With a general idea of the planner systems available out there in the world, now you can narrow down your options a little more. Did you miss the discussion on planner systems? You can check out that post here.
Let’s talk sizes.
No, bigger is not always better, and we can’t enter the planner size discussion with the sole mentality of go big or go home. The size of the planner you choose is entirely up to you and what you plan to use it for. Maybe you want a planner you can throw in your purse, or perhaps you are looking for a planner that offers more writing space. Depending on the purpose and function you will be using the planner for, will determine what size you will need.
In this post, I will only talk about the most popular planner options because, frankly, we could go on for days talking about all the sizes out there. DAYS I TELL YA!
Here we go. Brace yourself, yo!
Planner Sizes: Small, Medium & Large
Planners come in all shapes and sizes, and no two planners are the same. So, how do you know which planner size is right for you? Let’s define some planner sizing options to give you a general idea.
Small | A Personal Companion
This size is ideal for on-the-go planning. With it’s compact size, this planner is perfect to throw into your purse/ or tote bag. Many planner babes and dudes will use this size for taking with them to track appointments, carry grocery lists, take quick notes, and more! This compact size is your perfect personal planner!
Common Sizes: 3.15″ x 4.72″ , 3.74″ x 6.7″ , 4.5” x 7”
Common Planners in this size: Mini Happy Planner, Small & Medium Kikki K Planners, Personal Planners, Traveler’s Notebooks, PetitePlanner
Medium | The Classic Mid-Size
Medium planners are probably the most common size planners you will find. This size is perfect for students to throw in their backpacks, moms and dads to throw in their work bags, or using it as a catch-all planner. Often times, this planner size is a go-to because it’s the perfect mid-size, not too big and not too small. It often comes in various layouts, so options are more abundant in this size.
Common Sizes: 5.75″ x 8.25″ , 6.3″ x 8.46″ , 7″ x 9″ , 7” x 9.25”
Common Planners in this size: Classic Happy Planner, A5 planners, Large Kikki K Planners, LifePlanner, Ink Well Press Planners, Compact Passion Planner
Large | Go Big or Go Home
Big planners are often the size of a standard US Letter page. These planners are awesome for memory planning since they offer the most amount of space for journaling and pasting in photos. This size is also commonly used as a work or home planner. The awesome thing about big planners is, since it is often the size of printer paper, there is no sizing down to add anything to it. Perfect for keeping it on the desk at home or in the office, the big planner size offers big space, big memories, and big plans.
Common Sizes: 8.5” x 11” , 8.27” x 11.69” , 9″ x 11″
Common Planners in this size: Big Happy Planner, Classic Passion Planners, Composition Planners
Planner Sizes I Use
I have a variety of planner sizes in my collection, but the majority of my planners range in the medium size category. I have a few in the small category and only one big sized planner. I really love the medium size for many reasons, to include the manageable size, portability with the addition of ample space, and the available accessories for this very popular size.
Although I maintain most of my planning in medium sized planners, I do like the extreme portability of my smaller sized planners, such as my Mini Happy Planner and my Traveler’s Notebook by Carpe Diem Planners.
When it comes to planners, remember that you are not stuck to just one planner. So, if you bought a big planner and would prefer something smaller, that’s totally okay! You can move to a different planner at any time, so you don’t have to feel like you are stuck!
Popular Brands and Planners Sizes Offered
Below, I have listed some of the most popular brands of planners and the available sizes each offers. I have also provided a link to each company’s website for your quick reference and convenience. Hopefully this list will help you understand the options available to you!
Carpe Diem Planners
- Small | Personal Planners
- Small | Traveler’s Notebooks
- Medium | A5 Planners
- Medium | Spiral Planners
- Small | PetitePlanner
- Medium | LifePlanner
- Medium | Horizontal Hardbound LifePlanner
- Medium | Vertical Hardbound LifePlanner
- Medium | Deluxe Monthly Planner
- Medium | Monthly Planner
- Small | No 0 Notebook (Micro)
- Small | No 1 Notebook (sPassport)
- Small | No 2 Notebook (Pocket)
- Small | No 3 Notebook (A6)
- Small | No 4 Notebook (Personal)
- Small | No 6 Notebook (Standard)
- Small | Personal Ring Binder
- Small-Medium | Personal Wide Ring Binder
- Medium | No 5 Notebook (B6)
- Medium | No 7 Notebook (Wide or Cahier)
- Medium | No 8 Notebook (A5)
- Medium -Large | No 9 Notebook
- Medium | A5 Ring Binder
Ink Well Press
- Medium | Daily Planner
- Medium | Hardcover Weekly
- Medium | Coil Free Weekly
- Medium | A5 Quarterly
- Medium | A5 Weekly Inserts
Kikki K Planners
- Small | Time Planner – Small & Medium
- Medium | Time Planner – Large
- Medium | Personal Planner – Medium
- Medium | Time Planner – Large
- Medium | Personal Planner – Large
- Medium | Compact – A5
- Large | Classic – A4
- Small | Mini Planner
- Medium | Spiral Planner
The Happy Planner
- Small | Mini (7 discs)
- Medium | Classic (9 discs)
- Large | Big (11 discs)
- Small | Traveler’s Notebook Planners
- Medium | A5 Planners
- Large | Composition Planners
Now that you have selected a planner system and the desired size, next we will discuss weekly layout options. I will catch you all in Part 3 of How to Choose the Right Planner for YOU!
Happy planner hunting and see you soon!
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