I’m a total sucker for paper planners. This love affair started when I was in 7th grade. My middle/high school used to make little planners for the students every year. I wanted something a little more colorful when I got to high school and got the binder kind that you could swap papers out of. After 15+ years of using paper planners, there are only two brands that standout in keeping my semi crazy life in check. I read a ton of paper planner reviews before investing in these, so I thought I’d give you a quick run down about the pros and cons of each.
**Btw, this isn’t a sponsored post. They have no idea I’m writing this and I bought everything with my own money.**
Hands down my favorite. Three years and going strong. I even gifted my sisters Life Planners for Christmas. There is a little note area, contact list, important numbers, zip pouch and folder. I really love that you can make custom stickers. This has been the most useful add on feature for me. Another bonus is that it’s small enough to fit in your purse, fully customizable and it’s pretty light.
My friend Jessica has the teacher planner and says it’s glorious. It’s a bit bigger than the Life Planner, but I imagine teachers need the extra space.
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Shipping within the US is insanely fast. If you have an APO or FPO address…. not so fast. Slow in fact. I’m not sure if they’ve changed their shipping methods yet, but when they switched to free military shipping it took about 6 weeks to get my order. I have a bunch of friends here say the same thing. Think it has something to do with the transfer from FedEx to USPS. Might want to double check with customer service if you’re in a rush and you live overseas. Either way, it was worth the wait for me. Thankfully, I’ll be just a few cities away from EC headquarters in a couple months. Ready for you San Diego!
I like this product because you can write in appointments, important events and chores for the entire family to see. I usually fill a sheet out on Sunday, tape it to my fridge and add to it throughout the week. Now that it’s summer, we don’t use it very often, but it does come in handy on those extra busy weeks that pop up here and there. I think this weekly schedule pad would be particularly helpful for families with multiple school aged kids with busy schedules.
I absolutely LOVE the inside and outside. It’s very clean looking and you can break down your day (weekdays only) by the hour. It doesn’t have the extras like Erin Condren’s, which is a bummer. This planner also is NOT customizable. This doesn’t bother me at all because the whole purpose of this planner is to simplify.
This planner is definitely geared towards mothers. Little boxes for meal planning, daily thoughts/to do’s, and a weekly “memorable event” prompt. As a small business owner, I kind of need the extras all in one place and my weekends are actually my busiest work days. I use this planner mostly as my blog and house work planner, but the hourly schedule has been helpful on my busier days. I’ll just keep it open on my desk so I can see what needs to be done throughout the day. It’s also bigger and heavy than the Erin Condren, which I prefer, but not so great for the purse. It stays on my desk and adds a bit of pretty to my day.
Am I going to purchase this one again? Yes, I love the look and feel of it and the prompts really do help to keep my focus on my family. Sometimes that gets muffled by work, so I appreciate this planner for keeping my priorities straight.
I think the best part of having a paper planner is using pretty pens. I use my Le Pens the most, but I love any fine tip marker including the Prismacolors 0.3 and Papermate Flair. I prefer fine tip markers over ball point and gel pens. They’re so smooth and bright. Obsessed.
Anyone else a paper planner person (like that alliteration)? What are your favorites? I’ve also heard great things about the Day Planner and various custom planners sold on Etsy. Spill the beans, I want to know what you love to use.