The 7 Best Productivity Planners of 2021

Keep track of your goals, to-do lists, and more

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Staying productive and organized can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are trying to complete a daily to-do list, keep track of appointments, or manage long-term projects, a productivity planner can be a game-changer. From pocket-sized options to customizable ones, here are the best productivity planners available today.

Best Overall: Panda Planner Pro

The Panda Planner Pro is a great option for those with a lot of goals, both short-term and long-term. Designed using a scientifically researched approach to happiness and productivity, it's both a gratitude journal and planner to help you meet your goals, all while feeling your best throughout the process.

This planner has separate daily, weekly, and yearly sections; each daily page is sectioned off with space to jot down your schedule, tasks, notes, and priorities. There's also a section for reviewing any accomplishments or shortcomings, as well as lines for affirmations to reinforce positive habits. Keep in mind, however, that this six-month planner is undated.

Best for Daily Goals: Intelligent Change Productivity Planner

Intelligent Change Productivity Planner

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Productivity planning and journaling can seem daunting and hard to keep up with—enter this undated, six-month productivity planner from Intelligent Change to ease things for you. Unlike traditional planners, this one has a Pomodoro-style work system, which is a time management method that breaks down your work into 25-minute intervals with short breaks in between.

Each page is simply formatted into sections for the most important tasks of the day along with secondary and additional tasks to minimize distractions. You can even give yourself a daily productivity score to help keep track of your progress.

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Best Personalized: Erin Condren LifePlanner

Erin Condren Life Planner

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An excellent customizable option, Erin Condren's LifePlanner is available in a variety of cover designs, including a bright floral print, a vegan leather material, and even your own photo. Plus, you can choose the colors of the designs and personalize the planner with a monogram or your name. 

It’s also more durable than other planners; the laminated cover won’t rip or tear off like most spiral-bound books. The pages are also very thick, so your pen's ink won’t leak through. Each planner has enough pages for the whole year with yearly, monthly, and weekly planning, along with multiple sections to take notes.

Best for Professionals: My PA Planner

If you'd like to improve your work-life balance, the My PA Planner is the best option to track not only professional projects and dates but also your personal goals. It's designed for setting yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals to see them from both a micro and macro perspective. Along with weekly and daily schedules, there is an in-depth goal-setting section to review the past year and plan for the new one.

This planner also has sections to track your daily health and fitness goals as well as weekly review pages and a gratitude journal. Even more, there are blank pages for jotting down quick notes.

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Best for Students: Full Focus Students Planner

For students who find it particularly challenging to stay focused and organized, the Full Focus Students Planner is a great solution. It's broken down into weekly and daily pages; the daily pages feature to-do lists and additional tasks, sections for checking off morning, midday, and nighttime routines, and a dotted grid page for bullet journaling. At the end of the week, you can take note of what's ahead and plan accordingly. There's even a goal-setting section to break down what you hope to accomplish and note how you'll reward yourself.

Best Pocket-Sized: Rifle Paper Co. 12-Month Pocket Planner

Rifle Paper Company 202112-Month Pocket Planner

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Rifle Paper Co.'s 12-Month Pocket Planner packs a lot of planning into a small book that measures just 5.5 by 3.5 inches. With a few charming covers to choose from, this planner also wins points for style.

Its weekly section gives you enough room to make daily to-do lists or write down appointments, as well as space for listing tasks, notes, upcoming holidays, and important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. In addition to its weekly pages, this planner has a monthly section with larger monthly calendars.

Best for Style: Lilly Pulitzer Planner

Featuring a vibrant cover, this 17-month Lilly Pulitzer Planner will add a touch of style to any office desk. Its two pages of stickers and gold spiral binding and elastic are nice bonuses, too. With cheerfully illustrated pages, each weekly spread has a section to jot down appointments, to-dos, or plans for each day. While this isn’t ideal for anyone who has lots of projects or needs to plan more long-term goals, it’s great for keeping track of basic tasks. And if you ever need to write down journal entries or long notes, this dated planner also comes with 30 lined pages. 

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Meet the Expert

This roundup was written by Amanda Lauren, a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance and The Balance Small Business.