The Best App Planners To Whip Your Life Into Shape In 2021

By Jessica Best
8th Dec 2020

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There’s power in organisation and let the next year be the year you stay on top of your game harder than an athlete training for the Olympics. We’re talking about downloading the best app planners so you can whip your life into shape and hurtle into the new year like the productive, goal-setting god you are.

Check out the best planner apps to get you sorted in 2021.

Paid Planner Apps



It’s a little digital planner with a hell of a kick. Planbella is a minimal calendar app that brings your bullet journal to life. In this daily planner app, you can organise events, tasks and make notes in bullet- style too (with the satisfaction of crossing out errands which they’re done or ticking off jobs when they’re finished). Planbella will also give you a full calendar view and easy navigation between the months and all your busy days as well.

Planner Pro

Cost $32.99

Whip your life into shape with the ultimate daily calendar. We vibe Planner Pro because she’s the Lizzo of all planning apps—you can’t not love her. Whether you need a one-stop shop for planning all your next WIPs and meetings, or you’ve just started your first semester at uni and you need a clear plan of attack to tackle several Philosophy essays, Planner Pro has got your back. Alongside fully planning out the next few weeks of your life (with boozy brunches and weekend hikes) you can also keep tabs on current things you need to do and track tasks by project, subtask and status. Sound snazzy? That’s because it is.



For those out there looking for nothing less than an “award-winning” app—look no further than Fantastical. His easy to use digital planner trumps all others with its extra features like natural language parsing, weather forecast, event and task templates, custom alert sounds, the ability to add attachments to events on iCloud, Google and Exchange, add stickers, plus a whole heap of accessibility support.


Cost: $5.99

If it’s the simple pleasures you love in life, MinamaList is the life planner app with your name on it. This simple digital planner app clocks a to-do list, reminders, a checklist and a task manager that helps you to get things done. You can also share your lists with others (a game-changer), customise your notification sounds, your font and background. You can definitely cop this one for free but if you want all the features, you’ll want to dive into the year subscription.

Free Planner Apps


To live and breathe organisation as if it were oxygen, Timepage by Moleskine Studio is your jam. Clapped in for its intuitive design, this effortless free planner app will no doubt power you through some of the most productive days of your life (no exaggeration). Timepage is a smart calendar which sports an uncluttered design which gives you access to glance and scroll your week ahead. It also features a “heatmap” that instantly shows you when your schedule is getting a bit busy and shows you when you’re most free.

Artful Agenda

Procrastinators at heart will turn a new leaf with Artful Agenda. As one of the best daily planner apps you could treat yourself to, Artful Agenda makes planning fun (we know, shocking). This one syncs to your digital calendars, spits out inspirational quotes to keep you on top of your organisation game, gives you planning stickers, tracks your water intake (a must) and even has a section where you can identify daily priority tasks.

Smart Diary Student Planner

Every student needs a planner to stay on top of life’s general curveballs ie. working your deadlines in and around procrasti—binging Netflix. Smart Diary Student Planner lets you add specific homework tasks and tests, manage your absences, manage your weekly timetable and grades and set goals. There’s also a handy little section for time management which lets you assign tasks a certain time frame to complete.

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Image credit: Luis Villasmil

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