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9 Greatest Diary Planners for Everyday Productivity

Custom Built Weekly Planner
Best overall
(4.9 out of 5 stars)
(4.9 out of 5 stars)
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Kate Spade New York
(4.9 out of 5 stars)
(4.9 out of 5 stars)
Passion Planner
(4.7 out of 5 stars)
(4.7 out of 5 stars)
Slice Planner
Best value
(5 out of 5 stars)
(5 out of 5 stars)
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Erin Condren LifePlanner
(4.6 out of 5 stars)
(4.6 out of 5 stars)
Blue Sky 2020 Weekly & Monthly Planner
(4.5 out of 5 stars)
(4.5 out of 5 stars)
AT-A-GLANCE 2020 Daily Diary
(4.3 out of 5 stars)
(4.3 out of 5 stars)
Moleskine Daily Planner
Customer choice
(4.3 out of 5 stars)
(4.3 out of 5 stars)
Mountain Daily Planner
(4.2 out of 5 stars)
(4.2 out of 5 stars)

Combining productivity with planning is very on trend this season. The days of dedicating different time-slots for your to-do lists, taking notes, creating mood boards, mind-maps and scheduling reflection sessions, and having them all written or typed in different places, has passed. This contemporary method allows you to set goals, generate ideas and reflect as you go along as part of your daily, weekly and monthly planning, all in one place.

The 2020 diary planners for everyday productivity that we have selected are a mixture of planners with in-built features and templates that will help you to structure your goal-setting and reflection, acting as a guide to increase your productivity, and those that work better for people who prefer to design their own system. Imagine the opposite of a dull target setting meeting at work where you can get creative and have fun as you make positive changes. A more productive you start here!

Custom Built Weekly Planner

(4.9 out of 5 stars)

Plan your task and appointments in advance easily with the Custom Built Weekly Planner by OnPlanners.

The notebook has classic spiral-binding design and comes with the beautiful and durable cover with the attractive design.

The minimalist-inspired content of the pages provides all the essentials for efficient planning: spacious weekly layouts, to-do lists, blank spaces for important notes etc.

Overall, this is a great planner with thick paper, amazing design and productivity-driven layouts.

Pros
  • Compact
  • Beautiful
  • Productivity-driven design of the pages
Cons
  • No significant cons

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Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
226 100 gsm Hardcover 5.5'' x 8''

Kate Spade New York

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(4.9 out of 5 stars)

First up, this pretty and productive offering from Kade Spade will get you in the mood for planning in style. This diary planner is top quality and certainly aesthetically pleasing with a unique striped and floral design in an elegant monochrome with gold title text. The inside cover is equally as elegant in a cool orange with a handy inside pocket where you can keep a photo of someone or something inspirational to you to look at everyday.

Other cool features include gold foil stickers that you can dot around your planner as reminders of just for fun. We like the “Party” sticker best, although the “Don’t Forget” sticker might be more sensible! Monthly spreads and spacious lined week views are nicely laid out and the planner is spiral bound with a handy elastic closure band. This is a great compromise between a classic planner and a productivity planner.

Pros
  • Stylish cover
  • Personalised photo pocket
  • Motivational stickers
Cons
  • New on the market
  • No structured templates

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Cover type Size
Hardcover 7.75" x 6"

Passion Planner

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(4.7 out of 5 stars)

The clue is in the name with the Passion Planner. This innovative gem of a planner will get even the laziest or most reluctant of us motivated! It is based on increasing productivity and well-being and packed with templates, guides and advice. It uses the following four stages to help you to generate and implement your goals: Dream Big, Break it Down, Work at it and Reflect.

Using this template, you can start with your wider life-goals and gradually get to the point where you are making the day to day changes which you need to reach them. In addition to mind-mapping templates at the start, each weekly view has areas for your weekly focus and reflection, to-do lists, inspirational quotes; anything you could possibly think of to track and keep on top of your progress on the way to achieving your hopes and dreams for the future. If you are looking for a planner with a productivity structure built in, this is the perfect planner for you.

Pros
  • Structured
  • Mind-mapping guides
  • Reflection templates
Cons
  • Not light-weight
  • Not pocket sized

Product details

Paper weight Number of pages Cover type Size
120 gsm 200 Hardcover 5.8" x 8.3''

Slice Planner

(5 out of 5 stars)

Built with Kickstarter, this planner quickly became an absolute hit among productivity aficionados.

The planner features an unconventional planning system designed to visualize your day and help you estimate the workload and stay on schedule easier. Last but not least it’s made of first-class materials like Italian bookcloth and Swedish Arctic Munken paper.

Besides great functionality and beautiful design, it offers great value for money. It used to be a little pricey, but with time, Evopaper reduced the price without sacrificing the quality and even introduced the ring-bound version.

Pros
  • Free mobile app
  • High-quality materials
  • Great value for money
Cons
  • Only 90 daily spreads

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
207 100 gsm Hardcover 5.5'' x 8''

Erin Condren LifePlanner

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(4.6 out of 5 stars)

Erin Condren’s planners are as pretty they come. This beautiful journal planner has an abstract leaf design inside and out with finished rose gold edges. It comes in a stunning card box and would make the perfect gift. Inspirational quotes at the beginning of each month, as well as sections for dreaming and planning where you can add your own initial lists such as wellness, home, family, travel, exercise etc., get you started on your motivational journey. In addition to monthly views to jot down your longer-term plans and aims, dateless weekly spreads provide a new level of flexibility that is rarely seen in a planner; a great feature.

Offering two sizes, both with thick quality paper and matching gold stickers to mark key appointments, the elegant Erin Condren LifePlanner puts your productivity planning in your own hands while guiding you along the way. This option is a real winner!

Pros
  • Stunning leaf design
  • Rose gold edged pages
  • Gift box
Cons
  • No structured templates
  • No laminated monthly tabs

Product details

Number of pages Cover type Size
176 Hardcover 5" x 8"

Blue Sky 2020 Weekly & Monthly Planner

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(4.5 out of 5 stars)

Get pretty in pink with this fantastic orchid design dated diary and planner from Blue Sky. This planner is not just a pretty face and has all the features of a classic, good quality planner. Coming in two sizes: 5” X 8” and 8.5” X 11”, you get the option of a planner on the go or a larger planner for you detailed projects…or both. It’s spiral bound, lying flat, and has excellent quality, thick paper and coated monthly tabs so you can find your notes easily. A nice touch that we liked is an inside pocket at the front where you can keep all those odds and ends that you may usually lose like notes, lists and receipts.

In addition to spacious monthly and weekly views, extras include a reference calendar for the following month to make your future plans, a page listing major holidays and a contacts section. Classic features, quality and style would sum up this planner.

Pros
  • Stunning orchid design
  • 2 size options
  • Quality paper
Cons
  • No stickers
  • No productivity templates

Product details

Paper weight Cover type Size
80 gsm Softcover 5" x 8"

AT-A-GLANCE 2020 Daily Diary

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(4.3 out of 5 stars)

A daily diary is a great option for your 2020 diary for anybody who needs a lot of space to take notes over the day in addition to scheduling appointments. Each day of the month is dated and has a full red and black lined page. This diary would work in a professional setting to outline your entire days’ work in the morning as well as having the option for taking notes and updating your note pages throughout the day. You then also have a page of reference for each day to refer back to. It would be equally suited to use as a journal or for memoirs. The diary has a durable burgundy, hardback cover and high quality paper.

As you would expect from an old classic, sections for contacts, public holidays and religious dates are included along with standard time zones and a compound interest page for good measure! A useful extra is a monthly expense summary page, great for household or professional budgeting.

Pros
  • Full page per day
  • Lined pages
  • Hard cover
Cons
  • Not spiral bound so doesn’t lie flat
  • No templates or guides

Product details

Number of pages Cover type Size
380 Hardcover 7-3/4" x 12"

Moleskine Daily Planner

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(4.3 out of 5 stars)

Next up, another daily planner from the trusted favorites, Moleskine. This version is hardcover 5” X 8.25” in black but one of the fantastic things about Moleskine is their flexibility. All or their notebooks, journals and planners come in 3 size options, the choice of hard or soft cover and at least six well-chosen colours so there is something for everyone. Their day planners dedicate a whole page to each day, allowing for detail. It also gives times of the day in the margin to guide your scheduling if you wish to use them. An outline of a world map is a nice touch, implying perhaps, that this would make an ideal travel journal!

Additionally, there is a monthly 2020 calendar and a collection of stickers with letters and symbols to customise your writing. As any Moleskine fans out there will know, you really can’t go wrong with this brand. It has been tried and tested for many years and always comes out a winner!

Pros
  • Quality cover and accessories
  • Stickers
  • World map
Cons
  • No productivity templates
  • Not many cons for this one!

Product details

Paper weight Number of pages Cover type Size
70 gsm 192 Hardcover 5" x 8.25"

Mountain Daily Planner

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(4.2 out of 5 stars)

We loved the Mountain Daily Planner for many reasons. Firstly, this is a 6-month planner. The trend for half or quarter yearly planners is well underway; they allow for more space without having a huge journal to carry around. As well as providing the full pages for daily planning, there are also weekly pages (and monthly overviews). This works well as you can get started by outlining the week first on the week page and then get into the nitty gritty of your projects on the daily page.

Structure is key in this option with designated boxes for victories, gratitudes, designations, goals, habits and more. A durable hard cover, pocket, closure band and three satin bookmarks also give you all the classic features you need. If you could do with a bit of help with your organization skills and you enjoy using motivational tools, this could be the planner you need to get that productivity up and running! 

Pros
  • Full daily pages
  • Weekly planning pages
  • Motivational templates within the pages
Cons
  • Allocated time-slots may not suit everyone
  • 6-month planner not suited to some

Product details

Paper weight Cover type Size
100 gsm Hardcover 5.4” X 8.5”

Conclusion

As you can see, there is no one correct format for a planner for everyday productivity. We have included a mixture of diaries and planners for 2020 so that you can choose a planner suited to your purpose and preferred style. For some, daily planners are an excellent option; the daily pages allow space for notes, to-do lists and sketching out ideas as well as appointments.

Another plus for the dailies is their utility as a reference when reflecting and undertaking future planning. This style is suited to those who rank flexibility over structure. On the flipside, for those of us who like some guidance and support with our productivity, we have covered planners packed with templates, grids and boxes with designated instructions to focus your goal setting and reflection. You know your organizational style better than anyone and if you’re not sure yet what it is, choosing your new diary planner for 2020 could help you find out!