I’ve made my passion for notebooks abundantly clear before; as much as I love technology and the ease of smartphones, there’s something irreplaceable about writing things down in a notebook. Plus, writing things down by hand is good for memory — which makes this especially useful for jotting down notes, events, and memories in a day planner.
I have a hard time committing to a planner at the start of the year. There are so many to choose from — do I pick a hardcover book that I know will last throughout the year? Or a lightweight paperback? Do I want something modern and minimalistic, or more traditional? I find that my style preferences change with the seasons. Regardless of style, I prefer a no-frills planner with minimal add-ons — just a useful item to help me document my year. Here are six picks that fit the bill.
+ Word. Notebook Standard Memorandum, $11
This notebook is an unconventional size, but no less convenient to stash away in your pocket or purse. It has a classic design with just enough quirk to make it a conversation starter.
+ Julia Kostreva Gold Foil Daily Planner, $32
Kostreva’s gorgeous designs are stylish and minimalistic. This planner is open-dated, which means it can be used at any point of the year.
+ Moleskine Softcover 2015-2016 Planner, $17.95
You can never go wrong with a Moleskine, and this softcover book makes it a bit lighter than a hardcover (although those are nice, too, for the more traditional Moleskine fan).
+ Passion Planner, $29.99
For those with big goals for 2016, this is the planner for you. This is a more guided way to set and accomplish goals if you’re in need of some personal accountability. This comes in two sizes — 8.5 x 11″ and 5.5 x 8.5″, depending on your preference.
+ Rifle Paper Co. 2016 Birch Floral Planner, $34.95
Everything Rifle Paper Co. makes is completely gorgeous, including this floral — but understated — 2016 planner. The inside is also beautifully designed, and this planner is truly a work of art to carry with you daily.
+ MUJI 2016 Vinyl Cover Diary, $7.11
This is a very simple and clean planner for the minimalist.
What’s on your 2016 wishlist?