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There's no better feeling than crossing off items on a to-do list—and with pretty much everything virtual these days, your eyes will thank you for incorporating some good old-fashioned pen and paper into your routine. But with an overwhelming number of 2023 planners and agendas available to shop, it can be difficult to choose just one. Plus, considering that you'll be stuck with yours until the end of the year (or school year), purchasing the right planner can feel like a lot of pressure. For that reason, Marie Claire editors scoured the internet and dug into our own desk drawers to bring you some of the all-time best planners and agendas.
Keep scrolling to check out some of our editors' favorite daily, weekly, and monthly 2023 planners. Whether you're into inspirational quotes, to-do lists, goal-tracking options, or just plain calendar blocks, there's a cute planner here for everyone. (If you're like me and like having a planner-journal duo, grab your next favorite cute notebook while you're on that stationary kick.)
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What to Look For in a Planner
Before buying a planner, it's important to consider what you're looking for, what your goals are, and how you like to stay organized. For instance, I love making to-do lists, so I gravitate toward planners that include goal-setting sections, generously sized daily blocks, and plenty of blank lined pages.
Another important question to ask yourself is when and for how long you intend on using the planner. Some agendas on this list are designed for limited spaces of time (e.g., six weeks or three months at a time); others are undated so that users can focus on accomplishing specific short-term goals. Other goal-oriented planners include inspirational quotes, tips on staying focused, and other tools meant to guide you along your journey. Meanwhile, more traditional, dated planners and agendas simply lay out the entire calendar year or school year.
Finally, consider size and durability when buying a planner. If you carry around a big bag and/or if you need as much space as possible in your planner (for note-taking, mind-mapping, etc.), then a large planner may be best for you. On the other hand, if you need your planner to live and plan on taking it just about everywhere you go, go for a small planner. And if, like me, you tend to be rough on your items, look for a sturdy, hardcover planner so that you don't accidentally rip it to shreds within the first few weeks of use.
- Best Overall Planner: Papier My Daily Planner
- Best Versatile Planner: Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner & Notebook
- Best Large-Format Planner: JSTORY Large Weekly Planner
- Best Simple Planner: Papercode Daily Planner
Best Dated Planners and Agendas
Best Versatile 2023 Planner
Both our Social Media Editor, Lucia Tonelli, and our Art Director, Brittany Holloway-Brown, love this planner by Leautturm1917. Tonelli explains, "There's a reason why Leuchtturm has remained a staple for writers, artists, amateur doodlers, etc. for over a century, and the German-made notebooks live up to the hype. The thick paper prevents ink from bleeding onto other pages (or, in my case, prevents writing indentations from being heavy-handed), and the calendar formatting is ideal for daily, weekly, and monthly planning without being overly-complicated. If you're someone who uses a planner regularly, this sturdy, stylish, simple notebook is a must."
Best Planner for Wellness
"My Papier planner is essential to help organize my time," says Senior Editor Tanya Benedicto Klich. "I add everything in it from meetings at work to yoga classes at the weekend and I love that it’s undated so you can start it at any point during the year. Being able to personalize my name on the cover makes it feel really special and there’s a huge choice of designs to reflect your personal style which I love." On incorporating the planner into her wellness routine, she adds, "Using my planner and being organized clears my mind and makes me feel less stressed. It’s really a wellness tool for me too, and with all its cover designs ranging from colourblock to cottagecore, the planners add a dash of color and style to the interior of my work bag. You can buy their pocket diaries and meal planners to match."
Best Luxury 2023 Planner
Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire's Director of Content Strategy, swears by this planner: "Look, I hear you. Spending upwards of $250 on a planner feels crazy, right? Hear me out: The Smythson Soho is so much more than a planner. Like your favorite wallet or handbag, it’s designed to go everywhere with you and be part of everything you do, from your social planning to wedding planning (hello!) and all your work needs. Two years ago, a friend gifted me my first Soho agenda, and I fell in love with the silky pages, meticulous design, and luxurious feel; I’ve been hooked ever since." She adds: "Just be warned: You can’t go back to other planners. Nothing feels right after the Soho. (PS. If you’re going to splurge anyway, go ahead and get the gold monogramming. It’s worth it.)"
Best Planner for Teachers
For the teachers among us (we salute you), this planner is filled with encouraging messages, stickers, checklists, and copious space to take notes and make plans. I gifted this to my mom for the start of the school year, and she loves how easy it makes staying organized.
Best Classic Planner
For a classic option, go for Moleskine's 18-month weekly planner, which comes in a variety of colors. You can choose between the smaller 3.5 x 5.5 inch or the larger 5 x 8.25 inch one. This way, whether you have a roomy backpack or a modest-sized purse, you'll be able to stash this pick wherever you go.
Best New Age Planner
For those who love spirituality and New Age wisdom, it's worth considering this fun datebook. Not only does it function as a daily planner with plenty of space for to do lists and planning each day, but it also contains recipes, wellness ideas, yoga poses, and other feel-good tips to get you through your week.
Best Uplifting Planner
Mental health is extremely important. Therefore, it's wise to make time for it every day. Enter the Happiness Planner, which includes full-page spreads for each day. These spreads include to do lists, gratitude lists, journal prompts, and other daily tools to ensure that while you're taking care of business, you're taking care of yourself, too. And if softcover planners aren't your jam, check out the PDF version of the planner, too.
Best Habit-Tracking Planner
This planner focuses on wellness, daily to-dos, mindfulness, and goal-setting. My favorite aspect of its design, however, is its pages devoted to habit tracking: The entries allow users to dive deep into the habits they'd like to develop by unpacking why those habits are important to them and exactly how and when they'll work towards them.
Best Business Planner
This planner is supposed to mimic the experience of having a personal assistant. Not only does it feature the classic daily, weekly, and monthly planning pages, but is also includes spaces for monthly project and social media plans, gratitude journaling, health and wellness tracking, and more.
Easiest Planner to Navigate
You'll definitely be in a good mood after starting your day with this cheerful floral planner. Not only is it gorgeous, but it also boasts sticker sheets, a generously-sized storage pocket, and its tabbed monthly calendars and gold spiral binding make it a breeze to use.
Best Undated Planners and Agendas
Best XXL Planner
In the same vein as Bloomingdales' small, medium, and large brown bags, this true-to-size, eco-friendly "Large Weekly Planner" has all of the space you could possibly need to write down important dates, information, and reminders.
Best Simple 2023 Planner
Of this chic planner, Marie Claire Editorial Fellow Brooke Knappenberger, says, "I've been a planner girl since middle school and still am even well into my post-grad life. Having a to-do list written down just makes a ton more sense to me rather than using an app. This planner from Amazon fits all my needs and is super cheap. There's plenty of space to write in everything I have going on from day to day and I love how it comes undated. Plus it doubles as a notebook with a ton of lined pages in the back!"
Best Environmentally Friendly Planner
Buy this planner once and you'll never have to buy a planner again. It comes with a special pen and pages that can be easily erased with a microfiber cloth for "endless reuse." And, of course, the planner is undated.
Best Geometric Planner
If you're someone who uses their planner sporadically, stay away from a dated planner and go for an undated option, like this minimalist pick from Greer Chicago. It has 52 weekly calendars, 12 monthly calendars, and eight blank pages for notes and doodles.
Best Refillable Planner
For a fancier agenda that can be reused yearly, look no further than Hermés's undated, refillable calendar. It also only features two dates per page, so you'll have plenty of room to write down everything you need to be prepared for each day.
Best Goal-Oriented Planner
If you're especially goal-driven and want to give yourself deadlines, this planner's the one for you. It also comes with prompts designed to bring you inspiration and motivate you along your journey.
Best Bulleted Planner
I'm big on goal setting but not-so-big on structure, so this planner is perfect for me. Its bulleted format allows me to doodle, write, and plan without feeling confined. Plus, it has dedicated pages for to do lists and goal-setting, which are two of my primary means of keeping myself organized.
Best Self-Care Planner
I'm obsessed with Silk and Sonder's unique take on the planner. This book is meant for focusing on self-development, wellness, and personal growth, and including inspirational quotes, undated calendar blocks, mood trackers, creativity exercises, and more. With this planner, you can feel better about yourself and your trajectory every day.
Best Undated Planner
I use this planner, and I can't live without it. Its natural, butterfly-themed theme never fails to uplift me, and it makes me feel chic and organized on even my most chaotic days. One of my favorite features is the sheer amount of blank note pages in the back of the book, which is extremely handy when I've forgotten my separate notebook (or can't fit it in my bag).
Best Fitness Planner
If working out is an important part of your day, take a look at this best-selling fitness journal, which includes monthly calendars, daily logs, and places for goal-setting. Reviewers adore this, with multiple happy customers saying that it's easy to use, straightforward, and that they can't go to the gym without it.
Best Planner for Procrastinators
As someone who is chronically tardy (I'm working on it!!), this truly is the planner for me. Not only is it vintage-inspired and therefore delightful to look at, but it also comes with two cheeky floating pens: The first says "procrastinator" and changes to "mastercrastinator" while in use, while the other says "professional" and changes to "adequatefessional" while in use. And, if you're into desk pad-style planners, check out the brand's weekly planner pad, which lets you separate and plan tasks by morning, afternoon, and evening.
Best Morning Routine Planner
This cheeky planner focuses specifically on crafting a productive, feel-good routine that works well for you. The entries for each day include spaces for daily meditations, the books you're reading, workouts, and more. Plus, it comes with a sheet of cute stickers you can use to customize your book.
Best Sleep Routine Planner
We plan our waking hours, so why not plan our sleep, too? This highly original planner maps out a six-week program developed by therapists to help you achieve better, more restful, and more regular sleep. I've been using it over the past few weeks, and it's made me more thoughtful and intentional about my nightly routine so that I can be better rested (and more productive) during the day.
Best Planner for Commitment-Phobes
This planner is perfect for people who, like me, sometimes go a week or so at a time without touching their planner. The flexible, undated layout of this option, coupled with a handy removable calendar clip, allows users to use the planner whenever they'd like, take a break when appropriate, and then pick back up where they left off. You can kiss wasted pages goodbye!
Best Planner for Foodies
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat healthier, cook more, or try new foods and recipes, this is the perfect planner for you. The planner includes measurement guides, recipe pages, spaces for you to write out your shopping list, and more, so you can streamline your meal planning and eat more mindfully.
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Gabrielle Ulubay is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire and writes about all things beauty, sexual wellness, and fashion. She's also written about sex, gender, and politics for publications like The New York Times, Bustle, and HuffPost Personal since 2018. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, including two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.
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