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Some people are born mental planners, with enviable abilities to stay effortlessly organized at all times — and some, are not. For those of us lacking these natural orderly abilities, we have to rely on more physical planning methods to help keep us on track. While there are plenty of daily to weekly and monthly scheduling books available for purchase, not just any old planner is going to be able to pull its weight when transforming us into efficient life-management machines.
Which is exactly why, for
this week's edition of Hype Machine, we're tackling the highest-reviewed planners straight from the spotless desks and minds of the people who purchase and plan with them. Ahead we've lined up the top products that not only look streamlined from pages to cover but are also proven to harness life organization powers for the world's non-natural born planners — from pocket-sized planners to systematic schedulers based off scientific studies. Scroll on to shop the organized AF's solutions for running a tidier and more productive ship in 2019. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
The Systematic Planner This daily, weekly, and monthly planner is structured from scientifically studied principles of how to best increase productivity and happiness over a gradual period of time — in addition to its systematic agenda for prioritizing and holding tasks accountable, each planner also comes complete with a series of informational ebooks and videos for additional organization aid.
The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Organizers Say: "I spent my first day filling this planner out. I already feel so organized and have peace of mind. It has a Monthly overview for the first part of the planner with 12 months you can fill out. There's weekly planning and then there's a section for daily planning. This is definitely something for those who have a lot of events going on in their lives and you just need a reminder and some reflection of what is coming up or has happened." — jennifer bui, Amazon Reviewer Panda Planner
Best Daily Planner for Happiness & Productivity, $39.97, available at
The Personalized Planner This 3-ring-planner makes customizable organization an easy dream — the binding enables additions or removal of extra pouches to note pages and reordering months to put the fresher up front.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars on ban.do.
Organizers Say: "I've been searching forever for a way to incorporate a planner/calendar with a bullet journal. Ban.do has finally made that easy, and without the clunk of a letter-sized binder. Buy this along with their dot/grid/lined/note pages and you're all set. The binder is cute, sturdy and easily opens all the way to make writing in it simple." — ban.do Reviewer ban.do
2019 12-Month 3-Ring Binder Planner, $27, available at
The Artistic Planner An extensive 17-month planner filled with uplifting illustrations from its creator, Katie Daisy, that focus on a gentler artistic approach to embracing time-management and improving organization — each month is kicked off with two full pages of illustrated inspirations in a soothing and vibrant watercolor style.
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Organizers Say: "'Beauty, Magic, Wonder' evokes all three from the minute it arrives. It is small enough to fit easily into a purse and large enough to allow plenty of daily entries as well as journal type entries throughout the book. The pages are colorful and happy just like the cover of the book. It is full of flowers and positive affirmations on its pastel pages. I've already made entries for August and will fill its pages with notes and appointments along with my personal musings, both creative and retrospective...The double spiral binding allows easy opening and a flat writing surface. I will get this planner going forward and recommend it to anyone with a positive spirit and an enjoyment of floral beauty. It makes me smile just to look at it and flip through its pages." — Cat Oliver, Amazon Reviewer Katie Daisy
2019 On-the-Go Weekly Planner, $12.97, available at
The Simple Planner This smooth, spiral-binded planner is straightforward organization at its best — the monthly tabs allow for streamlined date location and there's ample space for keeping track of daily goals, appointments, and to-dos each week.
The Hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars on Target.
Organizers Say: "I love this planner. It's very clean and simple and basic but also beautiful, exactly what you would expect from Hearth & Hand. It's just a planner, which is exactly what I was looking for. A month-at-a-glance for each month, and then a big, blank spot for each day. I use it for writing to-dos and reminders for the night before and bring it into the kitchen each morning to keep it open throughout the day on the counter. The spiral binding allows it to lay flat, but I love the polished look of the covered outside. If you are looking for a beautiful-but-simple planner, this is it!" — cassidy, Target Reviewer Hearth & Hand with Magnolia
2019 Planner Spiral Binding , $14.99, available at
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The Big-Minimalist Planner These minimalists planners come in sizes from mini to big with timeframes from weekly to monthly, all including BIG blank space for filling with BIG plans.
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Organizers Say: "I love this planner! I've used many planners over the years to organize my school work due dates and assignments. I love this calendar because it's simple and gives me the most control over the content I put in it...its extremely plain and I love that because I can personalize it with stickers and doodle all over it...the pages are very thick so you can use gel pens and not worry about it bleeding through...its small and durable so you can slip it in your purse or backpack and take it on the go...very affordable." — Erika S., Amazon Reviewer Jstory
Big Weekly Planner, $13, available at
The Multi-Layered Planner This planner boasts 176 pages to prompt a fuller, more organized and inspired life in 2019 — from quotes to mini months, goal setting, calendar overviews, weekly planning, grid pages, and more.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Organizers Say: "Love this, super cute and very functional. I was worried about it not having enough space for me to write but the lines are big enough and I love the big calendar for important tasks and then the daily calendars for the smaller reminders. Room for notes also which is perfect.. Fits in my medium sized purse perfectly, not too flashy to pull out at work but colorful and inspiring on the inside. If my planner isn’t cute I’d never use it! I highly recommend." — christina faulkner, Amazon Reviewer Erin Condren
2019 Hardbound LifePlanner, $30.99, available at
The Pocket Planner This classic black planner is compact enough to fit inside your jacket pocket or purse but also roomy enough to contain and organize all of your plans.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars on Walmart.
Organizers Say: "Compact in size but room for everything." — Shalimar12, Walmart Reviewer TF Publishing
2019 Small Weekly & Monthly Planner, $4.88, available at
The Positivity Planner This 100-day planner uses its open-dated page layout to encourage personal growth, progress, and organization with thoughtful intentional through a vibrant focus on positivity.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars on Anthropologie.
Organizers Say: "Surprised by the power held inside this adorable planner! It helps to realize what names you happy/unhappy and how much of it seeps into your daily life. I especially love the daily inspirational quotes, very powerful. I’ve bought one for 3 of my friends and they love it as well." — Anthroply, Anthropologie Reviewer Anthropologie
The Happiness 100-Day Planner, $30, available at
The Passionate Planner This planner covers a full-range of organizational life areas with depth and energy — from goal roadmapping, to priority lists, motivational quotes, weekly challenges, success logs, monthly reflections, doodle space, and more.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars on Passion Planner.
Organizers Say: "I absolutely love my 2019 Dated Elite Black Passion Planner. This is my third PP and I could not imagine a year without the encouragement, wisdom, and creative energy I always feel while using my planner and engaging with the #PashFam. The new size is absolutely lovely and I am really enjoying the dotted pages (perfect for those interested in bullet journal styled spreads) and other new features." — Christina C., Passion Planner Reviewer Passion Planner
2019 Dated Elite Black, $24, available at
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The Wellness Planner This specialized planner is geared towards wellness organization — in addition to streamlined areas for goal to meal planning and activity logs, the pages in this 3-ring-binded book are also filled with tips and tricks on nutrition, exercise, and body positivity from a group of popular female experts.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars on ban.do.
Organizers Say: "Love the planner so much. Everything in it is helping me be my best self :) I'm staying on track with my water drinking, keeping organized at work, and really using all the meal planning pages. " — Stephanie, ban.do Reviewer ban.do
Wellness Planner - Take Care, $30, available at
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