Whether you just got your class schedule for the semester or returned from a much-needed vacation, odds are you need a little help getting back in the productivity groove. This month, our product roundup features everything you need to keep firing on all cylinders—from week-at-a-glance planners to brain-boosting card games and more.
Engage both sides of your brain as you send literary notecards, learn about important women in science (while you binge-watch Netflix), or streamline your to-do list in a fresh, sleek planner. Fall is all about staying busy and on the ball, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun or self-care. Get organized and let your brain have a little fun, too!
Wonder School Planner by R. J. Palacio
Back to school means back to being busy with your kids’ and grandkids’ extracurricular activities, after-school hangouts, and, of course, homework. With this school-focused week-at-a-glance from the author of the bestselling book and film Wonder, they can keep track of all their assignments, important tests and quizzes, and fun weekend plans, as they personalize every page with awesome stickers. Send notes back and forth with their teachers and help them practice their handwriting on a dry-erase page in the front of the planner. If the wonderful kid in your life loves to journal, or you like to leave notes and reminders to brighten their day, you need this cool planner.
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Start Where You Are Week-at-a-Glance Diary by Meera Lee Patel
In the journal Start Where You Are, Meera Lee Patel helped us look inward to discover our dreams and navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life. This planner is the next step in the process: a tool to plot out the practical steps, day-by-day and week-by-week, of accomplishing those dreams. This vibrant, week-at-a-glance diary keeps you organized, but will also inspire and encourage you so appointments and deadlines don’t feel like chores.
Flower Mandala Planner by New York Botanical Garden
Jot down important tasks, notes to yourself, and weekly reminders in this stylish planner filled with floral art from the New York Botanical Gardens. It will keep you organized, motivated, on-time, and centered, like the patterns of the flower mandalas. It’s a beautiful pop of color for any desk, and a great way to practice hassle-free self-care, in and out of the garden.
Sibley Planner by David Allen Sibley
Whether or not you’re a bird lover, this week-at-a-glance is a beautiful, calming place to keep all of your notes, reminders, and to-do lists. David Allen Sibley’s renowned ornithological art graces the pages of this gorgeously illustrated planner, so you can stay organized as well as engaged in the world around you.
My Reading Journal by Potter Gift
Forget what you read last fall for your Friday night book club? Want a list of classic literature to reference when you can’t figure out what to read next? Look no further than My Reading Journal! This beautiful, clothbound journal is the perfect companion for cozy weekends curled up with a book. Use the lined pages however you please: reflect on your reads, list everything you’ve ever read, or prep discussion prompts for your next book club. It’s up to you!
Call Me Ishmael by Pop Chart Lab
This smartly designed book of 24 postcards is where grammar nerds and design geeks unite. Each of the postcards bound in this small, hardcover book bears a sentence diagram for the opening lines from beloved works of fiction, according to the old-school Reed-Kellogg system. Based on one of Pop Chart Lab’s bestselling posters, this postcard set features sentences that have been painstakingly dissected and color-coded, complete with an illustration of the author, making this a visual celebration of some of the most nostalgic, engaging language in literary history.
Deal or Duel by Potter Gift
For a jaunty jolt of history, Deal or Duel is the best way to relearn important figures from the American Revolution. This action card game will pit your survival instincts and spending-savvy against all the founding fathers (and mothers!) as you attempt to get rich or die trying. Complete with $3,500 in Colonial cash, a playing mat, a roster of the historical figures at play, and a deck of over 200 cards, this game will make you wish you were “in the room where it happened”—over and over again!
Women in Science Puzzle by Rachel Ignotofsky
If you haven’t already rediscovered the magic of jigsaw puzzles, now’s the time. Whether you want an analog activity to connect with your partner, roomie, or family members, or you’re craving a mindful activity to wind down after a busy week, the jigsaw puzzle is your answer. This particular puzzle pulls art from New York Times bestseller Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky. In between the portraits of 15 fearless female pioneers are facts about each of the scientists, so you’ll learn something new as the puzzle comes together.