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After the Mordor-level dumpster fire that was 2020, it’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to the fresh start that a new year provides.
As we wave farewell to the Year That Shall Not Be Named, it’s a great time to take a beat for 2021 goal setting and productivity planning — which means you’re gonna need a solid planner that can serve as the ax to your Gimli.
Ready to kick 2021’s metaphorical ass? Then look no further than this expert-curated list of the best productivity-cultivating planners for 2021 — so you can rule them all! Er, your goals, that is.
We spoke to a few productivity pros to get the scoop on planners. Here’s what they told us to look for:
- Goal setting pages and prompts. These can help you organize your thoughts and truly focus on the to-do’s that matter.
- Time tracking. According to a 2010 study (and a smidge of common sense), people who plan their days effectively have a higher quality of life than those who fly by the seat of their pants.
- Weekly spreads. “Your planner should be a weekly view, not a daily view,” recommends Megan Sumrell, a time management and productivity coach. “Your brain functions better and can prioritize and plan when it can ‘see’ your entire week instead of just one day.”
- Generous note-taking space. So you can get your brain-dump on — good for getting things done and reducing stress.
Most importantly, adds life coach Krista-Lynn Landolfi, “Choose a planner that feels easy to use, one of that inspires you with thoughtful quotes or questions, or one that makes you feel like a boss.”
Some of these planners cover a full year, some 6 months, and some 3 months. So you can gauge what a full year of planning would cost, we built this pricing guide based on how much it would cost to use each planner exclusively for 12 months. (You’re welcome!)
- $ = under $50
- $$ = $50–$100
- $$$ = over $100
This cult-favorite planner (yes, planners DEF have cult followings) contains a space for daily journaling along with short- and long-term goal setting prompts.
This planner, designed by Landino, is all about starting every morning strong so you can crush your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
With this quarterly productivity planner, you can map out your intentions for every hour of the day, so you can focus on what really needs to get done.
This quarterly planner, designed for female entrepreneurs, allows you to home in specifically on your personal and professional goals for the 90 days ahead.
This undated 6-month planner offers lots of space for you to bullet journal to your heart’s content, along with budget and health trackers, project planning tools, and goal setting and weekly reflection pages.
The LifePlanner is an enduring favorite because it can help with not only goal setting and time management but also meal planning, budgeting, health, and lots more.
Ready to take a deep dive into customization? Agendio is what you seek. Plan every single page to create a 2021 productivity tool as unique (and as part of you) as your fingerprint.
As its name suggests, this 6-month planner gives you a full page each day, along with a spacious month-at-a-glance spread. You can use it to track goals, tasks, events, habits, meals, and even hydration.