Between work life, home life, and passion projects, it can be difficult to keep everything organized. While technology helps (thanks, Google Calendar), there is nothing quite like writing down your plans and to-do lists by hand in a planner. Though we’re not even experiencing cold weather quite yet, we’re getting a jump-start on the New Year and finding the best 2020 planners out there.
Whether you are already ultra-organized or are setting a New Year’s resolution to be better, check out the California-based companies offering stylish planners that help us get our lives together.
Founded in: El Segundo
No matter what your days look like, Erin Condren’s line of planners can organize them. With customizable options on every academic schedule planner, teacher lesson planner, wedding planner, and LifePlanner, there will be no excuses for missing that awkward family reunion your dad told you about four months ago or the dinner date you set up last week.
Find what works for you by choosing between vertical, hourly, and horizontal weekly layouts; multiple color schemes; various themes; and pattern colorways. Given the innumerable options, these planners can complement every lifestyle.
Our latest obsession is the Waves LifePlanner, featuring daily, weekly, and monthly planner pages; monthly quotes; dot grid pages; an inspiration board; and sticker sheets And for teachers, the lesson planner combines everything you already love about Erin Condren planners with functional classroom info, a communication log, checklists, and important date pages.
No matter which option you choose, Erin Condren planners make it easier than ever to stay organized.
Founded in: Irvine
Blue Sky makes the planners you dream about—if you’re the type of person who dreams about planners, that is. From parent and fitness planners to habit trackers and thought journals, there are several ready-to-go options from this amazing company, but it’s the fully personalized planners that get us feeling the most excited.
Choose the format you want; peruse the 100-plus cover designs (or upload your own photo); select up to five add-ons (such as menu planners, shopping lists, lined notes, party-planning pages, and teacher grading); and pick the size, color scheme, and binding you desire.
The ability to fully customize your 2020 planner will allow you to more easily accommodate everything your upcoming year has in store, so start designing your Blue Sky planner now.
Founded in: San Diego
Passion Planner is the Toms or Warby Parker of planners. Complete with a Get One, Give One Empowerment Program—where one planner is donated for every one sold—and a Pencils of Promise partnership where $1 of each planner purchased benefits developing communities and kids in need, this company offers the best daily planners you can feel good about using.
On top of doing social good, Passion Planner is committed to protecting the environment. The 2020 Dated Planner is made from faux leather and sustainably sourced paper, so you just might want to get one for everybody you know. Filled with motivational extras, a how-to-use guide, monthly reflection questions, and a Passion RoadMap, this goal planner helps to transform wishes into plans.
Founded in: Los Angeles
Poketo planners are ideal for those who desire flexibility. While traditional planners are already fully dated, these open-dated planners allow you to start and stop whenever you want. Consider treating this type of planner like a bullet journal to express yourself and write notes when the need arises. With 365 days across the 232-page Daily Weekly Monthly Planner, there is more than enough room to organize your year in a way that makes sense for you.
If the lack of dates stresses you out (like it does for me), try the dated Project Planner. With space for project timelines and tasks along with weekly plans, monthly goals, and process notes, your projects can be organized like never before.
Head into one of Poketo’s Los Angeles area stores (there are locations in Culver City as well as downtown L.A., Koreatown, and Little Tokyo), or shop the online store to see why these environmentally friendly, tree-free paper planners have gained such a loyal following.
Founded in: Los Angeles
The 12-month annual planner is the happy planner you’ve been waiting for. Stay organized without giving up your fun style. Filled with sticker pages, a 3-D page (complete with 3-D glasses!), color-coded month tabs, coloring pages, quizzes, and cool artwork throughout, this planner may be the last one you’ll ever want to buy.
Need a travel planner, too? Ban.do has you covered with the Paradiso planner: You can not only document your packing lists and daily plans, but also take advantage of the language converter tucked inside.
Hadron Epoch Design Studio
Founded in: Pasadena
For clean lines, fun colors, and chic designs, Hadron Epoch Design Studio’s 2020 17-month Pop planner is the unparalleled winner. With phrases across the covers like “Too rad to be sad” and “Never pass up cotton candy”, this student planner is perfect for outlining projects, keeping track of birthdays, and making sure your to-dos stay in order.
Prefer a more classic look? Opt for the undated planners to allow yourself more flexibility, or go with the signature planner for fabric-wrapped luxury and structured monthly and weekly views.