A5 VS Personal Size Planners

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Hey friend! Welcome back or just welcome if this is your first time visiting. Today we are comparing A5 vs personal size planners, so if you are trying to decide on a ring bound planner size, this post is for you. I also filmed a video comparison, which you can check out below if you are interested. Also, be sure to check out my post on the best ring bound planners if you are looking for a great planner binder to use year after year.

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So when we ask which is better- a5 or personal size, it is all really a matter of personal preference. However, there are a few main differences we can talk about when you are choosing what size planner to purchase to create your planner system.

a5 vs personal size planner inserts

Here’s the comparison video I made for Youtube-

Room to write

First, it comes down to writing space. Depending on how much space you need, you can choose between a personal or A5 size planner. A5 is going to give you much more space to write. Personal is going to have less space for writing, but may come with some other advantages depending on your planner situation.

For A5 size planners, you can get either A5 size inserts (5.83 x 8.27 inches) or Half Letter inserts (5.5 x 8.5 inches). You can see a comparison of these different sizes in my A5 VS Half Letter post.

Personal size inserts measure 3.75 x 6.75 inches.

Ring size

When comparing the planners we can see that the A5 planner has much more space on the rings, since they are larger than the rings inside the personal size planner. An A5 is going to hold more inserts. This can also mean that the A5 planner is bigger, bulkier, and heavier to carry.


That brings us to how portable these planners are. The personal size is going to be so much more portable than the A5. I feel like if you need to take the planner on the go, and writing space isn’t as important, the personal size is perfect. Or, if you are looking for a planner to leave on your desk with lots of space to write, the A5 would be best.

I think that the space to write is a bigger factor for me than how it carries. I don’t work outside of the home, but when I did I carried a pretty large bag for all of my stuff that would have fit an A5 just fine, if necessary. I prefer the larger planner and would be willing to bring it with me, if needed.

However, this all comes down to your personal preference. I hope that this comparison is helpful if you are trying to choose between a5 vs personal size planners. If you have questions about any differences, leave them in the comments.

I do also have some tips for setting up both of these sized planners-

Setting up an A5 size planner

How to set up a personal size planner

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