Don’t be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing your perfect planner. Take this quiz and find out exactly which one will fit your lifestyle!

Do you feel completely overwhelmed with all the different choices when it comes to planners?

Have you asked yourself, “What planner is best for me?”

Confused looking young woman holding books looking at camera

If so, you are not alone. This is a question that many people ask themselves when trying to choose between so many different planners.

Have you thought, if only there was a quiz to tell me which planner is best for me?

People want different things from their planners. Some people want something that is very practical, and others want something that is very aesthetically pleasing. Others want a planner that is fun to use.

Some people want planners with lots of space for writing down notes. Others only need a calendar to track their day-to-day activities.

So, the question is, how can you find your perfect planner? I am here to help! I will walk you through the different questions you need to answer to make the best choice.

You have so many options to choose from, and not every one of them will work for your needs.

There are planners for every personality type, and it can be challenging to decide which one will work best. In this blog post, I’ll go over ten things you need to consider before purchasing your next planner.


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If you want a planner to help you manage your appointments and stay organized your best option is an appointment-based planner that has a two-page spread for each week and each day has times to write in meetings and appointments.

This is also an excellent option for someone who likes to time block.

An affordable no-frills option is the At A Glance Weekly Appointment Book & Planner.

It’s not fancy but it will get the job done.

If you want a planner that inspires you you might want to consider something that has a little more pizzazz. Something you can customize would be ideal.


This is the first thing that needs to be decided before investing in a planner.

Every person’s needs are different.

Is your planner going to be a way to organize your day-to-day life?

Or are you planning a special event like a wedding?

Are you a teacher who needs to organize her class or a homeschool mom who needs to plan her curriculum?

Are you a mom who wants a place to have her calendar for appointments but also wants a place to do meal planning?

Do you want a planner that will give you the freedom of planning as much or as little as you need?

In addition to daily planners, Purple Trail has an incredible variety of specialty planners.

Purple Trail Professional Planners

  • Teachers
  • Hairstylists
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Content and Social Media Planner for Bloggers

Purple Trail Life Event Planners

Purple Trail Lifestyle Planners

Purple Trail Academic Planners

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When answering this question, think about how and where you will use it. Will you be keeping your planner at home? If so, you may want a larger size. Many planners come in 8.5″ X 11″ size.

Do you need plenty of space to write appointments, reminders, and notes? Or are you looking for something that is compact that you can carry with you all the time?

Be honest with yourself. You may want lots of places to write things down, but a larger planner is going to be heavy.

Purple Trail also has 6 “X8”.

Erin Condren and Plum Paper have three sizes

A5 (5.8″ X 8.3″)

7″ X 9″

8.5″ X 11″

Happy Planners have their Mini, which is described as 4.625″ x 7″ on their site and 5.12″ X 8.62″ on Amazon.

Happy Planner also has their Skinny which is 4.125″ X 9.25″ and their Skinny Mini which is hard to find, but if you can and want something very small it measures 2.643″ X 7″.

Wyze Planners are 8.4″ X 5.6″. You can choose from black, grey, blue or pink.

At A Glance has one that is 3.25″ X 6.5″

You will also want to keep in mind the thickness if you plan to carry it in your purse or backpack. I used my Tūl Planner as a planner plus a place to organize the different aspects of my business. With it’s thick cover and back it was almost 3″ thick, and definitely not something I wanted to carry around with me.

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Binding options:

  • Spiral-bound
  • Disc-bound
  • Sewn hardcover

Spiral-bound and disc-bound planners have the ability to lay completely flat. A sewn hardcover will not lay flat.

With a disc-bound planner you are able to add and remove pages. This is a good option if you want the flexibility of being able to move your pages around.

I have used both a disc bound planner and a spiral-bound planner

Planner covers can be laminated, plastic, or cloth materials that come in various colors.

If you want to DIY your planner, you can choose a ring binder or use discs. The Tūl system has sturdy covers. Buy their Hole Punch, and you can use any printable pages you like. You can also use their calendar pages.


If you want to be environmentally friendly and reuse parts of the planner your best options are the Tūl, Plum Paper or Happy Planner.

One thing I really liked about the Tūl system when I used it as my daily planner was I could put just a couple of months from the calendar in it. Because I used the Tūl as a place to keep track of all aspects of my business, this helped keep the thickness manageable.

If you want a reusable cover, you could also use a ring binder. Purple Trail has hardcovers as well as a leather binder if you want something a little more luxe.

leather binder for planner opened up


If you want to be able to customize your planner, then I would recommend either the Purple Trail, Plum Paper, or Erin Condren. These are three popular brands, and they have a wide selection of styles, sizes, colors, etc.

Depending on the company, you can customize a wide variety of planner details.

  • Cover
    • Choose from a variety of options
    • Upload photos
    • Add text
  • Layout
    • Vertical
    • Horizontal
  • When your planner starts
  • How long you want it to be
  • Option to add on things like habit trackers, meal planning, notes, party planning, etc.

With the available customizations, the sky is the limit in terms of what your planner can do for you


More and more companies are offering the ability to customize your planner, from choosing between different styles of covers to adding images or text. The sky is the limit in terms of what your planners can do for you! If this sounds like something that would interest you, then I recommend looking at either Purple Trail, Plum Paper, or Erin Condren.

All three of these companies have covers that you can upload photos that will make your planner truly one of a kind.

If you just want an attractive cover, these companies offer a plethora of beautiful cover options.

You can add your name, business name, dates, even inspirational quotes.

Purple Trail is a great place to start for those looking for customization. They have so many different cover options that you are bound to find one that matches your needs and style. Plus, they offer free shipping in the US!

Erin Condren has free shipping on orders over $75.

Plum Paper also offers customizable covers but does not have free shipping.


There are two types of people in this world, those who want a horizontal layout and those who prefer vertical. I am firmly in the horizontal camp.

Once that decision is made, you will need to decide if you want the hours of the day included.

Companies that have a wide variety of customization options will have a variety of choices of layouts. 

Plum Paper has an option for a vertical layout with three boxes for each day. The boxes are lined, and you can leave the boxes blank or personalize them.

Plum Paper’s horizontal layouts can also be personalized.

Whichever type of layout person you are, make sure you get something with adequate space for all the items you want to include. If you just need to keep track of daily tasks, you won’t need the amounts of space that would be required if you want a place to create and track your biggest life goals.


The typical standard planner is 12 months. If you want a shorter length, the Wyze planner is 6 months and undated.

Purple Trail has the best variety in terms of planner length options.

  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months

Erin Condren offers both 12 and 18 months options.

Plum Paper starts at 12 months, and you can increase it from 13-18 months.


If you are the type of person who likes to start the new year with a fresh new planner, you will have a lot of affordable options.

If you want to start using your planner in the middle of the year and you are on a tight budget, you can get a basic undated planner like the Smart Planner Pro comes in at an excellent price point.

The Nokingo is even less expensive.

Erin Condren, 12-month planners, start either in January or July. Their 18-month version begins in July.

Purple Trail and Plum Paper both give you the option of starting any month that you choose.


 You can get a basic planner for less than $5 on Amazon.

If you want a lot of customization, that usually comes at a cost. Add-ons will also increase the price.

Most of the customizable planners are in the $50-$200 range.

What you end up paying will vary due to features, size, and planner company.

Now that you’ve prioritized what you want in a planner, you should check out my Planner Reviews for detailed specifics on different planners.

Happy planning!

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