How I Stay Organized: My Favorite Planners


Hi guys!

I hope you’ve been having a great week following the holiday weekend. It’s crazy to think that it’s July. I was thinking about how near the new school year is! I go back to college in a little more than a month. I figured that many of y’all would be doing back to school shopping soon- whether it’s for you or your children. So the control freak in me figured I would show you some of my favorite planners. Organization is the key to keeping things straight. Whether you are juggling school, work, or children, using a planner can making things run a lot more smoothly. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll get a hint of satisfaction out of writing cute little aesthetically pleasing notes and appointments in your crisp, pristine planner. These are not the end all be all when it comes to planners! Target & Wal Mart have some awesome ones that serve their purpose for great prices (I should know I’ve used them for years). However, I have begun to like planners that have a little more detailing & style to them. They’re written in order from highest price to lowest price 🙂 So let’s get started!

The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley ($58)

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This is my favorite out of all of them! (I am a little biased considering this is my planner for next year). But it is a planner’s heaven! The price is a little steep. I know, I’m ridiculous for spending that much on a planner, but it does have a lot of nice features. I have the daily one which is sold out on their website, but available at their many retailers listed here. It runs August 2015- July 2016. The 7.75 x 9 inch planner includes: daily scheduling space from 6am-9pm, daily to do lists, daily dinner planning spaces, monthly calendars, monthly tabs, inspirational quotes on every page, and a front cover pocket. I would recommend it for teachers or moms trying to balance their schedule and their children’s schedules! It’s also great if you’re involved in a lot of organizations or just very busy in general. Considering that I’m going to be working, on the exec board of an organization, and balancing school next semester, this planner was perfect for me! The cover and binding is gorgeous, and I can vouch that it is very durable. It comes in two other patterns: Gold Pineapple & Mint Dot.

The Kate Spade 17 Month Large Agenda ($30-$36)

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This next planner is adorable! It does contain a little less than the Simplified Planner, but I think it is still very effective. It runs longer than the previous one from August 2015- December 2016. And it is slightly smaller at 7×9 inches. However, it does not have daily pages. It does have weekly views, monthly calendars, monthly tabs, a notes section, a celebration section, and an inside pocket. It also has cute quotes at the beginning of each month. So there are still a lot of conveniences. This minimalistic black & white stripe cover is my favorite, but there are several different covers available. Reviews I have read say that the binding is durable, but the cover is not as hardwearing. There is a smaller version at 7.75×5.5 inches here for $6 less. It’s more compact and a cheaper alternative is always nice. To me, this planner still serves its purpose at a much more reasonable price than the first one.

The Lilly Pulitzer Agenda ($17-$34)

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I used to scoff at the girls in my high school that bought these agendas, but after seeing my roommate’s I became sold on it too! The agendas come in Jumbo, Large, Medium, and Small sizes (price decreasing as they get smaller). It runs 17 months: August 2015-December 2016. It’s not daily, but it includes: weekly views, monthly calendars, monthly tabs, dates to remember, notes, a palm beach travel guide & journal, notes, and a front pocket. You actually get a lot of bang for your buck for this one. And for my coloristas, it comes in several bright cover designs. 🙂 The binding is a little less durable being made with elastic. However, my friend’s held up rather well. I really like how they have a selection of different sizes, because some people like more compact, discreet planners.

The Paper Source Leatherette Planner ($19.95)

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It may be last, but it’s certainly not the least. This planner is for all my simple girls. My mom would say you’re much more practical than me 🙂 It’s another 17 month one, running August 2015-December 2016. And it has a narrower appearance than the others at 7×9.5 inches. Included are weekly views & monthly calendars. But what I thought what was really cool is that it has plenty of blank pages for notes and planning. It’s like having a planner and journal in one. The cover is simple and chic and comes in the colors: blue, gold, & silver. They also feature other sizes & cover materials on their website here. Sometimes less ends up being more.

I hope I was able to give you some planning inspiration & get you excited for this steadily approaching new academic year! Let me know in the comments below if you like any of these ones. Do you find planners helpful? What creative ways do you use to balance your hectic life?

xoxo

-Adeyinka

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