Let’s face it – all moms are working moms. We work hard every day and we need a planner that is meant for working moms. A planner that gets you and will make life easier.
Yes there are tons of free planner pages on Pinterest that anyone can print out and slap into a binder. If that’s what works for you then awesome. I’m not that mom. I love the feel of a good planner with nice thick pages because for me, a planner is more than just a calendar. It becomes something I can look back through and reference in years to come.
Over the years I’ve researched a ton of planners. For this article I’ve also asked other moms what they use. Here are the results of great planners for mom in 2020. I start with my top favorites, then move into runners-up — but first, let me tell you how these planners were judged.
My Top 3 Personal Requirements of a Great Planner
1. The Layout of the planner has to make sense
This is my first and foremost criteria of a great planner. To make my list of the best, the planner has to make sense and shouldn’t take me more than a few seconds to figure out how to use it.
How many times have you looked through a planner or organizer only to discover you are totally lost as to how it actually functions?
I have done this a lot of times.
I see a great planner. I fall in love. I open it. And I’m totally confused. Once inside I struggle to figure out how to use it. It reminds me of back before I was married and I was in the single dating world. So many times I’d see a cute guy, then then he’d open his mouth and make no sense….. Next!
Everything about the planner can be great, but if it’s not user-friendly and it doesn’t make sense, then it’s totally not worth it. Am I right? Of course! So this is the first criteria of a great planner in my opinion. It has to be user-friendly and just plain make sense!
2. The planner needs to be quality material
Nothing drives me more bonkers than ordering a planner online. Waiting patiently for it to arrive. Rip open the packaging. Pull it out. Only to find it is made of garbage material.
I can’t tell you how many times I have ordered planners that arrive with super thin pages, or cruddy thin covers, or spiral binding that breaks.
I need a planner that is sturdy! I’m sure you do too. We are busy moms and we don’t have time to mess around.
3. The planner has to be budget friendly
Let’s face it, any time we can save a few bucks is a really great thing. Enough said!
Now that you know the criteria are used, let’s see which planners stand up to my criteria.
In my opinion, these are the 3 best planners for a busy mom.
The Best Planners for Moms
The Panda Planner claims to be scientifically designed to make you happier and more productive. It’s is all about accountability, guiding you through setting monthly, weekly, and daily priorities and goals.
The company says “This planner will help you get more done and feel happier or we’ll give you your money back, it’s that simple.” I have been using this planner for a couple of months now – I purchased the undated version so I could dive into it early. I love the daily accountability and reflection it provides. It allows me to go to bed and wake up focused on what I need to get done.
There are other “animal” planners on Amazon but this one is the original.
The Law of Attraction Planner is the planner I used for two years and loved it. I only switched because I needed a planner to fit in my purse, and I needed more daily accountability.
It’s promoted as being a planner & life coach all in one. It teaches the 8 simple steps to master the secret behind the law of attraction.
This planner is based on principles from well known author and thought leader Bob Proctor. This planner also sells out fast so if you want this planner at a great price, NOW is the time to get it!
It has plenty of flexibility for family and business.
More than a daily planner, Passion Planner increases productivity by organizing your life to focus on your goals. All-in-one appointment calendar, journal, daily and weekly log. This is why so many people love the Passion Planner.
This planner is very similar to the Attraction Planner I mentioned. I used the Passion Planner for many years but some things always bothered me. I felt that the daily hours started too late for me ended too early. Also there are some great areas for jotting down ideas but it always felt lagging to me in that I wanted a planner to actually help me set and attain goals (like the Attraction planner). If those two things don’t matter to you then the Passion Planner may be right for you.
The Happy Planner® is a customizable disc-bound planner system that combines your love for creativity with your need for organization. You can start with just the planner, my personal favorite is this one with the llama – I love llamas. Or go all in and get a creativity kit that comes with the planner, stickers, washi tape and other fun stuff to get creative.
The Happy Planner was created by a mom-and-daughter duo who shared a love for scrapbooking. It first launched in the Spring of 2015 and has gained in popularity every year.
Other great planners
Here are some more great planners that didn’t make the top of my list, but you might find you enjoy them and they suit you and your needs perfectly. They are well-loved by countless moms and therefore do deserve to be on this blog post too – check them out!
Ann Knapp Christian Family Organizer – It’s functional and inspirational.
Chaos Coordinator Planner – Clean simple layout for the mom who loves minimalism.
Mom’s Family Wall Calendar – This planner is actually a family wall calendar that is helpful for the entire family to get organized and allows mom to easily multi-task.
GoGirl Budget Planner – If you’re looking to organize your finances while planning your new year then the GoGirl Budget Planner might be the right fit for you.
Reminder Binder – this is a favorite of a lot of moms and almost made the top of my list except that I’m not a huge fan of planner binders. But a lot of moms love this one so I may have to do a review on it soon!
Tools4Wisdom – Comes in a variety of styles and filled with useful tools and gorgeous pictures to organize your life.