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15 Calendars + Books to Help You Get Organized

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 - Books we love

If getting organized is your goal for the season, but you're struggling on how to get started, look no further. This list of 15 desk jotters, planners, and books will get you into shape in no time!

1. Building My Empire 17-Month Large Planner 2019

Building My Empire: because every #bossbabe needs a planner to help her conquer the year. It’s super fun, it’s colorful, it’s customizable—it’s everything you need to make this year your best yet. And because stickers make everything better, it’s filled with 1,300+ original stickers, plus other awesome goodies (including a sparkly pouch for storing love notes and pencils!).



2. Every Day Is Epic

In this one-year guided journal from artist Mary Kate McDevitt, every entry sparks creativity and self-reflection with inspiring prompts, upbeat affirmations, and interactive doodles. With quirky humor and vibrant illustrations, Every Day Is Epic is a celebration of the adventures, discoveries, and joys that make your life uniquely epic.



3. Work It! 17-Month Desk Jotter 2019

Who’s the boss? You are, with the desk jotter that keeps your schedule, to-do lists, and the full month ahead cool, calm, and all under control. WORK IT! features 17 months of calendar grids with plenty of room for jotting in plans, events, and notes. There are list headings that helpfully put priorities in their place: Need to Do, Want to Do, and Worry about It Next Month.



4. Great Things Inside

Stay on top of all your goals with this custom notekeeper featuring variations of grid paper and specially designed stickers for tracking your progress—plus fun prompts and colorful illustrations to keep you motivated. The Great Things Inside notekeeper includes:

  • 144 sheets of full-color grid paper
  • Fun illustrations and creative prompts throughout
  • Includes 2 full-color sticker sheets
  • Elastic cord closure
  • Foil embellishments on cover


5. "It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done."

Pursuing a dream is hard work, but the right words delivered at the right time—by people who’ve been there and done that—can give us just the motivation we need. Collecting the hard-won, brilliantly expressed advice from pioneers who have paved the way, including everyone from Oprah to Tina Fey, “It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done” is like a rousing locker-room speech, inspiring courage, commitment, and perseverance.


6. Atlas Obscura Explorer's Journal

Let your curiosity be your compass with the Atlas Obscura Explorer's Journal! Created by the same brilliant, intrepid team who wrote Atlas Obscura and reinvented the travel book for a new generation, comes a traveler’s journal that belongs in every backpack, carry-on, messenger bag—or, when not abroad, on the desk, open for keeping notes for the next journey.



7. How to Retire with Enough Money

Here is a single-sit read than can change the course of your retirement. Written by Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, a retirement and savings specialist, and a trustee to two retiree health-care trusts worth over $54 billion, How to Retire with Enough Money cuts through the confusion, misinformation, and bad policy-making that keeps us spending or saving poorly. 



8. My Perfectly Imperfect Life Wall Calendar 2019

From Flow, which celebrates the imperfect, a calendar that offers a refreshing counterpoint to the perfectly curated, omnipresent Instagram lifestyle. Through colorful illustrations and captions, My Perfectly Imperfect Life Wall Calendar cheers on the charming quirks and eccentricities that make each day unique. 



9. The Steal Like an Artist Journal

The Steal Like an Artist Journal is the next step in your artistic journey. It combines Austin Kleon’s unique and compelling ideas with the physical quality that makes journals like Moleskines so enormously popular. Page after page of ideas, prompts, quotes, and exercises are like a daily course in creativity. 



10. Remodelista: The Organized Home

Buy fewer (and better) things. Store like with like. Get rid of the plastic. Display—don’t stash—your belongings. Let go of your inner perfectionist and remember that rooms are for living. These are a few of the central principles behind Remodelista: The Organized Home, the new book from the team behind the inspirational design site Remodelista.com. Whether you’re a minimalist or someone who takes pleasure in her collections, we all yearn for an unencumbered life in a home that makes us happy.


11. Journal Sparks

Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling with Journal Sparks. Every spread invites a new approach to filling a page, from making a visual map of a day-in-my-life to turning random splotches into quirky characters for a playful story.



12. John Derian Engagement Calendar 2019

Designer John Derian has a unique tastemaker’s gift for gathering artworks, heirlooms, and artifacts that transport us to another world. Every week of this engagement calendar spotlights a rich, arresting image. From intensely colored butterflies and birds to Victorian silhouettes, long-lost letters, and feathery ferns, the best of John Derian is here with the 2019 Engagement Calendar.



13. Mom's Family Desk Planner Calendar 2019

Just when you thought you couldn’t fit anything else in your purse… Mom's Family Desk Planner is the essential 17-month school year engagement calendar that behaves like Mom’s personal assistant. Its week-at-a-glance grids with two write-in columns—one for Mom’s schedule, one for the family’s— make planning a cinch. It’s organization made simple (and jaunty)!

14. Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide

What the heck is a dot journal? It’s a planner, to-do list, and diary for every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships, hobbies, everything. Early adopter Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to make Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide work for you—whether you find the picture-perfect examples on Pinterest inspiring or, well, intimidating. You decide how simple or elaborate your journal will be, and what goes in there: 

  • Lists of your to-dos, to-don’ts, and more 
  • Symbols that will make those lists efficient and effective 
  • Spreads to plan your day, week, month, or year 
  • Trackers for your habits and goals (think health, money, travel) 
  • Accouterments such as washi tape, book darts, and more!



15. What's A Disorganized Person To Do?

Everyone has overflowing closets and desk drawers, countertops loaded with kitchen gadgets, and overstuffed computer desktops. We dream of getting organized—but what's a disorganized person to do? In this book, professional organizer Stacey Platt comes to the rescue with empowering ideas on putting and keeping things in order. What's A Disorganized Person To Do?, illustrated with stylish, full-color photography, is up-to-date on the latest technologies for organizing everything from music to family photos. 


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