15 Planners That Are Perfect for the Start of a New School Year
Help the student in your life (or yourself) stay organized and on time with one of these fun selects.
Few things signal the start of the back-to-school season quite like shopping for supplies. Fresh, crisp, blank sheets of paper, never-before-used pens, a rainbow of highlighters—there are so many options on the market to look forward to. While your upcoming school year might look different—many schools are preparing for the possibility of another season of distance learning in light of the coronavirus pandemic—your shopping list should still look much like it has in the past. Perhaps one of the most important items on your list is a planner. Designed to stay with you (or your student) all year long, the right planner can help set a student up for scholastic success. But with so many planners on the market, it can be tough to determine which actually do the best job at keeping a student's life in order. To help make sense of all the choices available to you, we've compiled some of our favorite planners available right now, which means you can grab one before the new school year officially starts.
A school planner should last all year. While typical calendars work well for organizing a schedule from January to December, school-age students need options that help them keep track of everything from August until June or July. A 17-month planner, like Rifle Paper Co.'s option pictured here ($34, riflepaperco.com), is especially well-suited to students with internships or those signed up for summer classes. This spiral-bound planner even features three pages of stickers, taking the mundane out of a monotonous schedule. Another option is to go the undated route and use a planner in which you (or your child) can fill in the date as you go, using it for this school year or next.
From simple and understated to bright and colorful, you're sure to find the perfect planner from these selects.
Colorful Weekly Planner
Take things week by week in this signature moleskin planner. Lightweight and easy to tote around, it's a great way to keep track of everything on the school calendar.
Shop Now: Moleskin Classic 12 Month Weekly Planner in Scarlet Red, 7.5'' by 9.5'', $20.09, amazon.com.
This set is perfect for anyone who prefers to free-write their schedule. Blank sheets of lined paper sit awaiting school notes and to-dos, while the covers provide pops of color.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Junior-Size Stitched Notebook, $9.59, staples.com.
Floral Weekly Planner
Besides a minimalist chic style, this planner adds on an area of self-care to the daily checklist, featuring to-do items like hydrate and move.
Shop Now: Wilde House Paper "Flora" Weekly Planner, $28, verishop.com.
Linen Day Planner
Double bound and featuring a linen cover, this vintage-inspired planner is reminiscent of days-gone-by.
Shop Now: Urban Outfitters Daily Planner Journal in Cherub, $24, urbanoutfitters.com.
Undated Weekly Planner
Whether used this school year or next, this planner never goes out of style—or date. The days of the week and month are still there, but you fill in the specific dates.
Shop Now: Marie Mae Weekly Planner, Undated, $19, mariemae.com.
Bright Mid-Year Planner
From mid-July to mid-July, this bright yellow planner is equal parts joy and efficiency. Featuring high-quality paper and a navy ribbon that eliminates the need for aimlessly flipping to find the current page, this school planner will be a bright spot in any student's day.
Shop Now: Papier "Le Moderne" Mid-Year Planner in Vintage Mustard, $28.99, papier.com.
Simple Daily Planner
Each day gets its own full page ensuring plenty of space for a hefty schedule.
Shop Now: Emily Ley "Dapperdesk" Daily and Monthly Planner, $32.39, amazon.com.
This open-dated planner still has a spot for every day of the week, month, and year—just without specific dates, which gives you more flexibility. It also offers up space for notes and special projects.
Shop Now: Poketo Open-Dated Yearly, Monthly, Weekly "Simple" Planner, $36, amazon.com.
This blush-colored school planner offers up so much more than just a calendar. Featuring a weekly format on a two-page spread, it also shows your month at a glance, historical facts, moon phases, and there's plenty of room for notetaking.
Shop Now: Shinola Detroit 18-Month "Runwell" Planner, $26, shinola.com.
Perfect as a first-day-of-senior-year gift (or a gift for yourself), this planner's rich hue and compact make are just a few of its best qualities.
Shop Now: Smythson 2020/21 Mid-Year "Panama" Agenda with Pocket, $110, smythson.com.
With both month and week views, this undated planner is just the thing for the new school year. With a subtle style and linen cover, it's ideal for the minimalist student.
Shop Now: Present & Correct "Mono" Agenda, $30.75, presentandcorrect.com.
A muted floral design sits pretty atop this hardcover disc-bound planner. It features a functional storage pocket and 120 pages.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart "Cream Vine" Polly Letter Discbound Notebook, $14.99, staples.com.
For those that love a marble motif, this spiral bound school planner is the perfect way to stay ahead of schedule. It's undated and features monthly and weekly spreads.
Shop Now: Hadron Epoch Spiral Planner in Grey Pearl, $26, hadronepoch.com.
Polka Dotted Planner
You can't go wrong with a black and gold polka-dotted planner. Featuring a catchall pocket for loose items, weekly notes and goals sections, and so much more, this planner is perfect for college students.
Shop Now: Sugar Paper Academic Planner in Black Pindot, $34, sugarpaper.com.