The Best Planners for 2018

(Last Updated On: March 19, 2018)

Looking for a new planner for 2018? I’ve got you covered. I bought 8 planners this year (and was gifted 1 more!). I tested and reviewed them all to create the ultimate planner round-up. Read on to find the best planner for you!

2018 Best planners for bloggers and solopreneurs. Planner review #planner #blogging

This post includes affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something using my link, I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read more on my disclosure page!

The Best Self Co. Journal

The Best Self Journal is a daily planner designed around a 90-day planning cycle. According to Best Self Co., the SELF Journal “empowers you to embed the powerful habits and routines that can boost your confidence, crush overwhelm, and make your success inevitable.”

BEst Self Co. Journal review

The Best Self Co. Journal is best for:

Detail-oriented people who need to manage all the moving parts of a big project.

Pros of the Best Self Co. Journal:

  • The Best Self Journal provides a lot of structure and a detailed approach to planning. It’s perfect for Type A people, or people who need a little more Type A influence in their lives. 😉
  • It’s undated, so you can start using it any time.
  • The planner has great prompts designed to help you achieve your goals and reduce overwhelm.
  • It’s a daily planner, so if you have a lot going on, you’ll be able to truly clarify your goals and prioritize your daily tasks.

Cons of the Best Self Co. Journal

  • Each planner only holds 90 days, so a year’s supply of planners costs more than $120!
  • The 90-day planning system is great for project planning, but not so great if you want to see the whole year in one place.
  • The cover is very plain. (In my world, that’s a con…my husband, on the other hand, loves that he can take this planner to work and still look professional.)

You can shop for the Best Self Journal or download free test pages here.

Read my full review of the Best Self Journal here.

Commit30 Planner

The Commit30 planner is a weekly planner designed to help you create better habits. For 2018, it comes in several colors, two sizes, and dated and undated versions.

The Commit30 Planner is best for:

People who want a basic planner and/or people who want to create better habits.

Pros of the Commit30 Planner:

  • The Commit30 planner is simple and streamlined.
  • It has great features to help you establish better habits. I love the commitment pages to help you commit to a new habit and the bubbles you color in to help you track your new habit.
  • At $40 for a yearly planner, it’s very affordable.

Cons of the Commit30 Planner:

  • Most of the pages are unlined, so if you don’t write neatly, your planner will look messy.
  • The Commit30 planner is pretty simple. If you’re looking for more structure and more planner prompts, it won’t be a good fit. If you want a basic planner, this is perfect for you.

You can download free sample pages and see inside the Commit30 planner here, or shop for a Commit30 planner here. You can find my full review of the Commit30 planner here.

Erin Condren Life Planner

Erin Condren has built a planner empire around her bright, colorful, customizable planners. She has a cult-following and a whole industry of planner stickers has grown around her planners.

You can create your own customized Erin Condren Life Planner by clicking here.

Erin Condren Life Planner review

The Erin Condren Life Planner is best for:

People who want a colorful, feminine, and fully customizable planner.

Pros of the Erin Condren Life Planner:

  • The Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP for short) makes planning fun. If you’ve never been able to stick to a planner, this might be the best planner for you. 🙂
  • If you’re creative and artsy, you’ll love all the stickers and accessories that you can get to customize your planner.

Cons of the Erin Condren Life Planner:

  • The ECLP comes in three basic layouts, but has very little structure. If you need help breaking down a big goal or project into smaller pieces, you’ll find this planner lacking.
  • The Erin Condren company upsells you on all the accessories, so if you’re not careful, you can spend a lot of money on planner pens, planner stickers, metallic covers, and on and on and on.

If you’re interested in buying the ECLP, click here to shop and customize your planner.

To read my full review of the Erin Condren Life Planner, click here.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner

The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is just what it sounds like, a simple, minimalist planner. This planner comes in daily or weekly versions and a variety of colorful covers.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner Review

The Emily Ley Simplified Planner is best for:

People who prefer elegant, minimalist design and don’t have a ton of big projects to manage or appointments to keep track of.

Pros of the Emily Ley Simplified Planner:

  • It’s simple and elegant. If you like beautiful things, you’ll enjoy this gorgeous planner.
  • It gets back to the basics of planning. Simply write down your appointments and to do list and you’re done.
  • The paper is thick and smooth, which gives the planner a luxurious feel. Plus, pens glide across the page and don’t bleed through to the other side.

Cons of the Emily Ley Simplified Planner:

  • This planner only comes in a dated version, so if you like it, buy before January!
  • I think it’s too simple for most people’s needs. If you are a stay-at-home parent or work in a job with a steady routine, this planner is all you need. But for everyone else, I think more structure in a planner is helpful.

You can shop for the Emily Ley Simplified Planner here or read my full review here.

Passion Planner

The Passion Planner is a weekly planner that comes in two sizes. It’s designed to be the ONLY tool you need to organize your life and reach your goals, both in your personal and professional life. In 2018, Passion Planner is introducing its new Eco Line. The planners in the Eco Line have a re-usable cover that you can use year after year to hold the paper planner insert. The eco covers save the environment and save you money.

Passion Planner Review

The Passion Planner is best for:

People who want to manage their work and personal life from a single planner.

Passion Planner Pros:

  • It’s affordable. At $35, it’s the cheapest yearly planner I reviewed.
  • There are several features that help you prioritize and stay focused.
  • It’s undated, so you can start using it any time.
  • It has a variety of cover colors, cover designs, and two sizes. There is something for everyone’s taste without being overwhelmed by choice.

Passion Planner Cons:

  • The Passion Planner can feel overwhelming because there is so much structure.

You can shop for the Passion Planner here. You can find my full review of the Passion Planner here.

The Daily Greatness Business Planner

The Daily Greatness Business Planner is the only dedicated business planner I tested. Like the Passion Planner, it’s very comprehensive and would be great for keeping track of both business and personal tasks. Because it’s a business planner, it has additional business planning pages and lots of tracking sheets for accounting and other business metrics.

Daily Greatness Business Planner review

The Daily Greatness Business Planner is best for:

Small business owners who want a dedicated business planner.

Pros of the Daily Greatness Planner

  • It seamlessly combines business planning elements and normal planner features, like calendars and weekly spreads.
  • It’s colorful and comprehensive.
  • The prompts and reflection questions are very thorough and will get you thinking hard about your business. It’s almost like having a business coach on your desk.
  • It’s undated, so you can start using it any time.

Cons of the Daily Greatness Planner

  • This planner has TONS of prompts and little boxes to fill out. For many solopreneurs, it will be overkill and many of the prompts won’t be relevant.
  • The pages are quite thin, so you can’t use a heavy pen to write in it.
  • The only cover color option is yellow. So if you don’t like yellow, you’re out of luck.

If you’re interested in the Daily Greatness Planner, you can use my link to get a 5% discount! You can also read my full review of the Daily Greatness Business Planner here.

The GoalDrvn Planner

The GoalDrvn Planner is designed to help you break down your goals into small, actionable steps. A lot of people get stuck in this phase of planning and feel overwhelmed trying to reach a goal. If that sounds like you, then the GoalDrvn planner might be the perfect solution. I also love that this planner emphasizes work-life balance and healthy habits, with a tracking process for both.

GoalDrvn Planner review

The GoalDrvn Planner is best for:

People who need a little structure to help them break a big goal down into small, achievable tasks.

Pros of the GoalDrvn Planner

  • It will help you break down a big goal into achievable milestones so that you can finally get things done. 🙂
  • It’s undated, so you can start any time.
  • Every other page is a blank dot grid, which is perfect for doodlers, note takers and anyone who wants to try some bullet journaling.

Cons of the GoalDrvn Planner

  • It only comes in one color and size, and I felt that the size was a bit small. It’s portable, but difficult to write in.
  • The planner is based around a complex system. You’ll have to invest some time reading the front pages of the planner to understand how the system works.

You can buy the GoalDrvn Planner here or read my full review here.

The Day Designer

The Day Designer is a feminine and functional daily planner. It comes in two sizes and a variety of colorful covers.

Day Designer Planner review

The Day Designer is best for:

People who prefer to focus on one day at a time, instead of looking at weekly or monthly spreads.

Pros of the Day Designer:

  • Ease of use: The Day Designer doesn’t need a dozen pages of instructions (unlike a few of the other planners I tried). It’s simple, functional, and intuitive to use.
  • “Just right” planning pages: It has everything you need and nothing that you don’t. It’s not overly complicated, but nothing important got left out.
  • Gorgeous design: Both the covers and the interior pages are beautiful. If you like planners that are both beautiful and functional, this is the one for you.

Cons of the Day Designer:

  • The pages are very thin, but I think that’s the compromise that you have to make to keep a year’s worth of pages in one book. If the pages were thicker this planner would be too big to use!

You can buy the Day Designer here or download a free page to try! To read my full review of the Day Designer, click here.

The Productivity Planner

The Productivity Planner is different from the other planners I tried because it’s task-based, not time based. This makes it perfect for people who get overwhelmed by long to do lists or elaborate planning systems. The Productivity Planner is a daily planner (one day to a page), and each planner lasts 6 months.

The Productivity Planner is best for:

People who want a task-based planner, as opposed to a time-based planner.

Pros of the Productivity Planner

  • It’s a great tool to help you prioritize.
  • Because there is one day per page, you can focus on your daily tasks without feeling overwhelmed.
  • The Productivity Planner is designed to work with the Pomodoro technique. If you like to work in 25-minute sessions with a short break afterwards, then this planner will pair perfectly with your work style.
  • The reflection and self-evaluation prompts will help you continuously improve your productivity.

Cons of the Productivity Planner

  • This is a task-based planner, so there are no daily time slots to fill in. If you have a lot of appointments each week, you’ll need to use a second planner or calendar to stay organized.
  • The planner only lasts 6 months, so you’ll have to buy two each year.

You can buy the Productivity Planner here or download free sample pages here. To read my full review of the Productivity Planner, click here.

What planner are you using this year? Have any recommendations for my next review? Leave a comment, let’s chat planners!




















Powered by ConvertKit

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Warning: Parameter 2 to WPE\Site_Preview::the_posts() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/myadapta/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 286

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    • Hey Sean, I’m happy to help! None of these are specific for blog planning, but they are perfect if you want to combine running your blog/business with your every day life and keep everything in one place. I hope you find the perfect planner here. 🙂

  • Thank you so much for this!!! I tried BuJo’ing this year, but I find I’m lacking in desire to create spread after spread of boxes for this, that, and dinner every day/week, so I’ve about decided to go back to my previous method of using a preprinted planner, then using BuJo techniques to help me round it out.

    When shopping for planners, I never even consider spiral journals because they get crushed and pages get stuck (or tear out!), but that Day Designer looks just about perfect for me. Now I’m torn!!! Do you have ideas on how to keep the spiral from getting crushed from heavy use?

    I already bought a Panda Planner for the first 90 days of 2018…so I still have some time to decide.

    • Hey Erica, I feel the same way about BuJo! I really want to do it because I like how customized it is, but I don’t have any desire to create all those spreads. I’m also experimenting with using a normal planner and turning some of the blank pages in it into bujo spreads. That way I can dip my toes into the bujo world without over-committing.
      For the Day Designer, the coil and cover is really solid. I really don’t think you’d have to worry about crushing it. I think the pages getting torn out could be a concern because they are thin. But you’d have to tear pretty hard because there are so many coils, so the pages are attached at 20 different points. You might tear it a little bit, but I don’t think you’d accidentally tear a whole page out, if that makes sense.

  • I’m a planner junkie and was a little tickled that you and I have purchased many of the same planners…looking for one with work/life balance is tough. Like you, I felt the Day designer one has alot of great solutions but I’m wrapped around the axle about the quality of the pages. I think I need to investigate making my own – but having it professionally printed.

    The quality of page that I like is closest to ECL planner or Plum Paper (customizable but GINORMOUS if you put all that you want into a full year!) The bene of the PP is that you can choose the start date of the calendar and STILL get the printed year – perfect for someone who is a neurotic, perfectionist like myself.

    Perhaps we should design one together – haha! Loved the post!

    • We are planner twins! I tried to design a Plum Paper one for myself, and PP rejected it because it was too big. Haha, I just want my planner to have everything! We SHOULD design one together, our planner powers combined would be unstoppable.