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Vicki Norris

Professional Organization Expert

Best Day Planner & Day Planner Organizer

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Part of our job as professional organizers is to help clients learn about time management skills and systems. Being organized is not just about having physical things in the right place; it’s also about getting yourself in the right place at the right time! If you’re constantly racing against the clock, a day planner can be a great tool to help you win the battle.

While technology offers a machine or device for every need, there are still lots of people who would rather stick to the basics when it comes to daily time management. Some might view a paper-based calendar and address system as archaic, but others find it comforting never to have to worry about crashed computers and lost data.

We live in a world of endless choices and selecting a paper-based system from the ever-growing options can be an overwhelming process. But it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to day planners, I’m of the less-is-more theory. Nobody wants to be a slave to their own planner and updating multiple sections of a daily agenda shouldn’t be a full-time job. Keep things simple. You want your system to help you, not own you.

As long as your day planner includes a few basic features, you’re good to go. I recommend choosing a size that is easily portable. When I used a paper system, I used one that could fit in my handbag. To keep the contents streamlined, the only things I needed were a month-in-view page, an address section, and notepaper for keeping track of “to dos” or shopping lists. That’s it. Anything else was wasted on me because I simply didn’t use it.

If you’ve become tied down by your own daily system, or if you’re in the market for a fresh start, remember to take a bit of time to think about what it is YOU need. And what you don’t need. Because when you find the right day planner system that works for you, you can get time back on your side.

Best Day Planners by Vicki Norris

The Best You Can Get

  • Filofax – Classic

    Vicki says: I must admit, the Filofax has a special place in my heart – it was the first “grown-up” agenda I bought when I was eighteen years old. It was well-worn (and well-loved) by the time I had to let it go, but I replaced it with another style from the Filofax family and it served me just as well. This “Classic” organizer is beautiful in its simplicity. Made of Italian leather, the personal size (5¼” x 7¼”) is just right for your desktop or on-the-go needs. And, unlike some of the other planners featured here, Filofox agendas come with the calendar and address pages already inside, thus avoiding an additional charge.

    • Stylish front stitching
    • Available in 5 colors (pink, camel, cherry, black, chocolate)
    • Includes calendar and address pages
    • Multiple features including business card holders and a zippered pocket
  • Day-Timer – Create Your Own Organizer

    Vicki says: Ever dream of being a designer? Well, on the Day-Timer website you can do just that! Creating your own daily organizer is a fun feature and it ensures you’ll get exactly what you want. There are three different sizes and lots of beautiful rich colors to choose from. I selected this vibrant red, desk-sized (5½” x 8½”) Malibu-style binder and filled it with calendar pages, vinyl business card holders and a clear zippered pouch. The one-page-per day calendar refills suit me perfectly, but you can take the time to discover your own needs and design away!

    • Multiple interior pockets hold credit/business cards, I.D., pens and loose coins
    • Decorative magnetic buckle closure
    • Unstructured design bends and flexes to fit almost any bag or purse
  • FranklinCovey Mia Zipper Binder

    Vicki says: Add a dash of flair to your everyday plans with the stylish Mia binder. The two-toned, faux leather cover comes in three colors and three sizes, so you can customize your style as well as your needs. Paper inserts come separately, but as you’d expect from FranklinCovey, the options are endless – from address and daily/weekly planning pages to pages for your “to dos” and “to dones”. Pick and choose your favorite options!

    • Multiple large and small interior pockets
    • Available in black, green, or pink
    • Zippered closure provides security for your contents
  • Day-Timer Pink Ribbon Personal Organizer

    Vicki says: Why just get organized when you can get organized and support breast cancer research at the same time? Day-Timers Inc. donates ten percent of the final sale price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation when you purchase this luxurious binder. In beautiful pink (of course!) leather with contrasting topstitching and interior in chocolate brown, the Pink Ribbon organizer comes with a full-year supply of weekly calendar pages. Choose additional contents, such as address pages or note pages, based on your specific needs.

    • Portable 3¾” x 6¾” size
    • Snap-tab closure with stylish buckle
    • Free matching lipstick holder
  • Filofax – Logic Zip

    Vicki says: This Filofax design is perfect for students or anyone who tends to have lots of small papers in their agenda; the full-close zipper design ensures things won’t get left behind. As with other Filofaxes, the value-priced Logic Zip comes with lots of extras including “to do” sheets and index tabs. The personal size (7¼” x 5¼”) is just right for backpacks, purses, briefcases, or desktops.

    • Includes extras such as notepaper, calendar, address sheets, and ruler
    • Sturdy microfiber black cover
    • Multi-functional “personal” size is 7¼” x 5¼”

You will be happy with any of these

  • Day Runner® Classic Personal Organizer

    Vicki says: Things that are called “classic” are normally labeled as such for good reason – they stand the test of time, style, or function. The Day Runner Classic is no exception. Its simple, straightforward design works for those who may be intimidated by agendas with too many bells and whistles. It’s got what you need – nothing more, nothing less. However, add-on accessories are available, should you feel the need for a little something more.

    • Comes with undated monthly calendar
    • Zippered closure holds contents securely
    • Available in black
    • 5½” x 8½” size
  • At-A-Glance® Standard Diary

    Vicki says: Another option for people who follow the “less-is-more” strategy, the At-A-Glance standard diary provides a lot of bang for not so many bucks. The hardbound vinyl cover makes it especially durable and easy to grab and go. The stylish red, moiré vinyl cover will stand out in your bag or briefcase. Offering a one day-per-page calendar format, this diary provides plenty of room to capture daily meetings, appointments, and tasks. With heavyweight, plain-ruled paper, as well as a telephone/address and monthly expense section, the At-A-Glance will help you keep your days running smoothly.

    • Available in 2 sizes (5¾” x 8¼” or 5” x 7”)
    • Printed on quality recycled paper
    • Yearly calendar from January – December
  • FranklinCovey Phoebe Binder

    Vicki says: How cute is this?! With a coated canvas cover that repels stains and water, the FranklinCovey Phoebe binder will add a little cheer to your daily routine. The inside features several credit/business card slots, two pen loops and a zippered pouch for multiple storage capabilities. And if you’re someone who likes things that match, FranklinCovey also offers organizing pouches in the same colorful striped pattern.

    • Made of easy-care, dirt-resistant material
    • Choose the page contents that work best for your needs
    • Extending snap-tab closure accommodates extra paper
    • Convenient 6¼” x 7½” size
  • russell+hazel SmartDate Set

    Vicki says: Available in two sizes, the Signature SmartDate line from russell+hazel is a chic way to stay on track. Whether you’re looking for a full-size binder to keep on your desktop, or a smaller option for on-the-go needs, these agendas come fully equipped with monthly tabs, weekly calendar planning sheets and a set of adhesive notes. Additional pages and accessories are also available.

    • Comes in either 3-ring binder or smaller, mini binder size
    • Choose from 7 fashionable colors
  • Day Runner® Express Organizer

    Vicki says: With a thin profile, flexible design, and lightweight styling, this trim organizer is perfect for the office, home and travel. Available in a variety of sizes, its durable and eye-catching red cover resists wear and tear. (It also comes in black.) Multiple accessory and interior storage pockets provide lots of room for all of your “bits and pieces” and the zippered cover ensures they’ll stay inside.

    • Includes monthly calendar and telephone/address directory
    • Refillable for continued use
    • Classic size is 8 ½” x 5 ½”

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