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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.