In the last 3 years, I’ve tried 3 different planners and I’ve loved and disliked some things about each one. Today I want to share about these 3 popular brands and how to pick a planner that best meets your needs. It’s not too late to get a planner for the year as most planners are currently on sale! When picking a planner you need to know what your needs are before buying. Do you have a lot of appointments to keep track of? Do you need a space for lists? Would you like it to fit in your purse? Do you want to be able to customize it to your needs? These questions will help you determine what planner best suits your day to day needs. While there are a variety of options in the planner world, I’ve outlined my top 3 picks below in an infograph and then go on further explaination below!
Erin Condren: This was the first expensive planner I ever bought! The feature I love the most is the weekly and monthly vertical spread. Erin Condren also offers horizontal and hourly layouts. There are numerous cover options, personalization, coil colors, and colorful or neutral page color schemes. These options let you make your planner customizable to your personality. Other ways to let your personality shine through is by adding dashboards and stickers to your planner. The downside to this planner is that the contents inside are set. For those who like more flexibility in customizing the inside of their planners this may not be the best option for you. If you enjoy personalization and lots of white space to jot down plans and notes this may be a great fit for you. This is a strudy durable planner that can fit a variety of needs.
Emily Ley Simplified Planner: I loved the idea of decorating my Erin Condren but that became stressful after awhile. After that, I decided I just wanted something stress free but still beautiful. The Simplified Planner has a beautiful streamlined layout that comes in a daily or hourly spread. I chose the daily which is broken down hourly and has a to-do list. While I loved the beauty and ease of the planner my schedule just did not meet the needs of a daily. If I were to go back to an Emily Ley planner I would definitely try the weekly. If you are someone who enjoys making a to-do list and has a busy daily schedule this may be the planner for you. (currently all Emily Ley planners are sold out with new ones launching May 2nd!)
Happy Planner: This is what I am currently using and am loving! I am currently using a mini happy planner. The happy planner comes in 3 sizes: Mini, Classic, and Big. Everything about the happy planner is completely customizable. Different size discs give you the extra space to add different pages and inserts. I’ve added budget sheets and notebook paper to make the planner work for me. Pages easily pop in and out for easy writing. Create 365 also sells a hole punch separately that gives you the freedom to punch whatever papers you’d like and pop it right in your planner. If you are someone who likes to create your own layouts I would choose a happy planner in one of the 3 sizes that best suits your needs. (Happy Planners are currently 50% off at Michael’s)