In the age of smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, social media and more, it’s tough to tell someone you missed an appointment simply because you forgot. With so many ways to schedule events and set reminders, it’s never been easier to stay organized. But for many people, writing things down the old fashioned way in a daily planner is still the best way to get and stay organized.
Studies have shown that people retain information better when writing them down versus typing them out. That means writing down your flight info instead of adding it to your iCal so you’ll have a much better chance at remembering your takeoff time. Using a daily planner is also better for visual learners who like to be able to plan out their week, including their workload, social activities, meal prep, exercise routine, goals and more.
Whether you’re tired of constantly forgetting the timing of conference calls or you prefer the feel of writing down your plan for the year, a daily planner is a tried, tested and true way to ensure you are as organized as possible. Check out seven of our favorite daily planners below.
1. Panda Planner Pro
Get help realizing your goals in an effective and timely manner with the Panda Planner Pro. More than just a daily planner, the Panda was designed with a scientific approach to productivity and happiness, using a specially created system to help users plan and realize their goals. Each page includes features like Morning Reviews, Schedule and Task Notes, Priorities, and End of Day Review, as well as pages for weekly and monthly reviews to ensure you’re staying on track.
Pros: Each Panda planner comes with several ebooks, including “How to Crush Your Goals” and “A Billionaire’s Guide To Productivity,” as well as a video course that teaches users how to improve their productivity.
Cons: The Panda is the most expensive planner on our list and includes many activities and pages that people looking for a standard planner may not want.
2. Power Place Daily Planner
Keep your goals front and center when planning your day, week, month and year using the Power Place Daily Planner. Like the Panda Planner, the Power Place includes several sections to ensure that users are staying on track with not only their daily to-do list, but their long-term goals a well. In addition to weekly, monthly and yearly review sections, each daily page includes space for Goals, Notes and Ideas, Top Priority, Tasks, 24-Hour Schedule and a Daily Review.
Pros: The Power Place is made with vegan leather and 100% post-consumer waste recycled material.
Cons: The Power Place planner does not include dates and can be started at any time, but it only has enough room for six months.
3. Maalbok Weekly & Monthly Planner
Plan your week at a glance with the Maalbok Weekly & Monthly Planner, which comes with ample space for writing notes and appointments for each day of the week. Featuring monthly tabs that make it easy to quickly find your spot, the Maalbok is kept securely fastened with an elastic closure. We also like that the Maalbok comes with a storage pocket for loose papers and quick reference sheets for holidays, contacts and more.
Pros: The Maalbok comes with 21 ruled pages that can be used for diary entries, notes, doodles and more.
Cons: The Maalbok pages are thick enough to not easily rip, but for those who like to write with marker pens, there may be some bleeding through the pages.
4. ArtFan Undated Daily/Monthly Planner
Don’t be tied down to a start date of July or January thanks to the ArtFan Undated Daily/Monthly Planner, which customers can begin using at any time. Designed as a time and productivity management planner like the Panda and Power Place, the ArtFan breaks down each day into five increments to help plan your time wisely. It also has spots for weekly and monthly goal tracking, yearly goals including steps to complete, and gratitude columns designed to reduce stress and anxiety.
Pros: The ArtFan comes with several bonus items to help keep you organized, including a pen holder, elastic closure for added security, calendar stickers, and two fabric bookmarks.
Cons: Unlike the Panda and Power Place, the ArtFan doesn’t have dedicated daily pages.
5. BooQool 2020 Planner
Plan for the year with the BooQool 2020 Planner, which features weekly and monthly sections to keep you organized from January 2020 to December 2020. This professional-looking planner is spiral bound to make it easy to lay flat when open. Each date has a large section for notes, and months are easily distinguishable by hard tabs. Like the Malbook, the BooQool 2020 Planner also comes with 21 ruled pages for flex space and includes a two-sided inner pocket and blank label that makes it easy to label your planner.
Pros: If you like to stay organized by color-coding your planner using marker pens, we recommend the BooQool 2020 Planner. Using extra-thick pages, the BooQool’s sheets are 20%thicker than the paper found in most planners, ink-proof, acid-free and designed to be resistant to damage from light and air.
Cons: Unlike other planners, the BooQool 2020 Planner doesn’t include an elastic closure or fabric bookmark.
6. Essential Monthly & Weekly 2019-2020 Planner
For the minimalist or someone who wants a thin and lightweight planner that is ideal for travel, we recommend the Essential Monthly & Weekly 2019-2020 Planner. The planner is designed with a two-page week-at-a-glance and month-at-a-glance outline. The large planner is 8.5” x 11”, which provides ample writing space on the thick, non-bleeding pages. We also like that the Essential planner comes with a bonus pack of multi-colored sticky notes and a ruler that is perfect for added organizational elements.
Pros: The Essential planner is durable for travel thanks to its extra-thick clear frosted vinyl cover and strong O-Wire binding.
Cons: The Essential Planner starts in June 2019 and runs through July 2020, which means some of the months have already passed.
7. bloom daily planners Bound to-Do List Book
Easily craft daily to-do lists with the bloom daily planners Bound to-Do List Book. The undated planner can be started anytime and includes individual daily pages with dedicated sections for Top Priorities, Important Times, a To-Do List, Ideas, Exercise and Self-Care planning and a section that encourages users to write down what they’re grateful for each day. The pages are perforated for easy removal and the journal includes a large pocket for loose papers. Featuring inspirational quotes to encourage users, we also like the functional aspects of the planner, like the coil binding that makes it easy to lay the planner flat when open.
Pros: The bloom is ideal for meal-prep, with each day including a space for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack planning.
Cons: The bloom only has enough pages for over half a year.