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#PlannerCRUSH – 2021 Year In Review

#PlannerCRUSH – 2021 Year In Review

We are so excited to share our “#PlannerCRUSH” – 2021 Year In Review. Throughout the year, we have featured a variety of planning styles and systems from some amazing creators and planners in our community. Everything from decorative to functional or colorful to minimal, each of them has their own unique style and inspiration to share. We have enjoyed spotlighting each and every one of them and look forward to a new year of planning and creativity with all of you!


Here is a recap of 2021:











Be sure to follow along for more inspiration and check out all of these amazing creators.  Looking forward to 2022!

Prepping For The New Year – An Interview with Laken Edwards

Prepping For The New Year – An Interview with Laken Edwards

‘Tis the season… for reflection and goal setting. Although we all know there is nothing magical about January 1st, there is a definite aura that surrounds the new year. However, ditching your current goals now is not the best way to prepare for the year ahead. In fact, it’s more about maintaining consistency and routines that will help you start the new year off on the right foot. 


As we wrap up yet another challenging year and put pen to paper, it’s less about progress and wins and more about energy and momentum in these final weeks. Keeping up that steady pace will not only boost your confidence but also help you ease into the new year and new goals. 


We chatted with Laken of @planwithlaken to get some advice on preparing yourself for the new year, what setting the “right goals” looks like plus all the amazing ways she is helping others work towards their goals. 



  • Rule number one – momentum!!! As we approach the end of the year, it’s more about maintaining consistent action instead of progress when it comes to your goals. Starting the year off with momentum will take you further than relying on motivation and new year magic. 


  • Don’t overwhelm yourself with setting the “right goals”. We all put a lot of pressure on ourselves to pick the perfect goals and struggle with comparison. The only “right goals” are the news that you can take action on right now. Adjustments and pivots can be made throughout the year. 

  • Stay focused on “your why”.  Goals are very personal and it is important to know your why and set your own path. It’s ok to look for inspiration but then move on. There is no one single way to achieve a goal, even if it’s the same goal. We all have different circumstances and therefore our journeys will look different even if the destination is the same. 

  • Find “joy” in your goals. Goals are not something that should put a ton of restrictions on your life. We set goals to get closer to the life we ultimately want.  Remember to look for joy, whether it’s in the process or the completion. 

  • Blank space is “ok” and actually good for you. Get comfortable with blank space in your goals, goal planner and calendar. We can’t do it all and should not feel guilty about giving ourselves blank space to rest, breath, reset and find clarity. That said, make sure to schedule time for your goals as well as having intentional blank space. 
Plan with Laken
Plan with Laken
Plan With Laken



Laken’s passion for goals is so inspiring and contagious. Over the last year, she has taken that passion full time and left her 9 to 5 to pursue an entrepreneur life focused on goals and coaching. She now offers several ways to work alongside her with some exciting new options for 2022: 


  • Free ongoing YouTube content. Laken currently publishes three weekly videos on her YouTube channel focused around goal content, time management, planning and more.  This also includes her weekly live Q & A where you can interact and get answers to your questions on a variety of topics. 


  • The Accelerate Your Goals course, which Laken has taught live previously, will transition into a self-paced DIY course in the new year to help you work through the common roadblocks when it comes to achieving your goals. 


  • Goals with Laken Patreon Community offers multiple tiers to join and connect with other like-minded goal setters to help keep yourself accountable as well as be encouraged and guided through the goals process. 


  • One-on-one Coaching is a personalized eight week program where you work one-on-one with Laken on a particular goal in your life. It encompasses everything from setting the goal to breaking down the action steps to accountability calls and more. There is a limited number of spots available each time. 


  • Group Coaching is something new that is coming for 2022. This offers some of the same benefits as the one-on-one program but in a small group setting. It is also an eight week program with limited spots available each time. 


For more information and inspiration, be sure you are following Laken @planwithlaken in all the places.





The Haul List – Wall Calendars

The Haul List – Wall Calendars

The Haul List is here! Our ongoing series that features products we are loving, find helpful or just total must-haves. Whether it’s newly released or a well-loved community favorite – be sure to check out these goodies. 


The new year is just around the corner and one thing that has been on our list is wall calendars. With all the busy holiday prep and new planner set up, purchasing a wall calendar for the new year is often a last minute decision. So many of us love having them hanging in our homes and offices all year long. Whether decorative and colorful or functional and simple, they are a great tool for staying focused, planning ahead and even make great gifts. 


So as we get ready to turn the page to 2022, we wanted to share some of our recent favorites:

Planner’s Guide – Benefits Of Using An “All In One” Goal Planner

Planner’s Guide – Benefits Of Using An “All In One” Goal Planner

Let’s face it, we all could use some extra motivation and accountability when it comes to staying on track and achieving our goals. Research has shown that keeping your goals top of mind and being consistent is the best way to make progress. That’s why so many brands have started to incorporate goal setting tools within their planner designs. 


Goals are not a set it and forget kind of thing. Monthly, weekly and even quarterly check-ins can really be very impactful in determining your success. Combining these resources with daily planning plus assessments, reflection pages, vision boards and roadmap pages is the best way to help you get started and keep on going. This “all-in-one” approach provides a structure that guides you through the goal setting process, helps you break them down as well as track your progress.


The first benefit of an “all-in-one” system is just that – it’s ONE! Finding the best planner to use for the new year can be overwhelming for some, never mind trying to find more than one. So choosing a system that meets as many needs and goals as possible takes the stress out of finding and keeping up with multiple planners. 


Here are a few others: 


Accountability – If you tend to need accountability to stay focused and meet deadlines the ongoing prompts throughout the year are a great way to remind you of what you are working towards. 

Consistency – Consistency is the thing that enables you to make progress even when you lack motivation. We tend to be all systems go at the beginning of the year but that drive can wane over time and building consistent daily rhythms and routines around your goals in your planner is so helpful. 

Progress – Documenting your progress, little by little, along with your wins is easier to do when it’s right in front of you. Plus, it’s a huge boost to have that proof cheering you on in black and white or blue and white (depending on your pen choice). 

Community – Many “all-in-one” goal setting planners also have a loyal following of users or community groups which can also be a great source of motivation and inspiration. 


The process of goal setting is different for everyone so finding the right system can be challenging. There are options from very simple to very detailed, here are a few to explore:


Go Getter Girl Co

Go Getter Girl Co  

– Monthly, weekly and daily planning pages (six months)

– Monthly vision boards

– Personal development daily tools

– Morning routine creation 

– Life assessments and life coaching pages

MakseLife Goal Planner

MäkseLifē (digital version available)

– Monthly and weekly planning pages

– Vision board

– Life Compass assessments for life categories 

– Goal setting coaching pages

– Monthly and weekly check-ins

– Weekly Reflections

– Quarterly Assessments 

Passion Planner

Passion Planner (digital version available)

– Monthly & weekly planning pages

– Passion Roadmap

– Monthly reflection pages

– End of year reflection pages 

Unbound Planner


– Monthly & weekly planning

– Guided self reflection

– Goal timeline

– Vision board 

– Goal brainstorming pages

– Goal breakdown pages

– Project planning pages

– End of year reflection 


Inkwell Press Goal Planner

Inkwell Press (additional goal insert available) 

– Monthly and weekly planning pages

– Goal setting pages

– Mission boards

– Habit trackers

Amplify Planner

Amplify (digital version available)

– Monthly, weekly and daily planning pages (3 months)

– Life categories evaluation 

– Goal setting/breakdown page

– Quarterly evaluation and reflection pages

Full Focus Goal Planner

Full Focus

– Monthly and daily planning pages

– Weekly and quarterly previews

– Goal detail breakdown pages

Hemlock & Oak

Hemlock & Oak (digital version available)

– Monthly & weekly planning pages

– Self reflection, introspection and value pages

– Goal and habit creation pages

– Ideal week page

– Monthly intentions/planning pages

– Monthly review pages 

Commit 30 Goal Planner

Commit 30 (available digital)

– Monthly & weekly planning pages 

– Vision planning for life categories 

– 30 day goal focus and tracking 

Ink And Volt Goal Planner

Ink & Volt (digital version available)

– Monthly and weekly planning pages

– Roadmap pages

– Goal timeline

– Goal setting pages

– Monthly goal pages

– 30 day challenges

– Reflections and accomplishments

More options: Dream Planner, Whitney English, Planned & Proper, The Fabulous Planner and She Plans


When choosing a planner or goal setting system, always consider the season you are in to help you set realistic goals that will inspire you to keep making progress, challenge yourself and grow towards being the best version of yourself.  

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