I hope you find my planner comparison and review helpful as you look for the best planner that works for YOU.
I live by my planner. I keep my planner on the kitchen counter and I would be lost without it. With my planner and my own personal system for using it, I am able to stay organized. (If you actually use a planner, I would guess it will help you stay organized too!)
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy picking out a planner. Every year I spend so much time looking over all the fun planners out there. There are so many great options and I’m almost bummed that I can only pick one each year!
When picking out my planner last year, I think I had it narrowed down to 6 or so at the end. It’s a little ridiculous.
Once I realized how much time I spend in my planner and how it saves me and keeps me from forgetting tasks and appointments, I finally decided to spend more to get the planner that I felt would fit my life best. I still have yet to find the *perfect* one for me…but there are so many great options to choose from.
I want to share a bit about a few favorite planners for 2022. (And a few undated planners you can start at any time! No need to wait for January 1.)
The planner comparison and review:
Quick tip: Once you find the planner you think will best fit your life, make sure you pick it up! Sometimes certain planners sell out quickly. (I have picked a planner, only to have it sell out right before I could make the purchase.)
Passionate Penny Pincher Home Planner
This planner is very unique! It lists a few tasks each day on the weekly calendar section. It would be very helpful to do these little tasks each day. It takes out the thinking and just gives you an idea of a few tasks to do around the house. It would take more of an active role in helping you organize your home. It’s also a bit cheaper than many other planners, but it’s still very high quality. I am excited to use this one in 2023 also.
Weekly or Daily: Weekly
Price: $64 – now on sale for $50!
Cover Options: Floral, Pink with Gold Foil Stripes, Blue Leaf, or Scripture
Color on Interior: Yes
Dated: Yes, dated.
Paper: 90lb., pure white
Additional Features and Pages:
Emily Ley Daily or Weekly Simplified Planner
Favorite: Pretty, classy & simple planner.
Weekly or Daily: Both Weekly and Daily Versions available. Pick annual year or academic year.
Info below is on the Simplified Daily Planner:
Size: 7 x 9 inches
Price: $64 (weekly version is $54)
Cover Options: Happy Stripe, Butterfly Garden, Navy Bluebonnets, Charlotte Street, Mint Mandalay, Bees in Bloom
Color on Interior: Yes
Dated: Yes, dated.
Paper: 70lb., pure white
Additional Features and Pages: Space for schedule, to-do, notes and meals, Hourly schedule from 6 AM to 9 PM, Colorful stickers, Sturdy gold binding, Protective corners, Inside pockets, Colored tabs
New Emily Ley customers only: $10 OFF with this link.
Additional Resources Available: Weekly Simplified Planner, Dapperdesk leather planner (the perfect planner for men!), Planner Bundles, A Simplified Life (book), Grace Not Perfection (book), Planner Accessories (including new pencil pouches!), Organizational Tools (journals, notebooks, recipe binders, baby books + more), Prints, and more.
The Living Well Planner
Favorite: Colorful and fun! Focus on goal setting. It’s undated so you can start it at any time.
Weekly or Daily: weekly
Size: 7.5 x 9.5″
Cover Options: Floral and Stripe and a newer navy cover (navy currently sold out)
Color on Interior: Yes, full color on 230 pages
Paper: 100# weight
Additional Features and Pages: Year at a Glance, Hour-by-Hour Scheduling, Long Term Goals, Monthly Goals, Budgeting, Meal Planning, Project Planning
Order Fresh Floral Planner or Multi-Color Stripe Planner
Note that this planner is undated. This will be a plus for some and a negative for others.
Why undated can be a plus: You can start this planner at ANY time. There is no need to wait until the start date already printed on the planner. Or you don’t have to worry about getting a planner where some of the weeks or months have already passed.
Additional Resources Available: The Living Well Planner Productivity Bundle includes the planner and two helpful notepads. You get both a Weekly Wizard™ and a Daily Do It™ Sticky Note Pad. For just $10 more you get 2 notepads that are sure to keep you organized and on task.
And don’t forget to use code LWPLOVE to get $5 off your purchase.
Day Designer Daily Planner
Favorite: The cover selections! I also like the setup of the daily pages.
Weekly or Daily: Daily
Size: 9″ wide x 9.75″ tall
Cover Options: So many to choose from! Day Designer wins on their covers…until now. Emily Ley covers are just as beautiful.
Color on Interior: Printed grey text
Dated: Yes, dated.
Paper: 90 GSM White
Additional Features and Pages: Daily schedule (5 AM – 9 PM) and to-do list on one page, Also on each page: Dinner, Gratitude, Top 3 To-Do Prompts, Notes, Goal Setting, Daily Quotes, Monthly Tabs, Monthly Overviews
Order Day Designer Daily Planner
Additional Resources Available: Weekly Planners, Wall Calendars, Desk Pad Calendars, and More (I have used their weekly planner in the past)
Favorite: This planner is the best if you want to put your faith first in your busy schedules. The planner includes plenty of room to use it as a regular daily planner, but also can serve as a devotional planner. Reflect on the scripture you are reading or you can use it as a prayer journal. On that same page you have plenty of room to write down tasks, goals, meal plans and your daily schedule.
Weekly or Daily: Daily and Weekly versions available (Daily is 6 months. Weekly is 12 months.)
Size: 9” x 8” inches (including coil)
Price: Daily is $34. Weekly is $47.
Cover Options: Blue or Gray (both linen wrapped hard cover)
Color on Interior: No
Dated: Not dated.
Paper: 74lb White Paper
Additional Features and Pages: Inside Front Cover Pocket, Gold Foil Month Stickers, Full Month View, Monthly Goal Setting, Monthly Prayer List, Daily Healthy habit tracker, Weekly Sermon Notes Page
Additional Resources Available: If you want to make a bulk order for your church group or bible study group, check out the FAQ page. They offer a bulk discount code for groups purchasing more 10 or more planners.
If you are wondering if this is the planner for you, take a look around the website and watch the video that explains more about it! I’m sure it will help you decide. :)
The perfect Notebook
Favorite: Customizable. Designed to help you set and achieve your goals. It’s undated so you can start it at any time.
Weekly or Daily: This planner uses daily pages, but you can also add their weekly calendar pages refill.
Size/binding: innovative disc binding system
Cover Options: Navy
Color on Interior: Yes, shades of blue.
Paper: Refills are 90 gsm paper
Additional Features and Pages: Utilizes a 4-step system: plan your goals, act on them daily, monitor your progress, and reflect on how you can improve. (Watch review videos of The Perfect Notebook to see how others use it.)
Additional Resources Available: Goal Tracking Refill (Annual, Monthly, Weekly)
Here are a few more planners to consider:
Passion Planner – I like the layout of this one. I just wish it was spiral bound. (There was spiral version of the Passion Planner for 2022 and I used it. It’s not available for 2023. I am now undecided on my planner for 2023.) Grab $5 off your first Passion Planner purchase of $15 or more.
Get to Work Book – Such a unique, cool, and minimal design.
START Planner – I used the Hustle Weekly in 2018, but then they changed the binding and it will be too big when open on my kitchen counter. The spiral came back and I used this planner in 2020. I am considering going back to this planner in 2023.
Panda Planner Weekly or Panda Planner Classic – Panda Planner can also be ordered on Amazon
Commit 30 Weekly Planner – I again wish this planner was spiral! If it was, I would for sure try it out. I like the weekly layout. There are also other products in their shop such as a Fitness Planner and more
mom Agenda – this one is perfect if you are also managing your children’s schedules.
Daily Greatness Planner – this is different than many of the planners above. It’s a unique way to stay on task and the design and color inside this planner is beautiful! They have parent versions, wellness versions, business versions and more! Get 10% off with this link!
I would love to try out the Passion Planner, Panda Planner Weekly, or Commit 30 Weekly Planner, but I prefer spiral so it can fold back while on my counter.
Do you have your 2023 planner? Or do you start your planner with the academic year?
What planner do you use? Share with me in the comments, I’d love to know!
Originally posted 10/22/18. Updated 11/3/20.
I’m going to be trying out the Happiness Planner! Happiness is kind of my thing 🙂🙂🙂
I’m not familiar with the Happiness Planner. I’ll check it out!
As a total planner nerd, I love this! Can I just buy them all?
Rita Hay says
Thanks for sharing your opinion! It is always hard to choose. I sometimes use two. One for work and one for home life.
I’ve used Happy Planner and a travelers notebook with a bullet journal in it this year. Last year I went with printables in a ring planner – just always changing it up to coincide with life :)
Right now I’m using Artful Agenda. It is a digital and not paper, but has the look and feel of a paper planner. (even has stickers) It costs about the same as a regular paper planner. I just started it in June and so far am liking it. . I am always either on my phone/ computer/ tablet so I always have it with me. This will be the first yr I’m not actually buying a paper planner, so I will see how it goes as being my main planner
I am loving the Happy Planner, thanks to your great planner reviews! I don’t use it so much for hourly planning but for general ideas and task lists, and I got a Happy Planner journal and stickers that let me be creative and help manage anxiety.
I’ve been loving the Happy Planner for general task planning and fun being artsy. :) They have lovely journal filler pages as well.
Jessica Compton says
I like a spiral planner that has monthly and weekly calendars.
Kim Jolly says
Planners are great…I’ve used them for years. I prefer the old school hard copy over the new tech ways.
I love planners. I have used many different kinds, but I’m still looking for the “perfect” planner. I have to remind myself that it’s not the planner that makes me organized, but how I use it. It’s just a tool, it has no power of its own.
Sarah Davenport says
I have the passionate penny pincher planner and love love love it! I love the budget, and allllll the checklists! Vacation and guest coming checklists. There’s so many fun features that I never thought I’d use. I felt absolutely ridiculous spending so much on this planner last year because I never keep using a planner throughout the year until now! I’m not a particularly religious person so I do ignore the daily devotion prompts but other than that I use most of the features. It even sines with Stivers to cover up the bulletin points you don’t use. :) highly recommend.