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Top 10 Best Personal Planners for Business to Buy Online 2020

With smartphones swarming all over the market, many of us now use apps to stay on track. But there’s something about putting pen to paper that makes you more productive and makes things easier to remember. That’s where personal business planners (also known as paper organizers) come in–in both binder and notebook form and from a variety of manufacturers, such as Panda Planner, Filofax, At-A-Glance, and Traveler’s notebook.

Slow down your planning process and re-set your goals and re-prioritize. By doing so, say hello to more productivity and bye to procrastination. Here are some tips on how to find a personal planner for business that’s right for you, followed by a list of our favorite ones.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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How to Choose the Best Personal Planner for Business – Buying Guide

You’ll be checking your planner every day, so you want to buy something that you like. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect paper planner for business that suits your lifestyle.

Choose Something That’s Easy to Use

There are two major types of paper planners: refillable binders and notebooks. Choose one after figuring out which’ll be easier for you to use.

Refillable Planner Binders: Easy to Personalize

Refillable Planner Binders: Easy to Personalize
With planner binders, you can personalize what goes inside, constantly. You can stick in monthly and weekly schedules, lined paper, little sleeves for business cards, and address books. You can take out old stuff, revised schedules. That’s the strength of a planner binder: it bends to your will and can be customized in whatever way you like.
When you choose a planner binder, make sure the rings are big enough. Most are 0.9″ to 1″, which means you can insert about 150 to 200 sheets of paper. A year’s worth of weekly schedules is already 100 pages, so if you get something too small, you may have to give up your contacts section.

Notebook Planners: Includes All the Basics

Notebook Planners: Includes All the Basics
Notebook planners have all the basics inside–annual calendars, monthly/weekly schedules, to do lists, pages for notes. Most are for 12 months starting from January, and when September rolls around, shelves are lined with the following year’s planners. You can’t change the pages that are inside, which means you don’t have to worry about refills, or resorting anything.
From planners with hourly schedules to planners that are like productivity coaches–enjoining you to jot down your goals and plans–there’s all sorts of stuff out there. It’s fun to look at the different types and figure out what you like best.
If there’s a lot in the planner, though, it’ll be thick and heavy. If you want something light, then give up planning out your life second by second and choose a thin monthly or weekly planner.

Compact or Easy to Write in? Figure out Your Priorities

Compact or Easy to Write in?  Figure out Your Priorities
When looking at size, ask yourself the following questions. One, is it easy to carry around? Two, is it easy to write in? If you’re looking for something that’ll fit in your purse, go for something compact, such as a 5 x 8 inch planner. If you want a planner with plenty of space to write in–the bigger the better, right?–then go ahead and get one that’s 11.4 x 9.5 inches.
Itty bitty things may be easy to carry around, but you’ll have to cram in all your notes. On the other hand, huge planners leave plenty of space for writing, but take up more room in your bag. So figure out what means more to you.
If you’re on the fence, then just go for middle ground. We’re thinking something A5 (around 8” by 12”) or B5 (around 7” by 10”) for the indecisive.

Find a Planner with an Approach You Like

Find a Planner with an Approach You Like
Planners have got different layouts. To choose between them, think about how much organizing you need in your life. If you need to plan for the long term and jot down big dates–business trips, conferences, deadlines–then get a monthly planner. These have got a calendar that spreads across 2 pages and spans 31 days.
If you just need to scribble down a few important tasks per day, get a weekly planner. There’s two main types–one has got the days of the week listed down the page on the left, and lines for note-taking on the right (these are flexible–write whatever you want). The other’s got Monday, Tuesday, and all their fellows spread out in boxes across two pages (these are great for organizing and planning out a weekly schedule).
Then there’s your daily planner, which gives you an entire page to write down your plans for a single day. Get one if you’ve got to plan out your life minute-by-minute.

Make Sure It’ll Look Professional at Work

Make Sure It’ll Look Professional at Work
Personal planners for business tend to have simple covers with dark, solid colors. There are planners with flower patterns and bright, colorful paintings and sketches of Pooh Bear, of course–and they’re lovely for T-shirt startups and business casual ventures. But they may clash if you’re heading to the office in a dark suit every day.
This holds doubly true if you’ll be writing in front of clients from various backgrounds. Who’s to say what’s unprofessional and what’s offensive nowadays? But there’s no way you could go wrong with a subdued design and color.

Choose Something That’s Durable

Choose Something That’s Durable
You’re not in college anymore, so you don’t want to use a battered planner–especially not in front of your clients, boss, or colleagues. Pick something that’s durable, and that means something with a tough cover, like faux leather. Don’t get a plastic cover because they tend to crack.
If you want to protect your planner from coffee stains, you could try getting one of those transparent protectors. If you want it to look luxurious, choose something that simulates leather.
The important thing is that you find a planner that looks good for at least a year. So think twice about that genuine leather planner–because it needs to be handled gently and stains in the rain. If you want something that is low maintenance, go faux.

Top 10 Best Personal Planners for Business to Buy Online

We’re not going to procrastinate. Here they are–handsome, subdued, and practical–our picks for the top 10 business planners to buy online.

10. Panda Planner Best Daily Calendar

$28.97

9. Filofax Malden Ochre Personal Size Leather Organizer

$89.95

8. Global Printed Products Essential Daily Planner

$12.95

7. At-a-Glance Monthly Planner

$12.36

6. Lemome Planner 2018-2019

$18.99

5. Papercode The Simple Elephant

$18.99

4. Action Day Planner 2018

$11.99

3. Book Factory 2018 Weekly Pocket Calendar

$6.49

2. Gallery Leather Desk Weekly Planner

$24.00

1. Traveler’s Company: Traveler’s Notebook Brown Leather

$49.99

Summary

Personal planners can seem like a waste of time, with all these amazing apps and websites to keep us on our toes. But we remember things better when we put pen to paper, and–who knows?–as we’re writing, we may start seeing things in a different light. (The motivational messages some planners come with help too.)
We hope this article helped you figure out what personal planner for business might work for you.

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