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Top 2023 Planner, Notebook or Diary To Kick-Start Your Year

The season of getting a new planner is here again! In 2023, we are all looking towards a brand new year with lots of traveling and activities. But have you ever thought about how a planner can change your life? If not, then it's time to take a look at how this little tool can completely transform your perspective in life.

Cityluxe has curated a list of top brand recommendations (or collections) of planners, notebooks, and diaries to suit your needs this coming year, 2023. Brands such as TRAVELER's notebook, Jibun Techo, Leuchtturm1917, and many more are back with their new exciting lineups for 2023. If you are still wondering about which journal or planner to purchase for yourself, allow us to help you with the best planners for your needs in the upcoming year; here's our list!

1. TRAVELER'S notebook 2023

Traveler's Notebook 2023 Traveler's Cafe

Each year, TRAVELER'S COMPANY announces a theme for all their planner refills and creates special accessory refills that go along with the theme. It was announced last August that the Traveler's theme for 2023 is TRAVELER'S CAFE, an imaginary cafe created by TRAVELER'S COMPANY to remind us that a good cup of coffee in a cafe can be appreciated no matter where you are.

If you love coffee or tea and enjoy a cozy vibe, then you're sure to enjoy this series and have a relaxing time with your favorite drink and notebook.

The set consists of a Customised Sticker Set, Clear Folder and Plastic Sheet! 

Variation: Regular Size Refill 2023 Weekly + MemoTRAVELER'S COMPANY Notebook Refill 2023 Monthly ViewTRAVELER'S notebook Refill 2023 Weekly Vertical TypeTRAVELER'S notebook Passport Size Refill 2023 WeeklyTRAVELER'S notebook Passport Size Refill 2023 Monthly

Besides diary refills, TRAVELER'S notebook released some limited accessories that can be used with your notebook.

Limited Accessories Variation: 
TRAVELER'S notebook Regular Size Clear Folder 2023TRAVELER'S notebook Passport Size Clear Folder 2023,  TRAVELER'S notebook Customized Sticker Set for Diary 2023 TRAVELER'S notebook Passport Size Plastic Sheet 2023TRAVELER'S notebook Plastic Sheet 2023

Cityluxe's Review

  • Great all-in-one kind of notebook product that has high utility and flexibility
  • Narrower than regular A5 size which makes it an excellent hand-size notebook that can be brought with you wherever you go. Suited for traveling!
  • Suitable for people that love keeping more than 1 notebook but want to combine them together.

2. Leuchtturm1917 2023Leuchtturm1917 2023 Planners

There's a reason why Leuchtturm1917 remains an absolute favourite among planners; this brand has a reputation for excellent craftsmanship and high-quality materials. Once you get your hands on this planner, you know that you'll be writing with luxurious quality. They have several features that make them stand out among other brands. Designed to enhance the writing experience by offering a variety of colors, paper styles, as well as excellent paper! 

Leuchtturm1917 planners come in different formats and NEW colors so people can choose what suits their needs. The company has different model variants on their planners that help with organization. You can choose between a daily or weekly planner, depending on your own preference. The daily planner gives you enough space for detailed planning—each day gets its own page from 7 AM - 10 PM, even Saturdays and Sundays. The weekly planner is a twelve-month weekly planner with a three-year overview, project planner, phases of the moon and international holidays, detachable sheets for notes, and a booklet for anniversaries and addresses; labels for filing and archiving are also included to help you keep things organized.

Leuchtturm1917 is a popular brand among bullet journalers, and we like their Bullet Journal Edition 2 collection the best! Bullet Journal Edition 2 is the classic notebook redefined—with a new layout, and new features printed on our new beautifully-formulated and sustainably-sourced 120 g/m²dot-grid paper. They have recently chosen a new colour for Edition 2 of the Bullet Journal. Blue22, which is a wonderful improvement that harmonizes perfectly with the previous colours Black and Blush.

Available Colours: 
Blue22 (New)BlackBlush

Cityluxe Review

  • Fountain pen lovers and heavy-duty markers or watercolor users will love the 120gsm thick paper as Leuchtturm1917 caters to such users.
  • Great for those who want to get started with bullet journaling, with the help of dot grid paper, markings that divide the pages, and index pages while still giving the freedom to use it how you want to.
  • The bonus sticker set—featuring days of the week, months, and much more—is great for archiving and labeling.

    3. Kokuyo Jibun Techo Days 2023Kokuyo Jibun Techo Planners

    To manage your time effectively, you need to plan your time and schedule your goals. The Kokuyo Jibun Techo is a great planner that will organize all the information you have in your day-to-day life. They have different formats for planning out your days, setting goals, tracking progress, and keeping daily records. 

    The Kokuyo Jibun Techo Days make it easy and fun to record your day schedule. It consists of hourly trackers and weekly lists to help you focus one day at a time. It comes in two 6-month booklets. One is for the beginning of the year, and the other is for the second half. This way, you can carry it around easily. Plus, it has lightweight 52gsm thin paper that is bleed- through resistant as Tomoe River paper but slightly more textured which pairs well with graphite. 

    Available Sizes: 
    B6 SizeA5 Size

    Aside from Kokuyo Jibun Techo Days, you can choose another lineup of your preference: Standard, Biz, and Lite. Jibun Techo Standard Diary has a unique format to help you plan your schedule and have an additional space to track your goals, reflections, etc. Jibun Techo Biz planners focus on personal and business planning and are designed with cool colours to match business settings. The Jibun Techo Lite lets you manage your time and projects with its weekly vertical pages, 24-hour timeline, and Gantt chart. It's the simplified version of the Jibun Techo Diary.

    Kokuyo Jibun Techo Standard First Kit And Mini Sizes and Refills:

    First Kit -  (B6 size, A5 size) Diary - (A5 Size) Mini - (B6 Slim)  Refills (B6 Slim Refill,  A5 Slim Refill) 

    Kokuyo Jibun Techo Biz Sizes and Refills:

    Sizes (A5 Size, B6 Size), Refills (A5 Refill)

    Kokuyo Jibun Techo Lite Sizes and Refills:
    Mini (A5 size)

    Cityluxe Review
    • Perfect for people who want to break down their weekly list into daily tasks to help them stay focused and be more productive.
    • The original thin paper of the Kokuyo is strong and bleed through resistant which makes it suitable for writing with various pens.

    4. MD Notebook Diary 2023

    MD Paper

    If you want a paper that is not only excellent for fountain pens but also suited to minimalists, then the MD notebook is the right one for you. It may look simple on the outside, but this notebook is loved by writers, artists, etc. due to its flexibility. This Japanese-made diary was created to provide an enjoyable writing experience using traditional thread-stitched book-binding methods, with papers folded into a bundle and stitched down the spine. The high-quality paper inside has been developed for over 50 years, making it pleasantly smooth, bleed-resistant, feather-resistant, and fountain pen-friendly.

    MD Notebook Diary has monthly schedule pages in block layout, pages of horizontal-ruled notes area that split into a few sections for the weekly schedule, and free blank margins to help you plan your schedule and boost creativity. This diary allows you to chronicle your moments, thoughts, and inspirations, making it the perfect combination of planner and notebook.

    Sizes Available: 
    A5 Thin, B6 Slim, A5 Size

    MD Notebook Diary 1 Day 1 Page is the perfect daily journal for recording your daily tasks and ideas. It comes with tabs printed with the numbers of each month, as well as blank tabs for you to add your section names. If you're a journaling enthusiast, this diary is for you. It holds a lot of pages, so you can write freely without worrying about running out of space.

    Sizes Available: 
    A6 SizeA5 Size

    Cityluxe Review

    • Offers excellent paper quality that easily handles fountain pens and ink fluidity.
    • Best for people who're looking for a perfect balance of structure and freedom to help you get your to-dos done while still allowing room for creativity.

      5. Chai Sunrise Weekly Planner

      Chai Sunrise Weekly Planner

      No matter where your day starts, it can be hard to stay positive and motivated. In fact, our brains have a natural tendency to focus more on negative thoughts than positive ones. Chai Sunrise planners are designed to help you breathe some much-needed peace back into your daily routine.

      Spice up your self-care routine with these weekly planners that are filled with positive writing prompts, helpful tips, and space for creativity. Plus, You know what's even better than cute planners? One that leaves you feeling calm, relaxed, and excited!  This guided weekly planner will help you set goals, form habits, and track your progress toward each goal. What's special about this planner is that it also helps you reconnect with yourself with 6 monthly reflection templates to help gain more control over your emotions—all so you can stay focused! 

      Available Colours:
      Rainforest TreeSummer SkyAutumn LeafSandstoneSakura

      Cityluxe Review

      • Reconnect and discover yourself with its journaling prompts to keep track of your emotions and stay focused.
      • A planner and journal combination, with weekly templates that help you set goals and track your progress.

        6. Filofax A5 Notebook Classic

        Filofax A5 Notebook Classic

        Filofax is the best notebook whether for professional or student because of how flexible they are and how high quality the paper is. There are many types of refills, from ruled to plain to dotted and squared in pretty shades. You can customize your notebook by choosing the one that works best for you!

        Get this Filofax classic in a new, easy-to-personalize format. It's cleverly constructed and allows for flexible personalization by allowing you to easily add, remove or reposition the pages.

        Available Colours: 


        Cityluxe Review

        • A great companion for business meetings, jotting down notes and organizing your schedule. It also works well with fountain pens, so you'll never have to worry about ink bleeding through the paper.
        • If you want to personalise your notebook with removable, repositionable pages and are looking for an option that allows for easy modification, this is the one to go for.

          7. Stalogy Editor's Series 365 Notebook

          Stalogy Editor's Series 365 Notebook

          Another Japanese notebook brand, Stalogy, has been gaining popularity on various social media platforms. Like Hobinichi Techo, it uses lightweight and smooth paper with a subtle 5mm gray grid which makes the paper resistant to bleed-through and feathering and has a more affordable price point. This notebook might look simple, but it's a great all-around notebook to use as a journal, planner, or diary. Each journaler can use it in a variety of ways, as the book contains 368 pages for recording thoughts and daily activities.

          2022 limited colourGrid

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          • It has 368 pages of thin, bleed-resistant paper for you to write on. Whether you want to schedule your day or journal and memory keeping, this planner helps you stay organized.
          • The notebook also features a subtle dot grid printed in gray that helps you focus on your writing!

            8. kāi 2023 Personal Planner

            Kāi 2023 Personal Planner

            If you're looking for a planner that will motivate you to master happiness and give you the confidence that you can do anything, kāi is the right one for you, As this planner brand embodies openness and being free.  Like the cheerful founder Christabel Chua (@bellywellyjelly), her planner radiates positivity and resiliency that will truly inspire journalers.

            Start off your year with this 2023 personal planner that begins each month with a vibrant and inspiring monthly opener, featuring 12 different illustrations and motivational prompts throughout the year. It comes with 160+ stickers to make your day brighter! In addition to that, they have improved the quality of the planner cover and pages to give you the best planner experience.

            Available Colours:

            Cityluxe Review

            • This planner features a weekly gratitude reminder and space for journaling and reflection.
            • It has a daily mood tracker that allows you to monitor your moods throughout the day.
            • Watch out for these 12 monthly designs and motivational prompts to keep you on track throughout the year!

            9. Moleskine Classic Daily Planner 2023

            Moleskine Classic Daily Planner 2023

            Moleskine planners may be on the pricier side, but we believe that these planners are an excellent investment for you if you are looking for a durable and top-quality notebook. Its semi-hard vinyl covers ensure that the notebook is more durable than most other brands. These notebooks also come in a variety of sizes, styles, and types of paper. If you want to organize your day in detail to record reminders, events, and notes, this planner is the one for you. The 12-month planner is formatted to one page per day to keep track of everything that you do.

            Available Colours: 
            Black, Scarlet Red, Sapphire Blue, Yellow, Orange Yellow

            Cityluxe Review

            • If you need a simple, elegant, good-quality planner, then Moleskine is for you. It is formatted to show one whole page per day, to give you a record of everything you've accomplished within the day.
            • You have a choice in the kind of planner you want—whether it be a soft- or hard-covered one.

            10.Hobonichi Techo Weeks

            Hobonichi Techo is one of the best-selling Japanese daily planners known for its functional features. You might be surprised at how intricate it is! The Hobonichi Weeks planner is a week-per-view planner that comes with bookmarks, a clear pocket for storing notes and sticker sheets, and a serial number to differentiate it from the other planners. The layout offers a weekly calendar on the left page and blank graph paper on the right page, so you can use the planner to plan and add notes to help you stay organized. It uses ultra-thin paper made from Tomoe River, which is "as slim and lightweight as possible" to pair perfectly with all kinds of writing instruments. 

            Hobonichi also offers several other variants, including: 

            Original (1 page per day / A6 Size), Cousin (1 page per day / A5 Size), 5-Year Techo

            Cityluxe Review

            • We love the variety of designs and colors available on each week's book cover which varies from year to year and allows you to express your personality and style.
            • Whether you want to plan ahead for months at a time or just a few days, it's there to guide you with its yearly index to help you with long-term planning and monthly calendars to help with your daily schedule.
            • You can choose the edition that works best for you -  either the Japanese or English version of the planner.

            All of us have different preferences when it comes to designs, as every planner, journal, and diary has a different purpose.  Which is your top pick for the year 2023?


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