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 Planners for 2018
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.
1. Passion Planner Dated Jan-Dec 2018 – Daily Agenda
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.
5.83” x 8.27”
- BrandPassion Planner
- Weight13.4 ounces
2. Action Day 2018 – Agenda, Calendar, Organizer and Goal Journal
This 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.
8” x 6”
100 GSM paper
Elasticized pen loop
3 color choices
- BrandAction Day®
- Weight11.4 ounces
3. Moleskine 12 Month Weekly Planner, Large Soft Cover Calendar
Moleskine is an Italian company based in Milan that has been producing planners and other products for students and professionals for more than 20 years. They have a well-deserved reputation for putting quality first and that ethos is apparent in the first time you pick up this 12 month weekly planner. It has a very satisfying heft to it that’s substantial without being heavy, which means it won’t be a chore to carry it around all day.
Inside you’ll find a familiar layout that’s nice and clean and isn’t overloaded with cutsie graphics or unnecessary formatting lines. It has a pocket inside the back cover for your important notes and papers and a bookmark so you never have to hunt for today’s entry. There’s nothing fancy here. The Moleskine 12 Month Weekly Planner is all business and that’s just fine with us. If we could change anything we’d round the corners on the cover just a bit.
5” x 8.25”
Expandable pocket on inside cover
- Weight7.8 ounces
4. Nomatic Planner- Agenda, Whiteboard, Organizer and Daily Planner
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.
6” x 9”
Back cover pocket
Lays flat when open
- Weight1.2 pounds
5. Filofax Malden Ochre Leather Organizer, Agenda, Calendar
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
6. Blue Ox Day Planner 2018 Calendar Year
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
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.