7 Best Planners for Entrepreneurs to Succeed in 2020

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Being a blogger and an entrepreneur, I appreciate how important goal setting, planning, and creativity is. That’s why I rounded up this list of the best planners for entrepreneurs!

We all realize that entrepreneurs have hectic schedules, but the lives of a professional blogger can be pretty intense, too. Particularly when you’re blogging as a business, and not just a hobby. Focus is essential, and just getting things done can be difficult if you don’t make lists that you can check, item by item. And, let’s be honest, if you do not place important to-do items on actual lists, chances are that you’ll forget about them.

Which could get you in trouble.

These days there are many digital tools available. Even so, there seems to be a trend towards using paper-based planners. Not just for the nostalgia but as an efficient tool for improved planning, goal setting, general life-organization, and creativity.

I loved reading this article – “4 Ways Pen and Paper Can Boost Your Work-Life Balance.” The author says that “Writing makes you more committed.” and “Jotting things down makes you happier.” Who wouldn’t want to be more committed and happier?

Generating Ideas

There are many benefits to using pen and paper as a creative tool, in addition to the apps and tools that you rely on for other things. Taking notes on paper focuses your thoughts in a way that your smart phone or computer just doesn’t.

And I think you just get better results when you write things down.

So I use notebooks a lot, not just for remembering ideas that I have, but also for developing those ideas. One idea will lead to another one, and this active brainstorming keeps on going for a while. Being an entrepreneur, it’s vital to come up with that one idea that will set you apart. That one idea that you will bet the next few years of your life, and 150% of your energy, on. And these ideas do not always come suddenly, so you need to work them out one by one.

Have you ever heard the expression about “being one thought away from a good idea?” Well, it’s true. Sometimes, that sensational idea you have needs to be taken just a little further to become truly brilliant.

Success in business is the same thing. It is all based on great creative processes.

Well, notebooks and planners help!

Daily Planning

I love planning and feel that a project is halfway there if it has been planned and laid out properly. Paper-based notebooks and planners are essential for this, too, even though there are digital alternatives. If you have something you want to get done, sitting down with a piece of paper, and writing out your goals may help you reach them faster. And what better project to plan, than your own, fabulous life?

Want a tip? Add a few old fashioned paper-notebooks, agendas, and planners to your list of essential tools, and start using them for creative and organizational purposes. Often it is easier to reach for a notebook or planner than to switch on a tablet or a laptop.

There are notebooks in all categories, sizes, and shapes. I have a project planner that I keep at home, but also a daily planner that I carry with me. There are so many interesting, concept-driven planners that I must admit, it’s tempting to buy more than one just to try them out or to switch from one type to another each year.

Best Planners For Entrepreneurs


Here are seven fantastic planners for entrepreneurs that will improve your business and your life.

Passion Planner

Passion Planner is a system for writing down dreams and goals, and to help you succeed in realizing them. A well thought-out concept that consists of many parts, but also a full yearly calendar with the week on two pages.

The great thing is that the focus is always on how you can implement steps that will help you reach your goals. It also delivers a weekly inspirational quote and a matching challenge. Very inspirational!

Dailygreatness Business Yearly (Undated)

Dailygreatness Business Planner is a visually stunning planner that is focused on business. But highly inspirational, and very comprehensive. It wants to help you in “forming excellent thinking habits while taking action on your most important priorities.”

There are weekly check-ins, challenges, inspirations, and week-to-a-view pages. And the planner has weekly, and quarterly goal planners, plus some cool features like the social media content planner, and the expansion strategy worksheet. Original content, well worth checking out. And a great detail is that the planner is undated, so you can start whenever you want!

Get To Work Book

The Get to Work Book is a handy planner, with a nice, chipboard cover that has the practical feature of all the months of the year, clearly and practically displayed with laminated tabs, which is great for planning out the year, and going back and forth while doing it.

The design is creative, yet discreet, and the planner offers many helpful features like project breakdown pages, reflect and goal-set pages, and 12 motivational quotes that you can detach from the planner. And there’s plenty of blank space for notes and brainstorming. A very practical and handy, no nonsense planner.

Savor Daily Action Planner

“It’s not a notebook… it’s a lifestyle and mindset tool,” states the Savor site, that sells the Daily Action Planner. And this planner is, truly, different. It’s fronted by its creator, former concert pianist Angela Jia Kim, a dynamic woman who’s living what she calls a “gorgeous chaos.” This is a personal project, with a very interesting approach of how to unite creative “chaos” with some degree of order!

A comprehensive planner that many people love. And note that this is truly a monthly planner, meaning that each book is for 30-days, although you can also get a 90-day version. This may sound like an incentive for people to buy more than needed, but if you think about it, having a whole book for each month is a wonderful idea, and you could immerse yourself in many, monthly details.

Day Designer

“The Day Designer is a very elegant, yet simple, system to organize your life. The creator of the book researched the concept of organization and personal empowerment thoroughly, and the result is an inspirational, beautiful and elegant planner with all the essential tools. It comes in a variety of designs.

This is the planner I’m currently using. I love the vertical layout, the “top 3” for each day and the extra space space for your “to do” list. I actually use this space to jot down things that I think of throughout the day so that I can stay focused on whatever I am currently doing and come back to the list at a later time.

Planners for Bloggers

Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner

The Desire Map Planner comes in weekly and daily editions. And the latter is a lush, chunky, spiral bound planner for “the highly scheduled, detailed thinkers, and awesome A types who love keeping track of all the big and little things.”

The design of the inside of the planner itself is very clean and bright, quite appealing. And the planner has plenty of goal setting pages, to-do lists, and an original focus on “my feelings,” and more spiritual concepts like “soul prompt” and “my core desired feelings.”

Moleskine Classic 12 Month 2020 Weekly Planner

Sometimes, the simplest things can be the most appealing. Moleskine is a fantastic brand of European notebooks, with great quality paper, and a classic, and classy, leather binding. They have notebooks upon notebooks, but I like this weekly planner in magnetic green.

Paper vs. Digital

If you’re still not sure whether a paper planner is for you, you can take a quiz here to help you decide. 🙂 And if just you’re not sure that there is a perfect planner for you, you could always consider bullet journaling. You can read more about it here. The most popular notebooks for bullet journaling are Leuchtturm and Moleskin, like these.
Did you find the perfect planner for you?

With these examples, you should be able to find a planner you like. I encourage you to pick one up for 2017, as a planner can be a great productivity tool for your business.

There are so many planners and goal-setting tools out there, and I would love to hear any tips that you might have. What other planners should be on this list?

Also, what is your number one tip for planning, goal setting or creativity? Leave me a comment. I’d love to know. 🙂

Have burning questions? Future blog posts you’d like to see? Just want to chat? I’d love to connect with you!

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41 thoughts on “7 Best Planners for Entrepreneurs to Succeed in 2020”

  1. Nice post! I use a paper planner from Rifle Paper Co. that’s super visually pleasing and lets me combine my work and blog to-do lists by week and by month. I love it! I stopped using my phone because iCal would occasionally delete appointments, making me seem like a forgetful or unreliable person, and it was so frustrating!
    I love the quote about being one thought away from a great idea – such a nice one for creatives!

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  2. I love the cover of the Day Designer! I’m a planneraholic so I could stare at these babies all day!
    This year I chose a simpler planner and I actually just recently reviewed it on my site!
    I also have an upcoming post about why the Emily Ley Simplified Planner Didn’t Work for Me! I thought I would love it because it has some great elements and it’s gorgeous but I just couldn’t use it!
    Great post!

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  3. OMG Chantel! This is a totally awesome post! I really love notebooks and planners, so thank you you took time to put this together.
    Since you asked, I think http://bulletjournal.com/ could be on this list. It’s a geat tool/system. Also, If I had to pick one favorite from the ones you listed it would be difficult, because you have the best ones there. I’m now checking out #3 Get To Work Book and #4 which I didn’t know about. Cheers, Stella

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    • Stella – thank you for your kind words. I actually did mention bullet journaling at the very end, but I probably shouldn’t have done that in the “Paper vs. Digital section”. Thanks for pointing it out since others may have missed it too. I keep thinking it seems like such an intriguing option. I might try it at some point. 🙂

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  4. My friend swears by the Passion Planner and has been using it for years, I love all these types of notebooks but sadly being on the road all the time I always feel that they are so big and bulky and take up room with all the other ‘stuff’ I need to squeeze into a carryon. But I do carry a small notebook because nothing feels better than writing it down.

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    • Being organized is something that I have to work at constantly. But I’m finding that using a planner *and* Trello is a good combination for me. ?

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  5. That get to work planner is right up my alley. It has all the space that I need to write in all my restaurant photography and reviews that need to be done. Plus, its the layout that I love. Gotta go to their site noooooow!!!!

    Danielle | FollowMyGut.com <3

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  6. Goal setting and planning for a weekly content always inspires me. Thank you for such a wonderful post and a planner resources. I think I should try one of above-mentioned planners. All look so gooooood. I think your post will be helpful in writing my upcoming post about goal setting.

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  7. I LOVE a good paper planner or notebook! I agree that writing something down feels more committing and I physically crossing things off my to-do list just makes me feel more productive. Thanks for the great round up of these!

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  8. Great round up! I just purchased the Happy Planner but have heard many good things about the ones you mentioned above. If this one doesn’t work for me I may just have to check out that Passion Planner.

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    • I’ll have to check our the Happy Planner, Damaris. Also, did you know that you can download PDF pages of the passion planner to see if you like it? ?

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  9. Thanks for the info. I must use a planner to get my life in order. I make my own and incorporate my own needs so it changes every three months or so, in design, to meet my needs. And where do I get my ideas? Other planners of course! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into these.

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    • Margaret – I know what you mean! It is very tempting to want to make my own and combine what I like best about each of these, but… I don’t need another project on my “to do” list. 🙂

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  10. Hi Chantel, thanks so much for including my quiz about using a paper or digital planner! I hope people will find it helpful. 🙂

    As far as a planning tip, I find it best to review my planner not only in the morning, but in the evening as well. It helps me better understand what took place during the day, and helps me plan for tomorrow.

    Thanks again, and best wishes for a wonderful 2017!

    Rashelle
    TheOrderExpert.com

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  11. Love this post. I am currently using Wonderlass’ Blog + Life Planner for my blog in 2017. I got my sister a Day Designer for her job though for Christmas and I am so excited for her to get it because it has so much space and I know she will adore it.

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    • It looks great, doesn’t it?! I still can’t decide which planner I want for myself and I’m running out of time. Leaning towards an undated one, though. ?

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  12. Great list Chantel, I always carry a notebook anywhere I go; mostly because I need to jot down ideas or plans that breeze in when I’m not really ready to go for it. It has really helped me on my blogging journey. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. These are great planners. They look very well laid out. It is always good to have a way that you organize yourself for maximum productivity. Keep up the great work and live unstoppable!

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