Whether you’re a sophomore in high school or a senior in college, your life is full of attending classes, working on homework, extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, and squeezing in family time when you can. We all have so much going on and it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where you’re supposed to be and when.
Confession: I am a planner and organization junkie. I carry my LifePlanner with me everywhere, along with a bag of pens–for color coding. I also keep an electronic version, thanks to Google Calendar, and it’s so full it looks like confetti exploded on my phone/laptop screen. I’m telling you this because I understand how important finding the right planner is. Hours of research went into my first big planner purchase, and my guess is (if you’re reading this post) you’re a bit like me.
So, without further ado, here’s my list of the 7 best planners for students:
LifePlanner by Erin Condren
Price: $45-$65 + add-ons
The LifePlanner was my first mega planner purchase and I love it. If everything in your life is organized by color, this is the planner for you. In addition to interchangeable, customizable covers, you can also add on stickers of all shapes and sizes. Mine also came with a sample pack of stickers and a movable ruler/bookmark. You can also find stickers on Etsy that are the same size and shape of the boxes in the LifePlanner.
It comes in three different layouts: horizontal, vertical, and hourly. Each weekly page also has space for a to-do list, which always comes in handy.
Student Planner by Plum Paper
Price: $18 + add-ons
Plum Paper’s Student Planner would be excellent for any high school student or college student with a heavy course load. Each week is organized by day and class period (7 spaces available).
The nice thing about this planner is you can customize it to start at any month during the year. So, if you’re not satisfied with a previous planner purchase or you procrastinated and don’t want to spend money on missed months, go with this planner. It comes in 6 months or 12-18 months. So, you can also give it a 6 month trial run if you’re still not sold.
Academic Daily Simplified Planner by Emily Ley
Price: $58 + add-ons
Emily Ley’s Academic Daily Simplified Planner is full of inspiration quotes and gold detailing. (And we all need a little inspiration to keep going sometimes!) These planners are made for academic schedules (i.e., they run August-July). In addition to 6am-9pm hourly spots, there are also spaces for notes, daily to-dos, and dinner plans.
The design of these planners are classy-chic. One of my college friends swears by this planner. She just purchased her second one and doesn’t plan on changing it up any time soon.
Flagship Collection by Day Designer
Price: $59 + add-ons
If you’re all business and don’t feel the need to decorate every square inch of your planner, the Flagship Collection is for you. These daily pages run from 5am-9pm. Each day has a space for to-dos, gratitude, your top 3 to-dos, notes, and more. The Flagship collection is available in beginning and mid-year editions, each running 12 months.
If you’re feeling the need for a bit more organization in your life, there are also a plethora of free printables available. These include bucket lists, notes, organizing your week, gratitude journals, food and exercise logs, and much more.
Academic Daily Planner by Bloom Daily Planners
Price: $13.95-$26.95 + add-ons
The Academic Daily Planner comes in hard or soft cover, and a choice between a normal academic planner or a vision planner. The vision planner is organized to help you set and work towards your goals. The academic year planner also has spaces for your goals, to-dos, and a fun list of reasons for a party.
It also has an awesome academic scheduler placed in the beginning pages. There are places for time, class, professor name, and room, all by day of the week and term.
The Happy Planner-Student Edition by Me & My Big Ideas
Price: $19.99-$29.99 + add-ons
The Happy Planner is the creative student’s dream planner. You literally make it all you want it to be, and can add or remove pages at any time. It’s basically a scrapbook that functions as a planner.
One of my favorite things about this planner is you can actually go to a store and check it out. It’s also 100% customizable. You can add pages, bookmarks, inspirational quotes on tabs, and even clip in pictures. If you want to check it out in person, head to your local Hobby Lobby store.
Academic Planners by Mead
During my first few years of college I relied on my Mead planners to keep my life organized. I started with the small, 4″ x 6″ size, and ended up with the giant 8.5″ x 11″. These are great planners because you can choose daily, weekly, or monthly layouts. They’re also extremely affordable.
Yes, these planners are a bit more subtle than some of the others listed above. However, if you’re feeling the need to spice it up a bit, you essentially have a blank slate that you can make entirely your own. Head to a craft store, buy some stickers and fun pens, and spend an afternoon decorating your new best friend.
Planners are as unique as the people who use them. Each one is loved and used in its own way. If you have a favorite that isn’t on this list, share it in the comments below!
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite planner accessories:
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Great! I love My Study Life!! It is the most helpful app for students!!Hannah KingGoogle Play
Great app, actually keeps me organised! Ability to use alternating weeks and simple interface really helpsOwenWindows Phone
Love the ui, and the features. The fact that it's free and is not overflowing with adds is awesome.Ammar MuhammadGoogle Play
A long time coming... But well worth the wait. Love this app and can't wait for school to start so I can start using it!Yonatan WeissiOS App Store
Brilliant 2nd year of uni and wondering how I ever planned anything before this app... It may have just saved my life :DAnonymousWindows Phone
This app keeps me organized and I love it. I particularly like how it gives me reminders and how it integrates with my schedule.AndreaWindows Phone
Ever since I began using this app, I've become much more organized and on schedule with everything that I need to do. I would highly recommend this app to any student and especially college students.AnonymousWindows 8
Love it! This app helps me keep my schedule organized and helps not to forget important dates in my chaotic life! Couldn't live without it!Stephanie HaynesGoogle Play
So helpful you'd think you paid for it!Loren ThomasGoogle Play
You need to invest a little time to set it up but it is worth it. So far this has been an extremely handy way of keeping track of everything university related. The offline mode is invaluable.SofianeWindows Phone
I used to be very disorganized. Always missing assignments, forgetting about tests, and almost always forgetting where my classes are. This app has helped me stay on track with exams and assignments.Jayce ComlyGoogle Play
I cannot express how fulfilling it is to see a capable app in the Store to do everything this app does. You can program in a schedule and the devs actually KNOW how schools work, not just guess.AnonymousWindows 8
You can really depend on this app, store your college to do, time tables and other information. It manages it well and reminds you of tasks due. Great stuff.Jakub NiemiecGoogle Play
University Life Saver. Helps you not to forget when your next class, assignment or exam is. Once you've mastered how to set your timetable it's amazing to keep you on track.marcF6iOS App Store
Very good app to organize my work with a clean UI. Plus the cloud sync across devices is top. The best of its category, it gets the job done.JeremieWindows Phone
Really good, I've tried a few similar study organiser apps and this was by far my favourite :)AnonymousChrome Web Store
Really functional app, great layout and covers the essentials in planning for academic success. Glad I found this, it's really convenient!BigDog1248iOS App Store
Easy to use. HUGE potential. I highly recommend this for any student who finds it difficult organising assignments and find time keeping a problem.Totally TheatreGoogle Play
The app is easy to use and its made my life a lot more organised. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who struggles to keep up with deadlines.AnonymousWindows 8
Seriously awesome. From the concept, to the implementation- every details has been well thought of. A solid app that actually delivers.AnonymousWindows 8
This may sound corny, but this app has changed my school life and I've never been so organized!Nicholas GerstungGoogle Play
This app has lots of useful features that normal calendars don't. This helps me organizing tasks and I feel I get much more things done with this app.高橋渉Google Play
This app has been a life saver, no longer do I need to carry a cumbersome planner or have to switch through multiple apps to put in dates and a to-do list.NekoChan713iOS App Store
Not only is this app amazing at organizing all my class's and exams and assignments, but it's also free. And there is nothing to buy where you get it. It is by far the best study calendar I have ever had. I strongly recommend this.Alexis WilsoniOS App Store
If you hate flipping through all your syllabuses to look when assignments or exams are then this is your app.AnonymousWindows 8
A very good app, with all of the features needed for a good planner! Recommended for anyone at secondary and above! You can enter tests, assignments and homework. Very well made!AnonymousWindows 8