{Question} Planners and Organizers for Writers: Yes or No?

I’ve been looking into buying a new planner, since my old one died at the first of August and it’s something I need. However, I’ve been having a hard time finding one I like and I’m curious to know:

How many of you are using day planners?

What are your favorite formats? Monthly? Weekly? Daily? Horizontal or vertical?

What do you look for when you choose a day planner?

23 thoughts on “{Question} Planners and Organizers for Writers: Yes or No?

  1. I used to be a dedicated Franklin Planner gal – loved the bags and gadgets that came with their usually fun and diverse planner pages. I’d used the daily and weekly versions, always in the binder format at the 5×8 size. But the expense got to be a bit much. I also needed a system that fit more closely with how I wanted to live my life. So, I designed my own :-). We are creative types after all.


    • My dad is a fan of the Franklin planners but I never did get into using one. Too much space that I didn’t need at the time. Now I probably need the space. LOL I’m looking into making my own also. I need more organized look at my day then what I’ve been using. I’d love to hear more about how you created your planner pages.


      • I created it based on the advice of a woman in the self-help (? – is it more than that these days) business, Ms. Danielle LaPorte (you can find a link to my fav program of hers on my blog, The Desire Map). She based it on some advice she’d gotten from a fellow guru – I forget his name. Anyway, I found the process to be a great approach to planning but of course, there wasn’t a pre-printed system to go along with it, so I combined the Desire Map and her planning advice and produced my planner.

        Already though, I notice I want to tweak it to incorporate a writing project schedule. I’ll wait until December though to do the revamp.

        I’d love to share more detail, pictures even. Just drop me a line with any other questions :-).


        • I would love to see the pictures of it! I’ve been searching the Internet for ideas for my planner for weeks now. My temporary one is just a notebook that I divide into days with space at the bottom for notes. It works but there is so much I’m missing that I want in it and writing and rewriting reoccurring entries isn’t fun for my hand. 😦 I fleshed out a draft of what I want and posted it on my blog last night, then proceeded to print out 4 copies in various sizes and layouts (portrait, landscape, one page per week and two pages per week.) It turned out better than I thought it would and now I can use each copy in the coming weeks and see which works best for me. πŸ˜€


  2. Close to never, but I’m thinking of looking into one that will go with my Kindle. I don’t read from my Kindle unless I have too though. I think I’d like the comfort of knowing that it’s always close by. πŸ™‚


  3. I do the Google calendar and print it out and have it next to my computer. Plus, you have it on any other mobile device if you need to look at it during times away from your desk. I admit if I am in a bookstore I will buy cute little planners. Can never have too many…;)


  4. I use a pocket moleskine for my planner. Slips into my purse and never needs a battery. I also use Filofax agendas as organizing tools for my writing and other projects that I want to track. I love paper and will never go back to electronic based planning again.


  5. Sadly I don’t use one. I have a combination of notepads and then I use labels in my email to keep track of what I’m doing with various projects – a sad method, I know, but it takes me so long to set up planners that it becomes inefficient, LOL!


  6. I do try to keep a schedule when I finally get my hooks into a working project. I use a yearly datebook so that I can plan a daily or weekly writing schedule & pencil in appointments & other things I need to remember. I like to keep the stuff in front of me on paper. Also, I’m more apt to follow a written schedule.



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