Buying a new planner gives me an endorphin rush like no other, whether it’s for a new school semester, work year, or a much-needed fresh start. A good one should help you stay on track without overwhelming you. Some folks on WIRED’s Gear team prefer paper planners over digital tools. Plus, writing things down has the added benefit of improving retention.
Everyone has their own preferences, types of tasks, and degrees of willingness to scribble and organize, so we don’t have one best overall planner. I grilled WIRED staff for their favorites and have tested a tone on my own. Once you’ve found something that works for you, check out our Work From Home Gear, Best Smart Pens and Tablets, and Best Laptop Backpacks guides for more.
Updated August 2023: We’ve added planners from Ban.do, The Skinny Confidential, and Laurel Denise, plus updated prices throughout.
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