Whether you are starting a new school year or want to get organized at work, keeping a planner gives you control over your time. Paper planners offer you structure for organization while giving you freedom to fit in extra entries and notes. Just as there are different styles of thinking, there are different styles of planning. In this guide, we recommend dated planners as well as undated monthly, weekly, and daily planners. We also run through helpful planning tips to keep you productive and stress-free. Watch our video below to see our tips in action!
One major benefit to dated planners is that they offer structure and keep you accountable to planning. With undated planners, you may put off filling in daily events. Most dated planners still offer enough space for you to write out tasks in detail.
A5 planners are the size of a typical hardcover book. They offer more space to work with than an A6 planner since you get twice as much surface area per page.
Many A5 planners are slim and take up more vertical space than horizontal space, such as the TRAVELER'S COMPANY TRAVELER'S notebook Planner. If you prefer ample room, B5 planners are about the size of a composition notebook.
Other planners sport twin-ring bindings, like the Maruman Mnemosyne N197A Today's Act Notebook. This binding makes it easy to flip through the pages. The N197A Notebook has perforated pages, which gives you the flexibility to tear out sheets to store elsewhere or discard. This feature is not present in most planners due to binding constraints.
If you like to think about the long term and keep your detailed notes in a separate notebook, monthly planners may be for you. They allow you to flip through a whole year and look ahead months at a time. You can use them to quickly determine your general availability for major events and to mark off deadlines.
The planner has a cardstock cover that can handle a little wear and tear, but we recommend pairing it with a sturdy Kokuyo Systemic Cover Notebook. It has pockets and an elastic closure strap.
Weekly planners strike a balance between long-term monthly planners and precise daily planners. They give you an overview of your week while including enough space for planning each day. This keeps you accountable to both your weekly and daily obligations. Some people also use weekly planners to highlight important events without getting bogged down by details.
The Jibun Techo is available in two Slim sizes: A5 and B6. The Diary booklet can be purchased separately or in a cover set. It also comes with additional booklets for planning and recording other parts of your life. Check out our Kokuyo Jibun Techo guide to learn more about this innovative system.
Daily planners allow you to jot down and compartmentalize whatever is on your mind for the day. This is convenient, especially if you write down detailed steps to complete for every task. Many daily planners have subtle guides that indicate the time of day so that you can plan by the hours. They also work for those who like ample room for sketching ideas.
No matter which size you choose, the planners are available as stand-alone books or as Book and Cover sets that come in new and charming designs every year. Most covers come with a pen loop, two ribbon bookmarks, card slots, and pockets. Learn more about the Hobonichi in our in-depth guide.
If the notebook's 368 pages weigh down your backpack too much, consider picking up the slimmer 1/2 Year Notebook.
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There are many different planners to choose from depending on your personal style of thinking and approach to scheduling. Once you find a planner that fits how you think, you are on your way to more efficient and low-stress days.
|Planner||Undated / Dated||Frequency||Size||Binding / Cover|
|Hobonichi Techo Planner||Dated||Daily||A5, A6||Stitched / Cardstock|
|Hobonichi Techo Weeks||Dated||Weekly||Wallet (7.4 inches x 3.7 inches)||Stitched / Bookboard|
|Kokuyo Campus Diary Free Schedule||Undated||Monthly||Semi B5, A5, A6||Stitched / Cardstock|
|Kokuyo Jibun Techo||Dated||Weekly||A5 Slim, B6 Slim||Stitched / Cardstock|
|Kokuyo Jibun Techo DAYs Diary||Dated||Daily||A5 Slim, B6 Slim||Stitched / Cardstock|
|Laconic Monthly Style Notebook||Undated||Monthly||A5||Stapled / Cardstock|
|Maruman Mnemosyne Diary||Dated||Monthly||A5||Twin Ring / Plastic|
|Maruman Mnemosyne N197A Today's Act Notebook||Undated||Daily||A6||Twin Ring / Plastic|
|Midori MD Diary||Dated||Monthly||A4, A5, B6 Slim, A6||Stitched / Cardstock|
|Midori Stand Horizontal Weekly Block Memo Pad||Undated||Weekly||Medium (8.3 inches x 3.9 inches)||Glued / Cardstock|
|Stalogy Editor's Series 365Days Notebook||Undated||Daily||B5, A5, B6, A6||Stitched / Cardstock|
|TRAVELER'S COMPANY TRAVELER'S notebook Refill 019||Undated||Weekly||A5 Slim (8.3 inches x 4.3 inches)||Stitched / Cardstock|