13 Jan 2016

Emily Ley 2016 Simplified Planner Review

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m a paper goods addict, and that includes planners. I LOVE planners, and have been getting one every year since high school. I’m 24 now and after (literal) months of debating, I decided to go ahead and purchase Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner.

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I purchased my first Emily Ley planner in 2014 for my first year of freelance writing. That version was gorgeous, but super big to tote around, but since I *thought* I would be working from home mostly, I was okay with the size. I started going back to work and since I wasn’t doing as many articles day to day and had more of a set schedule, I didn’t use it as much. I’m rough on my planners and after a while, the band popped and the binding came loose, and I had to stop using it completely.

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From there, I purchased the Lilly Pulitzer agenda (which I reviewed here) which was completely adorable but just didn’t have what I was looking for, other than size. It was only available in a weekly format, and it didn’t have enough room for me to plan how I wanted. I’m getting back into freelance/manuscript writing this year and really missed the daily format.  It helps me focus on tasks from a day-to-day basis instead of thinking about everything I have to do all week at once.

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So like I said before, I decided on the Daily Version of the Simplified Planner in the Mint Dot style. I had the Navy Dot version last time, and I was contemplating between the Happy Stripe and Mint Dot this time. Before I made my decision on whether or not I was even going to by the Simplified Planner again, the Happy Stripe sold out completely, so the choice was made for me.

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I was looking at a ton of different planners (my best friend and I would send each other suggestions all day!) but I knew I wanted to go back to the Simplified Planner. No other planner really had what I was looking for in terms of a daily format, and I’ve already bought more than a few things from the Emily Ley shop, so I trusted the quality, especially since this planner promised new binding!

I decided to go ahead and purchase the planner when Emily released a code for free shipping, which really helped knock down the price!

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Like I said, I love this planner for it’s daily format. There’s a page dedicated to each day, with a schedule from 6am-9pm on one side and a to-do list on the other, along with a space to meal plan and a notes section. I also love the fact that each page has an inspirational quote at the top!

The weekend pages are a bit different, with Saturday and Sunday sharing a page and no schedule. However, there’s a space for a “Weekly Checklist” in the Sunday section, with things like “Meal Prep for the week” and “Tidy up for a clean slate” already filled in.

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I was really excited about getting my Simplified Planner and comparing it to my old one. One thing I really love about this new planner is the size! It’s perfect for toting around in my bag for days when I have to go to the office. I think it’s cute and compact, especially to be a daily planner! I also love the quality of the pages in the new one, and the new binding. It’s more sturdy and I don’t think I have to worry about the binding unraveling in the new planner.

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2016 Simplified Planner (left) and 2015 Simplified Planner (right)
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2016 Simplified Planner (left) and 2015 Lilly Pulitzer Planner (right)

I also really love the keepsake box that the planner came in. It’s perfect for receipts, letters, and etc.


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All in all, I love this planner and I’m excited about using it this year. I still haven’t been using the schedule side as much, but I plan to use that side for appointments, meetings, dinner dates and things that I actually need to set a TIME to do, or I might skip out on (like laundry). I love the daily quotes and the dinner slot because it helps me keep track of my new “diet”.

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I recommend it for someone who wants to focus on their schedule one day at a time and doesn’t like to get overwhelmed with all of the whistles and bells of planners. I’m not going to lie, this planner is a bit pricey, but I consider a planner an investment because I use it all year. I chose Emily Ley’s because I love her “Simplified” mantra and have been a longtime follower of her brand.

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Do you have a Simplified Planner? Would you get one? What planner are you using now? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat with fellow #planneraddicts out there!


*This post is not sponsored! I purchased the Simplified Planner with my own money. 

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