Entrepreneurs and business leaders agree, nothing sets you up for success quite like a good planner. Here are our picks for the best planners for 2018.
With 2018 just around the corner, everyone’s thinking about ways to make the coming year one to remember. Starting a weightlifting routine, improving your gut health, and beginning a collagen supplementation routine are a few great New Year’s resolutions, but one that often gets overlooked is planning.
No matter what you want to do in 2018, you’ll be infinitely more likely to accomplish it if you set reasonable, actionable goals you can track throughout the year, and that’s where planners come in. These five well-reviewed planners are great options for helping you rock 2018 — in fact, we think they’re the best planners on the market.
Erin Condren LifePlanner
Often hailed as the gold standard of planners, the Erin Condren LifePlanner is an organization-lover’s dream. One of its best features is the fact that it’s totally customizable. You can select your favorite cover from numerous beautiful options, and can also add your name or initials to the front.
However, the customization options don’t end there — choose from three different layouts (vertical, horizontal, or hourly), two color schemes (colorful or neutral) and a plethora of add-ons, like attachable notepads, bookmarks, and snap-in lists.
The Happy Planner comes in three sizes (classic, mini, and big), and features a vertical layout accompanied by stunning page separators. With its gorgeous and feminine designs, the Happy Planner (created by the company me & my BIG ideas) is a must for those who love modern and beautiful illustration.
Much like the Erin Condren line of planners, the Happy Planner is often used with stickers, doodles, and washi tape (a type of colorful, designed sticker tape). It’s meant to be both a scrapbook and a planner, though it’s totally fine to skip on the design aspects and simply use it to write down your schedule as well.
Elegant and sophisticated, the Day Designer is perfect for organizational pros who love planning their days down to the hour. The planner’s hourly layout makes it ideal for scheduling work meetings, appointments, dinners with friends, and anything else that may come up throughout the week.
It also helps you “design” your year by providing prompts at the beginning of the planner that help you pinpoint your values, goals, and dreams, with the idea being that you’ll use this insight to formulate concrete goals to achieve throughout the year.
For the truly inspired, the Passion Planner is a terrific tool for determining your short- and long-term goals, and then putting them into practice to achieve big things. It has a more creative, entrepreneurial vibe than the rest of the planners on our list, and has a somewhat less feminine design than many alternatives.
Start off your year by filling out the Passion Roadmap to determine some trackable goals that will help you achieve your dreams. Then, tackle your year by keeping track of every day in a vertical format, and round out every month by filling out the Monthly Reflection page.
For minimalists, the Moleskine Planner is the way to go. Its bare, modern aesthetic is instantly recognizable (you’ve probably seen it in many iterations, including notebooks and journals) and this streamlined approach is carried through into the contents of the planner.
Because it features all the basics, it’s ideal for those who simply want to track their appointments and to-dos, and prefer not to get too deep into the creative aspects of planning, such as journaling, doodling and stickering.