The Ultimate Guide to Planners 2021


I’ve been using a planner religiously for the past four years and it’s honestly changed my life. It has also become somewhat of a guilty pleasure and obsession so I thought I would put this potentially useless knowledge to good use and help you guys find your perfect planner 😇

Why Use a Planner?

So, I’m assuming if you’ve clicked on this post you are probably already wanting a planner but I thought I would talk about some of the benefits of having a planner anyway.

  1. Organisation

Whether digital or paper, having a planner is key to staying organised and keeping on top of admin, work, and anything life throws at you. Having a planning system with everything in one place is has been my saviour throughout university.

  1. De-cluttering your mind

We all lead busy lives, with most of us having multiple things to focus on and do. Keeping all this information in your head can make it really hard to unwind and clear your mind. Everytime I think of something, I put it in the planner. Then, I don’t have to worry about whether i’ll remember it or not and it is out of my mind until i need it.

  1. It’s therapeutic!

There’s something so therapeutic about having a nice planner, that you write all your to do lists in and that you can take everywhere with you. I personally prefer the feeling of having a paper, analogue planning system.

Some of my Favourite Planners

I’ve composed a list of a few of my favourite planners. These are planners which I feel allow the most organisation while also being aestheticly pleasing. These planners vary in price, and some are a little on the pricey side, however, having a planner that you absolutley LOVE will motivate you to use it throughout the year. I believe, it’s a valuable personal investment.

The Hobonichi Techo

I’ve been using this planner for the past three years now and I love it. It’s from a japanese company and has a modern, minimal design. It’s minimal design lets you decorate the pages as much as you like, allows you to fill the pages with A LOT of info and you can even use it as a partial scrap book if you like. The two that I would recommend are the Hobonichi cousin, and the Hobonichi cousin avec. The cousin, has the whole year in one book while the cousin avec splits the year into two half planners. I actually found using the split planners really useful as having the whole year in one can be a bit bulky and heavy to carry around.


  • monthly spreads
  • weekly spreads
  • daily spreads
  • blank pages at the start of each month and back of the book


Moleskin is a great notebook company and they have a lot of different planners so I would definitley recommend checking out their website to see which ones you like. The one which was the most useful to me was the daily planner. Writing daily to do lists is a major part of my planning system so having the daily pages is important to me.


  • monthly spreads
  • daily spreads
  • stickers


Papier is another really nice notebook company with lots of different planners. The productivity planner is the one which really caught my eye and this is the planner I’ve decided to use for 2021. In the past few months goal setting and habit tracking have been something I use more and more and I feel that the Papier productivity planner allows you to do this all in one notebook.

Description from website:

Inside, there’s space to plan your days and weeks, write to-dos, make schedules and shopping lists, set and review goals, track habits and reflect on your personal growth.

Mossery and Co

These planners are so pretty and also have monthly, weekly and daily spreads. I’ve never actually used one of these planners but I think they look great and remind me of the Hobonichi but with really nice covers. They also include more personal pages.

Personal Pages:

  • 2021 Feature Illustrations
  • Inspiration Boards
  • Priorities, Values, and Goals
  • 12-month Habit Tracker
  • 10-page Dotted Pages
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Bullet Journal

So, this isn’t a planner as such but it’s been a really popular choice over the past few years so i thought I would recommend some nice notebooks which work well as bullet journals.

Bullet journalling definition:

A bullet journal is a method of personal organization developed by designer Ryder Carroll. The system organizes scheduling, reminders, to-do lists, brainstorming, and other organizational tasks into a single notebook.

But I suggest you look it up and do a bit of research if this is the route you want to go down.

Notebooks which work well as bullet journals:

  1. Leuchterm 1917 – comes in loads of different colours!

2. Moleskin Classic – Also comes in a lot of different colours!

3. Inkpot – These journals are absolutely beautiful and customisable, they also have a lot of cute pens and washi tapes on their website

I hope this was useful 🙂

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