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I am a planner person. I like to write things down, and checking things off my to-do list as I do them. It makes me feel like I have accomplished more in a day when I can check something off a list.
I found a planner company about 5 years ago that I absolutely adored. I wrote in and used the same type of planner for 2 years in a row and thought I would never switch. It was when I had my daughter that I started falling off using my planner as often as I used to. I used it some, but not daily like I had before. And yet even though I barely used it I still ordered one every year.
Now, I am not one to say negative things about companies so I won’t name the planner company I was using before. They are great planners and they worked for me once, they just don’t work for me in this point in my life right now. After having my second child I fell off the planner wagon all together and in my 2017 planner I have written down 5 things. 5 things total. A few months ago I decided to look for a new planner that would better fit my needs in this season of life.
I had certain criteria that I was looking to meet when picking a new planner. It had to be simple, and for me that meant color coordination, clean lines, and space to accommodate my large handwriting. It needed to be on the somewhat smaller side as I wanted something I could keep in my purse but wouldn’t take up the entire thing. But it couldn’t be too small, because I needed to be able to read it of course! It had to be durable, because kids. And if possible, I wanted it to be pretty. First world problems I know, but who doesn’t like pretty things? It makes you want to use things more, at least for me personally!
All of this sounded like easy criteria to meet, but there are THOUSANDS of planners out there! And they are all great and worked for so many other people, but it was information overload for me when I was trying to narrow it down to one planner. Earlier this year I read Emily Ley’s Grace Not Perfection. I loved the book so much I started following Emily’s Facebook page. I had no idea that she had this wonderful line of planners that her book was actually inspired by called the Simplified Planner. So I decided to go to her website and check them out.
Looking at this planner on the website I immediately knew it was for me. The title is “Simplified Planner”, if that wasn’t a sign that I needed it in my life. There are two versions of this planner, the daily and weekly planner. The weekly planner gives a general overview of the entire day, versus the daily planner gives a very detailed breakdown of each day by hour. At this point in my life I don’t need to account for every hour of the day, so I decided to go with the weekly planner. I thought it would be fun to take a few pictures and show you what it looks like inside!
Such a pretty little planner, I picked the Fancy Floral print and I adore it. That beautiful navy blue box underneath? That is what it arrived in. I am a sucker for pretty packaging, and this is already a perfect gift in my opinion all you would have to do is put a bow on this! This planner is not only pretty, but very durable. It is the side of a hardcover book as well as the durability of a hardcover book. And the edges are reinforced as well, which is genius because edges get damaged so quickly and can in turn damage pages. So far this planner is already meeting two of my criteria, pretty and durable.
When you open the planner, on the first page there is a spot to put your name. On the next page you will find a note from Emily, but the next few pages are my personal favorites of the planner. Emily Ley is all about simplifying, and on this page she encourages you to simplify your life and recognize daily the things that matter.
On the pages after this, there is a spread with the usual overview of the year along with a list of 2018 major holidays. The next page, a personalized 2018 Bucket List.
In addition to a list maker and planner enthusiast, I find if I don’t write down my goals for the year I either won’t remember what they are. Or I don’t have something to come back to for inspiration or some way to track my progress. I was challenged last year by a friend to write down my goals so I have something to look at to remind myself of what I am working toward and I love how it held me accountable. The fact that this was in my planner, and in the front, is a great way for me to make sure it isn’t loss and something I can look at throughout the year and update as the year progresses.
Very simple layout for the monthly overview, there is enough room on the days to mark important things and room on the left to make any notes. My favorite part you might not see right away, but it’s on the top of the right page. It’s a Simplicity Tip, and they are on every monthly layout of the planner. In the first 8 pages of this planner I am being encouraged and reminded to simplify my life. I am also being challenged, which I actually love. Being challenged to have goals and being reminded of what I am working toward is very rewarding for me personally.
So, this is what the week layout looks like in the weekly planner. Very simple, and each day of the week is a different color which I love. Each day also has a little box to write your meal in for the day which is definitely going to help me with meal planning! Saturday and Sunday have the least amount of space to write, which I am fine with because those are the days I am spending with my family. Every Sunday there is a check list of simple reminders to help get you mentally prepared and refreshed for the week ahead. Again, I love how encouraging it is and it challenges me to prepare for the week ahead so I won’t get too overwhelmed.
At the end of the planner there is about 20 pages worth of space to write notes, lists, reminders, or whatever you decide! I love that it has so much room for this so I can have everything in once space. Did I mention yet that it also comes with stickers?!
So there you have it! A sneak peek at this wonderful planner and what I love so much about it. It met all of my personal criteria and I cannot wait to start filling it in (more than I already have!). So I don’t seem too bias, I would say the only thing this planner doesn’t have that I wish it did is a place to put a pen. Because the weekly planner is hardbound like a book, there’s no coil (which was a big sell for me, I am not a plan of coil bound planners) so I can’t just put a pen in there. This wasn’t a huge deal for me because I keep a pen in my purse, but just something to keep in mind!
I love love love this planner and can’t say enough wonderful things about it! You can find them here, and you can also take a look around at the daily planner which may work perfectly for you! They have so many cute designs for both the weekly and daily planners, it was hard for me to choose which pattern I wanted. If you haven’t yet, I would also check out her book Grace Not Perfection that I also loved (you can find that here). That book ties in with her mission for these planners so wonderfully, and I plan to re-read the book at the beginning of 2018 so I can refocus on simplifying even more in the new year.
I also have to let you know that these will be ON SALE Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, so if you have been wanting to buy one this discount is *huge* and something Emily maybe does twice a year. I will share more details on that tomorrow on my Facebook page here.
Do you have an Emily Ley Simplified Planner? If so I would love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below if you have one, or what your favorite planner is!