Confession. I’m a daily planner junkie! But, apparently I’m not alone. I raised a question on my FaceBook page recently, asking recommendations of favorite and/or top picks for daily planners for 2020. I got a ton of responses!
Even in a world of digital calendars, there is something about a pen and paper planner that helps the mind organize thoughts more clearly.
Are you still searching for the perfect 2020 planner? Read on! I’ve got some amazing planners to tempt you.
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I have used countless planners since I was 15 years old and saved every single one. It’s still fun for me to look back to see what was going on in my life through the years.
Now that I have a busy family, an electronic calendar is incredibly helpful. It almost seems ‘a must’ to sync my Google calendar with my husband’s calendar. Otherwise, we would constantly be double-booking ourselves.
I still have a paper based daily planner that I use in conjunction with my Google calendar.
It’s just something I don’t want to go without.
There is something incredibly satisfying about physically checking things off of my list.
If you can relate, I have some fantastic planner ideas for you to consider. Some are favorites of mine. Others come highly recommended by Love Our Real Life readers.
Let’s get started so you can get a planner that is a perfect fit for you!
Top Picks – Daily Planners 2020:
Ah, the Leuchtturm 1917. It will forever have my heart.
This is the notebook selected by many individuals who enjoy the Bullet Journal.
I used a modified bullet journaling system for the past two years.
It is a great way to personalize your planner and put in only what you want and need.
Keep in mind, it is a notebook! It is up to you to personalize each page as you want it to be.
The intent of the Bullet Journal system is to have a simplistic approach to your planning that flows with your life on a day to day basis.
As much as I LOVED the freedom and flexibility of bullet journals, I missed the typical weekly spread of a traditional planner.
Unfortunately, this meant that I created my own weekly spreads. This took a TON of work. With the added time to personalize my planner, this was no longer a simple system for me.
If you have heard of Bullet Journaling and are a creative soul, you should definitely look into the Leuchtturm 1917. It might just be for you. But for me, it was time for a change. Sometimes you have to know when to move on!
The Passion Planner is my planner of choice for 2020! I got the emerald green option. I used the Atrium Red planner for 2019 and loved it.
There is an academic version, standard January – December version, and an undated version. So whatever your season of life, you are covered.
The Passion Planners is big on defining your goals and dreams, then breaking them into actionable steps.
What sold me is the weekly layout AND the 20 blank and 20 dotted pages at the end. More about the blank / dotted pages in a moment!
The weekly layout lists the days of the week, with each day broken into 30 minute time chunks.
I don’t know about you, but I am easily distracted!
Time blocking can keep me more focused and on task, so this seems like a great fit for me. With the days broken down by time, I can pencil how long each task will take. By not having time built in for social media, I’m hoping to regain some of my life!
I’ll keep you posted! 😉
Now to discuss the blank and dotted pages at the back of the Passion Planner…
The main reason I had stayed with bullet journaling so long was that I loved having the dotted pages to use exactly as I wished. I created pages for my car maintenance log, family doctor visits, books I wanted to read, etc.
Having ALL of my information in one location is key. With the blank and dotted pages at the back of the Passion Planner, I can still have these individualized pages!
So, I print worksheets, charts, or whatever I need onto sticker sheets and put them in the back of my planner. I just make sure to size the printable to fit my planner size.
To give an example of putting these full page stickers into a planner, take a look at my Christmas planner post. I give several pictures to show exactly how I do this!
These sticker sheets are a game changer, you guys!
3. Erin Condren
The Erin Condren planner is a beautiful planner with many different color and style options.
Ginger, one of my FaceBook readers, stated this about her Erin Condren calendar “I have stickers that I use for all of my roles and various commitments and they are color coded to keep me on task.”
It is a fairly expensive planner, but it gets wonderful reviews and is wildly popular!
There is a lot of personalization that can be done to make this particular daily planner unique to you.
4. Recollections Planner
The Recollections Planner was suggested by one of my FaceBook readers, Danielle. She indicated the Recollections planners are very similar to the Erin Condren planners with a much smaller price tag.
These can be found at Michael’s.
There were several years that I used a Blue Sky planner. They are simple and inexpensive, but have all of the basics you need for daily planning.
Several designs are typically available, so finding one to suit your taste is easy. It is also quite sturdy to endure being thrown in your purse or bag day after day.
If you are looking for an inexpensive and simple planner, the Blue Sky planner is it!
The creators of the Panda Planner states the “design is based on proven principles from positive psychology and neuroscience with the goal to help you become happier and more productive simply by using the planner.”
While I cannot say these claims are fact, I do really like the look of the planner.
Keep in mind this is an undated planner!
There are daily, weekly, and monthly sections.
While this is an incredibly popular planner, the downside is that it only lasts ~3 – 6 months.
Take a look, read the reviews, see if the Panda Planner is for you.
The Simple Elephant Planner is similar to the Panda Planner as the focus is on positive psychology to improve your productivity and happiness.
Once again, I don’t know if this planner will make you a happier person, but it is a great planner.
A good friend of mine has it and likes it. She said the size was great and she loved that it had a ton of space at the back of the planner for notes.
It comes with stickers AND it lasts a year, which I see as a bonus over the Panda Planner.
The Simple Elephant comes in blue, pink, and black.
It has 12 monthly views, 52 weekly views, and 58 pages for notes.
A place for notes is a big thing for me. I think every planner should have LOTS of blank note pages!
The Happy Planner is a customizable planner that comes in a number of different color and style options.
If you love a pretty planner with lots of stickers and inspirational sayings, this would be a perfect fit for you!
The size is 5.5 x 8″, it has a durable cover, and it is for 14 months of the year versus the traditional 12. This looks like the perfect planner for students.
It is fairly reasonably priced, too!
The Hardcover 2019 planner comes with a matching bookmark / page finder as well as sticky note set.
10. JetPens Planner
One of my readers suggested the Hobonichi planner, through Jetpens. To be honest, I had never heard of this planner before. But, it is one of Japan’s top selling planners.
I found myself looking at this site forever as there are a ton of fun organizational products.
Take a look for yourself. Who know’s, maybe a Japanese planner is just what you need!
11. Living Well Planner
The Living Well Planner has a nice layout, pretty covers, and all that a planner needs. It is designed for the busy female in mind.
The price is a bit hefty, but it does go on sale periodically.
Top Picks Daily Planners 2020!
I hope you found the perfect planner for you. What is your favorite?
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