One of the ways I create an inspiring life for myself is by managing stress levels and the way I do this is by having an organized mind. I like to keep things in there nice and tidy, meaning that I don’t just hold on to all my thoughts, ideas and planning in my head. Channeling our mental activity down on paper (or computer) is the best way to get clarity and not feel overwhelmed. My go-to resources to do this are Google Docs, Evernote (you need this app now!) as well as stylish calendars and planners.
I appreciate all the above four equally, but I have the most fun with the calendars and planners because they are physical entities which represent an opportunity to bring something beautiful into my daily routine. Like with everything in my life, these tools must be stylish and inspiring to use. I like keeping them in plain sight since I need them everyday so they have to fit nicely in my environment.
I wanted to share my favourite calendars and planners so that you can start planning for 2016 as the New Year approaches (yup, there’s no denying it) and I’ve also included a few downloadable planners that can be used during the last two months of 2015.
An Organized Life
Beck Wadworth at An Organized life has impeccable taste. This planner is so chic from the custom black box with leather details, to the An Organized life pen and polka dot ribbon bookmark. Planner features include: a week per double page spread, monthly overview calendar at the start of each month, 2015 & 2016 yearly overview, extra notes pages throughout the planner and People in my life & Lust list pages at the end. Price: $49.95 AUD (shipping to Canada cost me $20.00 AUD) Purchase planner
You’ve probably had occasion to read how crazy I am about The Collective. Everything they create is inspiring, from their magazine, Lisa Messenger’s (the founder) books and now this rockin’ 2016 diary. Planner features include: 2 days per page spread, extra note pages in every month, fun graphics and inspiring quotes peppered throughout the book (this is why I love it so much). Price: $19.95 AUD (plus $2.60 tax and $25.00 shipping to Canada). Purchase planner
This downloadable calendar is so stylish and at $8.00 AUD it’s a bargain compared to the price you would pay to buy a printed calendar in store. Plus, have you even seen a calendar this gorgeous in store? Not me… Download calendar
Harley Quinn & Co
Erin, founder of Harley Quinn & Co is so wonderful. Not only is she super talented and creates the most inspiring designs but she has a big heart too. She is giving the option to either download two different 2016 calendar designs for free or pay $2.00 AUD to donate to a good cause. 100% of the money raised from the purchases of both of her Two Thousand & 16 Calendars & weekly planner (featured below) will be donated to the World Animal Protection, so that we can do our little bit to help end the suffering of, and promote the protection of animals.
Ink spot 2016 calendar (featured above)
PRINTABLE PLANNERS FOR 2015-2016
Harley Quinn & Co weekly planner
This type of weekly planner is super practical. You can print one sheet at time or multiple copies for the month ahead. It’s visually inspiring which is a must for me and is perfect to jot down the key highlights of your week (birthdays, appointments, etc). Download the weekly planner (make sure you click the blue Download button in the top right corner of Drop Box or you won’t see lines in your planner!).
Danielle Laporte Desire Map monthly planner
Danielle Laporte is the creator of The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map. She’s a speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist. She writes weekly at DanielleLaPorte.com, a site that’s been deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” (source: DanielleLaporte.com). Danielle offers a ton of great resources to create an inspiring and organized life. She calls this type of planning “soulful scheduling” which I love.
I’ll be writing a post on many of her offerings which include a gorgeous 2016 Desire Map planner but until then you can download this monthly planner sheet for November. If she shares one for December (I’ve asked her and am waiting to hear back), I’ll be sure to pass it on to you via the Red Fairy Project’s Facebook page (which I hope you are following and if not, join now!).
So there you go. Some great tools to get your head clear and life organized. There’s nothing more satisfying than feeling like we have it together. I hope you enjoy these resources as much as I do and let me know in the comments below if you have any precious tricks to stay organized!