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The Simplified Planner vs. The Day Designer

I have been using Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner for several years, and I have seen it evolve over that time. However, this past year I decided to try out the Day Designer by Whitney English. I thought I would write a bit about the two, and what I ultimately decided to do for this year.

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I started out with the first Simplified Planner in binder form, and I loved it. I blogged about it here a few years ago. I bought my second Simplified Planner in the gorgeous turquoise, and I actually still use it today to go along with my planner. Though the binder was too big to carry with me to appointments, it works amazing as a hub for all of my home and business papers. It is perfect to keep on my desk with business forms, lists of blog post ideas, notes, plans for upcoming designs, etc.

Shortly before Emily Ley released her spiral bound Simplified Planner, I heard about The Day Designer. I really loved the clean black and white stripes, and I had several friends that used it so I thought I would give it a try. The Day Designer is specifically designed for Entrepreneurs, it has lots of extras. There are worksheets in the front, and lots of extra boxes on the daily planner pages. Each day has a “Today’s Top Three” for your top “To Do’s” as well as an hourly schedule, to do section, daily gratitude, download section, and boxes for due, dollars, dinner, and don’t forget.

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However, as I used the planner throughout the year, there were several things that I didn’t feel totally worked for me. For me, it seemed a little busy for my needs. I think for a lot of creative entrepreneurs it is probably perfect, but for me it was just a bit too much. I never used the front worksheets, because I felt that Lara Casey’s power sheets worked a little better for me. I left a lot of the little boxes on the daily pages blank, because I didn’t have a specific use for them, and though I was initially very excited about the ‘Today’s top three” section, I found that I didn’t like having my to do list separated on different parts of the page. Another silly thing was that the pages were cream, instead of white…and my white loving heart really wanted those crisp white pages.

I think the Day Designer is an amazing product for business women, and I love the sleek black and white stripes, but I was feeling ready to head back to my Simplified Planner.

I looked at pictures, debated and even chatted with some friends who had used both. Ultimately, I decided to go with the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. I have been following Emily Ley for years, and I adore her heart, if you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I have a passion for simplifying, and living intentionally, and I love that she shares that passion. The biggest reason I decided to use the Simplified Planner…is because it is Simplified! Other planners that I have used or looked at seem to have lots going on, and though all those “extras” might be helpful to some women…for me it was just a distraction. I LOVE the clean, simplicity of the Simplified Planner. The daily pages are crisp, clean, and white, and all they have listed is the hourly breakdown, a “To Do” section, a dinner box, and a notes section.

I think both of these planner are created by amazing women, and that they both have great features. The simplicity of the Simplified Planner is what I truly love and need, and I am excited to dive in for 2015! I would love to hear what kind of planner you use! Leave a comment below and let me know!

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images from Emily Ley and The Day Designer
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