Each year for the past few years my Inc.com colleague Melanie Deziel rounded up the best planners for those looking to get an incredible amount done and win the year ahead. But in 2019 Melanie is on to new challenges, so I'm taking the reins to round up the planners that will help you make this year your most productive ever.

For fans of the classics

Panda Planner ($39.97): Just about every article and review I looked at recommended this popular basic planner. It "takes a scientific approach towards increased productivity," claims Refinery29. BuzzFeed recommends it "for anyone who gets overwhelmed at the sight of a dated planner and would rather dictate their own pace and goal progress."

Moleskin 12-Month Weekly Notebook Planner ($17.95): No list of planners would be complete without mentioning these sturdy, simple planners. "Moleskine's no-nonsense planners are a classic for a reason," insists Elle.

For minimalists

2019 Planner from Ointment Co. ($42): New York Magazine has crowned this one "best planner for minimalists" thanks to its quality and design. "The pages are thick, the cover is made of a soft, gray linen, the binding is woven and truly lay-flat, and it comes with handsome brass tabs to keep track of your pages," notes the magazine.

For the design obsessed

Honeycomb Blue Weekly/Monthly Hardcover Planner ($31.50): If you want your planner not just to keep your organized but to look fabulous in your office too, then Refinery29 suggests this "very chic addition to your desk vignette."

For those in need of a little more guidance

Full Focus Planner ($39.99): Do you want your planner just not hold your thoughts and obligations but to impose a little discipline on them too? Then try the Full Focus Planner, suggests Elle. "Instead of tackling the whole year at once, this notebook breaks it down into 90-day achievement cycles that are optimized for goal-tracking and detailed planning," explains its review.

For the wellness focused

The Happiness Planner ($49): This planner's "daily layout includes dedicated boxes for tracking meals, exercises, to-dos, and nightly reflection," notes Refinery29. "Every day has a motivational quote from our favorite muses, like Shonda Rhimes and Maya Angelou."

MindJournal (from around $45): Are you a dude who's into journaling but doesn't want to carry around a pastel notebook filled with bubbly inspirational quotes? Then this pick, designed specifically with a male aesthetic in mind, is for you. It includes prompts to guide newbies into a practice that's been scientifically shown to have mind-clearing, creativity-boosting effects.

For obsessive note takers

TABi Notebook (from around $20): Still like to write everything down the old-fashioned way? Then the UK Independent recommends this "search engine for paper." Those who tried it liked how "users are able to write an index tab for every page or section, which makes it easy to find those important scribbled thoughts again." 

For families

The Busy B Family Diary (from around $10): Another niche solution from the Independent. This one keeps track of all those soccer practices, grocery lists, and dentists appointments that usually clog someone in the family's head (usually mom's). It's "a great solution to the difficulty of keeping so many balls in the air. It's light enough to carry around in a handbag, and there's room for up to five schedules across a weekly view," explains the paper.

For the artistically inclined

Leuchtturm Bullet Journal ($24.95): Bullet journals are all the rage and this seems to be the consensus pick if you prefer this more graphical approach to keeping track of your commitments. "This bullet journal includes tons of dotted pages, a blank key and a blank index," notes Today's roundup of best planners.

If you plan A LOT

BestSelf Co. Planner ($31.99): Not enough space in the average planner for you? Then BuzzFeed suggests this 13-week planner "designed to give you more space than a yearly planner, so you can understand, orient, and distribute your time *and* break down your goals in smaller, more manageable time frames."

For those always on the go

BookFactory Pocket Organizer ($6.99): Want your planner to literally fit in your pocket but still be functional? Then this small but mighty option may be your best bet. 

For free spirits

Agendio (from around $39): If the out-of-the-box limitations of conventional planners make you feel constrained, then take a suggestion from Dezeil and go with Agendio. "Their site allows you to select from multiple products, layouts, page insert options, and individual page design options to suit your preferences, so the planner you end up with is exactly what you need," she explains.

Published on: Mar 5, 2019
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