Regardless of where you are in your creative or entrepreneurial journey, the prospect of a fresh start at the top of a new year is a feeling that unites us all. Whether we’re still processing a failed business attempt or riding the wave of recent success, now is an ideal time to hit the reset button and create a routine that promotes both productivity and relaxation–because balance matters, even if it feels unattainable. Personally, I’ve been scouring the net for the best 2021 planners because I love solidifying things with pen and paper.
Anyone with access to a search engine knows that there are a lot of planners out there that cater to varying goals and time spans. For example, date-less planners usually work best for people who enjoy getting into the nitty-gritty of their day-to-day planning with customized reminders and more. There are also the classic monthly or weekly planners that give you the lay of the land, leaving you to simply insert tasks for each day. I’m partial to planners that come with markers and fun stickers so scheduling doesn’t feel like a complete bore.
Staying organized is key for creators and business owners. You’ve got meetings, content planning, social media schmoozing, and so much more to get done. Plus, our favorite planners are designed to pop in your Instagram flat-lays, if that’s your thing. Ahead, ten of the best 2021 planners for staying on track this month and beyond.
Wallpops! Wall-Mounted Combination Calendar/Planner Whiteboard
Keep things simple with this large calendar that can stick to any wall without leaving behind sticky residue or damage. Fill out the days month by month and use the “Notes” section for those random but important reminders.
$25.99 at Wayfair
Rifle Paper Co. Strawberry Fields Planner
Rifle Paper Co. makes some of the most beautiful and functional planners out there. This 17-month planner includes monthly/weekly views, pocket folders, sections for contacts and notes, and inspirational quotes.
$24 at Rifle Paper Co.
Ester S. Cosmoplanner
If you want to ensure that your most important business decisions don’t clash with a retrograde, invest in this astrology-inspired planner. Its layout is aligned with important cosmic events, as well as advice for your astrological signs.
$31.90 at Etsy
Erin Condren Academic Planner and Markers
Six dual-set markers comes with this hardcover planner, complete with a fun sticker sheet and inspirational quotes for the creator balancing their business with a school schedule.
$42.58 at QVC
Erin Condren Budget Book Petite Planner
Got money on your mind but suck at tracking your expenses? This paperback planner is built to help you track savings and debts.
$14.67 at QVC
Moleskine Weekly Planner
You can’t go wrong with a classic (and very sturdy) Moleskine planner. My favorite part is the elastic band that has saved many loose documents in my past days.
$24.99 at Target
BestSelf Self Journal
Track your schedule and bolster a positive mindset with this expert-approved planner, built with templates and tools that combat procrastination.
$31.99 at Amazon
Clever Fox Planner
This top-selling planner is jam-packed with so many organizing tools, it comes with an illustrated guide to consult for use. And according to reviews, it’s definitely worth the hype.
$24.99 at Amazon (in-stock 1/20)
MiGOALS Goal Digger Planner
A colleague recently recommended this standout planner for its budget tracker, vision planning spaces, progress tracker, and more.
$36.37 at MiGOALS
Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner and Notebook
Each day in this weekly planner comes with a box for jotting down daily notes. And for those focused on long-term goals, there’s also a project planning section for mapping out ideas through 2024.
$22 at Amazon
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