Global Printed Products Essential Weekly Planner, 2020

Last updated date: May 5, 2020

DWYM Score
9.3

Global Printed Products Essential Weekly Planner, 2020

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 56 expert reviews, the Global Printed Products Global Printed Products Essential Weekly Planner, 2020 placed 9th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 28, 2020:
Checkout The Best Weekly Planner for a detailed review of all the top weekly planners.

Expert Summarized Score
0.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
1,436 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The two-page month-at-a-glance spreads are followed by two-page week-at-a-glance spreads. The planner is set out in column format and features plenty of space for your notes. The paper used is of high-quality and won’t bleed through.
- Stroller Envy
October 8, 2019 | Full review
The vertical columns are organized by day (a week spans two pages); scribble down tasks and your hourly schedule, so you can review your weekly to-dos at a glance. It lies flat on your desk, so it’s easy to write in.
- My Best
October 24, 2019 | Full review
It is durable for travel thanks to its extra-thick clear frosted vinyl cover and strong O-Wire binding.
- Spy
November 11, 2019 | Full review
Thanks to its simplistic layout and clean formatting, it leaves tons of room for neat, orderly scheduling. The monthly and weekly pages are printed on off-white paper that won't bleed through to the next, and the simple cover has a vinyl protective sheet over it to keep it looking like new all year.
- Elite Daily
September 7, 2018 | Full review
Large Size for the most space and people who have large handwriting. You will LOVE THIS PLANNER!
- Bestonia
What experts didn't like
Its simplicity has some drawbacks. There are no tabs for easy flipping between the months and weeks. There’s little space to take notes too, so if you’ve got a lot to record, you’ll have to get a separate notepad.
- My Best
October 24, 2019 | Full review
It starts in June 2019 and runs through July 2020, which means some of the months have already passed.
- Spy
November 11, 2019 | Full review
It has blank lined pages, but any extra features end there. It's also pretty heavy since the pages are so thick.
- Elite Daily
September 7, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Essential Planner - Large Size for the most space and people who have large handwriting. You will LOVE THIS PLANNER!

An Overview On Weekly Planners

When life gets busy, it’s easy to forget an important appointment if you don’t have it written down. For this reason, personal planners can be a lifesaver. In addition to keeping track of monthly, weekly and daily obligations, many planners also help with other tasks. While browsing the available models, you’ll want to keep in mind your own needs as well as the style that best motivates you.

Decide whether you need a traditional weekly planner that goes from January to December or an academic planner that starts in July and ends in June. Students, teachers and even parents of children who have to follow the school calendar would all benefit from the academic planner. No matter which type you select, look to see if the planner has an extra month or two tacked on. Some overlap to help you crossover from one year’s planner to the next.

Check the planner’s binding next. You not only want it to be durable but also easy to use. You might find one with a twin-wire spiral binding that allows you to flip through the pages with ease. You’ll also be able to swing the pages from front to back so that only the page you need is showing front and center.

Examine the weekly planner’s cover. You don’t want a cover that will easily rip, as it won’t make it through the entire year. Some planners have an extra-strong cover that is sometimes thicker than a nickel. It won’t get damaged during your daily commute if you choose to keep it in your backpack or briefcase. 

Look for a planner that not only has monthly pages, but also weekly pages. The weekly pages give you extra space to list more details for tasks that need to be accomplished on specific days of the week. Not only does the planner have reference calendars, but also a list of major holidays and extra sheets of paper for notes.

Consider any extras that make the planner stand out. For example, there are planners with more than 50 journal pages, colorful stickers, mind map and vision board pages, inner pockets, multiple ribbon bookmarks, pen loops, an elastic closure and sometimes even an attractive gift box.  Other planners may have tabs to identify the months, sticky notes and even a ruler.

DWYM Fun Fact

It is believed that the first calendar was created during the Stone Age. The calendar revolved around the phases of the moon instead of the astronomical seasons that today’s Gregorian calendar uses. Individuals who lived during the Stone Age needed the calendar to keep track of animal migrations, so they knew where to hunt for certain animal species at different times of the year.

Before our current Gregorian calendar, there was also the Julian calendar, which was named after Julius Caesar. The main difference between the two is the way leap years were handled. Today, we add a day at the end of February every fourth year.

Calendars were used to create personal planners to help individuals organize their busy lives. One of the first people to write down their daily schedule in a calendar-like book was George Washington. Washington actually wrote down his activities in his almanac. It wasn’t until 1773, however, that a personal planner was actually published. Today, there are a multitude of weekly planners to choose from. Each comes in either the traditional yearly format that ranges from January to December or an academic format for students and teachers that goes from July to June.

The Weekly Planner Buying Guide

  • Always check how thick the planner’s pages are. If you plan to stick with typical pens or colored pencils, the page thickness won’t matter; however, if you prefer to use gel pens, they will bleed through paper that is too thin.
  • If your planner comes with extra pages, there are a bunch of things you can do to make good use of the space. You could keep track of your water intake, write down a monthly meal plan, list inspirational quotes by your favorite authors or motivational speakers or even create a reading list of the books you’d like to get through by the end of the year.
  • There are a variety of products on the market that you can use with your planner. Washi tape and stickers add a decorative touch to both the inside and outside of the planner, while sticky notes let you add temporary reminders to the pages of your weekly planner.
  • If you’re giving the planner as a gift, consider having it engraved. Office supply stores, book stores and even stores that sell trophies are all capable of engraving your planner for a fee. Of course, you can always buy a set of fancy letter stickers and create a customized message on the front of the planner yourself. This is cheaper but still allows you to add a personal touch to the gift.
  • At the end of the year, you can take a stroll through your planner and reflect on all you’ve accomplished. This may even spark some ideas of goals you’d like to pursue in the upcoming year.