Still searching for a planner? Or reading this post partway through the year after realising you haven’t found the perfect planner? Why not broaden your search? There are tons of undated planners that offer unique layouts and since they’re undated – you can start planning anytime!
Most undated planners have a minimalist style – mainly black and grey so you can decorate with plenty of stickers and colored pens (if you wish!)
Ink & Volt
Initially launched via Kickstarter, this company has a simple 3 boxes per day weekly layout (except for weekends) similar to the Erin Condren without all the flashy extras. If you’re a more minimalist person that wants something simple, this planner would be a good fit.
- Book bound / sewn bound
- Week starts Monday
- 280 pages
- Ink proof, acid-free paper
- Yearly Theme, Goals & Achievement Tracker
- Monthly Calendar Overview
- Monthly Goals
- 30 Day Challenge (one for each month)
- Weekly Goals
- Weekly Inspiration and Journaling Prompt
- Weekly Outlook for planning your week
In addition to their dated planners, MAMBI also have undated versions.
- Sturdy, laminated covers
- Discbound (my favorite type of binding, read why in this post!)
- Laminated tabs
- 2 page weekly layouts (horizontal and vertical)
- 2 page monthly calendar
- Covers – 7.75” x 9.75”
- Pages – 7” x 9.25”
I don’t tend to use vertical planners as I find the columns too narrow, but have used the Happy Planner as a blog planner in the past and it worked quite well!
Interested in the Happy Planner? My sister stocks the planner, accessories, sticker books etc. in her shop, Carefully Crafted!
More MAMBI reviews:
- How to print printables at MAMBI Happy Planner Size (step by step tutorial)
- Planner pen testing in the Erin Condren Life Planner, Plum Paper, Happy Planner by MAMBI and Limelife Planner
- MAMBI Happy Planner horizontal dimensions & measurements (classic size) for making planner stickers
- MAMBI Happy Planner Recipe Organizer Review
- Honest review of the Happy Planner by Me and my Big Ideas (MAMBI)
- Erin Condren Horizontal Life Planner versus Horizontal Happy Planner: which planner is better?
- MAMBI Mini Happy Planner Review (pros, cons, should you buy it?)
- Week 22: Using Erin Condren size planner stickers in the Mini Happy Planner
- Week 24: Using Erin Condren Size Planner Stickers in MAMBI Classic Happy Planner
- Week 40: Using the MAMBI Happy Planner Horizontal
3. The Simple Elephant Planner
A planner that doesn’t seem to get much publicity – it features a simple, functional, lined weekly spread.
- Size: 21cm x 14.25cm (8.25″ x 5.75″)
- Book / sewn bound with an elastic closure strap
- 2 Page monthly calendar starts on Sunday
- 2 Page weekly spread starts on Monday
- Saturday and Sunday share the same amount of planning space as one weekday
- Pen holder
- Accordion folder
- 3 bookmarks
- 59 pages for notes (way more than most planners!)
- Numbered pages
- 12 months
- Minimalist style – gender neutral
4. Happiness Planner
Prefer a daily planner? The Happiness Planner has a functional layout with daily focus, scheduling space, a checklist, reflection and meals. My favorite part is the open-ended scheduling space. So many day to a page planners have hours pre-filled but then I end up with lots of dead space drawing arrows for tasks that extend over multiple hours.
I also really like the 1 page weekly plan / overview page which would be ideal for meal planning, exercise planning, school or blog planning.
Day to a page planners are ideal to use in conjunction with a weekly planner, especially if you have a blog or side hustle that you do on weekends, and you need a bit of extra planning space for Saturdays and Sundays.
- Size: 210mm x 145mm (A5)
- White 100 gram paper (thick paper)
- Yearly pages
- Weekly Overview/Plan
- Weekly Reflection
- 100-Day Daily Pages
- 100-Day Reflection
- Daily Inspirational Quotes
- Daily Focus & Goal Setting
- Daily Notes & To-Dos
- Daily Exercise and Meal Plans
- Daily Reflection, Gratitude Log, and Positive Affirmations
The Happiness Planner also comes in an undated weekly version with 1 page for the days of the week and a weekly overview section. I’m finding myself gravitating to this type of layout more and more – I much prefer to work off a checklist for the week with a small amount of daily planning space, rather than a 2 page weekly spread.
If it isn’t obvious by now this planner is on my list of planners to try! 🙂
5. Panda Planner
If you’re someone that needs a planner with a lot of structure, the Panda Planner may be just what you need.
- 2 sizes: 5.25″ x 8.25″ (Half US letter) and 8.5 x 11″ (US letter size)
- Day to a page
- Weekly Goals
- 2 page monthly calendar (starting Sunday)
- 2 versions – classic and pro
- Productivity focused
There are 2 sizes to choose from – portable half US letter size with 2 pages per day, or the large 8.5 x11″ with 1 day per page. The layout fits a lot onto the page.
I’m usually not one to go for day to a page planners but I really like the structure of the daily planning space with morning and end of day review, goals and the usual hourly scheduling space.
The planners don’t last for a full year (Pro version has a 6 month duration, the Classic version has a 3 month duration) so it’s a good option if you only use a day to a page planner on weekends or very busy days. However, if you do want to use the planner for a full year it will get expensive.
<3 the super structured planning pages!
6. Law of Attraction
If you’re looking for a planner with times and are struggling to find one in 30 minute increments – the Law of Attraction planner would be my recommendation. The planner starts super early at 5am (but you could always cover the top part of each day with a some stickers if you’re a night owl like me) and ending at 10:30pm. I tend to always do a top 3 for each day – this planner has that built in. And a habit tracker. And notes space. And extra list making space = 🙂
This planner claims it’s microwave safe and that if you use it with the frixion pens (my all time fave) the pen ink will erase (without the planner pages catching on fire) so you can keep using it over and over again. Needless to say I’m quite intrigued – this planner is on my wish list!
Weekly and daily versions (called Freedom Mastery Law of Attraction Goal Planner & Organizer on Amazon)
- Book / sewn bound
- A5 size (5.8″ x 8.3″ high) and Large B5 size (7.5″ x 10″ high)
- Weekly planning overview (56 weeks)
- Monthly overview, goals and priorities (12-months)
- Undated Version, you can start when you want
- Monthly reflection page (12- months)
- Dates at a glance calenders for 2017, 2018, 2019
- 100 gsm thick paper (+235 pages)
- Leather Soft Cover
- Different color covers to choose from
7. Action Publishing Minimalist Planner
- Comes in three different sizes Large (8.5 x 11 inches), Medium (7 x 8.5 inches) and Compact (4.75 x 6.75 inches)
- Lay flat wire binding
- Rigid back cover
- Front and back poly cover sheet
- 12 month undated
- Minimalist layout
- 2 pages per week
- 1 page monthly calendar
- Vertical hourly format (7am to 10pm)
I’m not a fan of portrait page orientation 1 page per month calendars as the boxes are too narrow to write much in. However, the weekly layout of this planner is something different to the typical hourly vertical layout that most planners have. Monday to Friday have a notes section at the top and hours at the bottom from 7am to 10pm (the hours are small so you could always just use the bottom box for extra note taking space).
The pages are grid dot so if you don’t have time for bullet journaling or just like using grid dot paper, this planner would be a good fit.
Info in this post is current as of the time of writing in March 2018.
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