We admit that we would never win a superlative for being the best planner. We have, however, rounded up the best planners for 2023. You know, the book kind. And we totally did it for you. No selfish intentions whatsoever.
We’ve learned that there’s a whole world filled with notebooks and planners designed for all different schedules and styles. There are far more options than, “should we scribble on our hand in pen or sharpie?” Although that can work in a pinch.
Whether you like extra space for notes, lined pages, or a daily breakdown, we’ve found quite a few promising choices. With these planners, we’re convinced that the best laid plans of mice and men probably wouldn’t have gone awry.
The 16 Best Planners for 2023 to Make the Year a Little Less Daunting
1. Le Classique Planning Agenda by Papier, $32.00
From the beginning of our search for the best planners, Papier came up so often that we started to question if we’ve just been spelling “paper” wrong our whole lives. In addition to having the ability to shake our confidence, Papier offers this cute and concise option.
Their Le Classique planner offers a year view for 2023 and 2024, monthly views for 2023, space for goal-setting, important dates, to-do lists, and storing important dates and contacts. And all of the above is available in standard or pocket size. Get an extra one for your Polly Pocket and the two of you will run the world.
Available at Papier
2. Hidden Agenda Planner by Brass Monkey, $15.00
Brass Monkey’s Hidden Agenda planner is perfect for super secret spies – er, cashiers. Yes. Everyday-nothing-to-see-here cashiers. Wink-wink.
It includes holidays (the major ones as well as the obscure), but is undated. What? How? The dates are fixed onto the pages, but users tick off which day of the week each date is, so you could use this planner in 2023, 2045, 2983…you get the point. Even if you forget about it until halfway through the year, it won’t go to waste.
It’s available in pocket size to be extra discreet, and contains lots of random trivia to distract people if they get too close to guessing your top-secret missions.
Available at Brass Monkey Goods
3. Planning Calendar by Kelly Ventura for Blue Sky
We don’t get to say this enough about dresses or about planners: it has pockets! This planning calendar has a clear plastic sleeve, in addition to a bookmark, sticker sheet, list of holidays, and reference calendars.
The monthly and weekly pages allow users to plan from both a bird’s eye view and day-by-day. The weekly pages are unlined and provide ample space to write what your heart desires, and what it doesn’t.
That doctor’s appointment has got to get scheduled whether or not you like it. Rant about it in the extra notes section.
Available on Amazon
4. Daily 18-Month Planner by The Happy Planner
Aside from being available in lots of gorgeous colors and patterns, this planner is visually memorable because of the inspirational quotes and large spiral build. Lefties may be put-off by the spiral, but they’ll be so motivated by the quotes that it won’t even matter.
This option has some heft to it, but that’s all the more room to be creative. That anti-lefty spiral allows users to insert and remove pages easily. Those very pages have space for stickers, doodles, or scribbling madly trying to get your pen to work. All equally important.
The layout is vertical and includes three daily boxes to divide at will. Morning, afternoon, evening? Work, school, social? Breakfast, lunch, dinner? Your call.
Available on Amazon
5. PRO Hourly Planner by Clever Fox, $38.49
Do you really love structure? Then this is the 2023 planning calendar for you. It offers the tools to organize your day with more precision and accuracy than Walter White used to perfect his…product.
It has space for year-long goals and quarterly goals, plus the strategies to incorporate monthly, weekly, and daily to reach those goals. You’ll have space to schedule things between 6am and 9pm, as well as colorful ribbons and stickers for when you need to cheer yourself up after remembering that you need to be a functioning person at 6 a.m.
Big meeting Monday morning? Bummer. Here’s a sticker.
Available at Clever Fox
6. Perpetual Diary by Rhodia
This is relatively straightforward as far as planners go. The left-hand side has a weekly view, with a dotted page for bullet journaling on the right. With 53 undated weeks, you have free rein to start and end when you’d like. Be careful not to get drunk on that power.
One thing that sets this option apart from others is the…how to put this professionally…smooth as a baby’s bottom paper. It’s described as “Clairefontaine 90g ivory brushed vellum paper.” But we’re writing for the general audience, not Dunder Mifflin.
Available on Amazon
7. Weekly Notebook Planner by Moleskine
Moleskine has consistently delivered solid, high-quality notebooks year after year. And 2023 is no different.
It’s relatively simple, but decidedly a planner with a month overview followed by a weekly breakdown. The week is on one side, and a lined page for notes follows on the other.
Is it fancy? Nah. But it’s sturdy and reliable, much like the trees who sacrificed their lives for it. A moment of silence, please.
Available on Amazon
8. Chicago Ave Gold Luxe 2023 Weekly Planner By Waste Not Paper, $35.00
The opposite of a Moleskine, this planner is a great option for those who like a little glitz and glam. It covers 17 months with both weekly and monthly views, but is jazzed up by a few visual extras.
With a soft, eco-leather cover featuring a gold foil floral design, the 2023 planner also has gold on the edges of the paper for a little fancy from every angle. At under $40, it looks like Gucci but is priced like Costco.
Be sure to log all of that extra money you saved in the notes section.
Available at Calendars.com
9. SOHO Agenda by Smythson, $280.00
We’ll be frank. This planner is expensive. At $280, we kind of expect a planner that had $250 wedged in the pages. We understand, however, that the high price tag is due to the high quality leather, as the book is bound in crossgrain lambskin.
It’s no slouch, offering ample room to fill out days of the week, as well as pages for additional notes. We like to believe that this pick sets up users to budget and plan their days well enough to afford a nearly $300 planner.
Available at Smythson
10. Medium Monthly Planner by JSTORY
This planning calendar has no frills. Like, at all. Ron Swanson would love it.
No built-in holidays, no numbers, no additional notes pages. They don’t even write out the names of the days of the week.
The minimalist layout is perfect for people who want just a bit of guidance, but mostly freedom and independence to be the loose cannon of planning that they are. Yes, we are aware of the irony.
Available on Amazon
11. Witches’ Datebook by Llewellyn, $13.99
Llewellyn offers products for astrology, magick, tarot, and other witchy things. So, it makes sense that the planner they brewed up isn’t your run-of-the-mill glorified notebook. Their datebook is for when you want to live the witch life without throwing caution completely to the wind. Witches still gotta get stuff done.
It offers the standard calendar of dates and space to keep track of appointments. But it also includes recipes, illustrations, and techniques to help connect users to nature, spirituality, and deeper wisdom. All that in a day’s work.
Available at Llewellyn
12. Undated 12 Month Planner by The Happiness Planner, $59.00
Oftentimes, getting a planner means something more than simply needing to remember when you need to schedule an oil change. It’s a promise to take more control of your life, and this planner leans into that.
It has the makings of a logistically sound planner, and includes additional features such as monthly goal setting, daily quotes, self-love prompts, sleep, exercise, and meal trackers, gratitude and reflections, and more.
We’d list the rest, but we despise spoilers. And we owe ourselves a hug.
Available at The Happiness Planner
13. The Food Planner by Poketo, $28.00
Foodies unite! We’re prepared to let the sub-par name of this one slide because of how detailed it is on the inside.
This book offers the tools to help you cook more, track which foods make your body feel the best, and become one with your inner foodie. There are conversations, shopping lists, recipe pages, and a calendar to help you find your kitchen vibe and never look back.
Or at least to look back with a mouthful of delicious cake.
Available at Poketo
14. Progress Not Perfection Planner by ban.do
It’s no secret. This planner is funky. Or, maybe groovy is a better word. Either way, that flower power energy is present throughout the book in everything from the color scheme to the stickers to the coloring pages provided. That’s right, coloring pages are provided. No really, we shouldn’t have.
After we finish filling this in, we’ll probably watch a few episodes of Scooby Doo. We have the sudden, inexplicable urge.
Available at ban.do
15. The Anti-Insomnia Notebook by Therapy Notebooks, $28.00
Whoever said “sleep is for the weak?” We’d like to have a word with them, and it won’t be a nice one. Probably because we’re cranky from not getting enough sleep.
This planner is unique in that it focuses on productivity not confined to waking moments. No, we’re not talking about people that can sleep-do-their-taxes (although that is pretty impressive). Instead, this book is designed to help you track your sleep and adjust accordingly for healthier, restful slumbers.
Available at Therapy Notebooks
16. Dateless Self-Care Planner by Silk and Sonder, $25.00
This planner is a lot like how we’re excited to be in 2023; beautiful, dateless, and focused on self-care.
There are five weeks of daily spreads that include evidence-based exercises, guided prompts for journaling, and bullet journal layouts to inspire users to lead healthy lives. What’s not included in this book is space for the haters. See you later, hater gaters.
Available at Silk and Sonder
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