If you’ve been following my blog posts, you know just how important planners are to ensure productivity. They help you plan ahead, set smart goals, reach those goals, and maximize both your time and potential.
But it can be confusing to know which planner is the best at doing the above. There are countless planners for sale out there, with varying prices and features.
I’ve been through the struggles of choosing a planner before (as well as choosing many other things), so I know exactly how you feel. And that’s why I decided to write this post!
This post will compare 10 different planners, some extremely popular and others less well-known. I’ll explain the pros and cons of each, and hopefully help you decide which one is the best investment for you! Let’s get started!
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Muji Monthly Weekly Planner
Length: 15 months
Muji is a Japanese brand that sells a variety of items, focusing on “minimalism.” All their items are extremely simple and high-quality, and the only downside is the pricing.
This Muji planner is arguably a little pricey for its worth, for it has a very plain (but intuitive) layout for monthly and weekly planning. However, there are several features I love, such as high-quality paper (you don’t need to worry about your pens bleeding through) and gridded pages for more freedom in planning or brainstorming.
In addition, this planner is undated, so you can start using it at any time. If you like having a simple, aesthetic planner that allows you to exercise your creative freedom, Muji is a good choice.
Hobonichi Techo Original Book
Length: 12 months dated
This is the planner I use, and although it is even pricier than the Muji planner, I don’t regret purchasing it. I use it every day, and you can see it featured in some of my Instagram posts:
Hobonichi is a renowned Japanese brand specializing in high-quality planners. There are various styles such as the Hobonichi Cousin, Hobonichi Weeks, and Hobonichi Techo. The last is the most popular among buyers.
The Hobonichi Techo planner features a few yearly and monthly overviews (great for long-term planning), and– this is the bulk of the planner– “a page a day” daily planning pages. These are dated, and include a small to-do list as well as a timeline that allows you to time-block your day.
I love customizing my daily pages with cute pictures or stickers, as well as writing short journal entries on each page. If you would like a small, portable planner that allows for detailed planning, try the Hobonichi. However, do take note of the size of the planner and decide if you want an A6 or A5 planner; A6 (the one I have) is smaller than I expected and limited my freedom slightly.
MochiThings Semi Year Spiral Weekly Planner
Length: 6 months undated
MochiThings is a small Korean brand that specializes in stationery. This planner resembles the Muji planner in its simplicity and visual appeal. However, it is a little shorter in length, for it only has planning spreads for 6 months.
The planner includes a series of monthly planning pages followed by weekly planning pages; they are undated and simple, allowing you to fill in the dates yourself and decorate as you wish.
This planner– different from previous ones– is spiral-bound, which could offer some layout freedom. However, it is still relatively expensive, so unless you’re intent on the aesthetic of your planner, I would consider the next few options.
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Leuchtturm Planner And Notebook
Length: 18 months dated
Leuchtturm is a German brand that has been around for decades. It sells a large variety of notebooks (Leuchtturm1917 bullet journals are super popular) and planners, all very high-quality and versatile.
This weekly planner has features similar to that in the Hobonichi planner: a 3-year yearly overview, project planner, and blank pages for notes. However, the bulk of the Leuchtturm planner is weekly planning, and there are no daily pages.
The weekly planning spreads are super simple, and you can simply fill in the pages with to-do lists and notes. This planner is dated, so make sure you purchase the right edition with the right dates.
Moleskine Monthly Planner
Length: 12 months dated
Moleskine is an Italian brand that specializes in “luxury notebooks,” which means that their planners (and other notebooks) are guaranteed to be super high-quality.
This planner is relatively thin, but is packed with pages ideal for monthly planning. The notebook has soft-cover and hard-cover options, so you can choose based on your comfort preferences.
Like all the planners above, the Moleskine planner is very simple and allows for a lot of creative freedom, for you can decorate each spread with stickers, washi tape, and whatever else you’d like to use. There are also various sizes available, but I find the A5 size (Large) the most comfortable.
Motemote 10 Minutes Planner
Length: 100 days undated
Motemote is a lesser-known brand, but the 10 Minutes Planner has been popular recently due to its aesthetic, intuitive, and helpful planning setup.However, it only lasts 100 days, so if you’d like to use it to plan long-term, you’d have to purchase it repeatedly.
The planner itself is very high-quality and is great for students. It includes 5 monthly spreads (complete with a habit tracker), study planner that allows you to track the hours you studied, an 100-day overview, and daily planners with a large to-do list, timetable, and notes.
If you’re a Type A student who enjoys organizing the details, you might like to try this planner out. However, if you’d like a planner for long-term planning, project-planning, and even journaling, this planner is not for you. You could use it together with another (like the Hobonichi), but it would not be able to fulfill your needs on its own.
Blue Sky Weekly & Monthly Planner
Length: 12 months dated
If you don’t care much about the visual aesthetics of your planner, this planner is perfect in every way for you. It is extremely affordable and includes everything you need, such as a yearly overview, important dates tracker, monthly overviews, and (super spacious) weekly spreads.
The planner is very minimal, but it contains everything you need to keep track of important dates and assignments. So if you’re simply looking for a planner that can do its job, I highly recommend this planner.
Clever Fox Planner
Length: 12 months dated
The Clever Fox planner is focused on productivity and personal growth, more so than any of the other planners in this post. It helps you set goals, build habits, and plan ahead consistently.
The planner includes 13 monthly spreads and 56 weekly spreads (as well as blank pages at the end for notes). Each monthly spread is equipped with a calendar (like the other planners) and spaces to list your goals, highs and lows of the month.
Each weekly spread includes a weekly overview to write your tasks and spaces for your goals/priorities, habits, highs and lows, and a personal to-do list.
So if you’d like to focus on self-growth with your planner (along with productivity, but not as much on your academic assignments or goals), try the Clever Fox Planner!
Muji Dot Grid Notebook
Length: 70 sheets
Okay, this is not really a planner. Instead, this is a dot grid notebook– a bullet journal.
Bullet journals allow for complete freedom in your planning. You can set up your own yearly overviews, monthly spreads, and weekly or daily pages. You can create habit trackers, expense trackers, mood trackers, and more.
There are many popular bullet journals out there (including Leuchtturm1917 and Moleskine), but the Muji one is lightweight, thin (which could be good or bad), and spiraled. If you enjoy using a notebook-like planner, you may enjoy using this Muji one.
Ultimate 3-in-1 Student Planner
Length: 45 pages undated (reusable)
Last but not least, we have the planner I created myself– the Ultimate 3-in-1 Student Planner. This is a printable planner, which means that after purchase, you will get the planner as a PDF file, which you can then use on a tablet or print. It is also undated, so you can reuse it however many times you’d like!
This planner has 45 different pages, each with its own unique use. Some of my favorites that I believe are incredibly useful for students are:
- Goal-planning, breakdown, and reflection pages
- Grade tracker
- Study session planner and checklist
- Habit trackers
- Daily planners
- Eisenhower Matrix templates
- Many more!
If you’d like a printable planner for student life and organizing your academics, do check out this planner. And if you’d like to purchase it, you can use the coupon code ‘ellie10’ to buy it for $10. Thank you for supporting me and my blog!
I hope this guide helped you a little in deciding what planner is ideal for you! Planning ahead is crucial for students (and everyone!) in being productive and successful, so I’m honored to have helped you in this important decision!
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