Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet Emily, Planner Enthusiast

Well, it's been a while! Blogging had to take the backseat for a while - I think it's safe to say that Spring 2014 was my busiest semester yet! I have a lot of plans for Crazy Scarf Girl, but whether or not they'll be executed is highly debatable since all I do is sit around and watch Supernatural.

It's good to be back, though, because today, I present you a very pressing matter: what is your favorite planner?

In case my URL didn't give it away, I'm actually crazy. One of the things I'm crazy about is planning. If I don't write something down, I will forget. As a result, I've developed a sense of what works and what doesn't, and I know exactly what I want in a planner.

This year, I'm comfortable with investing more in a planner since I use it every single day. (Seriously. Without my planner, I'm lost.) After I narrowed it down to four options, I came up with a list of questions. If you're on the same journey as I am, go ahead and answer the following with your favorite planners:
1. Does it contain the academic year (July 2014-July 2015), or the regular year (ending in December 2015)?
2. Is it lined, or unlined?
3. Is it split into morning/day/evening?
4. Are the Saturday/Sunday blocks the same size as weekdays?
5. Does the planner contain a folder?
6. Does each week have a 2 page spread?
7. How much does it cost?
(I may or may not have made an Excel spreadsheet for this.)

Because I'm a student, I prefer the academic year. To me, the year starts in August and ends in May, and I don't really have a need to plan my summer (yet).

I also like unlined, morning/day/evening blocks. With my old planner from Target, I would write all of my meetings for the day, but it would be out of order. Not gonna lie, I may or may not have missed a meeting because of this. Luckily, the morning/day/evening sections will solve this problem for me!

My favorite planners are from Erin Condren, Plum Paper Designs, May Designs, and Sarah Pinto. My real struggle? Choosing between Erin Condren and Plum Paper Designs. Maybe you can help me out!

Erin Condren Life Planner
$45 with coupon, originally $55

I'm sure you've heard of it - Erin Condren is all over the blogosphere. I absolutely adore the layout and customization, but the only thing holding me back is the price and the fact that I have to purchase more months in order to get the academic year. That, and I would have to purchase a new one starting in January - ugh! That would seriously throw off my flow.

To help with the price, you can sign up with any referral link (mine is here, if you fancy). You get $10 off, and the referrer (me) gets $10 in credit if you make a purchase. Even though I absolutely love it, the cheapskate inside of me doesn't know if I can handle dishing out $45 + shipping on a planner, you know?

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, unlined, morning/day/evening blocks, can be used longer, includes a bunch of extras
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, not the academic year, narrow daily sections


My favorite thing about this planner is that you can customize the 7 different sections. I'd split mine into morning, day, evening, to-do, and leave the remaining 3 for school organizations. Unfortunately, this planner is lined. I've used lined planners in the past, but I feel like it's restricting. And I'm picky. However, if you don't care about whether or not it's lined, this is a great choice if you want to customize your sections!

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, customized sections, academic year
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, lined, narrow daily sections

May Designs Planner

$16.50, Summer Sale

Of my four options, May Designs has the most designs to choose from, and it's the cheapest. This is definitely something I'd use in high school. It's smaller so you can toss it in your purse, but since I rely so heavily on my planner, it doesn't make the cut this year. I'd recommend this one if you want something cute and convenient!

Pros: adorable designs, incredibly customized cover, convenient size, unlined, inexpensive, academic year
Cons: small daily sections, not divided into morning/day/night


This is another one I'd use in high school. It's a convenient size, and it looks like something you'd find at Target. Unfortunately there are only 3 designs, but I like the layout of the weekly spreads. Like the May Designs Planner, I'd recommend this one if you want something convenient.

Pros: convenient size, unlined, academic year, inexpensive
Cons: no customization, not many design choices, not divided into morning/day/night

Phew - that was a lot of analysis, and I still haven't made up my mind! Help me out here - which is your favorite?


  1. Great minds think alike!!! I love that you also posted about planners today. I can't tell you how much of a planner addict I am. Last year I bought TWO planners for this year, and I'm always searching for more. You should definitely check out the Day Designer on Etsy by Whitney English. It's bound to be my next purchase. :)

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I really like the Day Designer - but alas, it is lined, haha. I think I'm going to try a new planner every year, though, so it's in the lineup!

  2. I am crazy about organization and I always carry a planner around in my purse...and another one at home! Usually I use the one in my bag for school/work related things...and the one at home for chores and little errands. I think out of the planners you listed, I like the Erin Condren Life Planner the is a little pricey, but I think it has such cute designs and it looks like it would be worth the money!

    1. Dang, I'd never be able to keep track of more than one paper planner! I like to use Google Calendar alongside my planner. That way, if I don't have my planner with me, I have what I need on my phone!

      Thanks for the suggestion! I think I'm going to get the Erin Condren planner - I figured it's only $3 a month, and definitely worth it since I use it every day.

  3. Emily! Where have you been! I've been waiting for a post from you and continually checking your blog ! I'm so glad your back, as much as I am a planner I'm a crazy lister too! I make lists non stop but I love these planners they're so cute! I'm so happy to seeing you writing again! xoxo

  4. Aww, thank you so much, Britt! It really means a lot :) Glad you like them!

  5. This is such a great (and helpful) post! It's funny how my preferences changed over time too. In college I was all about the moleskin planner but now, as a working women, I try to keep it to my computer with the sticky note app. At least that still gives me the pleasure of (sort of) deleting/crossing off items once they're done :)

    Looking forward to seeing more posts from you!


  6. Oh I love all of these! I don't really need it but sometimes it can come in handy. But to be honest, I can't pick my favorite of those you have listed, they are all a must-have, haha!


  7. Thanks, Kate! And yeah, me too - in high school I was open to anything, but I've gotten so incredibly picky. I'm just glad that I know what works and what doesn't!

  8. I'm May Designs-biased, but I love the inside of the Erin Condren planner, and I love the outside of the Plum Paper Designs Family Planner... too bad they can't merge, huh? :p

  9. Whoaaaa. I seriously just absolutely love the EC planner, but my goodness $50 for a planner?! Get out of here. That is absurdly expensive. I'd rather just get a planner that is fit for the right schedule (academic), is cost efficient, & does what it needs to do. No frills, just is what it is: helps you keep track of your plans.

    I'm all for the May Design or the Plum Paper. Although PP is more expensive & the covers are pretty, ...actually, student planners are only $16 so that should help you figure it out better haha....jk it's $31 for blank classes for a year. YIKES ugh just go with the MD because it's cheaper & it's what you need. haha

  10. Ugh, I know! That's how I feel. I ended up getting the Erin Condren planner, and it'll be here next month!

  11. My thoughts exactly. I actually ended up getting the Erin Condren planner, NO SHAME. I justified it because, I mean, they do make all of them by hand, it's made in the US, and it's customized to me. It ends up being like $3/month. Yikes, I still can't believe I bought it, but hey, if it doesn't work out, then I'll know! We'll see... it comes in next month. I'm just hoping I don't regret it, haha


Thanks for commenting! I love reading each and every one of them.