schedules and back to constantly feeling like I am forgetting something. Between work deadlines, the kids’ sports practices and games, school events, doctor appointments, and so on, I often feel like my head is spinning and I am scrambling nearly every minute of the day.  

Like a lot you, I am visual person, which means I like to see my month’s activities all at once via a wall calendar hanging in my kitchen, where I jot down the year’s activities as they arise. Yeah, sorry Millennials, that Google calendar or so-hot-right-now planning app just doesn’t cut it for this old gal. But taking my giant calendar to the hair salon to make my next highlight appointment seems a bit crazy, too, which is why I recently embraced the beloved planner.

Comprised of layouts that are easy to view, planners are A#1 because they are organized, they are portable, they have extra space for to-do lists and YES,  they are easy on the eyes!  Below, I’ve rounded up the 11 prettiest and most useful planners to kick your school year off on the right note. Here’s to being the most organized girl on the block this 2017-2018 school year.

Emily Ley Paper 2017-2018 Academic Daily Simplified Planner

Although called the Simplified Planner, this planner is anything but plain and simple. With its gold foiled cover and binding it has the bells and whistle to ensure a pretty yet highly functional layout which includes sturdy Mylar tabs, an interior pocket and sticker sheet. The Academic Daily edition is dated August 2017 to July 2018 and covers 12 months to start fresh with the new school year.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $58

Day Designer for Blue Sky 2017-2018 Academic Year Daily & Monthly Planner

Donning a preppy blue and white striped cover this July 2017 to June 2018 academic planner is not only a planner but also a source of motivation with inspirational quotes throughout—who doesn’t love (and need) that?  In addition to the monthly view and personal, financial and spiritual goal lists, the daily view features an hourly schedule, top three priority items and a to-do list. Did I mention this planner is printed with soy-based ink on premium, acid-free, recycled paper, making it an environmental friendly choice as well? Organized and eco-friendly = winning!

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $16.99-$24.99

Bloom Daily Planners 2017-18 Academic Year Daily Planner

The Bloom planners features matte film lamination making the gorgeously colorful covers flexible yet durable.  Petite in sizeat 6-inches by 8.25-inches, this one is perfect to throw in your purse and we love that it has front and back cover pockets, monthly tabs, reflection questions and goal tracking.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $16.95

Kate Spade New York Medium 17-Month Agenda

Living up to Kate Spade’s mantra—Live colorfully! —this floral planner does not disappoint. With sections for important contacts and additional pages for miscellaneous lists, ideas, and notes, it also includes is weekly and monthly layouts with laminated dividers and a girly ribbon marker.

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $30

Paper Source 2017-2018 Mini Booklet Planner

If you are looking for a simple yet stylish planner the Mini Booklet is your jam.  Including 17 months of coverage, it also has yearly views and extra pages for notes. Done and done.

BUY FROM: PaperSource, $9.95

Intelligent Change Productivity Plan Journal

Need a boost your productivity levels this upcoming school year? Look no further than this planner from Intelligent Change. Crazy-efficient, this planner is based upon the Productivity Principles and Supported Goals Research, which has you rate your productivity at the end of each day. Get it done, people!

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, $26

Our Heiday Charlie Agenda Notepad

If you prefer to organize one week at a time, this weekly notepad is the perfect fit. Coming with 50 pages and a chic border you can plan your days with an easy layout and keep it with you in a space as small as your wallet!

BUY FROM: Anthropology, $20

Lilly Pulitzer 2017-2018 Large Agenda

With four brightly colored covers to choose from, this Lilly planner comes complete with a front pocket, tabs to divide sections which include dates to celebrate, travel, contacts, and a fun page of stickers to help mark your calendar for dates to look forward to such as girls’ nights, birthdays and vacation.

BUY FROM: Lilly Pulitzer, $30

KIKKI.K Medium Leather Planner

This sophisticated yet fun leather planner comes with an 18-month calendar, handy elastic pen holder, multiple pockets, seven customizable tabbed sections and a mini to-do pad just to name a few! 

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $74.95

Orange Circle Studio 2018 Monthly Pocket Planner

Let’s face it, not every day is rainbows and lollipops, so sometimes we need a cheerful reminder—and if that comes in the form of a planner that says, “Hello gorgeous,” to us every morning, then we’re okay with that. Covering August 2017 to December 2018, this one is small at 4.5-inches by 6.5-inches and has pockets and handy mini-calendars showing the previous and following months on each page.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $7.99 Design 17 Month Planner

In case your husband, family or friends haven’t noticed, this planner will let them know—You’re Very Busy! Mixing monthly and weekly views—the best of both worlds!—we like this planner for it’s helpful pockets, elastic closure and cutie stickers.
BUY FROM: Amazon, $29.70

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