Best Planners for 2014: Finding a Day Planner that Works for You

With the new year come new goals and resolutions and of course, a new calendar.

If you’re like me, a phone calendar just doesn’t cut it – you like to write things down, cross things off, and have it all right in front of you.

There are so many great options out there, but I pulled together a list of some of my favorites – here are the best planners for 2014!

Best Planners for 2014

Clockwise (from top left):

–  the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley $50 The Simplified Planner is more than just a date book – it helps you to get organized. It includes the standard month and week views, but also has daily views and ways to plan for the week ahead. It also includes worksheets for how to ‘simplify.’ I would recommend this planner for someone who is looking to take organization to the next level in the coming year. 

–  17 Month Agenda by Kate Spade at Lifeguard Press $36 This planner is 7×9.25 inches with a hard cover and elastic band closure. It has a month-at-a-glance view as well as a weekly view with lines for each day. There are also tabs for each month – making it easy to navigate throughout the year. It’s a great basic planner with a bold rose-patterned cover. 

Kate Spade Planner


–  Life Planner by Erin Condren $50+ Erin Condren planners are highly popular, custom made, spiral-bound books. They have tabbed months, monthly spreads, weekly spreads with days divided into morning, afternoon, and evening, goal sheets, and much more. These are perfect for the busy mom looking to have everything in one place. 


–  2014 Agenda by Jonathan Adler at Lifeguard Press $20 Jonathan Adler planners are offered in bold, bright patterns. They measure 5×7.5 inches, are spiral bound, and closed with an elastic band. The planner has weekly as well as monthly views. This is a fun, everyday planner. 

Jonathan Adler Planner


– Day Designer by Whitney English $49 Whitney English has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about how to best organize your life to get things done. Directly from her website, “the Day Designer is a yearly strategic planner and daily agenda for creative entrepreneurs, business women, and working mommas everywhere.” This planner has a lovely, clean look to it and is certainly useful for keeping all areas of life in order. 


– Jumbo Planner by Lilly Pulitzer at Lifeguard Press $34 I love Lilly Pulitzer’s patterns. This planner measures roughly 8×11 inches and is spiral bound. This 17 month planner has sturdy, colored tabs for each month and each page has fun,  whimsical drawings. The planner has a weekly view with lines for each day and month-at-a-glance pages. A solid choice for any girl who loves bright colors and pattern.

Lilly Pulitzer Planner


– 2014 Weekly Planner by Target $3 I happened upon this one in the ‘dollar section.’ It comes in a variety of colors and has a nice, open design. It’s small enough to pop in your purse and you can’t beat the price. 

Target Planner


– Custom Book from May Designs $22+ These 5×8 inch canvas books have a stitched spine and about 80 pages. When you design your book you pick: a pattern, a color, a monogram, a monogram color, and interior pages.  These are great for someone who is looking for a simple calendar in a light, airy design. I love how you can choose each element to match your style and preference for a relatively inexpensive price. 

May Designs Custom Book

What’s your favorite kind of planner? Will you be using one of these in 2014?

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