I am a simple girl who likes simple things who writes a blog about simple living.
Honestly, I feel like I can breath a bit deeper just from typing the word.
When I find someone who shares that same passion, I’m elated. When I find someone who turns that passion into a business that further simplifies my life… well, that’s when I bring it to the blog!
Enter: The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley.
As much as I love technology, I crave pen and paper. A physical planner is a must.
Before I give you a breakdown of the planner, I should start with the story behind it.
Emily created the Simplified Planner between potty training, inbox managing, and meal planning aka being a mother and boss lady all at the same time. Over the years she tried managing her life using different planners but none of them fit perfectly with her needs. She created the Simplified planner with this mission in mind:
to create a beautiful, joyful agenda for busy women in all seasons of life. Designed minimally on purpose, its open pages serve as a fresh start every day. We believe margin matters, and our mission is to inspire women to organize, simplify, and carve white space for the good stuff of life.
Now if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’re probably aware that I am very intentional about where I spend my money. Some people call it cheap, I call it smart. That being said, I will be the first to admit that the $58 price tag is a bit of a splurge ($48 for the weekly version.) Especially when you can use your phone for free, or spend less than $10 at your local Target. But don’t click out just yet. I’m going to show you why this planner is worth the money you spend (spoiler alert: it’s the time/peace of mind you gain.) It’s worth noting that I purchased this planner entirely on my own. I’m not sponsored. I’m not an affiliate. I am simply sharing because it works for me and I know it will work for you as well.
First things first. When I received the planner I was not expecting it to be presented in such a lavish manner. The planner comes in a beautiful, sturdy box which includes a message from Emily herself.
The front cover is beautifully designed, made from a thick cardboard, with reinforced metal corners (any dedicated planner will know the corners tend to take the bulk of the damage so I appreciate this small detail.)
When you open the planner the first thing you’ll notice is a slot on the back of the cover to keep important documents. This is helpful when I have a task to complete and the necessary documents are readily available. I use this regularly to store bills that need to be paid during the current week.
The next few pages include:
- A page of stickers
- A special note from Emily
- The process of simplifying (tips to get started)
- How to use your Simplified Planner (a checklist to personalize and get the most out of your planner)
- A yearly overview
- 2018 holidays
- A 2018 bucket list (p.s. OBSESSED with the idea of having a designated place to make goals and plans!)
Following those pages, you come to the “JAN” tab where you are given a monthly overview page.
I use the monthly view to keep track of my meetings, school events, appointments, and extra curricular activities. Basically, anything that is relatively obvious and does not require much of my focus.
Each monthly view includes a “Simplicity Tip” at the top of the page which makes the simplification process simple and effective while keeping you motivated to live more intentionally throughout the year.
I also like that it includes the previous and following months across the top of the page so that I can look at dates in relation to the surrounding dates.
Next you have the daily view (granted you purchased the daily planner.)
For my life as a creative entrepreneur and mom of busy children, these pages are of upmost importance.
The daily view pages allow me to time block my days, putting the focus on things that are highest in priority. It also reminds me to focus on one task at a time which has been proven to be the most effective form of productivity.
On the margin of the daily view page you have a “To Do List” with little bubbles that you can mark off as you complete each task, proving once again that this planner has a focus on intentionalism. It has been proven that marking off small goals motivates us to accomplish bigger things. I personally find this little detail to be both satisfying and a push in my productivity.
At the bottom of each page you have a “meal” section and a “notes” section.
Small side note: meal prep has been my biggest stressor up until now. I am a gluten free vegan. My husband is not. I also have a child with sensory disturbances which highly effects his meal choices. Needless to say, meal time is complicated in our home. I took it upon myself to subscribe to a meal delivery service three days a week which will lessen the amount of time and energy it takes to plan meals. I also plan out my personal meals in advance so I am able to see which meals will allow me to have leftovers for the following days.
In the meal section I write out what meals we will be eating each day. I use the note section to list out any ingredients I will need for said meals, or as a space for small reminders that don’t quite fit into the weekly or daily layout.
The Saturday and Sunday page offers a space to plan out your day, a to do list, a space to reflect, and a helpful to do list that encourages a productive work week, with blank spaces to customize your list to fit your lifestyle.
Additional tips that help me to stay organized:
- If I plan a meal from a cookbook, I will include the page number so I limit time flipping through pages.
- I use different colored ink for each activity. Ex. purple for school events, pink for personal events, black for meals, blue for blogs and Youtube …
- I add birthdays at the beginning of the year so I never have to think about it again.
- My planner goes everywhere with me so I always have my availabilities on hand.
- I use each night to plan out the following day.
.. and that’s it!
The main reason I love this planner so much is because it was created by another mom and business woman who understands what I need and want in a day to stay organized and prepared. But more importantly, The Simplified Planner includes little details throughout that remind me to live more intentionally, eliminating the excess not only in my home, but in my schedule as well!
Click here to purchase your own Simplified Planner.
Also, I would be hurting you if I didn’t inform you that Emily also wrote a book to help you simplify your life called “A Simplified Life.” This book breaks down every area of your life including your schedule, meals, finances, and more. Emily gives you tools to eliminate the excess and create a streamlined approach to managing your life. I highly recommend purchasing the book and the planner as a bundle.
You can learn more about the book here.
What kind of planner are you? A phone or a pen and paper kind of gal? Have a favorite planner? I’d love to hear that as well!
P.s. while I am in no way affiliated with Emily Ley and The Simplified Planner, I did link the planner using an Amazon Affiliate link. I receive a commission for every sale made through that link.