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Best Planner for 2017


Cover of Ink+Volt Planner

Weekly Outlook Ink+Volt Planner

Weekly Outlook Ink+Volt Planner

March Goals Ink+Volt Planner

31 Day Challenge Ink+Volt Planner

Monthly Goals Ink+Volt Planner

Photography: Molly Schiermeyer

Planner: Ink+Volt

Happy 2017! I feel like the past year flew by. I lived in 2 cities, 3 different apartments & finally ended up with an awesome job. I am so thankful to be where I’m at and starting the year on a high note.

Each year for Christmas my parents gift me a planner. I’ve tested out numerous options and by this point know the style and layout I like (vertical). One of my managers at work introduced me to my choice this year.

This Ink+Volt planner is a goal-setters dream. As a competitive and uber-organized person, I like checklists and goals. This planner allows me to set yearly, monthly and weekly goals! It also has sections for accountability and reflection, which is incredibly important. If I didn’t reach my goal, what were my setbacks? 2016 was so chaotic with a move to Chicago and not knowing where I wanted to be at job-wise. My new planner will keep me focused 🙂 

Last year, I had an Erin Condren planner, which I gifted my best friend this year. I’ve experimented with both her planners and Emily Ley’s. I really thought I’d go for another EC, but the spiral-bound book wasn’t ideal when stuffed into a big purse. This is bound like a book and won’t get caught on anything in my bag and takes up just the right amount of space. I can’t gush enough.

So far, I’ve established my 2017 theme: perseverance. As I was brainstorming thoughts for what I wanted to accomplish in 2017, I realized the reason I didn’t do some things in 2016 was because of my lack of follow-through.

My 2017 Top Goals:

  1. Save $, build up my savings accounts (my mom is calling this “frugal through February”)
  2. Build out my blog
  3. Travel to another country
  4. Take a girl’s trip (we’ve been swapping ideas of Charleston or a cruise for years)
  5. Go the the gym 3x/week

What are your 2017 goals? I was able to set my January goals to reflect these and start off on a good note! I love all the sections of my new planner that allow me to check my progress and review.

My January Goals (My planner titles this a 31-Day Challenge & this reflects my yearly!):

1. Focus on saving not spending

2. Blog 2x/week

3. Meal prep vs. eat out

4. Try 1 new Omaha restaurant (suggestions, please?!)

5. Have one awesome activity for me & my teammate (she’s a 6th grader so this can be tough!)

Happy first week of January! What are you striving towards? The best thing you can invest in this year is YOU.


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  • Reply Polly

    You have wonderful goals for this year! Love the simplicity of your planner!

    January 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Sheila Jo

    I LOVE planners! This looks like a good one, except I prefer a more colorful design. Certainly understand how many people prefer a more understated look on the cover, though! 🙂

    January 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Beth Sanders

    Looks like a really cute planner! Like sheila I also prefer more color, but this looks like it would be great for minimalists! My goals are very similar to yours. We want to buy our first house soon, so growing my blog and saving money is super important!

    January 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Calder Clark

    Come to Charleston and we can dork out and talk about our planners/goals/dreams together- ha!

    January 2, 2017 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply PrintedFeet

    This planner seems incredibly useful! I love the ones that include a page specifically dedicated to monthly or yearly goals. They really help me stay on track with what I want to accomplish within the year. I hope that your goals for the year are accomplished!

    January 3, 2017 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Jade

    I love this planner!! Great goals for January too! Good luck with them 😊

    January 3, 2017 at 1:22 am
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    January 17, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    January 17, 2017 at 7:18 am
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    January 17, 2017 at 7:23 am
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    January 17, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    I have used this planner for almost two years and it is an excellent one! My husband said after the first year that I got more done in 1 year than in over 10 years of marriage. My ADHD brain gets focused on the closest fire and was losing all the important goals. This planner, with it focused weekly reflection, really keeps me on track. If anyone is interested, I’ve written up how I use it and will email it. Just drop me an email at

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