The Simplified Planner
As a first time user of the Simplified Planner I am really impressed! The product does a fantastic job with its simplicity and useful basic format of the daily template.
Here is a summary of my initial thoughts after using this for about 3 weeks:
(1) Positives: Simple, very well organized, has sections that are the most usable basics (i.e. schedule, To Do, and Notes). Paper is light but does not bleed and is smooth to write on. Excellent prep work pages and 'Process of Simplifying'. Very well-built with a strong binder and reinforced corners.
(2) Cons: Binder is so big it is very difficult to write on the left side of the planner. The monthly tab dividers can be made sturdier as it often folds. Font on the daily pages can be made 'bolder' or darker so they are more prominent and easier to see (the lines are fine just the way they are). Not enough space for Saturday and Sunday where most of the weekend activities (i.e. kid game schedules, parties, events, mompreneur activities) occur. There is no calendar of the succeeding year, which is helpful. Not enough stickers.
(3) Suggestions: - Add a side pocket folder at the back cover - Add a small 5-page (front and back makes it 10 pages) notebook which can be used for brainstorming, expense ledger, etc. - Provide Stickers front and back for more stickers. And place this at the back of the planner or make it a sticker sheet not attached to the binder. - Add a full Saturday and Sunday pages. Free up pages by moving Emily's Hello letter and Process of Simplifying instruction in the small booklet you include (i.e. For what Matters the most booklet).
Unboxing the Simplified Planner
Official description of the Simplified Planner (from Emily Ley's site):
The Signature Simplified Planner is 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. The Signature Collection daily edition covers 12 months (with one day per page and shared weekend pages) and features luxurious Mohawk Via Smooth paper and a gold wire-o binding. With your Simplified Planner purchase, you'll also receive monthly "planning tips" from Emily via email.
SIGNATURE COLLECTION: DAILY EDITION
7 x 9 inches (1.25 inches thick)
Thick, 70lb., pure white Mohawk Via Smooth paper
Space for schedule, to-do, notes and meals
One day per page + shared weekend pages
Full month views
Hourly schedule from 6am to 9pm
Monthly Simplicity Tips
Simple color throughout
Gold, sturdy wire-o binding
Hard cover with gold foil details
Protective gold corners
Pocket inside the front cover
Colorful, sturdy mylar tabs
Limited-edition fuchsia & gold keepsake box