Bieffe Exercise Book

Bieffe Exercise Book

My partner picked these up last week at TJ Maxx, which lowkey always has a peculiar collection of planners and notebooks on clearance. I can’t find much about the product’s maker Bieffe, other than these books are marked “Made in Italy”, but I suspect this isn’t a dedicated stationery company.

These came in a set of three for something like $5 — that’s a steal for all the touches I appreciate: the Techo-ish textured cover, the gold-stamped logo of a magpie atop three books, and the red gilt on the pages.

Pretty fancy for exercise books! Each one of the three notebooks has 60 ruled pages sized around 8.6″ x 6″, enough for a novellette or a few weeks of calculations. They also have a multiplication table in the back, if  you have trouble with numbers.

Traveler’s Notebook

Traveler’s Notebook

Extremely customizable, the Traveler’s Notebook takes a variety of inserts and refills in its leather cover. You can fit in monthly, weekly, and daily pages, along with folders, cases, and more. It adapts to whatever you want to use your planner for, whether it’s for bullet journaling, drawing, or scheduing.

Wirecutter picked it as the most customizable of the planners it reviewed:

The simple leather folio holds thin notebooks inside (secured with an elastic band), and you can invest in whatever notebook inserts fit your planning needs. It’s the only system we found that works for all types of planning. Artistic planners and memory keepers can embellish the weekly calendar or the blank insert that comes with the folio, and it also works for bullet journaling with the company’s grid paper or weekly grid calendar. For simple scheduling, fill it with the slim vertical weekly calendar or the monthly calendar and a lined notebook. And if you want to do a combination of these planning styles, you can mix the different inserts to create a completely personalized book.

Amazon and JetPens have the Traveler’s Notebook for around $47, and both also sell a wide range of inserts and kits to help you make the planner your own.

Public – Supply Notebook

Public – Supply Notebook

I fuck with Public – Supply for a few reasons:

  • They’re a “for-profit company that channels 25% of profits from every sale to a teacher in a high-need classroom who will use the money for a project that drives creativity”
  • The clean covers with the embossed rectangle and text give it a grown-up composition notebook vibe
  • Their limited edition designs (check the Wythe Hotel cover from Andrew Tarlow) and matching packable tote bags are fire

One of the embossed 5x8″ books sells for $16, allowing you to pick dotted or ruled pages (60# natural cream paper). Public – Supply offers 3.5x5.5″ and 7x10″ versions, as well as non-embossed and velvet cover options, too.

The company also has a Public – Resupply subscription program with 6- or 12-month plans, available for all of the planner sizes.

Softboiled Planner

Softboiled Planner

Jane Mai makes amazing comics, but did you know she also puts out really neat planner booklets in limited runs? Her latest, the Softboiled planner, is sized at 8.5″x11″ with 32 pages. Its product page reads, “are you busy all the fucking time? write down everything you have to do in this fucking planner” lol.

The Softboiled planner is only $8 right now at Jane’s online shop. These will probably all sell soon with that discount, but if she runs out, you can still buy complementary stickers that continue the John Woo parody.

Panda Planner Classic

Panda Planner Classic

If you’re like me and need more structure from your planner, the 5x8.2″ Panda Planner Classic works great, presenting a prompt every day and week for you to fill out.

Wirecutter also liked Panda Planner for goal keeping, calling it the best planner for personal accountability:

The testers who wanted something for goal planning really liked the prompts and the feeling of accountability the Panda Planner gave them. “It says ‘Exercise’ here, so I feel like I would have to exercise so I could fill it in,” one tester told us. They also preferred the layout, overall look, and cover quality of the Panda Planner over that of the Passion Planner, another accountability option.

And I appreciate that the planner gives you space to look at positive moments in your life — there are spots you can review in the morning to record what you’re grateful for and what you’re looking forward to, and a section at the end of the day to highlight your wins.

Erin Condren Coiled LifePlanner

Erin Condren Coiled LifePlanner

If you prefer a less plain look for the notebook you’ll be carrying around, Erin Condren’s line of planners feature colorful, interchangeable cover designs. The LifePlanner is packed with motivational words, stickers, monthly tabs, and three weekly layout options (vertical, horizontal, and hourly).

Wirecutter recommended the weekly LifePlanner as the best planner for memory keeping:

What really separates the LifePlanner from other memory-keeping planners is the sheer number of accessories—covers, stickers, sticky notes, pens—available for decorating it. An Etsy search for “Erin Condren stickers” alone yields more than 185,000 results currently, and Erin Condren’s site offers plenty of other accessories. If you’re interested in the planner community, the LifePlanner has the most active posters on Instagram, in Facebook groups, and on YouTube channels like this one.

You can buy a LifePlanner at Amazon for around $45-70 (the hardbound, undated versions are a bit cheaper). If you purchase one through Erin Condren’s site, you can get the cover personalized with your name. The company also sells a lot of other books for more specific needs — Goal Setting, Daily Planners, Teacher Lesson Planners, Wedding Planners, Academic Planners, etc.