Like the Erin Condren hourly weekly planner but not the price tag? Here are some alternative planners! (in no particular order)
1. Top Down Planner
This planner reminds me of the Planner Pad… but with checkboxes <3 I found the Planner Pad a bit too big at A4 size, the 6 x 9″ Top Down Planner page size is much more portable.
The planner comes in dated and undated versions.
- Soft Laminated Cover
- Minimalist style
- 18 Month Planner: January 2017 – June 2018
- Weekly Planning Pages: January 2017 – June 2018
- Week starts Monday
- Success Planning Guide
- Goal Planning Pages
- Mind Maps
- Meeting Notes & How-To Guide
- Check Lists
- Gratitude Log
- 2017, 2018 & 2019 Calendars
- Notes Pages (12 – more than most planners)
- Grid Pages
- Blank Pages
Image credit: Top Down Planner
2. Whistle and Birch
My fellow Aussies rejoice – Whistle and Birch is an Aussie planner company! In addition to the vertical hourly layout they have a few others as well. This planner company is near the top of my (very long) list of planners to try!
- Planners start on the month you choose
- Planner Size: 7.5″ x 9.5″
- Clear frosted plastic cover
- Personalised Name or Business Logo on Cover
- Yearly and Monthly Dashboard pages with Weekly Goals Box
- Laminated Monthly Tabs with Inspirational Quotes
- 12 month planner
- 2 page monthly calendar
- 2 page weekly planner (4 weekly layouts to choose from, all start on Monday)
- 2 x Year-At-A-Glance pages (current and perpetual year)
- Notes Page for each month
- Notes pages section
- 2x Important Dates pages (current and perpetual year)
- 2 Sided Folder Pouch
- 2 x Plastic Pockets
While they have vertical layouts I really like the teacher planner and the horizontal layouts.
3. Made To Plan
Another planner that’s high on my list of planners to try – Made to Plan. Clean, simple and functional weekly planner layouts. They have an hourly vertical but I’m keen to try the horizontal (see photo below for both layouts).
- Size : 6.5” x 8” ( 17 x 20.5 cm)
- Personalized cover
- Soft touch hard cover
- Elastic band
- Metal binding coil in gold
- 236 pages
- Year at a glance (12 month monthly view)
- Important dates section
- 8 schedule pages
- Month at a glance pages (full monthly view on 2 pages before each month)
- 2 page monthly calendar (week starts Monday)
- 2 page weekly planner (starts Monday)
- 12 month planner
- Space for notes after each month
- Contacts section
- Lined pages
- Blank pages
Image credit: Made to Plan
4. Action day
A planner that would be ideal for someone that needs each hour broken down into more detail – this one is in 15 minute increments.
- 2 page weekly spread
- Times go from 7:00 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m.-7:45 p.m. on Saturday
- Sunday a free day
- 1 year’s worth (52 weeks)
- Twin wire binding
Image credit: Action Day
5. Limelife Planners
One of my all time favorite planner companies – Limelife Planners have heaps of layouts and sizes to choose from – including an hourly vertical weekly planner.
- Clear vinyl pocket for storing notes or stickers
- Personalised cover (various cover designs to choose from), laminated
- Size: 7 x 9″ (personal size, A5 and 8.5 x 11″ options also available)
- Aluminium spiral binding
- Interchangeable covers (laminated)
- Various weekly layouts to choose from (I chose layout C)
- 2 page monthly calendar starting on Sunday
- 2 page weekly planner starting on Monday divided into multiple sections per day (great for students and clustering things e.g. cleaning tasks, meal planning)
- Laminated monthly tabs
- Birthdays and Special Dates pages
- Logins & Passwords page (double-sided)
- A notes page before and after each monthly layout
- 20 pages of notes (on 10 sheets)
- 10 pages of graph paper (on 5 sheets)
- High quality, ultra-smooth 80# paper
6. Passion Planner
My favorite thing about the Passion Planner? The smooth and super bright white paper!
The planner comes in A5 page size which isn’t very common for hourly planners.
The half hour time increments let you break your down down into lots of detail, but keep in mind that it means the writing space is quite small.
- Compact – A5 (5.83”x8.27”)
- Classic – A4 (8.27”x11.69”)2 sizes
- Minimalist design – black and white
- 2 Page weekly spread (starting on Monday or Sunday – you choose)
- 2 Page monthly spread (starting on Monday or Sunday – you choose)
- Academic and calendar year start versions
- Dates at a glance
- Monthly and yearly reflection questions with lines note space to write your answers
- Ample goal setting pages
- 20 blank pages
- 20 graph paper pages
- Elastic band to keep it all together
- Gender neutral
- Faux leather cover
See my review (including video walkthrough) in this post.
Full page size…
7. Brilliant Life Planner
Finally! A weekly planner that doesn’t repeat the hours on each day and waste planning space. This planner has a really functional weekly layout with 2 lines for each hour so you can do half hourly planning if you prefer. Also love the shaded lines for each hour to make it easy to distinguish… and of course that jumbo sidebar checklist.
- Size: 9 ⅛ ” wide by 9 9/16 ” tall
- 2 page weekly spread starting on Monday
- 2 page monthly calendar with checklist sidebar (also starting on Monday)
- Thick 120 GSM (the company says the pages don’t get pen bleed through)
- Metal wire binding
- Durable pockets on both the front and back inside covers.
- Colorful pages
- Habit-tracking pages
- Note-taking pages
- Monthly dividers with quotes
Image credit: Brilliant Life Planner
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- Weekly Planner from Unique Planners by Pirongs Review (including video walkthrough)
- Ashley Shelly Planner Review – Weekly Planner (pros, cons and a walkthrough)
- Arcing my Plum Paper Planner – everything you need to know if you’d like to try it yourself!
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