With the New Year rolling in and resolutions top-of-mind, people all over the world are looking for ways to increase their productivity in 2022. But while many people turn to digital calendars, there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from keeping track of your schedule and goals with a good, old-fashioned journal.
Here, we’ll take you through 11 of the best productivity planners available to help you make 2022 your most successful year yet. These aren’t presented in any particular order, and the list isn’t fully inclusive of all the great productivity planners on the market. The one that’s best for you will be the one that most closely matches your work habits and preferences.
1. Scribbles That Matter Bullet Journal
Bullet journals have become extremely popular over the past few years. Unlike regular lined notebooks, bullet journals are made up of arrays of dots, giving you the freedom to write whatever you want, unobstructed by any externally imposed structure.
If you want to plan your year your own way, the Scribbles That Matter Bullet Journal is a great option. However, if you’re looking for more guidance and structure, you may be better off with some of the other options on this list.
2. Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner
Leuchtturm1917 has been around since, as you may have guessed, 1917. After more than 100 years in business, you can be confident that this company knows a thing or two about making great stationery products. Each week in the company’s weekly planner features a page on the left with a grid containing the days, as well as a more free-form lined page on the right to capture any notes you need.
3. Open Sea Design Co. The Luminaries Planner
This weekly planner is a favorite of musician Phoebe Bridgers — and for good reason. It sports a pleasing design on the cover, and its pages are designed to be clean and no-nonsense. Each week, you get two columns per page: one that includes a vertical list of the days and space to write your tasks, and another where you can write down any notes you have or tasks you need to complete throughout the week.
4. JSTORY Weekly Planner
If simplicity is your bag, then look no further than the JSTORY Weekly Planner series. This line of notebooks is minimalism at its finest: you get seven large rows per page to write in each day’s tasks. And, instead of using each day’s full name, JSTORY opts only for the first letter, which makes for minimal distraction.
What’s more, these planners are large. If you want a bit more size to your planner, this is a great choice.
5. Octaevo Agenda A Year of Sun
If you aren’t sure you want to commit to using a planner full-time and still want to rely primarily on digital tools, the Octaevo A Year of Sun agenda might suit your style of work. Unlike some planners, Octaevo’s offering isn’t locked into certain dates. Instead, you circle the month and write in the dates yourself.
The benefit of this approach is that, if you only use your planner from time to time, you won’t have to go searching through the whole book to find the right page to write in. Just pick up where you left off, fill in the information, and get planning.
6. Moleskine 12-Month Planners
Moleskine is a heavyweight in the notebook world, which is why it should come as no surprise that this household name made it onto our list. Moleskine’s 12-Month Planners are very similar to Leuchtturm1917’s: for each week, there are seven rows on each left-hand page and ruled lines on each right-hand page.
However, there’s a slight twist: Moleskine’s books give you one row at the top for writing tasks, and then the seventh row is divided into two columns and includes both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re mainly planning during weekdays, this works well. But if you want to have equal planning space for all seven days, it’s best to look for a planner that’s more evenly divided.
7. Roterunner Purpose Planner
If you want a planner that gives you a bit more structure, the Roterunner Purpose Planner is a great option. While most of the other planners on this list give you nothing more than a list of day-labeled boxes in which to write your tasks, the Roterunner Purpose Planner prompts you to write in your goals, select the role in your life you’re writing for, and reflect on how things are going.
Overall, it’s a very holistic approach to planning — one that gives equal weight to your social life, activities, health, and work.
Want to inject a bit of elegance and luxury into your life? If so, the Ponderlily® Weekly Planner deserves your consideration. This planner exudes class, thanks to its linen cover and exterior gold foil lettering. Inside, you’ll find inspirational quotes, monthly overview sections, and areas to write in what you’re grateful for.
This is definitely a feel-good planner, and it comes with a correspondingly premium price tag. If you’re looking for something a bit more barebones, consider others on this list.
9. The Content Planner
As you may be able to guess from the name, The Content Planner is a planner that’s optimized for content creators. This book comes with room to plan for 15 months, an overview of all holidays that you need to stay on top of for marketing purposes, and monthly and weekly goal-setting capabilities.
One nice touch is the social media stickers that come along with this planner, which you can use to label your site-specific content plans for easier visibility at a glance.
10. Poketo Quarterly Goal Planner
There’s only one way to say it: the Poketo Quarterly Goal Planner looks beautiful. Its modern, abstract cover design inspires creativity, and the interior doesn’t disappoint. This planner gives you ample space to plan out three months’ worth of goals and activities, in addition to including prompts to get you thinking about your ambitions and aims.
Plus, this is an eco-friendly option thanks to its FSC certification.
11. Studio Milligram The Daily Undated
If you’re looking for a simple planner with a stylish cover design, this offering from Studio Milligram might be just the ticket. This planner uses a bullet journal format with a date at the top of each page, allowing you to maintain a sense of organization without compromising on the freedom of a bullet journal.
Making Your Selection
If you want to improve your productivity in 2022, now’s the time to start putting the right tools in place. We’ve covered 11 of the best productivity planners available today, but don’t feel like you have to limit yourself here.
Using your physical journal in tandem with digital productivity tools like Otter can take your planning to the next level. Becoming a better, more productive planner isn’t an either-or proposition. Like ketchup and mustard, digital and analog tools work well together to keep you on track for success.