Planner Talk

Friday, July 29, 2016

My name is Abbey, and I'm addicted to planners and all things happy and organized. 

Phew, that felt good to get that off of my chest. 

Yesterday after buying my fourth planner of the year clearly ignoring the fact that it's only July I decided that however hard I've been trying to deny it, I just have to accept the fact that I do have a problem. It's a problem that costs money. It's a problem that takes time (moving all important dates from one planner to another), and it's a problem that I just can't avoid any longer. 

In all fairness it is that time of year when all the new July-July planners come out instead of the January-December ones, so of course I needed one four of them. 

Anyway, today I thought I'd share with you what I've liked and disliked about my most recent planner purchases to save you the hassle of having to buy four before you're really happy with the one you've got. Let's get started, shall we?

#1 Day Designer by Whitney English 
Pros// 

1. I love the cover design. It's like a chic dalmatian print (is that a thing?) And the gold coil is a surprisingly pretty accent although I usually am more of a silver girl. 

2. There are tons of pages! This planner has an hourly layout that allows you to really plan your days out to the last minute. 

Cons//

1. Because there are so many pages, this planner is really heavy and a little inconvenient for everyday use. 

2. All of the pages are blank and white, which works for a lot of people. I prefer a planner that is a little more colorful and fun. But this one did make me feel like I needed to get right down to business!

3. I bought this one at full price for $59 dollars, which went to waste a little bit because after a couple of months I was already looking for a new one. 

#2 Erin Condren Life Planner

Pros // 

1. These planners are totally customizable. From the cover, to the layout there's not much you can't fit to your own style. 

2. They are so colorful! Each month is color coded to something different. 

3. They have a bunch of different add-ons for their planners which can help to even further customize your planner experience. 

4. The planner includes a little pocket for all of your things, as well as a small bag in the back for pens and extra papers. That is really helpful. 

Cons // 

1. These planners are also a little expensive if purchased at full price. However, I bought mine during a sale and only paid $25 dollars which was totally worth it. 

2. The planner includes some clip-ins (like a bookmark for your pages) but taking it in and out of the planner messes up the clip-in parts and eventually you can't use them anymore. 

#3 Create 365 - The Happy Planner 

Pros// 

1. This being my most recent planner purchase (I bought it yesterday) I'm most partial to this one right now. First and foremost I love the cover options, just as I loved the others! They had a few different designs and options which were all so cute. 

2. It was only $25 dollars (including a pack of stickers and binder clips) at Michaels because there was a 50% off coupon. 

3. It is an 18 month planner. That's crazy to me, it goes all the way until next December. 

4. It's not heavy, even with as far as it goes. 

5. Each month has the cutest little quotes at the beginning along with including pages for goals, and a "currently" section for each month. 

Cons// 

1. I don't love the coils (they're plastic) and it makes it a little difficult to turn the pages. 

2. There were things I loved about each different design and I wish I could have just put them all together into one planner. Although this one ultimately ended up being the one I was most happy with so it's what I decided on. 

What is your favorite planner right now? What do you look for in a planner design? 

2 comments:

  1. I do love planners, I need to get a new one though!

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  2. I'm a planner addict too! The last 2 years I've had a Lilly Pulitzer agenda, but this year I've switched to The Simplified Planner! The Lilly was fun and colorful, but the Simplified has everything in a planner that I want. Each day has it's own page that includes an hourly breakdown, to do list, a spot for meal planning and extra room for notes. And each week ends with a happy memory section as well as a next week prep list. It's great!
    -Kristen
    www.pugsandpearls.com

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