Digital calendars and diaries can be convenient, but many of us still prefer to jot down our appointments and priorities in a real-life paper planner. Not only are they more useful for the retention of information (studies show the act of handwriting information can help you to recall it better), they’re also said to be beneficial for focus and productivity since they come with fewer distractions – no email notifications when you’re writing on paper. For some, writing can also be akin to active meditation, helping to sort out the jumble of to-dos in a busy brain. There are options aplenty for 2023 diaries but our favourites always come from minimalist brand An Organised Life. Not sure where to start? Here’s our guide to finding the perfect 2023 planner for you.
Best for: seeing your week at a glance
The 2023 A5 Weekly Diary is a bestseller for good reason. Formatted to showcase a week at a time across double pages, it allows you to record key priorities and appointments for an easy-to-understand overview. Dated from late December 2022 to January 2024, it includes a weekly focus prompt, organisation tips, goal planning and budgeting pages, monthly and yearly overviews, notes and inspirational quotes. Made with acid-free paper and soft-but-durable vegan leather, it’s embossed with gold foil detailing for a special touch.
Best for: enthusiastic note takers
If you prefer a little extra writing room for lists and notes, the 2023 A5 Daily Planner is more your speed. With more pages than its Weekly counterpart, it features a single page per weekday with weekends combined. It also includes organisation tips, goal planning and budgeting pages, inspirational quotes, yearly and monthly overviews, a weekly focus section, notes pages and more. Dated from late December 2022 to January 2024, it’s crafted from the brand’s signature acid-free ivory paper and vegan leather with gold foil detailing.
Best for: toting with you on the go
If you struggle to remember your daily appointments without regular check-ins, a compact 2023 calendar and diary hybrid can work well. The B7 Weekly Diary is perfectly handbag-sized, allowing you to jot down your future plans as they come in. A premium pocket diary, it showcases the week at a quick glance to keep you on track, wherever you are. Featuring extra notes pages and a weekly focus prompt to help you stay on top of your schedule, the simple layout makes it exceedingly easy to use. You’ll wonder how you managed without it.
Best for: serious checklist lovers
Ideal for those who find themselves forever writing lists, the 2023 A5 Signature Diary and Pen has plenty of room. A classic hardcover black 2023 diary with an elastic pen holder (so you never have to go searching for a biro again), it has everything you need to get organised and stay on track. Dated from December 2022 to January 2024, it’s formatted to display a week per double page in a vertical layout. After every week, you’ll find an extra double-page especially for note taking where you can add additional reminders. Made from luxury acid-free ivory paper, it comes with a black pen, plus space for dedicated goal planning and budgeting pages, inspirational quotes, monthly and yearly overviews, a weekly focus prompt and organisation tips.
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