In the age of smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches and social media, 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 it down versus typing. That means writing down your flight info instead of adding it to your digital calendar 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. Plus, there’s something very satisfying about ticking off a completed task in your planner.
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 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 an expensive planner and includes many activities and pages that people looking for a standard planner may not want.
2. Rocketbook Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook
Have your schedule in two places using the Rocketbook Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook. Fusing the art of the written word with the technology of today, the Rocketbook is an innovative notebook that allows users to handwrite their notes and appointments and then quickly and easily upload the information to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud or email using the free Rocketbook app, which will transcribe the information. The notebook includes 42 pages that give users the options of writing on grids, lines, a task list, a weekly and monthly calendar and an idea section. Available in several colors, customers can choose between an Executive or Letter-size notebook and all Rocketbooks come with a specialized Pilot Frixion Pen.
Pros: The Rocketbook is the ultimate eco-friendly planner. Each book comes with a microfiber cloth that can be used to wipe all 42 pages clean once the information has been uploaded to the user’s app, letting them reuse each page as many times as they want.
Cons: Users must write clearly in order for the Rocketbook to transcribe their notes accurately and they also must wait at least 30 seconds for the ink to dry.
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 2021 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 percent 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. Clever Fox Planner
Set your goals and align them with your monthly and yearly schedule by using the Clever Fox Planner. The 12-month non-dated calendar is designed to help users increase their productivity and figure out what they’re passionate about. The planner includes sections for users to outline their short and long term goals in various areas of their life and figure out how to fit these goals into their schedules. The planner comes with a quick start guide that will help users understand how to best utilize the planner and reach their goals. Available in several colors, the Clever Fox planner includes a pen loop, a small sleeve for loose papers and a band to keep it closed when not in use.
Pros: The journal comes with three bookmark ribbons so that users can easily flip between their daily goals and their long term projects.
Cons: There is not much room for listing daily tasks and to-dos.
7. Blue Sky Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner
Being organized with test and assignment dates is an important part of having a successful school year and the Blue Sky Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner is designed to help students succeed. The large 8.5” by 11” planner runs from July to June to reflect the school year, including summer school. Students can add important dates to the large month at a glance section and there is also ample space in the weekly section for daily notes, including room to list assignments, homework and social events. We also like that there is an Important Dates section with all 12 months, giving students space to layout their can’t-miss events in one centralized area.
Pros: The wire binding on the Blue Sky planner makes it easy for students to lay the planner open for quick reference.
Cons: The lightweight notebook is convenient for carrying in a backpack but users have to be careful to not damage the spiral binding.
8. 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 percent 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.
9. Lemome Academic Planner
A great option for teachers or mature students, the Lemome Academic Planner is designed for the traditional school year and runs from July to June. The 12-month planner includes monthly and weekly sections for scheduling due dates and assignments at a glance. An 80-page notes section provides ample flex space for projects, note-taking and journaling. We like that the weeks run from Monday to Sunday to reflect the school week. Calendar stickers for a visual element are included and the Lemome also features important reference dates, a contacts section, time zone information and an inner pocket for loose notes.
Pros: The Lemome has an elegant faux-leather cover that is environmentally friendly and will look professional for upper-level students.
Cons: The Lemome is somewhat bulky and may not be ideal for carrying in a backpack.