10 Best // Planners for the New Year


1. weekdate ($23) // 2. emily ley ($54) // 3. aridum ($19) // 4. adamjk ($12) // 5. sugar paper ($17) // 6. erin condren ($50) // 7. sarah pinto ($20) // 8. whitney english ($60) // 9. plumpaperdesigns ($31) // 10. 8 days a week ($18)


the 2014 planner.  just try to tell me you haven't been eyeing them, purchasing them, printing them, buying new pens for color coding in anticipation of the new year being the time you'll finally get organized and use that planner regularly.  really this time.

you know i'm planner obsessed.  they are probably one of my most beloved possessions each year, and no, i absolutely cannot accomplish the same thing using my phone.  technology is the devil.  paper planner for life.  i adore my whitney english day designer (#8 pictured), but there's a lot of options out there.  i believe that you get what you pay for.  yes, i've spent anywhere from $5 at target clearance to $65 at whitney english, and i can tell you from decades of experience that the more i spend, the more i use it.  you may be dedicated enough to use the $5 one, but i need all the bells and whistles.  if it's not pretty, i'm constantly looking for (unnecessary) replacements.  now i just start with the pretty (more expensive) ones, and i've never got more use out of a planner than i have with a whitney english and an erin condren.

i've used almost every planner on this list, and they're great.  obviously, i prefer the spiral bound because i like them to lay flat.  i also need them to be large enough to accommodate my messy handwriting and 12.6 million (on average) tasks each month.  it's been a science finding the right ones, honestly.  and sadly, the little envelope sized pocketbooks of years past just aren't cutting it any more.  except the weekdate (#1) because they have a crazy neat set up.  (that i posted about here.)  to be fair, i do write down every. single. thing. because nothing compares to the joy of crossing off completed tasks.

so, what planner are you using in the new year?

oh, and do yourself a favor and throw a scented candle in with your purchase, because you can't forget to relax.  if you take on too many projects, organizational or otherwise, at the start of the new year, you'll just get burnt out and not finish any of them.  pick a few and work your way up.  if you're completely new to getting organized, pick one and work on just that until you've mastered it.  lighting a candle and writing in your planner on sunday night will make getting organized seem bearable, if not downright enjoyable.  just ask stephanie.

40 comments

  1. I love 2014 planners! Perfect way to start a new year!

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  2. I had an erin condren planner and I loved it but it was too heavy in my bag everyday. I'm now back to using a boring, black moleskine. LAME.

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  3. I totally use a more expensive planner more. I am still holding strong with my Erin C.

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  4. ps thanks for the shout out. and now I am perusing these planners JUST BECAUSE I THINK IT'S FUN. Not because I'm looking for one. Just some organizational nerd fun.

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  5. I bought a 2014 planner at the dollar store this year! Someday I will splurge on an Erin Condren but for now the cute chevron one I bought for $1.25 will have to do!

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  6. I liked #2 until I saw how much it was. My $8 planner re-fill isn't looking so bad anymore suddenly. ;P

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  7. I was JUST writing out blog plans for next year and thinking I need a specific organizer.

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  8. I think I'm going to try a plum paper one once my Erin Condren is done. Plum Paper has a semester option, so it would be nice to organize by class and see how I like that!

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  9. I got the Sugar Paper one for Christmas! Love it. :)

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  10. You busted me. Totally have been checking out the new planners and all the pretty 2014 printables. It's a weakness but a productive one. :)

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  11. I love my Erin Condren, and I already have my 2014. I wanted the Day Designer, but the gold was sold out when I went to order it! Sad! Maybe next year!

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    1. I love the gold stripes, it makes me smile every time I use it! I loved my EC too, I think both are excellent. What color/pattern EC do you have for 2014?

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  12. ok, so i have a confession here. i LOVE planners. i love anything that has to do with stationary and pens and papers. whenever i go into a bookstore, i make a beeline for that department and i drool and lust and basically want them all. but the cheap chinawoman in me looks at the prices and balks and by that, i mean i get angry that someone would actually charge $20+ for a calendar and then i'm all like, IMMA PRINT THIS SHIT OFF OUTLOOK, SHRINK IT TO SIZE AND MAKE MY OWN PLANNER! SUCK ON THAT PLANNER COMPANY EXTORTIONISTS!!

    my chinawoman side often embarrasses me.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  13. I want an Erin C Life Planner BUT I don't want o PAY for an Erin C Life Planner.

    PS. Kathy's comment just above mine cracks me up!

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  14. I've been eyeing this beautiful planner from Erin C for sooo long now..... just read this and it reminded me I needed to order one ASAP for 2014!!! I'm using the $$ I got for Christmas, so it's like a fun Christmas present for myself woooooo!! :)

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    1. Oooo!! That is an awesome present to yourself, good choice!! Can't wait to see what you pick, the ECs come in such cute patterns.

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  15. I was showing Rachel the Erin C planners cause I'm debating it and she totally ended up getting one yesterday haha. I'm still debating it! Life needs more organization! I'm also dying over here about Kathy's comment and I can totally relate to the being cheap aspect of it haha.

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  16. Don't un-friend me but I totally don't use a planner. I use my phone for appointments and then I use a 5 subject notebook for my to-do lists. I do add writeable/removable tabs at the top to separate different tasks or lists though. I just like to have more space since I write big and messy. I also make a ton of different lists!

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  17. I'm using a May book! I had a huge bulky planner that was similar to an Erin Condren, but I 1) didn't use all the features so I wasted a lot of money and 2) was overwhelmed by everything it offered so half the time I would just push it aside. May books are much simpler and straight to the point, which is good for me. And I'm not wasting any money, haha.

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  18. I just realized that my current planner doesn't have extra months in it for 2014 so was just thinking how I NEED a new planner asap! going to check out some of the cheaper options you listed here ha.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  19. Of course the first one that caught my eye was the most expensive one! Also loving that Erin Condren website, lots of cute paper things.

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  20. I was literally searching for a great planner all day yesterday, and Google search results was seriously failing me. Thanks for all these suggestions! I don't know if I'm ready to take the leap and spend $60 on a planner, so I think I'm going to try the "multitaskers" version of the 8 days a week planner. I just really need lots of space to write notes and to-do lists and this seems to be perfect.

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  21. Haha of course I like the most expensive one and yes there is only so much you can do with a phone.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. I'm not very good with the phone, when I try that system I end up missing things. Haha but the most expensive one is so pretty, so... you just have good taste ;)

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  22. We are similar in our planner obsessions. I love all of these!

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  23. Best post ever! Thank you so much for quenching my planner addiction with this! I didn't know about Emily Ley and I think this might be my next planner.

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    1. I'm so glad you found a good one! I love Emily Ley, she has great stuff and lots of ways to customize!

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  24. love it. i was thinking about you when I was at Target today looking for a planner. I ended getting the Sugar Paper one. It was $9.99 for the big one. Woo. Got my erasable pen too! haha...

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  25. I love the idea of a planner, but actually I just end up putting everything in Google Calendar so I always have it with me. I'm also crazy so if I have to scratch something out in a planner or something it just reals ruined.

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  26. I already have a planner but i cant help but look at others too. I wish I could find one that had two copies of each month. One for my real life and one for blogging.

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  27. I am going old school this year and treated myself to a nice paper planner from Plum Paper Designs (etsy) after years of just using my calendar on my phone. It starts this week but I've already loaded it up with bills and other paper crap I need to deal with so that's one benefit I'm already seeing vs. a purely electronic calendar.

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    1. I agree, when I use an electronic calendar, it mostly keeps social events and meetings. I never put things like bills and due dates. I love the Plum Paper ones, there's lots of page options!

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  28. I am definitely getting that weekdate one you recommended before! I need to get my everything organized!

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  29. Lily Pulitzer that I bought last September (18-month agenda and still good) but I am trying to convince myself not buying a new one for 2014! :)

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  30. I love using paper calendars and all the girls at work make fun of me for it! I just love a cute little notebook in my bag though :)

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  31. I absolutely LOVE my new planner from Plum Paper Designs, although I really love the look of the Simplified Life Binder Starter Kit you shared too!

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  32. STEPHANIE OH QUEEN OF ORGANIZING THINGS. I went to this post because I needs a planner. But I needs it to be big enough for me to shove miscellaneous wedding papers in it. HALP.

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  33. I'm super excited about the planner I got this year because it was only $7 at Target, but it has plenty of space for me to write my daily agenda on one page and then a blank page for notes right to it, so I can keep running lists of things relavent to that particular week. New planners are my favorite!

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  34. I browsed the website for the third suggestion and came a cross a bunch of nice planners. I'm going with a journal style one that I found. It's a cheap alternative to the EC planner and it's completely customizable. Here's the link if you wanna check it out: http://www.mochithings.com/schedulers-and-planners/simple-journal-planner/9790

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  35. Thank you for the info! I took a look at all the planners and while I love the EC life planners I am so happy to have found PlumPaperDesigns! I was able to order a totally customized planner. Thanks for your research and links. Appreciate it!

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