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
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.
$45 with coupon, originally $55
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
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
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?