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Our Favorite Paper Planners

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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You can find plenty of phone apps to help you keep track of your life, but stationery lovers know the power of writing it all down on paper. You can’t beat the satisfaction of crossing something off your to-do list with a sharp pencil or a smooth pen, and shouldn’t everybody use their phone less anyway? There are so many good planners that we can’t recommend one standout for most people, but we have found eight, in a range of styles, that we love.

Blue Sky Academic Student Planner, an academic-year planner

Blue Sky Academic Student Planner

An academic-year planner
With an affordable price, space for seven classes a day plus extracurriculars and to-do lists, and a project tracker in the back, this is our favorite student planner.
We recommend
Traveler’s Company Traveler’s Notebook, the most customizable planner

Traveler’s Company Traveler’s Notebook

The most customizable planner
You can fill this cross between a simple calendar and a beautiful journal with a range of inserts for any type of planning. It’s the most versatile planner we found.
We recommend
MochiThings Medium Ardium Planner, the planner that multitasks

MochiThings Medium Ardium Planner

The planner that multitasks
This design is a better choice if you want a slimmer planner that also works for drawing, bullet journaling, or making lists. The weekly, monthly, and yearly calendars offer plenty of space for writing and planning.
We recommend
Jstory Large Weekly Planner, best for simple scheduling

Jstory Large Weekly Planner

Best for simple scheduling
A barebones planner and our most inexpensive pick, this slim, cardboard-covered booklet has undated pages for each week in a year—and nothing else.
We recommend
Filofax The Original Organizer (personal size), the best refillable planner

Filofax The Original Organizer (personal size)

The best refillable planner
Though expensive, this Filofax is the highest-quality leather planner we tested, and it’s small enough to fit in a bag. You can also purchase refills for it from multiple other brands.
We recommend
Filofax The Original Organizer (A5 size), a larger refillable planner

Filofax The Original Organizer (A5 size)

A larger refillable planner
This bigger, A5-size Filofax is just as good as the smaller Personal version but has more writing space. It works with any A5 inserts, so you can purchase refills from any brand you like.
We recommend
Erin Condren LifePlanner, the best planner for memory keeping

Erin Condren LifePlanner

The best planner for memory keeping
This pick is a hybrid planner, journal, and album, with a big online community to help you find decorating inspiration and ideas.
We recommend
Panda Planner, the best planner for personal accountability

Panda Planner

The best planner for personal accountability
This is a good planner for helping you stick to your tasks and goals, particularly if you respond well to prompts. The cover and layouts are nicer than those of other inspirational goal planners we considered.
We recommend
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal, the best bullet journal

Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal

The best bullet journal
Designed in collaboration with the creator of bullet journaling, this planner is perfect for getting started, or if you’re looking for a better BuJo.
We recommend

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