I love a good planner. And I've had a good planner for years. I've reviewed Erin Condren's Horizontal and Vertical planners, Plum Paper's Planners, and Erin Condren's Teacher's Manuals (which are perfect for homeschool, by the way!). But I saw a picture of Corie Clark's Purposeful Planner, and it spoke to me. For real. Because my goal is to be intentional and purposeful – with my prayer life, with my devotions, with my kids, with our homeschooling, with work…with everything. So a Purposeful Planner just sounded good. And then when I saw it, I – well, honestly, remember in 2 Samuel when the prophet Nathan tells King David the parable about the lamb? I kind of feel like King David. I have several planners, but I REALLY wanted this one. Fortunately, I didn't have to steal it…I wouldn't steal a planner or anything else, promise! I mainly mention that story because I feel really greedy in my quest to find the perfect planner (and you'll definitely want to see the inside of The Purposeful Planner, so keep reading!).
I contacted Corie Clark and begged politely requested the opportunity to review this planner, and she very kindly and graciously sent one for me to review. So I'm sharing it with you, and comparing it to the new Erin Condren vertical hourly Life Planner, because it was the closest thing I could find. This is a little bit like comparing apples to oranges, because Corie Clark does have a Weekly Planner, not just a Daily Planner, and the Erin Condren planner reviewed here is weekly. But I really wanted you to see these gorgeous planners, so I'm just going for it anyway. 🙂 If you are a big weekly overview kind of person, you may want to buy a Corie Clark Purposeful Weekly Planner, with one of these notepads to use everyday….it's just an idea! This is The Purposeful Planner Review vs. The Erin Condren Hourly Planner Review…and personally, The Purposeful Planner is the winner for me as a homeschool mom, but both of these planners have great options for everyone and I can wholeheartedly recommend both.
As always, I did a very detailed review with LOTS of pictures (which are not all uniformly sized, because I am not a uniform kind of person. And because I couldn't figure out how to make the pictures all exactly the same size). My planner reviews are always too wordy, so I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I have notes below each photo, then pros and cons of both at the very bottom.
NOTE: In this review, I jump back and forth a bit between the two planners. It's easy to tell which is which because The Purposeful Planner is black and white, and the Erin Condren Life Planner is in color. But just in case, please note that my notes are BELOW each photo and explain which planner I'm looking at and the details you'll find inside. Let's get started:
Those are the photos, now here are the pros and cons of both:
The Purposeful Daily Planner
Durable, very pretty cover (2 options available, plus a leather cover option)
Excellent year goal-setting questions and sections to write in
Meal Planning and Budget worksheets before the start of every month
AMAZING daily planning sheets with tons of room to write, top 3 tasks section, menu section, water intake, prayer and praise, etc.
Durable, quality paper
Excellent quality overall
Corie Clark is a mom, and she GETS IT. I feel like The Purposeful Planner is my planner wish list come to life. This is everything I need as a homeschool mom and business owner. I especially love that it includes everything that I normally write in to my Erin Condren Life Planners.
A bit too heavy to carry in a purse
No color (although black and white pages might be a plus for people who like to decorate)
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Any codes for The Purposeful Planner?
I’m sorry, but they didn’t give me a code. I wish I had one to share! I’ll keep in touch and if they give me one I’ll make sure I pass it on to you!
Love the planner! Thanks for the review and for squaring it against the ECLP! I was going to buy a Corie Clark but the dailies are out of stock! Bummer!
What planner did you decide on keeping for long time use? I currently use homeschool planner online, I really like it but I think I am more of tangible book type person. It tracks time and grades but I don’t use it much and have a hard time really “Planning” with it. Thank you for the review and all your helpful information!
I use the Purposeful Planner every day, and I love it. It’s the longest I’ve gone without any desire to switch planners, and helps me organize my days so much better. I use an Erin Condren Teacher Planner for lessons, though, and that’s working really well for us. I did a review of the Teacher Planner here if you want to see what it looks like up close. https://thewellplannedkitchen.com/2015/07/10/homeschool-lesson-planner-review-erin-condren-teachers-lesson-planner