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The Best Planners on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about a certain outstanding Japanese planner, and Smythson’s pricey diary that writer Leah Bhabha calls “planner nirvana,” because it is the first week of the new year (and because planners tend to be very personal choices), here we’re singling out the best planners on Amazon, no matter whether you’re a type-A person who wants something extra efficient and mapped out, or you just need a no-frills pocket planner. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

4.6 stars, 415 reviews

“I got this planner because I was moving house, and needed to keep track of the million or so tasks I had to do each day. Now that I’ve settled in, I’m still using it — first to plan my unpacking, now for organizing my day. I absolutely adore it. It has three ways to plan each month (monthly, weekly, daily), has plenty of room to write, AND a section for taking notes for each month. The only way this planner could be easier to use would be psychic transmission of my thoughts to the page. Until then, I’ll cheerfully keep writing.”

4.2 stars, 165 reviews

“The soft cover is a lot thinner than the hardcover, which is what I usually buy, but I think this will work just as well and not take up as much room in my bag, fitting easier in pockets than the stiff hardcover. The pages are sewn, which I think will make it more durable. It has all the usual Moleskine amenities: year calendar, time zone and holiday info, back pocket, and occasion stickers. I love that on each page, the left side is the week at a glance, while the right side is just ruled lines for notes, lists, thoughts, etc. Perfect for me who seems to have a lot of extra notes that didn’t fit into any one day in other calendars.”