The Best 2017 Planners for Everyday Carry

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The new year is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to set new goals for yourself. Making resolutions is easy, but sticking to them is the hard part. One way to get closer to achieving your goals is to be organized, and a planner or EDC notebook can make all the difference. To help you stay on top of things, we’ve put together six of the best planners you can carry everyday.


Moleskine 12 Month Weekly Notebook

Small enough to carry in a pocket, the Moleskine 12 month weekly planner is ideal for those who want to keep track of their to-do list, with some extra notes on the side. Each two-page spread shows represents a single week with all seven days on the left, and a lined page on the right for notes. The book features a cloth bookmark so that opening up to the current week is quick and easy.

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Hobonichi Techo Planner

One of the most popular daily planners in Japan, the Techo by Hobonichi, is packed with premium features to help get yourself organized. The lay-flat stitch binding makes it easy to write in the book, while the impossibly thin, yet bleed-proof paper helps it fit easily into a bag or notebook cover. There's a page for each day of the year with a grid-style layout, and it's packed with quotes for inspiration and references guides for extra utility.

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Word. Standard Memorandum

It might seem counter intuitive at first, but even minimalists can benefit from keeping a planner. A slim, pocket-friendly journal like the Standard Memorandum can keep tasks in their place, instead of piling up. It’s efficient in nearly every way, with a compact 2.35” width giving you just enough room for short daily notes, all year long. Other useful features include a 5” ruler on its inside cover, an index of important entries and reminders, and a table of common holidays. And in case you don’t have all your days planned out, the Standard Memorandum works great for daily journaling as a personal record of your year.

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Nomatic Planner

Looking for a planner that can do it all? Then definitely check out Nomatic's offering. They've packed in the standard planner features (year, month, week) along with goal mapping, effectiveness activities, a whiteboard paper insert, pen holder, and an elastic band to keep it all closed. The subtle branding and black cover keep a low profile, ideal for something you're going to be looking at every day. This planner measures in at 6”x9”, giving you a little more room than the others.

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Field Notes 56 Week Planner

The Field Notes 56 Week Planner packs a ton of useful features into an easy-to-carry package. Its 4.75x7.5” heavy-duty chipboard cover is held together with durable double-o wire binding to hold up to a full year of use. Each two page spread covers one week, making easy to see what you have coming up in your schedule. You write in each day as it comes up. That way, if you need to skip a week or two, it's easy to catch up and you don't waste any pages. Each day has a few lines for notes, appointments, and events, ideal for both brief journaling and planning.

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Baron Fig Confidant Planner

Baron Fig is known for their minimalist notebooks, and their approach to a daily planner is no exception. This charcoal cloth covered planner features open-flat binding, quality paper, and a dot-grid ruled section in the back for notes. The layout is simple and to the point. There's a year overview, month overview, and a weekly spread that covers two pages. Also included is a year overview insert for longterm planning at-a-glance. Baron Fig's notebooks and planners measure in at 5.4” x 7.7”, small enough for easy carry, yet large enough to accommodate lots of notes and sketches.

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How are you making and organizing plans? Leave a comment and share your go-to planner or EDC notebook to help your fellow EDCers get organized.

This post was last updated 12/10/2016.

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I'm not quite sure how useful a post on planners is that doesn't actually show the planner pages. I think we all have a pretty solid grip on how the outside of a notebook looks. It's the inside and the layout of the planning pages that would be of actual interest here. Kind of a waste, in my opinion.

Anyway, I agree with Daniel - I use the Leuchtturm weekly planner and the Moleskine weekly planner. Both are excellent. I think these things are very, very personal as everyone's needs and wants are different.
It's helpful as a starting point. One can easily click through to the respective product pages to see more information and pictures. This is more a general overview, and the pictures reflect that by giving you a quick glance at the outside and inside of the notebooks.
Also, I bought my wife the Leuchtturm1917 planner for Xmas, so I am totally in agreement with you there.
Leuchtturm seems to be a brand that everybody respects, and are as good as you can get, but don't have that it-factor that generates a following, like Field Notes, Moleskin, Rhodia, etc. But that's fine with me as it helps keep the price down.
Hey! This year's update features photos of the inside of each book. Thank you for the valuable feedback!
I recommend Leuchtturm1917 12 months Weekly Planner and notebook. It's great!
I've used a hobonichi for the past three years and will NEVER use another planner. Nothing comes close. Buy one and prepare to be obsessed
I just got my first one. Have a custom leather cover on the way too!
I have a one star leather cover, it's really great.
That's what's on the way!
Well, every one of us has a unique way of jotting down notes/infos. You have to note the keyword so it will guide you and be reminded. Being religious in checking your diary or planner is the best thing in putting it into actions, especially when looking into days ahead in preparation for a specific meeting or event.
Overall these are helpful materials, but the one that has an edge would be “Rite in the Rain Planner Kit” due to its durability and protection from humidity or rain. It does not crumple easily. It’s definitely worth using.
Levenger Circa product line is the best I've ever used. High quality paper, with a wide variety of options, different calendar and program management options. All of this packaged superbly in a extensive array of covers. I used steno pads in a simple notebook for years. Now I have the levenger Circa, I'll never look back.
I would never support a company like molskine, they are open and proud non supporters of the US Military and Law enforcement, so they can burn in their self created liberal hell
Wouldn't even accept a gift from someone else if it was from that POS company
What is the pen in the top picture?
Nevermind I found it.
Good update! I'm going to be sticking to my trusty Moleskine as it has proven to be handy and useful. Couple of personal hacks to it and I have never left home without it.
I use plannerpad.com
They have three sizes to choose. Not pocket friendly, but concise and thorough for everyday use. I've used these for over 20 years
What pen is that in the main image?
It's a Will Hodges @tactileturn Shaker - check him out at tactileturn.com
这个推荐的真是好!
The minimalist in me prefers an unmarked, gridded notebook. Easy to organize, less than 10 dollars. Lots of great tips for journaling/scheduling out there, and it doesn't bulk up your daily carry.
Try the Hobonichi Weeks planner. Paper is very thin so not bulky. They also have 'weeks' sized blank pages and they are all in grids. Can't say they are less than 10 dollars with shipping included but do come in packs of 3.
Ed - I just got the standard memorandum and really like it. I do carry a FSP with just the standard refill - medium I think. I do see it bleeds a bit on the pages. Any idea if the fine would work better? I really like how easy that pen is to carry in my pocket, but I'm open to something similar if you have another suggestion. Thanks
My wife gave me the Moleskine one as a XMas gift, and I have to say it's been really good, with a little bit of crafty modding, especially since I'm a total scatterbrain.
What kind of pen is that in the first pic?
That's a "Mover" by Tactile Turn in titanium.
What watch is that :) ?
It's the A-3P by Bertucci, nice watch for around $100!
Will's pens are world-class! Tactileturn.com and @tactileturn on IG
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