Whether you’re a sophomore in high school or a senior in college, your life is full of attending classes, working on homework, extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, and squeezing in family time when you can. We all have so much going on and it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where you’re supposed to be and when.
Confession: I am a planner and organization junkie. I carry my LifePlanner with me everywhere, along with a bag of pens–for color coding. I also keep an electronic version, thanks to Google Calendar, and it’s so full it looks like confetti exploded on my phone/laptop screen. I’m telling you this because I understand how important finding the right planner is. Hours of research went into my first big planner purchase, and my guess is (if you’re reading this post) you’re a bit like me.
So, without further ado, here’s my list of the 7 best planners for students:
LifePlanner by Erin Condren
Price: $45-$65 + add-ons
The LifePlanner was my first mega planner purchase and I love it. If everything in your life is organized by color, this is the planner for you. In addition to interchangeable, customizable covers, you can also add on stickers of all shapes and sizes. Mine also came with a sample pack of stickers and a movable ruler/bookmark. You can also find stickers on Etsy that are the same size and shape of the boxes in the LifePlanner.
It comes in three different layouts: horizontal, vertical, and hourly. Each weekly page also has space for a to-do list, which always comes in handy.
Student Planner by Plum Paper
Price: $18 + add-ons
Plum Paper’s Student Planner would be excellent for any high school student or college student with a heavy course load. Each week is organized by day and class period (7 spaces available).
The nice thing about this planner is you can customize it to start at any month during the year. So, if you’re not satisfied with a previous planner purchase or you procrastinated and don’t want to spend money on missed months, go with this planner. It comes in 6 months or 12-18 months. So, you can also give it a 6 month trial run if you’re still not sold.
Academic Daily Simplified Planner by Emily Ley
Price: $58 + add-ons
Emily Ley’s Academic Daily Simplified Planner is full of inspiration quotes and gold detailing. (And we all need a little inspiration to keep going sometimes!) These planners are made for academic schedules (i.e., they run August-July). In addition to 6am-9pm hourly spots, there are also spaces for notes, daily to-dos, and dinner plans.
The design of these planners are classy-chic. One of my college friends swears by this planner. She just purchased her second one and doesn’t plan on changing it up any time soon.
Flagship Collection by Day Designer
Price: $59 + add-ons
If you’re all business and don’t feel the need to decorate every square inch of your planner, the Flagship Collection is for you. These daily pages run from 5am-9pm. Each day has a space for to-dos, gratitude, your top 3 to-dos, notes, and more. The Flagship collection is available in beginning and mid-year editions, each running 12 months.
If you’re feeling the need for a bit more organization in your life, there are also a plethora of free printables available. These include bucket lists, notes, organizing your week, gratitude journals, food and exercise logs, and much more.
Academic Daily Planner by Bloom Daily Planners
Price: $13.95-$26.95 + add-ons
The Academic Daily Planner comes in hard or soft cover, and a choice between a normal academic planner or a vision planner. The vision planner is organized to help you set and work towards your goals. The academic year planner also has spaces for your goals, to-dos, and a fun list of reasons for a party.
It also has an awesome academic scheduler placed in the beginning pages. There are places for time, class, professor name, and room, all by day of the week and term.
The Happy Planner-Student Edition by Me & My Big Ideas
Price: $19.99-$29.99 + add-ons
The Happy Planner is the creative student’s dream planner. You literally make it all you want it to be, and can add or remove pages at any time. It’s basically a scrapbook that functions as a planner.
One of my favorite things about this planner is you can actually go to a store and check it out. It’s also 100% customizable. You can add pages, bookmarks, inspirational quotes on tabs, and even clip in pictures. If you want to check it out in person, head to your local Hobby Lobby store.
Academic Planners by Mead
During my first few years of college I relied on my Mead planners to keep my life organized. I started with the small, 4″ x 6″ size, and ended up with the giant 8.5″ x 11″. These are great planners because you can choose daily, weekly, or monthly layouts. They’re also extremely affordable.
Yes, these planners are a bit more subtle than some of the others listed above. However, if you’re feeling the need to spice it up a bit, you essentially have a blank slate that you can make entirely your own. Head to a craft store, buy some stickers and fun pens, and spend an afternoon decorating your new best friend.
Planners are as unique as the people who use them. Each one is loved and used in its own way. If you have a favorite that isn’t on this list, share it in the comments below!
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite planner accessories:
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- "I love these planners because they allow allow classes in one ..." - By postieI can't find these anywhere locally. I love these planners because they allow allow classes in one place. We tried the two binders one for A day and one for B day and it didn't work! Inevitably things get left at school. Best system: 1 binder, separaters for each subject in one bonder. The separaters must have pockets to put lose papers from each class immediately into the binder. This planner at the front of the binder to keep track of all classes. Bring this back and forth every day. Then everything is in one place and it's not too combersom.
- "Just Like My Highschool Agenda Books" - By HenI went into college not too long ago, and figured that I needed some sort of planner to organize all my assignments. Back in highschool, it was mandatory to have a planner, and my school had its own agenda book for every student for free. Now that I'm in college, there's no free agenda books, and no one is holding my hand anymore, so I'm on my own.
I searched far and wide for a satisfying planner, but most of them were in irritating fonts and girlish formats. I wanted something that imitated my highschool planner because it was perfect, and I completely took it for granted.
This is literally the only student planner that was able to satisfy my needs. The cover may not be so attractive, but it also leaves room for customizing. It's also pretty modest and professional, which I like a lot.
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- "I absolutely love this planner!!!" - By Reviews4UI absolutely love this planner!!! I got the 5x8, but they have a bigger size as well. This size works perfect for me, it can fit in my purse and it is still big enough to writ everything that I need to in it. There are tabs for each month to make it easier to find what you are looking for. There are monthly views and weekly views. On the weekly views, I do wish the weekend section was as big as the weekday section, but most planners that I look at are set up this way. This is an add on item, so you will need to get $25 worth of qualifying items to be able to order it. The front part of the planner opens so that you can put a picture in there, I really like this feature. ... full review
- I purchased this planner for my 10-yr old daughter. She just started to use it to track her homework. She attends a small Christian academy that uses an accelerate curriculum that is more student-driven than most. It stresses that her success is based on her motivation, attitude and hard work. Part of all of that includes organization. She is happy with the planner, but most of all was motivated to read the beginning sections of it! The layout is great, allows her to track her homework and progress!