Dreams without Plans are like Unicorns without Horns

dreams without plans

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As much as I’m loath to admit it, life sometimes requires more than just fairy dust and rainbows. It requires a plan of how to reach the rainbow and create the fairy dust. And that’s where a good planner comes in handy. Now, I’ve been looking around for a while (ahem… maybe a few months) and found some of the best out there this year. And I’m going to share the best of the best with you!

First things first – I am a planner snob. I admit it now. I LOVE planners but I’m very particular about how to use them and what they should look like. I started using an academic day planner consistently in high school. Back then we got the planners from our school directly, which was great because it had all the school holidays and block scheduling and other fun events around my high school.

Each year in my Humanities class we would go through and write out all of the lessons for the semester at the very beginning of day one. It was great knowing exactly what was due when, and what I had to look forward to for next 3-4 months. I rather miss those days of knowing exactly what was going to happen. Nowadays, you rarely have full three months planned out in such detail.

It makes it much harder to truly experience each moment when it just glides mindlessly from one to the next.

The thing about being an adult is that it’s not as often punctuated by specific gaps such as semester breaks or long holiday vacations. Unless you have children of course but then that becomes a frantic rush to figure out how to entertain them and keep your sanity for the next three months, rather than looking forward to a break for yourself. It’s hard to look forward to anything when all you have written down is little Johnny’s hockey practice and Suzie’s ballet recital.

Yes, planners keep you organized but they don’t instill that sense of fun just around the corner.

Strangely, since joining the real world of adulthood, I haven’t found a planner quite as helpful as those early days. One that was both functional but added that joy and bit of life to my daily To Do’s. As I was looking around for planners for this year I decided I want to do something different than the old school… day and time logs. I wanted to have not just a day planner but a life planner as well.

The best of the best I found are: The Passion Planner, Daniele LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner and Sage Grayson’s Edited Year Planners. All of these planners have the same concept, that life is more than just what you spend your hours on – it’s also about how you want to live your life.

Passion Planner

downloadThe Passion Planner is just that – a place to map out your passions and how to go after them. My kind of planner! My favorite part is the Passion Roadmap. At the beginning of the planner there’s space to really figure out what you want to do with your year beyond getting through it. There’s instructions that walk you through creating your individual Passion Plan. But they don’t leaving you hanging there. Each month and week section has a quick check in and focus boxes as well as places to write out your main priorities for the month or week, work and personal. At the end of each month there are questions to help you reflect on how things went. And throughout the planner there’s space to doodle, write out random thoughts and inspirational quotes with accompanying challenges to keep you motivated. It’s a great planner that has recently come out in a fancy Gold version or Blue. (I’d take the latter, personally.)

Desire Map

Now, I haven’t actually used the Desire Map planner yet, but I did read the book and loved that, so I’m thinking the planner will be a win as well! Danielle LaPorte brands this as the “holistic DAILY planner… This planning system incorporates your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day.”

Now that’s what I’m talking about! The perfect blend of strive and surrender. Action and reflection. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one and start mapping out my 2016 desires!

Edited Year Planners

2016-Edited-Year-PlannersI’ve been saving the best for last here, with the latest and greatest from Sage Grasyon – her brand spanking new Edited Year Planners! These are probably the most gorgeous planners I’ve seen. Teaming up with Kelly Sorenson to create a visually appealing set of three planners, these babies are jam packed with tons of spaces to reflect, plan and plot all you need in both business and personal life. The planners are broken down in to Business Goals and Life Goals, as well as separate Weekly Calendar.

Following Sage’s Life Editing framework, both the Business and Life Goals planners help clarify all that went well and what didn’t go so well throughout 2015 before diving in to planning for 2016. It’s not only beautiful to look at, but helps you really dig deep in to what you’ve created and what you still want to “edit”. I love how much space there is to write or draw or whatever you need to do to get your thoughts out.

The Weekly Calendar has the usual monthly and weekly views as well as space to reflect on the Life Editing process each month. Finally, the quarterly reviews round out this beauty so you can take stock of the year as it’s flying by, rather than just cramming it all in at the end of December.

Seriously, I love, love, LOVE these planners. They’re fun, cute and oodles of helpful prompts to make your year the best it can be. Get yours today at SageGrayson.com.


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8 thoughts on “Dreams without Plans are like Unicorns without Horns

  1. Hi Dacia!

    So glad I found your blog on Sage’s blog tour! I really enjoyed your review of your favorite planners. I think I remember seeing the other two you mentioned, but love to read first hand reviews from others. I love this time of year with the new year full of promise and possibility just around the corner. My birthday is at the start of the year as well, always extra incentive for me to set goals and try to put the focus on those things I want to accomplish for the coming year. Last year I used Sage’s planner with great success!

    • Dacia Dyer

      Thanks Dana! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I also love planners as well. When I was a kid, I used to print out a calendar on printshop (anyone remember that?!) and color it throughout the last weeks of December. It was so much fun and built my anticipation for the new year! 🙂

      P.S. Happy Birthday soon! 😉

  2. This is an awesome planner post, Dacia! I’m a huge fan of the Passion Planners too because they keep me focused on my most important goals. I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the Edited Year Planners! 🙂

    • Dacia Dyer

      Thanks Sage! It was a lot of fun to go through all my favorites. I’m afraid I’ll be using maybe… 3 next year? We’ll see. I’m going to try and not go crazy here. 😛

  3. First of all, I LOVE the title of this post! 🙂

    Planners definitely need to focus on more than just to-dos. Life is about more than just tasks and productivity. We need to have fun and think about how to go about creating the life we want.
    I used to only write down appointments and work/school tasks. Now I add in fun activities, downtime, dreams and goals, and anything else that makes me excited.

    Sage’s planners are super cute and practical. I really like her approach, especially making room for white space. I’m really interested in the business goals planner. It seems like it could be just what I need to start 2016 off on the right foot.

    • Dacia Dyer

      Awww, Thanks Kirsten! I enjoyed coming up with the title. 🙂

      I totally agree that we need more than just task lists. Definitely making room for white space and self-care should be as big a priority as doing laundry or paying bills!

      I would highly recommend the business goals planner. I felt very discombobulated most of 2015 in my business, so it’ll be nice to start off with clear goals and action steps.

  4. Great review of these planners!! I’ve used both the passion planner and Sage’s planner. Both are really good options. I like anything that allows me to map out my life/biz vision and then plan how I’m going to accomplish it. It really keeps your priorities in order. Thanks so much for this post!


    • Dacia Dyer

      Thanks Jennifer!! I’m glad you like the post! Yes, I definitely need to keep things clear and orderly. I’ve been falling into the trap of distractions and multitasking way too much lately.

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