Plan a Productive + Organized Year With These 2021 Planners
There's no better time than the present to start planning your 2021 goals. Whether you're a spontaneous creative or an analytical thinker, planners have evolved to make getting organized fit easily into your lifestyle. But how do find the best one for you? Productivity and organizing pro Melissa Groff of Namastay Organized suggests you start by asking what you want to accomplish with your calendar. "Some goals might be scheduling, goal-achievement, bullet journaling, contact management, or a notebook with free space," Groff explained. "By identifying what you want your calendar to do for you, you can begin looking for a planner geared toward those objectives."
If you want to get fit, increase your wellness, or start your own business, there's a planner for you. Pick a design and customize a planner that emphasizes your specific areas of focus. There are also dateless options and ones for those who just need to know what day it is without the extra frills. Daily, weekly, monthly and more, this list covers it all.
Assistant By Ashley G ($60): This Blue Sky exclusive created by Portland artist Ashley G is meant to provide you with everything you could need to get the most out of your days. The padfolio comes with a bullet grid notebook that you can swap out, a weekly/monthly planner in the center to cover your 2020 year and a bullet grid notepad that's great for brain dumps. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Minted Planner ($23-$26): Choose from a host of covers in these clean and simply designed planners from Minted. Before you checkout, choose whether you'd like your planner to be weekly or monthly and each planner comes with a few stickers to get you started. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Stil 2021 Planner ($50): This dated planner has a minimal design that starts with its partially hidden coils. Each week gets a four-page spread: the first two pages for lists and to-dos, and the next two pages for M-A-E info, great for someone who would like one planner to do the job for work and home.
2021 Papier Planner ($29): If you're looking for a straightforward planner to jot down key appointments and weekly gatherings, the Papier planner is for you. Although it doesn't come with a lot of extras, it's small size will fit nicely among your everyday essentials without weighing down your already bustling workbag. (Swipe for a peek inside)
The Happy Planner 2021 Homebody Seasons ($33): This 12-month planner is geared toward self-care. In addition to dated pages, this vertical layout planner leaves room for self-reflections and intentions to help you stay mindful of your needs throughout the year. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Undated Mini Fitness Happy Planner ($22): This fitness planner will help you stick to your health goals for the new year. The undated layout that allows you to start whenever you're ready too so no rush post-NYE. This planner is all about helping you get stronger with positive mantras, fun stickers, and plenty of room to plan and track your fitness classes and fitness milestones. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Plum Paper Planner ($29 and Up): Not everyone is satisfied with a planner right off the shelf. Some of us need a little more than the standard planner layouts can offer. Enter Plum Paper. With more than 20 layouts in three different sizes, Plum Paper allows you countless options for customization, including the headers on the pages. Lifestyle add-ons ensure that every area of your world is covered. You can even opt to have it sent unbound so you can use your favorite binder or disc system. Your life is unique, and thanks to Plum Paper, your planner can be too. (Swipe for a peek inside)
2021 One-Year PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner ($45): This 12-month planner by Cultivate What Matters is known for their PowerSheets designed to help you dig deep to figure out what you really want out of your upcoming year. This planner also includes goal-coaching on each page and worksheets that help you refocus after each season. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Plum Paper Distance Learning Planners ($24+): Plum Paper extends their customizable options to a variety of teacher and student planners, too. Whether you're teaching preschool, middle school or homeschooling, Plum Paper still gives you control of your layout so you can customize your planner to focus on exactly what you need to stay organized, from lesson plans to supply inventory. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Erin Condren Kids Planner ($28): Have planner sessions with you and your little with the Erin Condren planner for kids. This activity-driven planner helps your kiddo learn about organization while having fun. They can keep track of their soccer games and slumber parties, log their savings, habits and more. Each month has its own activity sheets and inspirational quotes, too. (Swipe for a peek inside)
2021 Marble Dream Planner ($45): A traditional planner with a modern design, the faith-based Dream Planner is a work of art. Lots of white space and thick paper leave room for you to be creative as monthly and weekly scriptures keep you uplifted. The weekly pages include subtle dots, allowing for bullet-like entries in your choice of a horizontal or vertical format. End of month "praise report" pages for reflection and thankfulness keep you encouraged and motivated to continue toward your personal dream. (Swipe for a peek inside)
My Infinite Agenda ($58): Vision boards are a great way to showcase your goals and plans in an unstructured and fully creative way. The Infinite Agenda starts with space for your vision and follows up with questions and prompts for you to further examine what it is you want for yourself. Start your day by writing down what you're looking forward to and end it with gratitude. Continuous affirmations keep you focused as you move closer to achieving your vision. Start and stop anytime with the undated version. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Erin Condren Daily Reminder Life Planner ($55): Build a planner that fits your lifestyle with the Erin Condren Life Planner. From cover to interior layout and color scheme, craft the planner that has everything you need and nothing you don't to aid you in your daily living, hence the name. (Swipe for a peek inside)
The Simplified Planner ($48): The clean design and modern fonts make this one a top choice year after year. The smaller weekly planner is a great take-along item to keep you organized throughout the day. The daily planner offers a more detailed way to break down your day-to-day. With space for checklists and daily to-dos, it's no wonder the Simplified Planner is a popular choice. (Swipe for a peek inside)
The Passion Planner ($30): Another great choice for one looking to do more than just keep a record of their day is the Passion Planner. Available in two sizes, the Passion Planner is a great choice for staying on task is multiple areas of your life. The weekly pages include to-do lists for your personal and work life, and a schedule to break down large goals into a detailed timeline. Areas designated for gratitude and reflection help you celebrate what you've accomplished and make adjustments for future goals. And, if you purchase a Passion Planner, the company will donate one to someone else. (Swipe for a peek inside)
Simple Elephant Planner ($18): Don't let the name deter you: simple does not equal boring in this goal-oriented planner. The Simple Elephant Planner features a clean, high contrast design to help you focus on what's most important — achieving your goals. Focus pages in the beginning of the planner help you clarify your personal targets. The undated weekly and monthly pages mean you can start whenever you want and pick up where you left off in case you get off track. Note your successes, identify your opportunities, and log your progress to keep yourself on task. Extra note pages in the back make it easy to jot down ideas or make checklists to further keep you organized and focused. (Swipe for a peek inside)
The Clever Fox Weekly Planner ($39): There are many options for goal setting planners. Not all include the level of accountability as the Clever Fox. You can break down your main goals into smaller monthly and weekly objectives and include not just your goals, but your rewards for following through. Consecutive months and weeks keep you from flipping back and forth to see your progress. Clever Fox makes it easy to plan on-the-go with the portable A5 size. If you're looking for something larger – go Pro with the desktop version. Choose from many great colors too! (Swipe for a peek inside)
Self Planner ($20): The Self Planner offers an introspective look at your current self while planning for your best self. Similar to other goal-setting planners, this planner begins with encouraging you to write down your major goals and aspirations. It then helps you strategically prioritize the necessary steps in order to accomplish your goals. Because of the level of detail it demands, it only covers six months at a time but you'll be amazed by what it helps you accomplish in that time. (Swipe for a peek inside)
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Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.