The Guide to the Planner Types

Hello Deskorators,

Have you ever asked yourself why there are so many types of planners? Whether you are new to the planning world or you a veteran, the sheer number of diaries and planning tools can be overwhelming for some. Therefore, we have created a little guide to the different types of planners to help you choose your next one!


Let’s start off with the original! The bound notebook/diary has existed for over 100 years and comes in a variety of colours, sizes and types themselves. Usually the most basic of types, it often comes with a simple Week on 1 Page, where you can jot down key notes, events and appointments.

Recently, however, goal planning has really flourished in the market, and most use a bound notebook system!

Great for those who: only need a little room to write/don’t want to write much, are minimalistic, those who don’t attend many meetings/events, goal planning and tracking. Life planning.
Uses: Meal planning, Habit tracking, simple events/appointment tracking, pre-planning.


Moving onto probably the most well known style of organiser out there, Ring planners are not a new addition to the planner world. Filofax is one of the oldest suppliers of ring planners, starting all the way back in 1921! They are incredibly flexible, allowing you to decorate how you wish, take in and out inserts, and ultimately give your whole life in one planner using tabs.

Great for those who: want to have many things to track in one place only, like completely customising their working space, need a lot of space to write.
Uses: Planner/diary, to do list, notes, brain dumps, colouring pages, personal information, maps, goal tracking etc.

Spiral Coil

As a planner, when I think of Spiral Coil planners, I initially think of Erin Condren, however there are many more Spiral Coil options out there for you! Spiral Coil planners supply the calendar aspect of a normal diary, but in a slightly different format which can make the planner itself a little more manoeuvrable (i.e you can completely flip the planner to only show one side).

Great for those who: love decorating as many come with plenty of space, only need a calendar, students, teachers, parents etc
Uses: habit tracking, planning, pre-planning, journaling/scrapbooking


The Disc format is almost identical to the Spiral Coil, but instead of a more rigid coil, you have discs to hold the paper together. This means that you can insert your own paper if you have the current hole punch.

Great for those who: love decorating, only need a calendar, students, teachers, parents etc
Uses: planning, pre-planning, habit tracking, gratitude, journaling/scrapbooking.

Bullet Journal

Bullet journals – a format designed to be a simple, minimalistic to-do list which has taken the planner community by storm. The beauty of a bullet journal is that it is simply a plain notebook and a key (which you can either create or use the official legend), to create a to do list everyday for yourself! Yet, much like everything else, this planning method has evolved to also include tracking different aspects of life, memory keeping and goals.

Great for: anyone – so incredibly versatile! Especially handy for self-employed people and students.
Uses: planning, pre-planning, habit tracking, gratitude, financial tracking, logs such as reading etc.

Travellers Notebook

The last in our list is the Travellers Notebook. To put it simply, it is much like a combination of the bullet journal and the rings planners, however, they use strings to hold books rather than rings to hold individual sheets of paper. They are great to create collections, whilst having dedicated areas to plan.

Great for: anyone!
Uses: planning, goal tracking, finances, logs

There we have it – our simple guide to the most popular planner types! After having used every single one of these methods, it is clear to see why people love all of them, and how you could even use all of them to create a system perfect to you.

Until next time…

Amy x

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