Whether you’re a sophomore in high school or a senior in college, your life is full of attending classes, working on homework, extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, and squeezing in family time when you can. We all have so much going on and it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where you’re supposed to be and when.
Confession: I am a planner and organization junkie. I carry my LifePlanner with me everywhere, along with a bag of pens–for color coding. I also keep an electronic version, thanks to Google Calendar, and it’s so full it looks like confetti exploded on my phone/laptop screen. I’m telling you this because I understand how important finding the right planner is. Hours of research went into my first big planner purchase, and my guess is (if you’re reading this post) you’re a bit like me.
So, without further ado, here’s my list of the 7 best planners for students:
LifePlanner by Erin Condren
Price: $45-$65 + add-ons
The LifePlanner was my first mega planner purchase and I love it. If everything in your life is organized by color, this is the planner for you. In addition to interchangeable, customizable covers, you can also add on stickers of all shapes and sizes. Mine also came with a sample pack of stickers and a movable ruler/bookmark. You can also find stickers on Etsy that are the same size and shape of the boxes in the LifePlanner.
It comes in three different layouts: horizontal, vertical, and hourly. Each weekly page also has space for a to-do list, which always comes in handy.
Student Planner by Plum Paper
Price: $18 + add-ons
Plum Paper’s Student Planner would be excellent for any high school student or college student with a heavy course load. Each week is organized by day and class period (7 spaces available).
The nice thing about this planner is you can customize it to start at any month during the year. So, if you’re not satisfied with a previous planner purchase or you procrastinated and don’t want to spend money on missed months, go with this planner. It comes in 6 months or 12-18 months. So, you can also give it a 6 month trial run if you’re still not sold.
Academic Daily Simplified Planner by Emily Ley
Price: $58 + add-ons
Emily Ley’s Academic Daily Simplified Planner is full of inspiration quotes and gold detailing. (And we all need a little inspiration to keep going sometimes!) These planners are made for academic schedules (i.e., they run August-July). In addition to 6am-9pm hourly spots, there are also spaces for notes, daily to-dos, and dinner plans.
The design of these planners are classy-chic. One of my college friends swears by this planner. She just purchased her second one and doesn’t plan on changing it up any time soon.
Flagship Collection by Day Designer
Price: $59 + add-ons
If you’re all business and don’t feel the need to decorate every square inch of your planner, the Flagship Collection is for you. These daily pages run from 5am-9pm. Each day has a space for to-dos, gratitude, your top 3 to-dos, notes, and more. The Flagship collection is available in beginning and mid-year editions, each running 12 months.
If you’re feeling the need for a bit more organization in your life, there are also a plethora of free printables available. These include bucket lists, notes, organizing your week, gratitude journals, food and exercise logs, and much more.
Academic Daily Planner by Bloom Daily Planners
Price: $13.95-$26.95 + add-ons
The Academic Daily Planner comes in hard or soft cover, and a choice between a normal academic planner or a vision planner. The vision planner is organized to help you set and work towards your goals. The academic year planner also has spaces for your goals, to-dos, and a fun list of reasons for a party.
It also has an awesome academic scheduler placed in the beginning pages. There are places for time, class, professor name, and room, all by day of the week and term.
The Happy Planner-Student Edition by Me & My Big Ideas
Price: $19.99-$29.99 + add-ons
The Happy Planner is the creative student’s dream planner. You literally make it all you want it to be, and can add or remove pages at any time. It’s basically a scrapbook that functions as a planner.
One of my favorite things about this planner is you can actually go to a store and check it out. It’s also 100% customizable. You can add pages, bookmarks, inspirational quotes on tabs, and even clip in pictures. If you want to check it out in person, head to your local Hobby Lobby store.
Academic Planners by Mead
During my first few years of college I relied on my Mead planners to keep my life organized. I started with the small, 4″ x 6″ size, and ended up with the giant 8.5″ x 11″. These are great planners because you can choose daily, weekly, or monthly layouts. They’re also extremely affordable.
Yes, these planners are a bit more subtle than some of the others listed above. However, if you’re feeling the need to spice it up a bit, you essentially have a blank slate that you can make entirely your own. Head to a craft store, buy some stickers and fun pens, and spend an afternoon decorating your new best friend.
Planners are as unique as the people who use them. Each one is loved and used in its own way. If you have a favorite that isn’t on this list, share it in the comments below!
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite planner accessories:
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I cannot believe that it’s almost time to start getting ready for back to school season. July is coming to a close and our summer vacation is almost half way over. For many others I know that the first day of school is coming up much faster than that, so to help you get ready for the new school year I thought I would share with you some student planner printables.
When I was in grade seven our school district started handing out planners to every student at the beginning of the year. This was a very new concept at the time, and I know many parents scoffed at the idea that students needed planners. Not my parents, my parents thought it was a great way to help students be more accountable for getting their school work done. When I started Junior High the following year I found myself relying more and more on my planner to keep all my homework straight.
It now seems hit-or-miss whether school districts handout planners or even include them on school supply lists, but I do believe that a good student planner is a tool that will help our children during their education journey. So, today I would like to share with you updated versions of my student planner printables.
Student Planner Printables
A few years ago, I shared the two student planners pictured below as a Reader Request feature. I still really like them, but for students who have a lot of homework, there is not much room to write. So I decided that a full-size version would be the best solution.
Full-Size Weekly Student Planner
I toyed with changing the layout, but I wasn’t sure what else was really needed in a planner. If you make them too complicated, they won’t get used. No-one, especially busy students, want the hassle of trying to keep track of too many things.
Keep it simple is the name of the game.
The school week is spread out over two pages, leaving plenty of room to jot down homework each day. Each weekday is divided into three columns so that students can keep track of which class the homework or test is for and when it’s due. At the end of the week is room for lists, so students can have a place to keep all that information together.
Just like with the original version, I used two different colour schemes. I have it on good authority that scallops and pink just won’t cut it for the boys.
Homework/Project Planner Printables
For many students, a simple weekly planner is all they need. For others, they might want to add in a few more components. The homework planner is a great one to have on hand for those larger homework projects. It allows students to keep track of important information for the project and gives room to record the criteria the teacher wants to be met. It also, and this is the important part, allows a student to break a large project down into smaller, easy to manage steps.
Sometimes the assignments a student is given can be a little overwhelming, but with a planner printable like this one that overwhelming project can be broken up into smaller steps making it feel much more attainable.
Just like with the student planners above, these homework planners were originally created at the request of one of my lovely readers. I didn’t change them at all, except for the colours and the fonts to make them match the weekly planners. And of course, I couldn’t resist making them into half-size versions as well.
One side for the important information, the other for breaking down the project into manageable steps.
I’m sure there is much more I could have included on these, but again I didn’t want to make them overly complicated.
As always, to grab a copy of these printables for yourself, simply click the pictures. I’d love to hear what you think of these. Do you think your kiddos would get some use from them? Drop me a line in the comments below and let me know.
More Back to School Reads From Some of My Blogging Friends
Brain Power Boy has this awesome Tech Gear Guide for Homeschool Boys. Even if you don’t homeschool, even if you’re not thinking about back to school, this is a must read. So much tech goodness, you don’t want to miss it. Personally, I love the fact that LEGO has gone tech. (did you know that? I didn’t! Sooo cool!!!!)
The Super Mommy Club has your back when it comes to school lunches with this great post sharing One Whole Month of School Lunch Ideas with NO repeats!!! She’s done such a great job, you don’t even need to think about what to pack for a whole month!!! I dread coming up with lunch ideas, so this post is a huge live saver for me!
Over on Child Led Life, they have this fantastic post about setting up a Homeschool Classroom. I’ve used this as a guide for organizing our youngest’s room and craft space and we’ve had some amazing results.