I am a planner addict, in case you couldn't tell. I LOVE planners, and I truly feel like I'd be lost without mine! I've been hearing about Emily Ley's Simplified Planner for quite some time (it's one of the planners my busy mom readers seem to be most interested in!), so I shamelessly contacted the folks at emilyley.com and asked for a planner to review, and they sent one to me. So here is my honest review of this simplified (but still gorgeous) planner. Since I homeschool, I wanted to review the Academic Daily Edition for 2016/2017.
First, I have to say that I love the colors. LOVE them. Just looking at the stripes made me happy when I pulled it out of the box. Then I noticed that the design of this planner is actually named “Happy Stripe.” Then I decided that I needed another cup of coffee because my observational skills are sad this morning.
(Quick note about the image above: remember the whole black dress/gold dress online debate that went viral? The text box on the planner of the cover is gold, and so is the text inside, but when I took this picture it looked black in the photo. Two of my kids insist that it's black, but it's not. Weird, right? Does it look black or gold to you?)
This is the cute yearly spread on the inside pages of the planner. I haven't finished mapping out our school year yet, but I'll be hi-lighting school weeks and vacation weeks in different colors. I also underline weeks that I'm taking off of work (unfortunately, those are few and far between). There is also a handy page of major holidays immediately following these calendar pages.
That's it! Can you tell I'm a fan of this one? I have several planner reviews coming up, but this was my favorite so I wanted to review the Simplified Planner first. This is definitely an excellent choice if you're a minimalist, or even if you are crazy busy and need to keep track of things without getting too overwhelmed. I think this has just enough space to meet my needs without getting chaotic.
- beautiful colors
- beautiful fonts
- smaller size (according to emilyley.com, it's 6.75 x 9 inches – 7.75 x 9″ including binding)
- simplified format
- bucket list planning page
- great year spread
- thick, high-quality paper
- weekend prep pages
- no customization ( I don't really mind this at all)
- no extra planning pages (if you love filling out lots of planning pages, this planner may not be for you)
- only a few note pages
How I'm using this planner: The To Do List is perfect to keep track of daily cleaning tasks, work To Dos, homeschool projects, and more. The Simplified hourly spaces make it easy for my favorite way of staying organized – sticking to a time blocking routine. After I've filled in our appointments and commitments, I'll block out 4 hours for work, 1 hour for exercise, several hours for school, 2 hours for quiet time in the afternoon, meal times, and other major activities in the day.