Like many overwhelmed moms, I’m sort of a planner junkie.
I love planners.
And the psychology degree part of me assumes that I’m always trying to get everything under control and I feel like if I can just find the perfect planner, it will finally happen.
And while I can’t promise that any of these planners will help you get EVERYTHING on lockdown, I do believe that at least one of these is going to be the perfect fit for you to get it together…..better.
Plus, they’re all sold on Amazon which means free shipping (and returns) if you’re a prime member.
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And without further ado, here are the five best planners on Amazon by category.
For reference, I made these categories up. Amazon doesn’t actually categorize them like this. 🙂
Pretty Simple Planner
This planner lives up to its name as a simple planner, but it’s not boring.
It is 8 1/2 x 11 and comes in a variety of adorable patterns like mermaids, cacti, plaid, and several floral varieties. The monthly view is a double page so there’s plenty of room to write. The weekly view has large daily spaces with boxes to check off for your daily to-do list.
If you need a simple planner that does it all, this is the best one on Amazon.
As a bonus, these planners are from a small, family-run business, and they’ll send you a free menu planning PDF if you email them at prettysimplebooks@
Whole Life Organization
The panda planner is pretty awesome for getting your whole life on track. It uses a scientific approach to productivity and happiness with positive psychology and neuroscience. Plus it’s not dated, so you can start using it at any point during the year. It has daily, weekly, and monthly sections for planning and reviewing.
The review part is what makes this planner really stand out to me.
Each day there is a morning review to help you “cultivate happiness by focusing on the great things in your life!” and an end-of-day review. This is to “train your brain to focus on what went well and how to improve, instead of what went wrong.”
It’s very detailed and takes some extra time to fill everything out, but it is great at cultivating happiness and productivity.
And they also make these color-coded bookmark sticky notes to add an extra level of organization to your planning.
As you’ve probably seen, bullet journals are all the rage these days. And with good reason.
(If you have no idea what a bullet journal is, check out this article from BulletJournal.com)
You can tailor a bullet journal to include exactly what you need whether you want something basic to plan your week or an elaborate color-coded system to track your health goals.
Since a bullet journal is essentially a blank notebook with dots, there’s typically more work involved than with a traditional planner.
However, the tracking benefits of a bullet journal are awesome.
Typically, people make a table of contents in the front of the book and label and tab pages as they go. So you can start a page of all the books you’re reading in a year and flip back to it every time you need to add a new one.
I loved using a bullet journal because it really helped me see the progress I was making on my goals.
There are a ton of different bullet journals on Amazon, but typically one with a hardcover and dotted grid pages is best. You’ll also want to look for one with quality, thicker paper so it will hold up to heavy use.
If you’re interested in using a bullet journal but aren’t sure how, this set includes a how-to guide along with the journal.
Erin Condren Planner
The Erin Condren planner was my JAM for years.
It has a space for every single thing plus adorable stickers and fun colors. There are lots of different cover options to choose from and she releases a whole set of new covers every year.
The planner comes with lots of stickers and fun little goodies, but there are also sticker sets that you can purchase separately. You can also buy an insertable budgeting planner, stylized sticky notes, pens, weekly to-do-lists, elastic bands, pen holders, and sticky corner pockets.
The planner is a bit pricey but absolutely worth it if you actually use it.
If you have a full schedule and need a system for staying on top of everything, this is the best planner for you.
Once I became a stay-at-home-mom, my schedule really freed up so I didn’t need the color-coded boxes and stickers because I never went anywhere besides the grocery store and church.
Now that my kids are older and have more activities and busier schedules, I think it may be time to go back.
And while I love shopping on Amazon as much as the next homebody, if you order your planner directly from the Erin Condren website, you can make a totally customized Life Planner.
And if you use my referral link, we’ll both get $10 to spend on the Erin Condren website after you create an account. They’ll send you a $10 coupon code to use on your first purchase.
Christian Family Planner
Amy Knapp’s Christian Family Planner
This planner has everything you need to keep your whole family organized and stay focused on God throughout your busy week.
It has a calendar view, weekly view, menu planning, grocery list, weekly scripture, and weekly prayers and praise. This is a 17-month planner so it’s a really great value as well.
I typically keep my planners even after the year is over because it’s such a real way to look back at what was going on in our lives at the time. Seeing the date circled with my first ultrasound in 2008 still brings a huge smile to my face.
Having the weekly prayers and praise section makes this planner even more precious. Being able to look back at what was going on in our lives PLUS what our prayers and praises were during that time is something I really treasure.
2019 Pocket Planner
My purse is embarrassingly full.
And not in a cool Mary Poppins I have everything I need sort of way.
More in a church is over I need to stuff all evidence of how messy my kids are into a bag before people see kind of way.
I sent my daughter to get a bag of almonds out of my purse and she came back asking why I had so much trash in there.
So to fit a full-size planner in my
trashbag purse is not really an option at this point in life.
This tiny planner is one of the best planners on Amazon. It has everything I need in a size I can carry without being overloaded.
It’s about 4 inches by 7 inches so it’s only a little larger than my phone and with the bright pink color, I can find it fairly easily among the broken crayons and crushed goldfish that line my bag.
It’s made of high-quality leather so it can withstand the crush of the junk inside my purse without being damaged. It also has an elastic closure, two-page finder ribbons, and 16 blank note pages.
It comes in a variety of colors so if pink isn’t your thing, there are lots of others to choose from including green, brown, gray, blue, and black.
Happy Planner Healthy Hero
The Happy Planner is a pretty awesome planner to begin with. Its detailed like the Erin Condren planner with the focus on improving your happiness like the Panda Planner.
But the Healthy Hero version takes it to the next level with health tracking spaces.
So if your goal this year is to get healthier, this planner is for you.
It has all the regular planner stuff like a monthly view, daily pages, and blank spaces for notes.
But it also has a daily water tracker, food log, and exercise section.
It has space for you to write your top 4 priorities for the month, your goal for the week, and a 30-day tracker to write what you will focus on for thirty days.
The end of each month has a review section of the best moments to remember, what was inspiring, what you’re grateful for, how to spend time unplugged, and favorite way to practice self-care.
And they also have extra stickers available.
In conclusion, finding the best planner on Amazon is easy once you know what you need.
What season of life are you in right now and which planner will be the most helpful to you?
Are you focusing on your health this year or keeping your entire family on track?
Do you need a planner that’s small or one that has all the bells and whistles?
Do you want a planner that lets you be totally creative or just fill in the blanks?
What’s the best planner you’ve found? Tell us in the comments!