YOU GUYS!! I will be purchasing my SIXTH consecutive Simplified Planner this year!! 🎉

A rather momentous occasion because I have never, ever stuck with a planner this long before.

#notbutreally. I’ve tried DOZENS of planners.

(For a while there, it was something of a hobby of mine.)

I just couldn’t seem to find one that could do everything I wanted. There were either too big or too small, too cutesy or too business-y, not enough writing space or too much extraneous space… the list goes on and on.

Needless to say, finding a planner that worked for me and my business/lifestyle was no easy feat. I’m not kidding when I say that I am the pickiest planner girl you will probably ever meet. I literally felt like the Goldilocks of Planners looking for the one that was juuuusssst right.

But the Simplified Planner is everything I could ever want in a planner and so much more.

Alexandra of The Productivity Zone holding a stack of Simplified Planners

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WHY THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER IS THE ONLY PLANNER I USE

I’ve followed Emily Ley for years (ever since meeting her at Making Things Happen back in 2010) and was actually an early user of the Simplified Planner (back when it was a notebook with a monogram on the cover). I have LOVED watching it evolve over the years and finally decided to go back in 2015 when I chose simplify as my word of the year for 2016.

The Simplified Planner changed my life and business that year and continues to be an essential part of my everyday. And today, I’m sharing how I use it and why I can’t imagine my life or business without it!!

1 | IT’S A FRESH START EVERY DAY

Emily Ley designed the Simplified Planner minimally on purpose so that women in all seasons of life could easily incorporate the planner into their business and/or personal life. The best part? The open pages serve as a fresh start every day. It’s like she was thinking of my favorite Brené Brown quote when she designed it:

“No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.”

One of the reasons I personally love the daily edition is because each day of the week gets its own page (except for Saturday and Sunday—they share a page). Looking at the entire week full of tasks and appointments can get very overwhelming, so being able to fold the planner over and look at just one day at a time is very centering and helps me focus.

(It also means the tasks that didn’t get done the day before aren’t staring me in the face all accusing anymore. #nojudgementzone)

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Simplified Planner folded over to show off a daily page using colorful planner accessories

2 | IT’S MY #1 PRODUCTIVITY TOOL

Because it’s the first thing I reach for in the morning and the last thing I touch at night. When I sit down at my desk, before I even wake up my computer, I pull out my Simplified Planner. All through the day, it sits open right beside me so I can clearly see my schedule and check off to-dos as I do them. At the end of each workday, I write out my schedule and to-do list for the next day so I can hit the ground running!!

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3 | IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT AND DURABLE (SO I CAN ALWAYS KEEP IT WITH ME)

For the most part, my Simplified Planner stays on my desk. But if I ever feel like changing things up and going to work at Starbucks, I don’t feel bad about throwing it in my bag along with a bunch of other stuff. It’s never come out looking wrecked and I don’t feel like I’m lugging around a brick. Same for when I travel. It’s gone in both my suitcase and carry-on and I’ve never once had an issue.

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2021 Simplified Planners in Pink Pinstripe, Pineapple Crest, Gold Bee, Happy Floral, Blue Trellis, and Happy Stripe

4 | IT’S AS FUNCTIONAL AS IT IS PRETTY

The Simplified Planner has always been gorgeous, but Emily Ley and her team at Simplified LOVE to outdo themselves with the covers!! With each year that passes, it gets harder and harder to choose just one. I often find myself saying, “I don’t need 6 planners!! I don’t need 6 planners!! I don’t need 6 planners!!” 😂

But she’s not just a pretty face. My FAVORITE part about the Simplified Planner is the way the daily page is set up. There’s a space for to-dos running right alongside an hourly schedule that’s PERFECT for time blocking (my favorite) and keeping track of meetings and appointments. Below that, there’s a big ol’ space for notes!! I love that I can use this space for whatever I want (journaling, meal planning, or even brainstorming).

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5 | IT’S CHANGED THE WAY I PLAN MY DAY

The Simplified Planner stopped me from making (daily) to-do lists that just weren’t accomplishable. No longer do I make to-do lists that are pages and pages long.

(I was once FAMOUS for these and would kick myself DAILY for not getting everything done.)

But to-do lists are not wish lists!! The Simplified Planner helped me realize this and quite literally changed the way I manage my time and plan my days.

Now, I use the hourly schedule to time block everything (tasks, to-dos, webinars, meetings, appointments) into my day. I love that I can easily see what I’ve scheduled and when so I don’t overcommit, over-schedule, or overwhelm my day (or, more importantly, myself).

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Long story short? I’m obsessed with my Simplified Planner and highly recommend it for female entrepreneurs and creative small business owners!!

If you’ve been on the fence about getting one, I hope this review was helpful for you!! If you have any questions at all about the planner, feel free to drop them below and I’ll answer them!!

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