We’ve all heard of the common holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but have you heard of National Planner Day? If you are an avid planner or want to start being more productive and organized, this article is for you.

Every year people come together to celebrate their planners, the benefits of using a planner and each other. Keep reading if you’re ready to find out more about the national holiday and how you can get involved.

The history of the planner 

A version of the modern-day planner has been used since our Founding Fathers. Even George Washington used a diary to keep track of his days. Robert Aitken is credited with the first planner in 1773.

However, it didn’t become popular until the 1850s. In the 1900s, a man by the name of John Wanamaker added a store catalog to the daily planner for store owners. In 2018, the planners all over celebrated Planner Day as a national holiday.

Reasons to have a planner 

A planner will help keep you organized and can even improve your health. Don’t forget to schedule time for a workout or a walk around the block.

Having your schedule laid out will help relieve stress. Sometimes there’s no way around a busy schedule, but you don’t want to run out of time to complete a task because you failed to schedule your day.

It’s also a great place to keep records. If you forget when your last dentist appointment was, you have your planner for reference.

A day planner is also great for keeping yourself accountable. Checking off your tasks as you go will also help you feel a sense of accomplishment.

As technology improves, digital planners are becoming more popular, but unlike your phone or computer, a paper planner won’t crash or run out of battery. Technology issues could cause you to lose all your data on your phone and you’ll be scrambling to figure out your appointment times and schedule.

Mid year planners

Mid-year planners may seem odd but starting a planner in June has its benefits. Some people’s years don’t start on January 1; teachers, students, and parents of students start their years in August. Starting a planner in June or July is great for college students who are taking summer classes and need to map out their schedules.

People who start their businesses midway through the year could also benefit from a mid-year calendar. These planners are called academic calendars. They often come with references for students, too.

January planners 

January is used as a fresh start for most people. Motivation to get organized is high and it’s a great time to get a planner. It can be useful for mapping out the entire year. You can add birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays all at once.

If you are a student or your child is a student, starting with a January calendar means you have to get a new calendar in the middle of the school, which could make it frustrating and confusing.

18-month planners 

18-month planners are great for anyone who likes to plan in advance. They usually start in the summer so they are great for students.

However, there is a pretty good chance you’ll get tired of using one planner for that long.

When Is National Planner Day?

You may be asking yourself, “when is National Planner Day?” Well, it’s on August 1. A day where the planner community comes together to celebrate how planning and organizing have changed their lives. A day where men, women, and students share their stories of productivity.


Q: How do I get involved in the planner community? 

A: There are events throughout the year that you can attend if you’re looking to learn and connect with people. If you don’t have time on your calendar to attend a seminar, you can easily find people in the community online.

There are many Facebook groups that are specific to certain states. There are also companies you can work with as a planner enthusiast as an influencer or as an ambassador.

Q: What are the benefits of being a part of the planner community?

A: Being a part of the community will keep you motivated. There may be days when you don’t feel like writing in your planner, but talking to someone in the community that knows how hard it can be will help encourage you.

It can be a great place to make friends with like-minded people. If you’re looking for inspiration, the planner community will be there to give you new ideas.

Q: How can I personalize my planner?  

A: Personalizing your planner is the fun part. Many people in the community use stickers, colored pens, and highlighters to customize their planners and keep themselves organized.

Q: How can I celebrate National Planner Day?

A: There are many ways you can celebrate National Planner Day. You may want to celebrate on your own, sit down at your table and flip through your planner and see everything you’ve accomplished. You can take time to reflect on your progress and productivity.

You can simply celebrate by following your scheduling and crossing off your tasks as you go. If you collect or keep your planners from previous years, pull them out and reminisce.

If you don’t have a planner, what better day to get one than August 1? Find a planner that works best for you and start by planning. You can also use hashtags like #nationalplannerday and #nationalplannerday2022 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to show off your new planner.


The Passion Planner participates in the national holiday celebration by offering free resources to people. They have blog posts, free printable calendars, and so much more. The Planner Wire has many events and educational posts that they use to celebrate National Planner Day on August 1 and every day.

Participate in National Planner Day

If you’ve never heard of National Planner Day or don’t participate in it you’re missing out. Every year hundreds of people take to social media to share their day planners.

Having an organized life can be so beneficial and is something to be proud of. Plan to celebrate Planner Day this year on August 1 along with other people all over the nation. Check out Sprout Social for planning resources.