Which planner should you choose for 2018?

If y'all know me, you know I LOVE a good planner! I got my start in the paper crafting world through planners and will always have strong opinions on the topic of goal setting/planner. I want to use all of this planner knowledge to help you in any way that I can!

Many of us are constantly trying to find the perfect planning system to organize our busy lives. No matter what your days consist of - full time work (out of home or in), work from home mom, stay at home mom, entrepreneur, student, etc. - your days are filled with things that you need to keep track of. A good planner can make life so much easier! Less forgetting, less having to remember random notes and times, more organization & focus, and more productivity.

But the big question always remains - which planner should I choose?


Sometimes it feels like I've tried every planner under the sun. I've had years where I used 3+ planners and year where I've barely used 1. At one point in my life I did consulting, where I would help individuals select and setup the perfect planner for their needs. Basically, I have a lot of planner experience, and now I want to share all this knowledge that's just sitting in my brain, to hopefully help you have a productive 2018!

Below, I'm sharing some of my favorite and most recommended planners, along with a little bit about each. If you're interested in reading more thoughts about them, I've linked my full reviews, previously written on my personal blog.

Spiral Planners

Erin Condren Life Planner

The Life Planner comes in three different formats: vertical, horizontal, and hourly. As the planner brand I have been using the longest, I have nothing but good things to say about this planner and brand. These planners start at $55 and are well worth the money. You can customize the color scheme, front cover, layout, and number of months in your planner.

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Read my Vertical Review | Read my Horizontal Review | Read my Hourly Review

Simplified Planner

I will forever love the Simplified Planner. It comes in both a weekly and daily layout, has just the right amount of color, has the cleanest (and most beautiful) design, and is perfectly functional. These beauties start at $58 and are also well worth the money. Love love love.

If you’re looking for something similar, but aren’t crazy about the preppy patterns, I 150% recommend EL’s Dapperdesk Leather Planner. Holy beautiful, it’s SO nice and perfect for men and women!

Read my thoughts on the Daily Layout | Read my thoughts on the Weekly Layout

Horacio Printing

The Horacio Printing planner is a faith-based planner. It comes in three different colors and has some of the best paper quality I have ever seen in a planner. They start at $44 and are definitely worth it. The simplistic design leaves room to put your own personality on the planner. If you’re not a planner decorator, this planner is filled with beautiful elements that will compliment your pen scribbles without adding anything extra. Love!

Read my Horacio Printing Planner Review

Get to Work Book

When it comes to form, function, and simplicity, the Get to Work Book makes my heart skip a beat. It is available in A5 unbound inserts or spiral bound and starts at $46. The paper quality is perfection and as a goal setting agenda, it includes project planning pages and goal setting pages. I will be using the unbound inserts in an A5 Filofax as my planner for 2017. – More on that later.

Read my thoughts on the GTWB

DaySpring/Illustrated Faith

The Illustrated Faith agenda is another faith-based planner. The colors/patterns used throughout the book are absolutely gorgeous and the quality is great. For only $29 you really can’t beat it! 

Read my Illustrated Faith Agenda Review


Ban.do makes some of the best planners for the price point. Their agendas start at $20 and come in three different sizes. They’re all very fun spirited and make you want to take photos of your to-so list all day long. (Not to mention they come with fun stickers.) For the price point, the quality is outstanding and it’s nice to be able to pick one up at so many different retail locations you probably already visit!

Read my Ban.do Agenda Review

Ring Bound Planner System

Kikki.K / Filofax

I really like the ring bound system for planners. As someone that keeps track of multiple things at once (work, blog, family, etc.), I like being able to add/remove pages as needed. Kikki.K planners are excellent quality for the price and come in a variety of colors/patterns. You can choose from pocket, personal, or A5 (small, medium, large) size, so no matter what your schedule looks like, you’ll have the perfect amount of space.

(I also love Filofax for ring bound planners.)

Read my thoughts on the Kikki.K A5 Ring Bound Planner

Studio Calico

The Studio Calico Hello Forever planner is perfect if you’re looking to get into the ring bound system but either want something a little less bulky, or want to go with a less expensive option starting out. These start at $55, come in a few different colors, are sturdy and come with usable/good-looking inserts, and will fit any other A5 inserts you want to add to it.

Read my thoughts on the Studio Calico Hello Forever Planner


Traveler's Notebooks

Traveler’s Notebooks are one of the most genius creations. EVER. The things you can use them for is endless and I love the customization options. I buy all my traveler’s notebooks from Chic Sparrow and I love inserts from May Designs.

Other Planners I recommend:

Rifle Paper Co.
Sugar Paper
Russell + Hazel
Passion Planner
MP Paper Co.
Inkwell Press

There are SO many A+ planners out there, it can be overwhelming trying to pick just one (or even two) to use. If I can recommend anything to you at all, it would be to pick on that feels right to you. I’ve spent my fair share of money on planners because they were what everyone else was using at the time. Turns out, they totally didn’t work for my planning style even though they were absolutely gorgeous.

Pick something that will work for you, your planning style/needs, your schedule, and most importantly your wallet.

I’d love to know – was this helpful? Which planner(s) are you using for 2018? Let’s chat in the comments below!