Planners are one of my favorite things to buy, even though it takes me a while to find the right one. Not because I’m super indecisive and picky, but because there are literally hundreds to choose from. Finding the best productivity planner to suit your goals and life can be challenging, but finding the right one can be a game-changer in helping you reach your goals!
Finding the perfect planner and using it daily is the first habit of getting your life organized (and your brain organized!). To help get you started, we’ve listed out our picks for the eight best productivity planners for you.
Our Picks for the 8 Best Productivity Planners
That’s Day Designer’s motto, and with this planner, we’re believers! The goal of the planner is to inspire you to find balance, focus, and productivity.
It’s also our editor’s pick for the overall best productivity planner. She’s been using one for the last five years now, and she swears by it – not just for keeping track of important tasks but also for keeping track of her personal growth. Quite simply, it’s her life planner.
Day Designer sells weekly, daily, and undated planners, along with binders, extra pages, and free printables. So, there’s something for everyone whether you plan week-by-week or by looking at the bigger picture.
In the front of the planner – you can even define your goals yearly and monthly (breaking it down into 3, 6, 9, and 12-month progress). And each day’s page also comes with a space for daily gratitude (so you can even use it as a gratitude journal) as well as with an inspiring quote, a place to track the most important tasks of the day (as well as what’s due, your earnings, what you can’t forget, and your dinner plans)
My favorite part about this planner is not only can you organize your schedule, but there are worksheets for goal planning, to-do pages, favorites list, packing checklists, bucket lists, and even an expense tracker. If you love making lists and are looking to get your life organized, this one might just be heaven for you. It is a little more pricey than other planners, running between $49 and $59, but they’re absolutely worth it.
Check out the inside and all of the features below.
The Passion Planner was created as a personal planner that can help you simplify your life. The company partners with nonprofit organizations, so when you buy a planner, a planner is given to someone in need.
Passion Planner has different options for everyone – realizing the varying stages of our lives. There are un-dated, yearly dated, academic, and daily planners. Most of their products range from about $25 to $35, but you can also buy sets that range from $100 to $120.
What’s really unique about this planner is that they include passion roadmaps which allow you to set goals for different ranges and amounts of time. It then allows you to set plans for how to achieve them.
There are goal pages, bullet journal pages, reflection pages, quotes, self-check pages, and even pages to track what’s changed over the course of the year. If you’re looking for a way to not only get organized but also reflect on what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown, this one is worth checking out.
The Panda Planner was created to “cut out everything you don’t need” and to leave you only with the most important things to give you “the best results in the shortest amount of time.” Something we all want, am I right?
This planner is designed to provide you with the motivation to set aside your stress and start living your life and achieving your goals. It tracks your morning routines, habits, and priorities. And there’s also space each week to write out what you want to focus on and the challenges that will push you past your comfort zone. At the bottom of each day, there is even an end-of-the-day review, so you can focus on hitting your top goals.
The Panda Planners range from about $25-$35 and, like most, they have a variety of styles, colors, and types. There’s the daily planner, a three-month planner, and a six-month planner.
The other planners are based on what you are trying to achieve. For example, they have a character strength approach planner customized to build your character strengths. There is also the planner for entrepreneurs that is meant to help guide your business towards success.
If you’re looking to focus on your goals, how to achieve them, and what may be stopping you from doing so, this might be the right planner for you. It’s great to be able to track this progress daily in a weekly planner.
Rocketbook is a planner, unlike any other. Why? Because it is reusable.
If you value being able to write out your schedule and notes, but really need to have that information in the cloud – this is a good hybrid solution. Not to mention that by using a Rocketbook planner, you’ll not only have a product that will last you more than just one year, but you’ll be reducing the amount of waste you create.
The Rocketbook Fusion costs just $37 and comes in a range of sizes and colors. Within the pages of this planner, you’ll find a monthly calendar, as well as weekly pages and notes pages. The planner also includes bullet journal space, ideas with ratings, next steps, inspiration, and areas for objectives, key results, action plans, and reflections.
You’re probably wondering how it works, right? Well, you simply write in it how you usually would (and you do so with their special reusable pen). You can then add your notes straight to the cloud, so they are yours to keep – digitally. Then you can erase the pages with the pen or a wipe and use it for the next day!
Create & Cultivate is an online platform for women looking to do just what the company name states: create and cultivate within their careers and dreams. They have a variation of planners, notebooks, calendars, and clipboards, so if you want all of your organization tools to match – it can easily be done and with style.
The planners are affordable, starting at just $10.99 and going up to $16.99. They also come in different styles, materials, colors, and sizes. So, finding the perfect one for you won’t be difficult.
The planner is centered around creating lady bosses. There are monthly calendars, weekly pages, and cute stickers to get you extra excited about being organized.
And the planner also features a “Boss Gloss” page that teaches workplace lingo and what it means. It also offers bullet journal pages and goal pages with budgets. And on each weekly page, you are given an area for notes, to-do lists, your weekly mantra, and goals, plus inspiration and self-care for the week – all while staying up to date on social obligations!
This planner is a great resource for tracking goals daily, weekly, and monthly.
The Top-Down planner bills itself as the “ultimate planner, goal-setting tool, and time-management coach.”
The planner is designed to help you put your goals and gratitudes first each and every day. The pages ask many different questions such as where do you live, what do you do, how many hours do you work, etc… It has you write down your answers for these questions presently, in three years, 30 years, and your lifetime goal. So you’re not only focusing on what’s going on now but also what you want for the future.
There are areas for your monthly planning and goals, gratitudes, notes, and even a sketch area (all about extra space to write). Then on the weekly pages, it’s the same concept plus your weekly schedule. These pages also include five-goal and task manager columns, a weekly success, and a gratitude declaration section.
The Top-Down planners range from about $39 to $49 and include several different designs in different colors, as well.
To see the full planner and all about it, watch below.
The Lilly Pulitzer Planner is always super fun and girly, and it’s great for all ages. There is a 12-month planner, a 17-month planner, and a to-do planner. And of course, each of these comes in several different Lilly Pulitzer patterns.
The planner includes monthly calendar pages, dates to remember pages, weekly pages, and notes pages. Plus, there are sticker pages, quotes throughout the planner, monthly references, yearly goals, and graphics “to make you smile.”
The planner is super durable with a hardcover, a gold elastic closure, and spirals, and has a front pocket so you can keep extra papers in it. To get a better idea of what the planner looks like and how others organized theirs, check out this video below.
Erin Condren makes a variety of things to keep your life organized. She has LifePlanners as well as planners for teachers, wedding planners, academic planners, planners for children, and so much more.
The great thing about these planners is that they are pretty customizable, and there are tons of cover designs. There are soft and hardcovers with different designs, and you can even order interchangeable covers. Most of the simple LifePlanners are about $55. However, there are additional customizations (like adding your name) that do increase the cost.
The planner comes with monthly calendars, weekly pages, motivational quotes, stickers, and so much more. And as a bonus, there are even coloring pages, bullet journal pages, contact pages, and inspiration boards. You can’t go wrong with an Erin Condren planner, honestly. Take a look below.
These are our picks for the best productivity planners. Do you already use one of these? If so, how has it changed your life? Does it help you in your week planning or vision boarding your goals?
If you have a different planner you use, let us know! We’d love to hear all your comments and questions in the comments below.
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.