After reviewing so many planners there seems to be about 10 common layouts for horizontal weekly planners. If you like horizontal spreads but fancy a change up, try one of these:
1. Horizontal with sidebar
This layout is ideal for separating tasks from daily appointments and reminders. It really only works best with a wide / large page size as the sidebar columns can end up being too small.
This type of layout seems to be common for bullet journaling – probably because there aren’t many planners that come in this type of layout.
2. Horizontal with habit tracker
There aren’t many planners that include a built-in happy tracker. Some I’ve come across so far are:
and one of my all time favorite planners:
3. 2 sections per day
If you’re not sure if 2 sections per day is going to be a good fit for you, you only do it occasionally or you want to choose how big the sections are (e.g. make one bigger than the other), then consider using a standard horizontal with 1 big box for each day, and draw the line where it suits you:
4. Weekends Combined
If you mainly use your planner for work and don’t need as much space on weekends, try these planners:
5. Horizontal lined and / or checklists
While harder to find than unlined it’s worth the time investment to find a good one. I much prefer lined planners as they stay neater (my writing doesn’t end up crooked). Blue Sky is my favorite planner company that do lined writing space
6. Horizontal lined +unlined
The Purple Trail and Plum Paper Planners both have this layout:
8. Horizontal hourly
I’m not a fan of hourly planners for a few reasons:
- I’m at my day job on weekdays (where I use a digital planner)
- The times never start / end when I want them do – there’s no way I’m getting up at 6am! (Unless it’s to catch a plane)
- The times take up space on the line leaving less room to write the actual tasks
However, if hourly is the layout that works for you, here are a few options:
If you want to choose what time the schedule starts, try the Ashley Shelly Planner
The Passion Planner is a bit crammed but does have one of the longest schedules I’ve found in a planner – from 6am to 10:30pm in half hour intervals
If you need even more space, the Lucky Life Tools Planner has a schedule from 6am to 11pm, habit tracker and plenty of lined writing space.
9. 1 page (all the days on one page)
Not many planners have just a 1 page weekly layout. Most will have a second list / notes page (which I actually prefer as I’d rather have too much room than not enough). Some of my favorite planners with this layout:
- Paperchase Agenzio Planner Review
- Moleskine Weekly Planner Review
- Planner Review: Rule the World by Sugar and Type
- Life Inspired Weekly Planner Review (Lined Horizontal + Checklists Layout)
- Clever Fox Weekly Planner
- Plum Paper Horizontal Lined + Notes
- Milligram Weekly Agenda Planner
- Blue Sky Noteworthy Planner
- Graphique Weekly Planner
- Punch Studios Planner Review: Horizontal Weekly + Notes
- May Designs Weekly Planner
Another option are inserts such as the Super Mom Dashboard layout from MAMBI Happy Planner:
Or use a regular bullet journal with a 1 page weekly ruled up plus one of these weekly add on printables.
Tutorial for resizing printables to any page size is in this post.
10. Horizontal with notes section underneath
Most horizontal planners will have 8 sections with the 8th box (or the 1st box) for notes, weekly to do’s, adding habit tracker stickers etc. Or for the Eccolo they use this as a quote box:
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