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 2021. (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.)
I am excited for this change in 2021. I have always liked the layout of the Passion Planner, but they did not have a spiral bound version. There is now a spiral version of the Passion Planner for 2021! I just might need to get it. :) My husband uses it so I have seen the pages and like how it’s setup. Grab $5 off your first Passion Planner purchase of $15 or more.
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
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.
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)
Favorite: Pretty, classy & simple planner.
Weekly or Daily: Daily (weekly version also available)
Size: 7 x 9 inches
Price: $60 (weekly version is $50)
Cover Options: Happy Stripe, Happy Floral (my favorite!), Gold Bee, Blue Trellis, Pink Pinstripe, Pineapple Crest
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
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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.
There is also a NEW teacher version of the Simplified Planner. Currently discounted from $62 to $48!
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…hands down.
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
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. :)
Here are a few more planners to consider:
Passion Planner – I like the layout of this one. I just wish it was spiral bound. (UPDATE 2020: There is a spiral version of the Passion Planner for 2021! This is very exciting for me.) :) 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.
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 aroun the house. It would take more of an active role in helping you organize your home. It’s also cheaper than many other planners.
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’m giving away The perfect Notebook!
Giveaway is open to US residents only. Once I have emailed the winner, the winner has 24 hours to respond. I reserve the right to swap out prizes if an item becomes unavailable or for any other reason.
Do you have your 2021 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.