Good intentions are usually the start of your best new and productive self, but without the proper tools to help you in your journey, those intentions can sometimes get lost. That’s why we’re fans of manifesting your goals and targets with a productivity planner. The best productivity planners are the ones that make organization easy, and sometimes even fun. Life happens, and we’ve all got a lot going on. But whether you’re a student, the manager of a large business, a frequent traveler or attempting to wrangle kids and a family together, staying organized and in control of your habits should be a priority.
Nothing against digital planners, but one of the greatest ways to stay on track is with a written planner. There’s something tranquil about sitting down for a few mindful minutes each day that forces you to think about what you’re doing, where you’re at and which way you want to go. Maybe that’s why there are so many different kinds of productivity planners and journals out there nowadays. Not only do they help you schedule your time and stay organized, but they’re also here to help us remain on track when it comes to personal goals and development.
Whether you’re working towards a specific fitness goal, have creative projects you need help starting up, want to improve your habits or dip your toes in a little of all of the above, the following productivity planners will help. We’ve gathered the best ones of all specialties and habit modalities, and we’re excited to help you find your next great accountability partner.
1. Clever Fox Weekly and Monthly Productivity Planner
Clever Fox has tweaked and improved their productivity planner to be one of the best available for planning and tracking your day and orienting you toward your goals. Their planner is designed to help you craft and refine your short and long-term goals in each area of your life, and stay on track with a quick-start guide and stickers to keep you focused and motivated. This planner is also undated, so it’s up to you to fill in the weeks and months, enabling you to start it at any time and pick right back up if you fall off. They’ve also got pages with whole months as well as 52 individual weeks so you can break down your schedule any way you like.
2. Power Place Daily High Performance Planner
BEST BUDGET OPTION
This planner checks all of the boxes in terms of what you want out of a daily productivity planner and habit journal. It’s got an approach to organization anchored in positive psychology so you can keep your priorities clear and see happiness-boosting results. It also has sections for high-level life activities as well as routine, mundane tasks so you can stay organized on both fronts. If you’ve got areas of your life that you’re feeling overworked or overwhelmed in, this planner is designed to help you move through those blocks and find more satisfaction, fulfillment and joy. Each page has space for your top-priority tasks, daily goals, general notes and ideas, a 24-hour schedule and a review section. This planner is also made of recycled materials and features a soft, faux leather cover.
3. SELF Journal by BestSelf
Trust us, this journal is worth the splurge for the depth of the research that was put into it. This 13-week life planner includes daily goal-tracking, a daily gratitude practice to manifest inner positivity, and a weekly habit tracker to maintain your mindset. This journal is used by business mogul and Shark Tank star Daymond John to make each of his days count, optimize his time and zero in on what he wants to prioritize in order to invoke positive change. This journal’s framework is backed by scientific research and positive psychology around what keeps people motivated, organized and tracking towards success with lofty goals. Each page is built for that success, with a priorities organizer, space for reflection, daily and big-picture goals and Top Performer’s success techniques for inspiration.
4. Get Stuff Done Planner for Productivity
Put the flexibility back in planning with this journal, which is undated and features tabs so that you can easily go back and forth between monthly, weekly and daily plans. There’s also an inner pocket to hold all of your things and it comes with a booklet of time-saving productivity tips so that you can make 2022 your best year yet. At least when it comes to staying productive.
5. The Five Minute Journal
BEST IN A TIME CRUNCH
Every little bit counts, right? If you’re crunched for time, you can still make incremental changes and improvements each day that amount to big-time transformations. The Five Minute Journal is designed for people who have no time but want to boost their happiness, productivity and fulfillment in life. Each day’s page includes prompts for gratitude, priorities for the day, “3 amazing things,” daily affirmations and a reflection space for journaling at the end of the day. You’re also served an inspirational quote at the beginning of the day for motivation, and all writing is broken up into a morning routine section and night routine section. Bookending your day with journaling can powerfully shift your perspective and improve your wellbeing.
6. The Sunrise Manifesto Guided Morning Journal
BEST FOR CROSSING OFF TO-DO LISTS
This planner is based on the art of minimalist productivity and positive psychology. In layman’s terms? It’s all about doing better with less, which is a concept we can definitely get behind. Boost overall wellbeing and productivity with guided morning exercises that are designed to get your to-do list out of your head and onto paper. The best part? It only takes 10 minutes or less.
7. Training for a Healthy Life: A Daily Food and Fitness Journal
BEST FOR FITNESS JUNKIES
One of the hardest goals to hit? Weight loss and fitness goals. They tend to involve the highest amount of commitment, willpower and motivation to not just start but to stay consistent. Tracking your progress through written journaling can be effective in staying in it for the long haul, and this journal can help you get there. This productivity planner is targeted at food and fitness goals, and is built to maximize chances of success in these areas. It includes spaces where you can write down key metrics like your weight, what you ate and how much you exercised. It also has spaces for weekly check-ins where you can chart progress and analyze and adjust your big-picture habits.
8. Black Fitness Journal Workout Book
BEST FOR HITTING THE GYM
Science has shown that working out can boost your productivity, so if your goals in 2022 include hitting the gym and getting stuff done, then this journal may be the way to kick it all off. The planner comes with lots of space to jot down your goals and more than 100 pages to track your workouts, with room to include up to 12 daily exercises so that you can see how much you really do progress as the days tick by.
9. The Bullet Journal
BEST FOR CREATIVES
Like to color outside the lines? Skip the standard journaling method and grab yourself a Bullet Journal, The New York Times bestselling goal-setting and time management system. It’s designed to fit the person who’s tried numerous organizational methods with no luck and wants to try something new. Through “Tracking the Past,” “Ordering the Present” and “Designing the Future,” you’ll put your life on a whole new track towards a more thoughtful, purposeful and organized place. This method, according to the founder Ryder Carroll, is all about “intentional living,” weeding out distractions and optimizing your time and energy towards what you really want personally and professionally.
10. Papercode Simple Elephant Planner
BEST FOR FORMING HABITS
An elephant never forgets, and neither will you with this productivity planner. It’s got stickers and color-coded systems for remembering your high-priority habits and cementing them in your mind as daily essentials. Build out your super productive year personally and professionally with this planner’s guidance, enjoying the narrowed goals and productivity prompts. Jump in and out at any time with the undated pages, and there’s also a vision board section for visualizing your most successful year yet.
11. InnerGuide Productivity Planner
BEST FOR DAILY PLANNING
If you want a planner that can double as your mindful habit-tracking journal, this is it. The InnerGuide planner is not just a daily, weekly and monthly planner, but a goal-tracker and source of motivation for your long-term vision as well. It’s the life coach in book form that you’ve been looking for, and at an affordable price. Each week has a section for your standard appointment-tracking and is surrounded by a section for prioritizing weekly goals, tracking healthy habits, space for reflection and even rating the quality of your thoughts from the week before. At the start of the year and each subsequent month, there are a few pages dedicated to long-term goal tracking in all areas of life, ranging from financial and budgetary, to friends and relationships.
12. 52-Week Motivational Journal
BEST FOR LONG-TERM GOALS
Looking to change your life in the next year? This handy planner may be the tool you need to get started. It comes with 170 pages of motivational prompts and exercises to get you thinking about how to accomplish the things you want to get done, all while encouraging you to stay focused on the end goal … or goals.
13. The 100-Day Goal Journal
BEST FOR ACTION-PLANNING
Whether you own a business, are back in school, or someone who just wants to create a more positive and productive space for themselves, this planner sets out to help you achieve success in just 100 days. Use it to set goals and outline exactly how you’re going to get there, all while creating daily action plans and tracking your progress in order to create discipline and focus.
14. Goal Crazy Undated Planner
BEST MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
Centralize all of your big life goals and dreams in one handy place with this journal, which is undated but structured to help you fulfill those things you’ve been thinking about doing for a while now. The makers behind this 90-day offering are so sure that you’ll be able to track and progress your goals with this nifty little tool that they even offer a money-back guarantee if things don’t exactly go as planned.
15. Smart Planner Budget Planner
BEST FOR FINANCIAL GOALS
Got a financial or budgetary goal you’re trying to hit? This financial habit journal and planner is for you. It’s been tested and proven to help achieve financial success when used correctly. It’s equipped with 12 months of budgetary planning with a wide variety of trackers, calendars and budgeting sheets to help you account for your spending and to stay committed. It’s undated so you can start working towards your goals at any point, but it’s also equipped with dedicated sections for affirmations, setting goals, tracking debts, analyzing your spending and creating targeted action plans. It’s made of high-quality paper that’s made to last as well as an expandable back pocket for storing and organizing receipts.
16. Clever Fox Budget Planner & Monthly Bill Organizer
BEST FOR FINANCIAL PRODUCTIVITY
If you’re looking to be more productive when it comes to your spending habits, this planner is specifically designed to help you hit all of your monthly goals. It comes with expense and debt trackers, stickers to easily mark progress or important dates, plus pockets for bills and wayward scraps of paper. Basically, it’s an essential planning tool when it comes to hitting all of those big 2022 financial dreams and aspirations.
17. Evrim Pursuit Goal Journal
BEST FOR MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
Upgrade your life through daily mindfulness and gratitude practices with this easy-to-use, back-to-basics planner from Evrim. Each week is displayed in a funnel-down visual template that includes all of your monthly, weekly and daily goals. Unlike other planners, with this one you’re encouraged to be mindful in your approach — taking days off as needed and modifying your goals thoughtfully as you progress. It also comes in a small, portable size with a soft, velvet-laminated cover for keeping your work protected as you progress.
18. Mental Health Journal for Men
BEST FOR MENTAL HEALTH
You can work out, eat right and put aside money for a rainy day, but if you aren’t also taking care of your mental health are you really your best self? This journal is full of prompts and exercises to work your way through stress and anxiety while encouraging creative journaling with a unique, men’s perspective in mind.
19. The Calling Man Daily Gratitude Productivity Mindset Leather Journal
BEST FOR GRATITUDE
Find your purpose this year and manifest success with a daily journal that encourages you to practice gratitude while also motivating you to be your best, most powerful self. This planner helps you to journal your way through the four masculine archetypes (King, Magician, Warrior and Lover) in order to create balance while making small but productive changes to your mindset each day along the way.
20. Productivity & Happiness Planner
BEST MANIFESTING PLANNER
This planner is all about helping you to set — and realize — all of the goals you didn’t even know you had for yourself. There are sheets designed to help you stop procrastinating, a foldable vision board so you can start manifesting the future you really want, and a section to keep all of your finances in check. It’s basically a monthly life guide or companion, one to help you figure out how to be your very best self.
21. The Miracle Morning Companion Planner
BEST FOR MORNING ROUTINES
On a never-ending quest to crush your “morning routine?” Same. People say the way you spend your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day and we believe that. Of course, many things are out of your control, but taking a few moments each morning to breathe, meditate, journal or even have a sip of water can make a serious difference in your mindset heading into the hours ahead. This planner is designed to help cultivate healthy morning practices like breath work, affirmations, visualizations and more. If you’re ready to level up your mornings and, subsequently, the rest of your life, this journal is a great investment.
22. The Anecdote Daily Planner
BEST FOR WRITERS
Are you a professional writer who always seems to forget to find time to write? This planner is a great way to avoid that and set writing goals each week that you can actually stick to. This planner was designed with workflow in mind and includes a structured system for daily, weekly and monthly goals that all sync up. This planner also has space for purpose statements so you can solidify why you want to accomplish certain goals, and has built-in motivation for when you face inevitable setbacks. It also has plenty of space to write down ideas, thoughts and brainstorms.
23. Moleskin 12 Month 3.5″ x 5.5″ Monthly Planner
Don’t be that person who lugs around the giant, behemoth day planner with post-its sticking out of it. We mean, if that system works for you then sure, but most likely you’re going to get a neck ache and very little done. Instead, downsize to this tiny Moleskin that’s as compact as it is well-organized. It’s got the classic Moleskin leather hardcover and two-page spreads for each month where you can plan. It also comes with pages for to-do lists and bullet journaling.
24. The High-Performance Planner
BEST PLANNER/ JOURNAL HYBRID
Sometimes, simply listening to our thoughts via stream of consciousness is the best way to plan. This High-Performance planner is a planner and a journal combined with years of high-performance research to back up its methodologies. The planner includes spaces to write responses to journal prompts, give self-assessments of habits, set goals, prioritize different projects and get into mindsets to win the day. This planner’s goal is to help you think strategically rather than go through daily motions, all while prioritizing what you want, achieving goals faster and going through life more focused and happy.
25. Pilgrim Soul Creative Thinking Journal
BEST FOR THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
This journal is a bit unconventional, but still completely useful. It’s designed to be used while you’re high, and includes prompts for all sorts of self-exploration — however, you choose to get there. Life is all about getting creative with what you’ve got and this journal is filled with fun challenges designed to spark your imagination and push you to uncover new possibilities. You also don’t need to smoke weed to use this journal; just do any activity that gets you into a flowing state of creativity. Hit a vinyasa yoga class, go for a long run, engage in some aromatherapy, a sound bath, solve complex math problems or dance in your kitchen. Then, sit down and imagine what your life could look like and how you want to get there.
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