Buying new the planner gives me an endorphin rush like no other, whether it’s a new school semester, a work year, or a much-needed fresh start. A good one should help you stay on the right track without overwhelming you. Some people on the WIRED Gear team prefer paper planners to digital tools. Also, writing things down has the added benefit of improving memorization.
Everyone has different preferences, task types, and willingness to sketch and organize, so we don’t have one best overall planner. I asked the WIRED staff for their favorites and tested a ton myself. Once you find what works for you, check out our Work From Home Gear, Best Smart Pens and Tablets, and Best Laptop Backpacks guides to find out more.
Updated January 2023: We’ve added Bright Day Kids and Papier and updated prices.
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