Paper planners. Pretty old school, right? Today, most people I know keep their day planning on the calendar in their phone. I tried that and it lasted all of two seconds. I don’t know what it is, but I have to physically write things down. I mean, for me, there is nothing better than a pretty blank page and a fabulous pen. Not to mention that writing it down kinda cements an event in my brain where a phone note does no such thing. I’m not alone here, am I?
All that to say, I love me a good paper planner. I get a new one every year and it’s one of the most exciting purchases I make. And there are quite a few good ones out there, it turns out (so I must not be alone in my writing-things-down obsession). In fact, there are so many great choices that I’m just not sure which one to go with this year. I seem to have whittled my options down to three finalists. Maybe you can help me decide?
Pros: If you like a personalized planner, you can’t get better than this. Every year, there are a ton of options for colorful, fun covers that you can personalize with a name or initials or photos. On the inside, this planner is jam-packed with colorful planner pages. Each two-page spread is an entire week so I love how I can plan and see my whole week at a glance. The monthly tabs are wide and durable. The planner comes with a lot of fun extras like stickers and a plastic “bookmark” to keep your place. The cover and coil are super durable.
Cons: All the color in this planner is getting to be too much for me. A little too childish, I guess. Also, all the extras, like the stickers, are useless. I just don’t have time or inclination to be decorating my weekly planning pages with stickers. Although I love seeing my whole week at a glance, I feel like there’s not a whole lot of room to write down to-do’s and notes, which I do a lot.
The Life Planner is the planner I’ve used for three years. I have loved this planner. But I feel like I need to move on to something a little different. More sophisticated, maybe? More simple? Which leads me to my next two options:
Pros: Pretty simplified planner. Each page is a day, so there’s plenty of room to write my schedule, to-do’s and notes. Simple tabs separate the months. Apparently, there are some type of life-coaching and goal setting pages in the front to help plan long term. I love the sophistication of the design and that it’s not plastic.
Cons: I’m not sure how I feel about each page being a day. It will be harder for me to look at my week at a glance. Also, I don’t really need to schedule every single day…I don’t go to meetings or have conference calls. I’m a mom…sometimes we just sit around and watch Mickey Mouse and I certainly don’t need to write that down. There are also several boxes in the daily page that I know I’d never use (like “Dollars,” “Daily Gratitude,” and “Due”).
Pros: Very simple–down to the nuts and bolts. Each page is a day and has only four sections: Today, To Do, Dinner and Notes. Colorful tabs separate the months. Very pretty covers and a small pocket in the front to keep loose paper or a small notebook. I’ve read that the pages are thicker, which is good because I like to use pretty colored pens and I don’t want them to bleed through the pages. Mostly, I love that it’s exactly what I need and nothing more.
Cons: Again, I’m not sure how I feel about the daily pages. I’m concerned there would be a lot of wasted pages that I don’t fill with a schedule (the To Do sections will be full every day, knowing me).
Anyone out there have experience with these planners and want to give me your opinion? I’d love to hear it! Which one do you think I should choose?