Each year, I look forward to the blank slate that comes with starting a new planner. So much promise for the years and goals ahead. It's my secret weapon to staying organized, and I look back at it as a diary of what I accomplished. While my 2020 planner didn't get as much use as I had anticipated, I have high hopes for 2021.
Although using apps like Google Calendar, Outlook, and Apple Calendar are helpful at keeping track of my schedule digitally, there's nothing like actually writing it down, and being able to easily flip between days, weeks, and months.
If you love planners as much as I, consider these top-rated picks to help you kick off your 2021 goals and more importantly, keep track of your plans and day-to-day life.
The Pretty Planner:
Rifle Paper Co. Luisa 2021 17-Month Planner | Was $34, now $25.50 at Rifle Paper Co.
If you gravitate toward all things girly, you'll love Rifle Paper Co.'s line up of agenda's featuring the stationery company's signature florals. Inside, you'll find monthly and weekly views, inspirational quotes, sections for celebrations, notes and contacts, sticker sheets, and pocket folders for storage.
The Last Planner You'll Ever Need to Buy:
Rocketbook Panda Planner |Currently $37 at Amazon
The Rocketbook, the erasable and reusable notebook, collaborated with the popular Panda Planner system for one of the most forward-thinking agendas on the market that aim to maximize your productivity.
Whether you love having a back-up of your planner easily accessible in the cloud, aren't sentimental about holding on to your agenda year after a year, or love the eco-friendly (and cost-saving) angle of this could be the last agenda you ever need to buy. It's filled with five sections that take up just 32 pages: a one-page yearly overview, a monthly overview where you can look at 3 months at a time (6 pages), four weeks worth of a weekly view section, 10 daily pages for day-to-day tasks, six-page goals and motivation section to plan quarterly/annual goals, and a notes section with various dotted, lined, and blank pages.
An agenda for planning and note-taking:
Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner & Notebook Softcover Medium (A5) | $23.50 at Amazon
Leuchtturm1917 is beloved by stationary enthusiasts for its thick 80 gsm paper, which is equatable to 60lb cardstock, meaning ink won't bleed through the pages. The Medium A5 size features side by side weekly outlooks and a line note-taking page for any to-dos, thoughts, or extra musings, and you can choose from a range of colors. For those who like to plan ahead, a special 2-year project planner lets you map out your plans through 2022.
A planner designed to help you smash those short and long-term goals:
Passion Planner Weekly 2021 Annual Radiant Rose Gold | $35 at Passion Planner
The Passion Planner is loaded with all the tools to keep your goals on track and keep your to-do lists in order, featuring the signature Passion Road Map, a weekly scheduler that lets you markdown your appointments down to the hour and is filled with various sections like personal and work-related to-dos, a weekly and daily focus, a good thing that happened spot and a clear space designated for your infinite possibilities, and a guided monthly reflection.
Curious if Passion Planner is right for you? You can even try free downloads to see if this planner is right for you.
A planner that emphasizes your wellness and emotional health
Silk + Sonder Annual Subscription | $179 at Silk + Sonder
Silk + Sonder is much more than a typical agenda system where you're simply marking down where you need to be at a certain date. Rather, a monthly journal is sent at the start of each month (like a magazine subscription) and includes access to a built-in mental wellness platform and community including virtual programming for peer-to-peer support and inspiration.
Each beautifully designed journal is filled with a variety of prompts around a theme surrounding reflection, gratitude and mindfulness, intention and goal-setting, various lifestyle content, lots of space to plan out your month, and track habits, and space to create productivity frameworks. Monthly, quarterly and annual subscriptions are available.
A pocket-sized planner
Moleskine Horizontal 12 Month 2021 Weekly Planner | $14.99 at Amazon
If you're constantly on-the-go, a planner that can fit into your bag and not weigh it down is essential. The small-size may limit how much you can write down, but there's still plenty of space to keep your schedule on track. This pocket-sized Moleskine planner measures 3.5" x 5.5 and features all the qualities Moleskine is known for, just in a smaller footprint.
A planner that you can customize
Mother of Pearl Fairy Tale 2021 Planner | $28.99 at Papier
Hundreds of color and pattern options aside, Papier lets you customize the cover with the addition of your name, initials, or other meaningful-to-you phrases. I'm eyeing this whimsical floral design. Inside, you'll find an elegant layout with space for setting out monthly goals, important dates, to-do lists, and wish lists, as well as unlined weekly views.
A planner that's worth the splurge:
Smythson 2021 Mara Soho Agenda with Pocket | $285 at Smythson
If you view your agenda as your go-to accessory or want to treat yourself to true luxury, this croc-embossed leather agenda with gilt-edged, pale blue Featherweight paper from premier stationery and leather goods company Smythson is it. Inside, you'll find a functional weekly view paired with ample space to keep track of a to-do list.
A planner for if you're on a budget:
Blue Sky 2021 Weekly & Monthly Planner | $14.99 at Amazon
You don't have to spend a ton of money on a good agenda. Blue Sky is a staple when it comes to cost-effective planners, and comes in a range of patterns like this mosaic printed cover.