If you're on the hunt for the perfect digital planner niche to showcase your creative skills and entice customers, you've come to the right place. Let's delve into the diverse types of digital planners available, so you can find your sweet spot and start designing your next bestseller.
Let's jump right in with some different types of digital planners for you to get started with:
Daily Planners: For the Detail-Oriented
Daily planners are perfect for those who love breaking down their day into smaller tasks and events. As a digital product creator, you can design daily planners that cater to various lifestyles and professions, such as:
Freelancers often juggle multiple projects and clients, making time management and organization crucial. A daily planner designed for freelancers could include sections for prioritizing tasks, tracking billable hours, setting deadlines, and allocating time for self-care and personal development. You might also incorporate an invoicing and expense tracking system to help freelancers manage their finances more effectively.
Entrepreneurs have a lot on their plates, from developing business strategies to managing teams and projects. A daily planner tailored for entrepreneurs could feature goal-setting templates, areas for brainstorming and mind mapping, and sections to track meetings and appointments. Including a habit tracker to encourage regular reflection and self-improvement could also benefit this audience.
Busy parents need to balance work, family, and personal commitments. A daily planner designed for this niche could include sections for meal planning, scheduling appointments and activities for family members, and managing household chores. Incorporating self-care reminders and space for gratitude journaling could also help busy parents maintain a positive mindset amid their hectic schedules.
Students need to manage their academic workload, extracurricular activities, and social life. A daily planner geared towards students could offer study planning templates, assignment trackers, and a timetable for managing classes and extracurricular commitments. You might also include sections for goal-setting, stress management techniques, and time management tips to help students optimize their academic performance.
Fitness enthusiasts are passionate about their health and well-being. A daily planner tailored for this niche could include sections for tracking workouts, meal planning, and setting fitness goals. Incorporating elements like progress tracking, motivational quotes, and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help fitness enthusiasts stay committed to their goals and make the planner more appealing.
Don't stop there, though – make sure to join groups for your niche and ask questions in the group to see what your audience will truly want in a digital planner. The possibilities are endless!
Weekly Planners: The Happy Medium
Weekly planners strike a balance between the micro and macro, offering users an overview of their week at a glance. This type of planner is popular among those who prefer a more flexible approach to scheduling. Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:
Whipping up weekly meal planners is a fantastic way to help people stay organized in the kitchen. With sections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, your planner can make grocery shopping a breeze and take the guesswork out of mealtime.
Don't forget to include space for users to jot down their favorite recipes and track any dietary preferences or restrictions. I created the below recipe log and use it at home as well. Throw in a few meal prep tips, and you've got a winning planner for foodies and busy families alike!
Ready, set, sweat! Weekly fitness planners are perfect for those looking to stay on track with their exercise goals. Include customizable workout schedules, progress tracking, space to record personal bests, and add some meal planning options.
Amp up the motivation by adding inspirational quotes and a reward system to celebrate fitness milestones. It's the ultimate training buddy for gym rats and at-home workout warriors.
Habits make or break our daily routines, so why not create a weekly planner dedicated to habit tracking? Help users build better habits with customizable templates, progress charts, and reflection prompts. I always like to include a time-audit and some goal sheets, too.
Throw in some science-backed tips for habit formation and a sprinkle of motivational quotes to make this planner an essential tool for personal growth and self-improvement.
Weekly project management planners can be a game-changer for staying organized and meeting deadlines. Design templates for setting project milestones, tracking team progress, and managing resources. Add a dash of color-coding for clarity and include sections for brainstorming, note-taking, and debriefing.
Think about organizing the team to complete the project. What would your end user need to complete their job? Not sure – ask around! This planner will be the ultimate sidekick for busy professionals and creative minds.
Let's talk money! Design a weekly planner that helps users take control of their finances by tracking income, expenses, and savings goals. Provide templates for bill payment schedules, debt repayment plans, and expense categorization. Include helpful money-saving tips and tricks to make this planner a one-stop shop for the financial savvy. Users will be on their way to financial freedom in no time!
I like to think about it as, if you can do the job with a pen and paper, you can do the job with a digital planner. So – if your target audience are entrepreneurs – figure out how to make them better at their job. By thinking outside the box and infusing your weekly planners with unique and engaging content, you can cater to a diverse range of interests and lifestyles.
Monthly Planners: For the Big-Picture Thinkers
Monthly planners cater to those who enjoy a bird's-eye view of their plans and appointments. These planners often feature a calendar layout and space for monthly goals, important dates, and notes. When designing monthly planners, consider targeting:
Teachers and Educators
School is in session! Design a monthly planner that caters to the unique needs of teachers and educators. Include sections for lesson planning, grading, and parent-teacher communication. Add a touch of fun with colorful stickers, motivational quotes, and space for self-care reminders.
Think about classroom management, group projects, and student-specific information. This planner will become a go-to resource for managing the bustling world of education.
Lights, camera, action! Develop a monthly planner that helps content creators stay organized and inspired. Provide templates for brainstorming, editorial calendars, and social media scheduling. Incorporate areas for tracking analytics, growth, and audience engagement.
I like to include areas for a brain dump and a time audit as well. If you yourself are struggling with keeping your content organized – make a planner specific to your needs – and then sell it! Don't forget a healthy dose of creativity prompts and inspiration to keep those ideas flowing!
It's party time! Create a monthly planner that keeps event planners on top of their game. Offer sections for budgeting, venue scouting, vendor management, and guest lists. Add in checklists for seamless event execution and space for post-event reflections.
I would include notes and checklists, too – even if they are just blank pages for the event planner to work with. With your planner in hand, event planners will have everything they need to throw unforgettable shindigs.
For the movers and shakers of the corporate world, design a monthly planner that streamlines their hectic schedules. Include sections for goal-setting, meeting agendas, and networking opportunities. Throw in productivity hacks, stress-busting tips, and space for work-life balance reminders.
A goal breakdown sheet could easily be added to a digital planner, as well as brain dumps and positive quotes. This planner will be a trusty companion for ambitious professionals looking to conquer the boardroom.
Craft a monthly planner that caters to wanderlust-driven souls. Include sections for trip planning, bucket lists, and packing checklists. Offer space for travel journaling, photography, and mementos. Infuse the planner with global inspiration, language tips, and cultural tidbits.
It would also be good to include space for itineraries and budgeting, maybe even a scrapbooking section. This planner will become an indispensable tool for planning adventures and preserving memories.
By tapping into these unique niches and delivering valuable, engaging content, you'll create monthly planners that resonate with a wide range of audiences. Remember, if you have a target audience available, simply ask what they would like to see!
Goal Planners: Helping Dreams Become Reality
Goal planners are designed to help users break down their aspirations into achievable steps and track their progress. These planners are ideal for individuals looking to focus on specific aspects of their life. Basically – any group of people who need to get their life in order (ehem, everyone…) can use a goal planner. Here are some ideas for you:
Level up with a personal development planner designed to help users become their best selves. Include sections for goal-setting, self-reflection, and action plans. Sprinkle in some journaling prompts, mindfulness exercises, and motivational quotes to keep the self-improvement journey engaging and enjoyable. This planner will become an indispensable companion for personal growth enthusiasts.
Help your clientele climb the corporate ladder with a career advancement planner tailored for ambitious professionals. Offer templates for setting career goals, networking strategies, and skill development plans. Add sections for tracking achievements, updating resumes, and preparing for interviews.
You could even add some workplace productivity tips and career advice to help users shine in their professional lives.
Help your end-users master the art of money management with a financial planning planner. Design sections for budgeting, savings goals, and debt repayment plans. Incorporate investment tracking, retirement planning, and financial goal-setting templates.
Spice things up with money-saving challenges, financial tips, and resources for further learning. A fun graph to color in would be great for those trying to build their savings! This planner will be a trusty guide on the journey to financial freedom.
Health and Wellness
Embrace a healthier lifestyle with a health and wellness planner. Provide sections for fitness goals, meal planning, and habit tracking. Include templates for monitoring sleep, stress, and mental health. Add a touch of inspiration with wellness quotes, self-care ideas, and health tips.
You could even do a guide for exercises (and then different ones for different areas to work out at). How can you help your end-user with their health and wellness? This planner will be the ultimate companion for those seeking a balanced, wholesome life.
Help your followers unlock new talents with a skill-building planner. Create templates for identifying skills to develop, tracking progress, and setting milestones. Offer sections for logging practice hours, gathering resources, and reflecting on learning experiences. Infuse the planner with inspiration, tips, and techniques to help users develop their abilities and conquer new challenges.
By incorporating prompts, worksheets, and progress trackers into your goal-oriented planners, you'll help your customers stay motivated and celebrate their achievements. How can you help your customer meet their goals?
Specialty Planners: Tailor-Made for Unique Interests
Specialty planners cater to specific niches, hobbies, or passions. These highly targeted planners offer endless possibilities for creativity and personalization. Some ideas include:
Help newlyweds tie the knot with style and ease using a wedding planning planner. This planner could be filled with checklists for vendors, guest lists, and budgeting. Add in sections for inspiration, color palettes, and timelines to help brides and grooms create their perfect day without breaking a sweat.
Brain dump all areas of a wedding that will need to be planned – and then create the perfect digital planner for wedding planning!
Adventure awaits with a travel planning planner. Imagine templates for itineraries, accommodations, and must-see attractions. Users could keep track of their travel expenses and even have space for journaling their favorite memories. Don't forget a handy packing list and travel tips for a stress-free journey!
Cultivate a green thumb with a gardening planner. Design pages for tracking plant varieties, seasonal planting schedules, and garden layouts. Include sections for pest control, fertilization, and watering needs. Top it off with gardening tips, tricks, and inspiration for a bountiful harvest.
We recently created this garden planner and listed it both digitally and printable.
I am also the writer for www.bootcampmom.com where I specialize in decluttering, organizing, and parenting in a boot camp way. I love creating planners for my audience, and I really need to step up my game in the digital planner realm! (All in due time…)
Picture sections for decluttering projects, cleaning schedules, and room-by-room organization. Add pages for inventory tracking, maintenance reminders, and household budgeting. Chore charts and time-audits will be a good addition too!
Let's help take care of our furry friends with a pet care planner. Envision templates for veterinary appointments, medication schedules, and grooming routines. Offer sections for tracking pet milestones, training progress, and playtime activities. Consider a pet-sitter information sheet as well as checklists for vacations or boarding.
By identifying a niche that resonates with your target audience and designing a planner that addresses their unique needs, you can create specialty planners that truly stand out.
Customizable Planners: For the Ultimate Personalization
Offering customizable planners is a fantastic way to cater to customers who want a planner that truly reflects their personality and lifestyle. You can provide various templates, color schemes, and design elements that users can mix and match to create their perfect planner. This approach works well for:
Unleash the inner artist with customizable planners tailored for creative souls. Let them play with different design elements, doodle spaces, and inspiring prompts. It's a perfect way to merge organization and self-expression, turning the planner into a canvas for creativity.
You can even provide a blank page for your creative customers and add tabs and different elements to provide ease of use for your end-user. We recently created this Digital Easter Activity Book for kiddos to get creative with!
Professionals with Specific Requirements
The office has never looked this good! Design customizable planners that cater to professionals with unique needs. Offer modular sections for project tracking, meeting notes, and industry-specific templates.
Ask your customer what they need and then over-deliver with different options and multiple pages for them to work with. Below is a digital Food Truck Planner we created to help small business owners stay organized. With the perfect balance of form and function, these planners will become every professional's go-to tool.
Clients Seeking a One-of-a-Kind Gift
Personalized planners make for thoughtful, memorable gifts. Provide options for custom covers, monograms, and special messages. Help your clients create a bespoke planner that shows how much they care, turning a simple gift into a cherished keepsake.
Users with Diverse Interests
A little bit of everything, please! Design customizable planners for users juggling multiple passions. Offer templates for hobbies, personal goals, and leisure activities, allowing them to create a planner that truly reflects their multifaceted lives.
You could have a few templates for your customer to choose from. I've even seen some planners that are completely customizable AFTER they are purchased. The customer fills out a quiz for their preferences, and then the digital planner is sent to them just as they asked. Say what?!? (more on that later, I promise…)
Think outside the box as much as you can. And – remember – as the digital product creator for the digital planners, you are selling ease of navigation. Don't overthink it – the platform your end user uses will do most of the work!
Find the Types of Digital Planners for You
Now that you've got those creative juices flowing, it's time to find your niche and start creating! Remember, there's no limit to the types of digital planners you can design. So, put on your thinking cap, tune in to your target audience's needs, and let your imagination run wild. The key is to stay true to your unique style and create a planner that genuinely resonates with your customers.
As a digital product creator, you have the power to design planners that not only help users stay organized but also inspire, motivate, and bring joy to their lives. By choosing the right niche and putting your creative spin on it, you'll be well on your way to building a loyal customer base and making your mark in the thriving digital planner market. If you need help getting started, check out our available courses and templates.
Make sure to share your creations or ask questions with me in the Make Digital Planners Facebook group. With passion, creativity, and a keen understanding of your audience's needs, you're destined for success. Happy designing, and here's to a future filled with incredible digital planner creations!