Using Planners

Using Planners?

One thing I’ve been wanted to use for a long time is a planner. For the past few years, I have been using Google Calendar to keep an agenda. I haven’t stuck to it as well as I would want to though. I’ve seen so many physical planners that are beautiful and make me want to purchase them immediately.

I’ve been debating if I should purchase a planner, or make my own. The planners I have been looking at are:

  • Erin Condren LifePlanner – This is the first planner I looked at about two years ago. Back then, the shipping cost to Puerto Rico was way too expensive for my preference, and I decided not to get it. The planner looks beautiful and I like that you can customize it to your liking. You also get the option to buy accessories to add to it.
  • Simplified Planner – This is another option I was looking at after looking into the EC LifePlanner. I actually prefer this design compared to the EC Planner. I also didn’t end up purchasing the Simplified Planner because I couldn’t come to a decision if the purchase would be worth it or not.
  • Passion Planner – When I heard about this planner, I was excited. This was more of what I was looking for in a planner. I ended up backing them on Kickstarter to receive the digital PDF version so I could print the pages and create my own planner. After using it for a while, I wanted more customization. This made me stop using the planner because I needed that control, and while I could have tried to convert the PDF pages and try to modify the page layout on my own, I found it to be a hassle.

Do I create my own?

One thing I’ve been pondering for a while is to just create my own planner. Design it completely, with the option of future customization, and then buy the necessary items to put it all together. This would be a fun project if I end up doing it, but at the same time, how long will it take me to complete it? Will I use it after?


Do you use a planner? Which one do you recommend?

5 thoughts on “Using Planners?”

  1. After using the Happy Planner, I considered trying an EC and even went to a staples to check it out/pick one up and I was EXTREMELY disappointed. The paper quality is shit. It’s thin and in comparison to the HP just not impressive at all. You would thinking for something so expensive the quality of paper would be much higher.

    So far my preference is the HP because in my opinion it’s the best of both worlds. It lets you remove pages and add your own and has the vertical layout that I have come to love. I don’t have any experience with the other planners you mentioned but I have tried my fair share of a few including Inkwell Press and Heidi Press and so far HP just does it for me.

    If you want to try it out let me know. You can PayPal me the cost + shipping and I’ll send it to you. I can’t even begin to imagine what shipping costs would look like for you in Puerto Rico. Likewise if you have a Michaels, you might be able to snag one there!

    1. It is definitely disappointing that the paper quality isn’t good for EC, considering the price. The Happy Planner looks really nice and love that it’s inexpensive. I will let you know if I’m interested. We don’t have a Michaels here and they don’t ship to PR, and I haven’t seen another place that has the Happy Planner.

  2. I’ve tried with planners, too, and I think what I actually need is an app or a plugin and not a physical sheet of paper or planner book because I’m way more comfortable with tech than I am with real, tangible things for some reason.

    I’ve heard of Simplified Planner I think, actually I can’t remember if it’s the same one but I remember really wanting to try it. I ended up getting a crappy planner from the dollar store for about four bucks and, just as I suspected, I never used it.

    Hope you find what you’re looking for!

    1. Yeah, I usually stick with Google Calendar since I can sync it with my phone and I’m able to check it on the go. With a physical planner it’s more difficult to carry around, but I would like to try one out and see if I can stick to it.

      I’ve seen the ones available at dollar stores but they are too basic for my needs. That’s why I’ve been looking at the more expensive ones.

      Thank you for stopping by Nancy!

      1. Yeah, they really are. You know, sometimes you can find print companies and such who are willing to send you a sample planner for free (which I’ve done before, still never used it!), maybe that would fit your needs better?

        I have to admit I have no idea how to use Google Calendar. I’m app dumb!

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