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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, we've scoured the internet and dug into our own desk drawers to bring you some of our all-time favorite planners and agendas.
Keep scrolling to check out some of our editors' favorite daily, weekly, and monthly planners. Whether you're into inspirational quotes, to-do lists, goal tracking options, or just plain calendar blocks, there's something here for everyone. Plus, if you're like me and like having a planner-journal duo, grab your next favorite cute notebook (opens in new tab) while you're on that stationary kick.
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 are designed for limited spaces of time (e.g., six weeks or three months at a time) and 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 planners and agendas simply lay out the entire calendar year or school year.
The Best Planners and Agendas
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 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 (opens in new tab). It’s worth it.)"
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 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 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 (opens in new tab) to cottagecore (opens in new tab), 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 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 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 Mystical Planner
Astrology lovers will be obsessed with this sun and moon planner, which runs until next June (perfect for students and teachers alike!) and has a special notes column so you can jot down notes and to-do lists throughout the week.
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.
Best Floral Planner
Ban.do’s 2022-2023 planner is a work of art. Get all of the inspiration you need flipping through the vibrant pages, which include stickers, notes of encouragement, a dedicated coloring page, and more.
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 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.
Gabrielle Ulubay is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire and writes about all things fashion and beauty. She's also written about politics, gender, and sex for publications like Bustle, HuffPost Personal, and The New York Times. 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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