Pick up one of these coordinated, efficient daily planners to keep your life on track all year long.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated February 08, 2019
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Whether it’s called a planner, an agenda, or an organizer, a daily calendar can make keeping track of birthdays, events, meetings, tasks, chores, and more a breeze—especially for anyone juggling kids’ schedules, too. For those committed to writing everything down on paper, picking the wrong planner can throw everything completely out of whack, especially if it doesn’t have the layout and features necessary.

Picking the right planner from the huge assortment out there is no small feat, though. These planners each have their own pros and cons, plus pretty covers—a must for anyone who plans to bring her planner with her everywhere she goes.

A quick caveat: These planners are all based on the calendar year (December or January to December), not the school year (August to August). Part of picking the right planner is finding the time frame—say, based on a calendar year for professionals or based on the school year for students, teachers, or parents—that serves any scheduling or listing needs best.

Layout is also important. Sketchers, doodlers, or bullet journal fans should look for a planner with plenty of white space or grids, while list-makers should seek out an agenda with plenty of lines and check-boxes. Always be sure to look inside any planner before purchasing it to make sure the layout plus any extras, such as stickers, bookmarks, or folders, are helpful and practical, rather than distracting.

Don’t stress, though—custom planners, which are a slightly pricier option that nonetheless are guaranteed to have everything necessary, are always available. For off-the-shelf planners, keep reading. 2019, here we come.


Libby VanderPloeg Perfect Pup 2019 12-Month Planner

An array of dogs plays, naps, and sits on the cover of this cute planner. The dates inside cover all of 2019, and monthly and weekly views offer plenty of flexibility. One of the most useful features is in the weekly view—it offers a space for a to-do list (complete with spots for check marks) and a space for notes and events under each day.

To buy: $34; anthropologie.com.


Paper Source 2018-2019 Ferns Planner

This spiral-bound planner has daily, weekly, and monthly views that make it an excellent option for helping to manage busy schedules. It also has pockets for storing important papers, and a gorgeously soothing fern-print cover.

The dates inside run August 2018 through December 2019 (17 months), so there will be some extra pages, though those can be easily torn out for a lighter load. The weekly and daily view are vertical, which would work well for list fanatics if they were lined (they are not lined). Still, the blank vertical spaces could work well for doodlers or anyone not interested in writing in straight lines.

To buy: $26; papersource.com.


Ban.do 2019 Rose Gold Perfect Planner

Notably, this planner has a button clasp—rather than an elastic—to keep it closed (very classy). Its pages have dates and a weekly calendar on one side (monthly calendars are also inside) and a space for making lists and jotting down notes on the other side, balancing scheduling needs with productivity.

To buy: $30; papersource.com.


Appointed Undated Monthly Planner

For the big-picture schedulers, this simple monthly planner depicts one month per two-page spread. It’s undated, so the scheduler can use it exactly as needed—perhaps for planning a large event or wedding. The bookcloth cover is water-resistant and hard-backed, so the planner can be saved for posterity if desired.

To buy: $20; readbetweenthelines.com.


Rifle Paper Co. Everyday 12-Month Agenda in 2019 Navy

The cloth cover on this foil-stamped planner lends it a sophisticated air that can fit in equally well at a client planning session, a parent-teacher conference, and a library excursion. At 5.25 x 7.75 inches, it’s certainly portable, and monthly tabs make jumping around to check calendar availabilities a breeze. Best of all, this clever planner is laid-out for making lists, with check-boxes next to each line in the weekly views.

To buy: $30; riflepaperco.com.


Productivity Planner

This daily and weekly planner breaks tasks down in a productivity-focused template, with spaces to help track progress using the Pomodoro Technique. The Productivity Planner is great for task-oriented people who tackle major projects on a regular basis, or for those who struggle to stay focused (or fall prey to procrastination). The motivational quotes that appear throughout are a nice touch, too.

This planner doesn’t have dates or full monthly calendars, so its usefulness for schedule management is limited. The lack of dates could be helpful to those who don’t work standard weeks or who work as freelancers with on-and-off phases of work, though.

To buy: $25; papersource.com.


Paper Source 2019 Glitter Planner

If the glam glitter cover isn’t enough to make this planner a must-have, take the sturdy hard-back binding, which seems oh-so-professional. (Anyone who mocks the glitter just wishes she had one.) This one is dense, with monthly grids plus a page for each day of the year, with hourly breakdowns for those with full schedules. The spaced-out format may make keeping track of to-do lists difficult, though, especially if projects or tasks take more than one day to accomplish.

To buy: $19; papersource.com.


Erin Condren Oh Joy! Dainty Dabs LifePlanner

Erin Condren’s customizable planners are versatile picks, especially for those who have a very particular organizing system. This cover option (which can be personalized) has multi-colored brushstrokes that are rather soothing, and the interior can be customized based on three weekly layout options, two color schemes, and four coil colors. Dates can adjusted, as well, to include a full year or more.

To buy: $60 (plus specialty customization); erincondren.com.


Christian Lacroix Navy Embossed Paso Undated Agenda

This embossed cover just screams “I have my life together”—and with the range of layouts inside, this planner might just make that statement come true. It’s undated, but has a yearly spread, 13 monthly spreads, and 55 weekly spreads that let the user organize her life as she wishes. The design is simple and clean, too, perfect for anyone who might be distracted by explosions of color or an excess of stickers.

To buy: $35; readbetweenthelines.com.


Pipsticks This Changes Everything 17 Month Planner

The dramatic cover of this planner opens onto a useful weekly breakdown, with space to track both tasks and schedule obligations. The monthly dividers offer prompts to record current thoughts and feelings—great for students to keep track of how they’ve grown over the year. There are also tons of playful stickers, plus a clever elastic band to help bookmark the current week. (A second band keeps the planner securely closed.) This agenda covers 17 months, with dates from August 2018 to December 2019.

To buy: $30; pipsticks.com.


Moleskine 12-Month Daily Planner in Pink

Moleskine’s notebooks are iconic, and this pretty daily planner in the same simple design couples a chic pink cover with a daily layout, plus an hourly breakdown for those who need their days mapped out in detail. Each page has plenty of space for recording events, thoughts, lists, and more for the day, and the color-coordinated bookmark ribbon makes finding the right day easy. The planner is available in a pocket-size option, plus five other cover color options with hard and soft cover options available in certain colors.

To buy: $25; moleskine.com.