Keep It Together: Let’s Talk About 2021 Planners

Posted October 15, 2020 by shooting in Planning / 31 Comments

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Let’s Talk About 2021 Planners

Like most people with a planner, I stopped using mine as much when COVID hit and we all had to quarantine in place. I’ve been using it more in the past few months, but it’s still not as full as it has been in the past. Regardless, I like using my planner as a way to look back on the year and all the things that happened and all the things that I did. It might not be as full, but it’s still a fun record of 2020 – plus, it’s nice to decorate it!

That brings us to 2021. It’s coming up quick, and I don’t know what planner I want to get. Because yes, I am definitely getting a planner. I hope it’ll be fuller than 2020’s was, but regardless, I’m not going to skip a whole year! I still want to document what I can.

In the past, I’ve always used a Happy Planner. They’re cute, they work well, and they aren’t that expensive (especially with Michael’s deals, etc.) I’m not sure if I want to switch things up next year or not though. I actually realized not that long ago that Happy Planner has Book Bound Planners, so planners without their infamous rings. It’s closed all around like a book spine. I think I want something like this! Unfortunately, Happy Planner hasn’t released any 2021 Book Bound Planners. I don’t know if they are coming or not, so I figured I’d try and see if there were some other options.

I’ve heard of Simplified Planners, but I’ve never used one. They also have planners with rings, but they offer book bound planners too. I really like the Pineapple Crest pattern, because I love pineapples – they make me think of Psych (my favorite TV show). This one goes from January- December and is a weekly planner. There’s even a pocket in the inside front cover, and I LOVE that. It’s a great place to keep some stickers or even notes that you need to remember, etc.

Now…the thing that has me a little unsure is the price. This planner is $50, and I’ve never spent that much on a planner before. I don’t know if they do Cyber Monday type of deals, but I think I’m going to keep an eye out and see if they have a discount. If so, I might need to grab this one!

2020 was such a messed up year – and yeah, I know, it’s not over – so it might be fun to switch things up in 2021 (even if it’s just the planner I use).

What do you think? Do you like book bound planners, or do you prefer the ones with rings? Are you already planning your 2021 planner? 

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31 responses to “Keep It Together: Let’s Talk About 2021 Planners

  1. Jackie

    I haven’t gotten my 2021 planner yet. So many events in 2020 that didnt happen. We have several family weddings that had to be postponed until 2021. Hoping to be able to fill a 2021 planner with happy events.

  2. I always love that new planner feel! My current one is an eighteen month Moleskine planner that started back in July, so I won’t need a new one until Jan 2022, which is convenient, but means I don’t get to pick a new one this year.
    I hope you find a great new planner!

  3. I organize everything with Google calendar and notes on my phone. GC syncs to all o my devices and I can link multiple calendars like my business, blog and personal. All are color coded and keep me organize. Writing is hard with my arthritis and this just works for me.

  4. I bought a planner for this year, used it from January through to March and apart from three weeks during June, we’ve been locked down since March. I just threw it into a drawer because it’s been so depressing. I’m already planning for next year and going to create a bucket list of all the things I’ve missed out on this year. Here’s to 2021 being the year of fabulousness!

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  5. I haven’t used a planner since my first year of college, but I’m seriously considering getting one for 2021. I’m having a hard time keeping up with blog posts and getting content made for Pinterest. It would probably be helpful to plan everything out and then stick to the schedule I create.

  6. There are sooo many planner options that it’s pretty overwhelming. I use the Always Fully Booked planner and absolutely love it. I use it maybe 20% as an actual planner and 80% to track my reading, monthly stats, TBRs, etc. 🙂

  7. San

    I have no idea yet what kind of planner I’ll pick for 2021, but it’ll definitely be a spiral bound or book-bound. I am not a fan of the disc system or planner inserts.

    I am currently looking at the MakseLife Planners. They’re local here in Sacramento.

  8. RO

    As you already know, I’m a Planner Junkie(lol) so I can’t say I have a particular favorite. I go mostly by look and usability, and sometimes cost, because I can’t be too out there. Luckily I was able to get a Book Club Happy Planner from my son and his girlfriend for my birthday, and someone else gave me a Spiral Self-Awareness Planner from Recollections for 2021, and I’ll keep adding on, of course. (lol) I add events, but I also like to do artwork in them with various themes so it’s been keeping me relaxed. Hope your week is amazing! Hugs, RO

  9. HA I love this! Because I have a funny story about planners! I am trash when it comes to organization, and after messing up a bunch of appointments early this year, so I finally caved and bought a planner. In March. I filled it out so proudly and then… COVID. So I abandoned it, obviously. Then it was time to go back to work, but I only had two months left of the planner, so I bought a 2021 one that also included the fall. I filled it all out. I was at work for ONE DAY before being thrown back in quarantine. So my planners, they are cursed. I too need to see the trailer ?

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  10. I barely used my planner this year either. I got a living well planner and I liked it too! I mean, I’ve been slowly getting back into the groove but I missed so much time there lol. Oh well. Seems we all did in this weird year. Oooh the bound book planners might be where it’s at for me next year/ I love the fun pineapple cover!!

  11. Piroska

    I love planners and calendars. I haven’t looked yet for my 2021 planner yet, but I usually get something with a gorgeous cover, usually an art one.

  12. I’ve had a happy planner and it was fine but this year I got a Sarah’s Scribbles planner and it’s great, space for life and space for the blog schedule and it has weekly comics!

  13. I started a bastardised version of a bujo in September so I imagine I’ll just keep rolling with it into 2021 without changing the book… I’m happy moving away from annualised everything and this planner is very much an experiment on what I need / what works for me. 🙂

  14. Dorothy Boucher

    I love that this is not just a planner but space to keep your thoughts and write down more than just what is going on for that day.

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