With a new year comes a new start. A chance to build upon last year’s successes and learn from the missteps. An opportunity to chart a course to a happy, more satisfying future where your dreams have a chance to take root. If you’re to make the most of the New Year you’ll need a few basic tools to assist you. One of those is the diary planner; a decidedly analog device in a digital world but one that steadfastly refuses to go away because it works. Why does it work? Because, as studies have shown, we retain things better when we actually write them down. And better retention equals fewer missed opportunities equals that better life we’re all after.
The Best Diary Planner For Men
There are a lot of diary planners for men out there and finding the best one can be a formidable task. To save you time and effort we’ve done the research and compiled everything into the following list of the best planners/organizers for men on the market today.
The Lemome 2020 Planner boasts plenty of fantastic features that will make you realize planning out your life isn’t so dull after all. It comes with thick paper that readily accepts many ink types without showing through the other side, while this paper is also easy to write on, allowing your pen to glide from one day to the next with ease.
It comes with planning options for the week, month, and year so you can track events, happenings, and any goals you set your on January 1st. If you’re partial to keeping mementos from your year, the inner pocket offers plenty of room to keep them safe and will help serve as a reminder of the year you’ve had later on. You can also use it to keep business cards and receipts that you may need in the future.
Week, Month, Year planning
16 month planner stickers
- Weight1.61 pounds
If you’re someone who struggles to motivate themselves and stay motivated, The High Performance Planner is the perfect choice for you and can help you make changes and see results immediately.
The journal and planner combination make it a diary that boasts another dimension compared to other options, and it doesn’t just allow you to plan out your days, weeks, months, and year as whole, but also work towards any goals you have set for yourself and want to achieve by the year’s end. If you can’t think of anything yourself, you can take advantage of the morning and evening prompts to help kick-start your evolution into a better person.
Journal / Planner combo
60 undated days
Free online assessment
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly pages
- BrandBrendon Burchard
- Weight1.7 pounds
Available in 3 colors and with 328 no-date pages, the LM Little More Daily Organizer Planner is another superb option for those who feel they need to start planning better whenever they are ready. This versatile daily planner provides plenty of options for you to get better at keeping track of days and weeks, as well as any birthdays, meetings, big dinners, or surprises you made promises about at the beginning of the year.
The 80 gsm paper is thick and comfortable to write on. It is fountain pen-friendly, too, so you don’t need to worry about colors seeping through and messing up your whole week. The gold edges of this paper give your planner a classic and sophisticated look, while the soft vegan cover ensures a cruelty-free product all around.
328 no-date pages
Soft vegan cover
80 gsm paper
Stickers for work and life
Appointments, to-do lists, activities, events, meetings
- BrandLM LITTLE MORE
- Weight1.01 pounds
The final option is a brand that needs no introduction. The Moleskine Classic 12 Month 2020 Planner is everything you’d expect from such an iconic brand that is famous worldwide for its quality and classy design. This 2020 planner is available in both Daily and Weekly versions, making it ideal for a range of needs and demands to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.
It is also available in various sizes, including the Large and Pocket options, to make it easy for you to carry around with you or keep in one place to guarantee poutine organization. If you love it enough, you can always purchase two different sizes so you can feel prepared wherever you are. The Moleskine also comes in a range of 8 colors, so rather than the standard Black, you can take your pick from Magnetic Green, Scarlett Pink, and Ripe Yellow, among other options.
Daily or Weekly versions
Deluxe quality pages
- Weight1.09 pounds
Action Day 2018 is a really attractive, full sized planner that’s the perfect accompaniment to your briefcase. It lays flat as water when you open it up so there’s no wrestling with it when you’re trying to take notes while on the phone or during a meeting. There’s an elasticized loop to hold your pen, a “tasks” section, a “goals” section and a section for keeping track of work you’ve delegated. There’s 29 blank pages for taking notes, more than many other planners and the 100 GSM acid free paper is a joy to write on with any instrument.
We appreciate the rounded corners, the durable elastic closure mechanism and the fact that it comes in black, red or blue (because not everyone is down with black). Any beefs we have are modest and include the lack of a business card holder and the lack of a bookmark strap. Other than that it’s all good. This is a handsome, effective organizational tool that you’re going to love. This can be a perfect gift for Law students.
8” x 6”
100 GSM paper
Elasticized pen loop
3 color choices
- BrandAction Day®
- Weight11.4 ounces
This is an extremely durable daily planner that’s going to stand up to whatever life dishes out. It’s well organized into days, weeks and months and the heavy duty paper will accept everything from your #2 pencil to fountain pens and highlighters. If it has a weakness it’s that it plays up the new age huggy feely stuff maybe just a bit too much for some guys. Each page has an inspiring quote and there’s something called “The Passion Roadmap” that is supposed to help provide you a framework for success. Will it? We’ll leave that up to you.
But new age clichés aside the Passion Planner makes this list because of the quality of the workmanship involved, the fact that it has more than 200 pages of 100% recycled 120 GSM (grams per square meter) paper and the fact that it allows you to organize your thoughts and schedule in an intuitive fashion. It also doesn’t hurt that it has a heavy duty accordion pocket on the inside of the back cover. This is where you store today’s important notes and documents so that you’ll have them at the ready when the time comes. Not for everyone but everyone who buys one should be well pleased. Be sure to also check out our list of the best student planners for more great items like this.
5.83” x 8.27”
- BrandPassion Planner
- Weight13.4 ounces
You’ll probably like the charcoal grey color of this Nomatic Planner as much as we do. It’s a refreshing change from black and one that makes this planner appropriate for any situation. The 125 GSM paper is substantial enough to stand up to your pens and highlighters without bleeding through and provides a nice smooth surface so that whatever you write is clear and legible. It’s a little bigger than some other planners but you were never going to carry something like this in your pocket anyway. So a little bigger may actually be a little better.
The reinforced binding means you can take this planner just about anywhere with you without worrying that it’s going to wind up looking like it went through the laundry. The whiteboard paper is a nice touch that allows you to make calculations on the go without filling up all your note pages. And those lined note pages help you organize your notes more effectively than the blank pages you’ll find in most other organizers. There’s also 3 bookmarks because Nomatic understands that sometimes more than 1 thing is important. Be sure to also check out our list of the best sketchbooks for more great items like this.
6” x 9”
Back cover pocket
Lays flat when open
- Weight1.2 pounds
The Filofax Malden Leather Organizer is a serious professional organizer that looks the part in every respect. It’s going to set you back several times what some of the other planners on this list will but if making an impression is important you’ll bowl them over like 10-pins with this puppy. The leather is soft and supple and has a very pleasing scent to it. When you carry it solo it nestles into your palm firmly and is never a chore to tote it about.
Inside you’ll find the usual suspects in a loose leaf binder setup that allows you to keep the planner for years by swapping out inserts. The stitching is beautifully done, there are pockets for business cards a zippered pocket for important things you can’t afford to have falling out and a large pocket built into the inside of the back cover for those things you need today. The finishing touch is the snap closure, which is firm and effective.
7.87″ x 9.25″
Loose leaf design
High grade leather
Colored note paper
- Model025847 18
- Weight1.3 pounds
Blue Ox Planners are marketed as gender neutral although we’re not really seeing it. The Ox motif in the branding is pretty aggressively male as are the sharp, reinforced corners of this planner. That said it’s what’s inside that counts and inside there’s plenty to like with the Blue Ox Day Planner. You have everything you need to stay on top of things. The layout is clear and intuitive, there’s tabs along the side for each month so you don’t have to waste time guessing. There’s a pocket built into the back cover and plenty of pages for notes, addresses and numbers.
The circular black metal binding allows the planner to lay flat on the desk or table when you’re writing and there are a bunch of specialty pages for things like goal setting, class scheduling and important tasks and dates next year. In all honesty it’s not going to win any “most beautiful planner” awards but it’s effective, well-built and provides you the things you need to get and stay organized. And isn’t that the point? Oh yeah and it does it all for the price of a good pair of socks.
6″ x 8.25″
Lays flat when open
Built in back cover pocket
- Brandbloom daily planners
- Weight11.2 ounces
Diary Planner - Conclusion
With the right planner you’ll never miss another meeting, class or important phone call and any of the above daily/diary planners will allow you to stay on top of the myriad aspects of your busy life. Which one is right for you will depend largely on whether you need to project an image or if you just need a bit of help keeping track of things.