The New Year always heralds tantalizing promises of self-improvement. Nothing encapsulates this more than the pristine empty pages of a new yearly planner.

It’s an inspiring white space of possibilities… and a wonderful New Year treat. But which planner should you choose?

What do you want to use your planner for?

Paper planning is a great way to boost productivity – but do you prefer to use your planners for notetaking and diary entries? Or to keep track of appointments? And how many appointments are you likely to write in each day?

If you have a lot of appointments in a typical day, a planner that breaks each day into hourly blocks is going to be invaluable. But if you prefer to use your planner as a way of keeping track of your daily task list, you might prefer a page-a-day diary.

What Don’t You Want Your Planner For?

Before choosing a planner, it’s also worth considering what you don’t want to use it for. Think about which digital apps you use that could affect the way you use your planner.

If you are using productivity apps, you might not see much value in using your planner to write a daily task list. Or, if you are using your phone’s calendar to schedule meetings and appointments, can you move away from a planner that breaks your day into hourly segments?

Select the Size of Your Planner

Thinking about what you want to use your planner for will help you determine the size you need. A4 or A5 are great if you’re going to leave it on your desk, or in your laptop bag – but what if you need a bit more flexibility?

Would downscaling to one which you can slip in your pocket or purse and take with you anywhere suit you better? Or, perhaps, you need a large desktop planner that gives you room to write in a week of tasks or projects on a giant A2 page?

Are You Asking Your Planner to Do Too Much?

I’m a big fan of the page-a-day style – this kind is perfect for bullet journaling (and gives you a ready-made indexing system). However, the weekly desktop charts are also great for organizing work on a more project-by-project scale.
If you are struggling to find the right planner, keep in mind what you want to use it for.

Choose the best paper for planners

Another factor to consider when choosing and purchasing your planner is the paper type. Believe us that you will not want an agenda whose pages will rip off or see-through pages. It will be a big mess.

To avoid this, we suggest you look for an agenda made from a paper with high opacity and stiffness. There are numerous papers on the market that guarantees this performance, but our choice lies in the premium uncoated paper.

Nothing replaces that rustic and natural look and feel. In addition to its softness and texture making, it is the ideal paper for writing and reading.

It might be that having a combination of different planners is the way to go: one for the desktop, one for your pocket that you take with you everywhere, and a wallchart for a longer-term perspective?