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Hi, I'm Neyssa

if you’ve been following me for any amount of time at all you may see that I’m a major organizational nerd. There’s nothing like a pack of color coding stickers, a planner, and cute pens to get my all excited.

Over the years I have tried many different kinds of planners. Daily, weekly, monthly, paper, digital, you name it. I have tried different brands and spent too much time researching types, looks, and what the “best” kind of planner is.

If you’re curious about planner types, I may just be able to help you. Instead of breaking down all of the different brands of planners, I’m going to share my the planner that I’ve used for the past 3 years.

Before I begin I should add that when searching for the right planner for you start with how you use your planner. What do you like to keep track of? Do you carry it with you often (size might matter then)? And what types of things do you like to write in your planner? (Do you write only appointments and commitments, or do you like to include daily to-dos, grocery lists and meal planning ideas?). Breaking down how you best would use a planner will help you decide which is best for you.

Okay, ready for my Friday Favorite – Planner Edition?

Plum Paper is my favorite planner for both my personal life and business.

Each year I purchase TWO (yes you read that correctly) planners from Plum Paper. I use one to track all of my commitments, my monthly and weekly goals, and my regular to-do list. The second one I use for all of the content planning in my business.

The beauty of Plum Paper is that they have so many options to customize your planner, making it just right for you.

For my personal calendar I can get the larger size with and the “Vertical Priorities” design. It gives me a full month layout, with weekly spreads where I can list my top 3 tasks for each day (for both my business AND my personal life), while having plenty of room for weekly goals, a habit tracker, reminders for the day and extra to-dos for each day.

For my business content calendar I get the smaller sized “Monthly Pages Only” planner while adding lined pages each month. These journal pages I use to outline blog topics, write ideas for Reels, keep a list of newsletters to send and more.

It may have taken me a few years to figure out exactly what works for me, but having these planners has helped me stay organized in business and life.

Do you love a good planner? Have you found one you can’t live without? Or maybe are you still looking for the right one? Try my tips above to determine the right style and then check out Plum Paper to see if they have a design that fits you.

***This is not a sponsored post nor do I make any commission from you purchasing Plum Paper Planners. It is truly a product I use daily and love and hope my recommendations will simply inspire you to keep searching if your planner isn’t working for you.

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