Finally, the year that never ends is coming to an end.
With 2020 on the way out, it’s time to get a jump start on what’s hopefully a less chaotic annum to come. We combed over some of the best planners out there to help you enter this new year with a chill, organized mindset that matches your personality and needs.
Whether you want something simple and streamlined or you’re looking to enhance a spiritual practice, there’s an option here for you. Keep reading to see which strategic paper planners we love for 2021.
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Moleskine 12 Month 2021 Weekly Planner, Soft Cover, XL (7.5” x 9.5”) Red, DSF212WN4Y20
We’re starting off with a familiar friend via the Moleskin 12 Month 2021 Weekly Planner, a soft-covered helper that fits neatly into your bag and stands out in this brilliant red shade (though more subtle black and blue options are also available). You can plan your business, bullet journal, jot down daily diary entries, and set goals in this handy planner, all in a streamlined setup that’s come to be known and loved by many.
“I’ve gotten this planner for the past three years,” one reviewer writes, echoing the sentiments of hundreds of other loyal users. They continue, “I really like that each week has a page with a section for each day then a full lined page opposite to make notes on. I’d looked at other planners but this one is the most useful for me.”
2021 17-Month Large Planner
The large-format planner is spiral bound and features a sturdy cover, elastic band for closure, and pocket folders for storing the little things that inspire you or help you stay on track. There are also monthly and weekly views, inspirational quotes, and spaces to mark your celebration days to keep organizing fun, and we can’t get over the gorgeous black floral design with gold foil year marker that makes this chic option stand out from the crowd.
Papier - The Pahari 2021 Planner
Inside this eye-catching blue and white option, you’ll find weekly, monthly and yearly overviews, plus plenty of space to set goals, write down your to-do list, and jot down reminders for important dates. A navy ribbon marker lets you thumb to the current day quickly, and the compact 6"x8.5" size makes this easy to slip into a designated side pocket in your bag for easy access.
Masterpieces Engagement Calendar 2021
Calling it an “engagement calendar” is so classy with just a hint of sophisticated pretense, which is exactly what you want if you’re choosing a planner that features iconic art in the Met’s collection with this one. 56 “vividly reproduced” works from the likes of John Singer Sargent and Vincent Van Gogh are displayed within its pages, giving you a beautiful image to study as you go about your routine planning. The art is displayed on glossy paper while matte pages let you record your goings-on, and with it already on sale for $8.50? You’d be a fool to pass it up.
Coloring Book of Shadows: Planner for a Magical 2021
Does astrology, witchcraft, or simply a curiosity in the arcane unknown interest you? Then this fun and magical planner is the perfect way to step up your daily practice in 2021.
In addition to the standard daily and monthly planning sections, you’ll get information on astrological and moon phases along with beginner-level tips on how to develop your own set of rituals. Space for spells and notes is ample, and best of all, you can color in the illustrations to help open up your creativity. More than 500 ratings agree, giving it an average 4.8 out of 5-star review.
Weekly 2021 Annual Radiant Rose Gold Planner
It barely matters what’s inside at all when you consider the gleaming facade of this stunning work of bound paper art. The faux-leather cover holds within: sustainably sourced 120 GSM paper, shaded monthly tabs, 20 additional each dotted and blank pages, and a green ribbon for marking your place.
In addition to all these goodies, $1 for every planner sold will benefit the Malala Fund, one of the world’s most prominent education nonprofits that aims to give “every girl access to a quality education.” Read more here.
2021 Carpe F*cking Diem Planner
Best for unorthodox hustlers with a taste for the crude, this Carpe F*cking Diem planner provides plenty of room for notes, goal setting, and special events, but the highlight here is the four pages of obscene stickers you’ll receive with purchase that allow you to assign special designations to special days. Try marking a nerve-wracking doctor’s appointment with a “Holy Hell” or “F*ck Off” sticker to express your feelings in a safe space and make yourself laugh in the process.