The Best Planners for the (Long-Awaited) New Year Ahead

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We think it would be fair to say that 2020 was kind of a hot mess. But at least we’re finally nearing the end of it, right? There’s a fresh new year ahead and here’s hoping that 2021 is brighter than the last. But no matter what it happens to throw at you, you can stay on top of it all with a 2021 planner. 

From work deadlines to Zoom happy hours, you can keep track of every important date with a 2021 planner. With options that boast extra helpful details like space for goal-setting and daily habit trackers, this is about to be—if not anything else—your most organized year yet.  

Here, the best planners.

Papier Le Traditionnel

Papier Le Traditionnel

We love the vintage styling and Parisian-inspired detailing of this hardback planner, courtesy of Papier. There are two color palettes available and you can also choose between a traditional 2021 planner or a daily productivity planner. 

If you opt for the 2021 planner, the smooth pages hold weekly, monthly, and yearly layouts, with additional sections for to-do lists, monthly goals, important dates, wish lists, and notes. As for the daily productivity planner, it contains space for daily and weekly schedules, to-do and shopping lists, as well as goal-setting and personal reflection sections. And no matter which you choose, you can personalize the cover with your moniker.

Kate Spade Dream Big Mega 17-Month Planner

Kate Spade Dream Big Mega 17-Month Planner

Looking for the perfect place to record all your dreams and goals for the year ahead? Snag this perfect planner from Kate Spade. The rainbow-hued declaration on the forest green cover will keep you motivated and feeling inspired no matter how your day is going.

Inside the coil-ringed book you’ll find monthly and weekly layouts to fill with all your appointments and important dates. Laminated tabs and an interior pocket will help keep you organized, and you can even liven up the pages and mark special days with the included sticker sheet.

Day Designer 2021 Daily Planner

2021 Daily Planner

A planner is already a must-have in your home, but this art-inspired design takes it one step further with an abstract design you'd be happy to place on your desk or nightstand.

Day Designer's planner features pages that combine your schedule and to-do list, goal setting worksheets, monthly calendars, stickers, and a bookmark ruler so you can get organized with ease. Plus, there are two sizes available so you can pick which one fits your lifestyle best.

Golden Coil Planner

Golden Coil Planner

For a completely customizable option (and we mean everything from the cover to the pages inside), look to Golden Coil. With the company goal of creating the perfect planner for everyone, Golden Coil allows you to build your own from the ground—or cover—up.

There are patterned, solid, linen, and faux leather covers to choose from, with the thick, high-quality paper inside offering similar personalization: You can add your name and details, upload your contacts, directly input your calendar, specify daily, weekly, or monthly layouts, as well as insert pages for meal planning, goal setting, and budgeting. Consider your perfect planner found.

Ban.do Wellness Planner

Wellness Planner

Once your schedule is taken care of, it's time to focus on you. With this wellness planner by Ban.do, you'll get sections on intentions, self-care, headspace, physical wellness, and nutrition that'll guide you to become the best version of you in the new year.

In addition to pages on everything from crystals to creating joy, there's even space for you to list affirmations, priorities, and to-dos so you can track your day-to-day progress.

Smythson 2021 Mara Premier Fashion Agenda

Smythson 2021 Mara Premier Fashion Agenda

Check out the chicest day planner around! In fact, this stylish stationery piece from Smythson has ‘fashion’ right in its name. Available in three colors (our favorite is the timeless navy hue), the glossy crocodile-embossed leather cover and silver slide closure are worth showing off like a signature accessory.

The gilt-edged pages inside the silk-lined book hold calendar pages from January 2021 through January 2022 with a day-per-page layout. You’ll also find lists of curated hotspots for eating, drinking, and shopping in the fashion capitals of the world—London, New York, Milan, and Paris—so you’ll have all the inspo you need for the future dates that’ll fill those pages. 

Erin Condren Tie Dye Metallic Monthly Planner

Tie Dye Metallic Monthly Planner

Tie-dye sweatsuits are the uniform of choice these days, so why not have a planner to match? Available in three colors, this swirled design by Erin Condren includes monthly quotes, notes productivity pages, and a two-page calendar layout so you can stay on top of plans, deadlines, and important dates. Plus, the colorful design is a cheery addition to your desk or nightstand.

Papier Pine Green Meadow

Papier Pine Green Meadow

Take simple scheduling to new haute heights with this leather-bound planner. Adorned with hot-pressed foil detailing, the cover is crafted from upcycled leather that can be personalized with a gleaming monogram in a rose gold, gold, or silver hue.

But it’s not just luxe looks that this planner has going for it. The lightly textured pages inside are fabulously functional with weekly calendar views to hold your schedule and important dates, as well as space for goals and to-do lists. A ribbon marker and pink-hued end pages complete this beauty of a book.

Minted Winding Monthly Planner

Winding Monthly Planner

With this planner, you can decide everything from your schedule to the book's design. That's because beyond the five available colors to choose from, you can also personalize the front and interior cover with your name and your fave photos. The planner also comes with two sheets of stickers, so you'll never forget a birthday, anniversary, or important meeting again.

Moleskine 12-Month Weekly Notebook Planner

Moleskine 12-Month Weekly Notebook Planner

Is there any planner more classic than a Moleskine? Practical and unfussy, this planner is dated from January through December 2021 and has everything you need and nothing you don’t. A two-page layout features a weekly calendar on a side and room for note-taking on the other.

Also included on the ivory-colored, acid-free pages are useful tools, like yearly and monthly overviews, plus guides to time zones, international measurements, dialing codes, and flight durations. There are an array of hues to choose from, too, and you can even personalize the cover with a name or short phrase.

Rifle Paper Co. 2021 12-Month Pocket Planner

Rifle Paper Co. 2021 12-Month Pocket Planner

If you prefer a planner that you can bring everywhere with you, allow us to introduce you to this cute little thing. This baby has everything traditional-sized calendars have going for them, but packed into a petite planner that you can stash your purse for scheduling on-the-go (it clocks in at just 5.5” x 3.5”!).

Inside the canvas paper cover, you’ll find monthly and weekly calendars and space for important dates and note-taking, and it comes complete with lay-flat binding. Plus, that blooming floral cover with its metallic gold foil 2021 stamp is just so darn pretty.

Laurel Denise 2021 Planner

Laurel Denise 2021 Planner

With swirls of watercolor washing over the gold-stamped hardcover, this ‘gram-worthy planner is serious eye candy. No empty calories here, though: It’s full of organization tools to help you get your schedule in order.

We love the unique layout of being able to view both your monthly and weekly appointment calendars side-by-side, plus it also features space for to-do lists and note-taking, organizational tabs, pocket folders, and daily habit trackers. And for some extra inspo, you’ll also find monthly motivational quotes and pages that you can dedicate to bullet journaling.

Paper Source Upload Your Own 17-Month Custom Planner

 Record Name Paper Source Upload Your Own 17-Month Custom Planner

Have a favorite photo or inspirational quote? With this planner from Paper Source, you can put it front and center and admire it everyday as you jot down notes, appointments, and to-dos.

The cover is basically a blank slate you can completely design yourself. Upload a JPG, PNG, or TIF photo, add text— it’s all you, baby! Crack open the ring-bound book and you’ll find monthly and weekly calendars dating from August 2020 to December 2021, as well as “monthly check-in” pages that feature daily habit trackers, to-do lists, and space to jot down priorities.

Emily Ley 2021 Weekly Simplified Planner

Emily Ley 2021 Weekly Simplified Planner

If you need more organization tools than just a planner to jot down your can’t-forget dates in, Emily Ley has your covered. With a pretty trellis pattern in a sky blue hue and gleaming gold corners, this planner covers the 12 months of 2021 with a layout of one week per two pages, as well as full month views. 

Besides the essential calendar pages, this book also boasts room to write a yearly bucket list, morning and nightly routines, to-do lists, and any notes you need. Plus, with the purchase of the planner, you’ll also get monthly organization and lifestyle coaching from founder and CEO Emily Ley directly to your inbox. It’s the next best thing to a personal assistant.   

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