Picking the Right Planner for Intentional Planning {Monthly, Weekly or Daily}

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Monthly, weekly or daily… are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

It’s no secret I love my planner, it helps to keep me organized and on top of things.

My husband lovingly calls¬†it my second brain because I have to refer to it so often because… well mommy brain is very real.

I forget unless I write important things down.

Over the years I have run the gamut on which type of planner I have used and, depending on the season, my favorite planner format changes.

Monthly, weekly, daily… they all have their pros and cons and all serve a unique purpose in organizing our days and weeks but how do you choose which one is the best for you?

How do you pick the right planner?

Well first, you have to understand the difference between the three formats.

Monthly Planners

Monthly spreads are just one month calendars, a at-a-glance spread,  usually with enough room inside each date to write important events, appointments or other tasks. A good monthly spread also leaves room on the side, or bottom, of the calendar to write out any additional notes or reminders.

Monthly planners might be a good fit for you if:

  • You’re not a list maker
  • You like simplicity
  • You want to carry around a smaller planner that fits easily into your purse or bag

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

Things to look for in a good monthly planner:

  • A two page spread
  • Plenty of room in each date box to write 2 to 3 important dates or events
  • A full calendar (I know it doesn’t always work out but it’s my pet peeve when the last few days of the month have to share a box with the week before)
  • Plenty of room in the margins to record extra notes or reminders

Weekly Planners

A few years ago, when I was first introduced to premium planners, I began with a weekly spread in an Erin Condren planner. It was a vertical spread, meaning each day was long to write out morning, afternoon and evening notes. That particular weekly format didn’t exactly click with me but some people really adore that style.

Another weekly planner layout, that I’m currently loving, is more of a horizontal layout where each day is spread out linear. This format works best for me, since it allows me room to write out events and doesn’t break up my day into 3 categories.

Weekly planners might be a good fit for you if:

  • You like seeing your entire week in front of you, without having to flip back and forth between pages
  • You like writing out a small, managable to-do list
  • You like having a more compact planner that is easy to carry around in your (large) purse or bag

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

Things to look for in a good weekly planner:

  • Plenty of room to write out dates, notes, tasks or important reminders
  • Includes a monthly spread with room for notes in the margin
  • A layout that works best for how your mind works
  • Plenty of white space (this allows you to personalize the way you desire)

Daily Planners

I love my to-do lists, maybe it’s just the fact that I love crossing things off but writing out a to-do list is one of my favorite things to do (I know, I know…. I’m weird!) ūüėČ

Daily planners organically foster to my love of writing out lists while still leaving plenty of room for notes, time schedules, possibly even space for a meal plan or to include your daily Scripture memory Bible verse if you so choose.

Daily planners might be a good fit for you if:

  • You love writing out to-do lists
  • You have a million post-it notes all over the place and you desperatly need a system to organize them!
  • You like having a detailed schedule of your day
  • You like having all of your daily reminders, events, tasks, notes, meal plans, and inspirational messages in one place
  • You don’t care if your planner is thick

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

Things to look for in a good daily planner:

  • A full page for each day
  • Plenty of room to write important events, dates, reminders or notes
  • A time blocking schedule (if that’s important to you)
  • A layout that works best for how your mind works
  • Plenty of white space for you to personalize

So where do I stand?

I have been using, and loving, my Simplified Planner, Daily Edition from Emily Ley. It’s beautiful, simple, and it keeps me organized but I think I may be jumping ship.

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

From Instagram: Monday? How about super fun mail day?!?! I may be swooning over my new academic @simplifiedplannerfrom the super creative, talented and very generous @emilyley. I should be longing for August to get here so I can start using this but that means that Silas will be starting Kindergarten, and I’m not ready to rush that! So for now, I’m just swooning and you should be too! The new #simplifiedplanner¬†launches this Wednesday!!! #planneraddict¬†#ilovemyplanner #planner

Recently I received the gorgeous new Academic Weekly Simplified Planner, also from Emily Ley, and I think I might be smitten.

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

It’s more compact than the Daily Edition so it’s easier to transport around in my purse.

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

It’s a leather bound book that lies flat. My biggest complaint with my spiral bound planner is that it can be difficult to write up against the spirals but this new book bound weekly planner opens flat making is super easy to write.

Weekly vs. Daily

As I shared above, I do love writing out my to-do lists but something I have become aware of is my to-do lists are more of a dream list than what is realistic for my current season. All of those open lines and spaces gave way for me to write out more than I could accomplish, leaving me feeling really defeated at the end of the day.

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

What I love about the Weekly Edition is there is still room to write a much smaller to-do list, as well as room to write out time-based appointments and dinner. Plus I can see the entire week instead of having to flip back and forth.

The Weekly Edition also includes a monthly spread with a ribbon bookmark. You can also place a small paper clip on the week too for easy location of the page you need.

Final Verdict

Beginning in August (because this is an Academic version which runs from August 2016 through December 2017… 17 months!!!) I will use the Weekly Edition for my everyday planning and organizing.

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

I will continue to use my Daily Edition (it runs out at the end of December) as my blog planner because it’s perfect to write out all the daily tasks and goals I have each day for my work, as well as planning out future posts.

I didn’t think I would ever go back to a weekly planning format, or prefer it over the daily spread, but I’m growing and learning to appreciate new things in every season of life. I’m eager to try it out and see how it will work for me during my own intentional planning.

Interested in seeing more specifics as to the difference between the Daily and Weekly Editions of the Simplified Planner from Emily Ley? The brand new Academic Editions are now on sale!

Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

Which planner do you prefer… monthly, weekly or daily?¬†

I received a complimentary Simplified Planner, Academic Edition but the opinions posted are all my own. You can read my disclosure policy here. I really do love this planner!
Monthly, weekly or daily... are you picking the right planner for your planning needs? There are pros and cons to all the different formats making it crucial to understand how you prefer to plan and use your planner. Come learn how to pick the right planner for you!

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7 Comments

  1. Any chance that Emily Ley is offering discounts for their planners to your blog subscribers? these look like great planners no matter which you chose.

    1. Unfortunately no discounts but if you sign up for her newsletter or follow her on Instagram, periodically through the year she has sales or discounts.

  2. hi there! i just recently bought Emily Ley’s weekly simplified planner. this may be silly, but I’m confused as to what to do after December 2017 when ill need another planner. the next weekly planner, i presume, won’t begin until the following august. Do I switch to the daily which starts in January? Or, do I buy the next simplified planner (2017-2018) and just start every august and disregard the extra months? Does that make sense?
    Lauren

    1. Hi Lauren,

      I believe that Emily Ley launches 2 planners at two different times a year. The Academic Calendar (which is on sale now), and a traditional calendar, which runs January through December (which goes on sale in September). Both calendars come in a daily or weekly format so you could buy the weekly edition beginning in January 2018 after your calendar ends in December 2017. I hope this makes sense, but if you are still unsure definetly email the customer service at Emily Ley’s shop. They are super helpful and can guide you to make the best planner decision.

    2. Chaunté says:

      Hello!! I am interested in buying the weekly planner from Emily, but I would like to see a video on it with writing and to see what the entire planner looks like. Ive always had a Lilly Pulitzer planner, so I really want to be able to compare the two. Would you be able to make a video review?

      1. Chaunté says:

        Oh and can you do a size comparing with other planners or books? Just so I can get a rough idea of if the size is what I am looking for

  3. Great post! I’m also making the switch to the weekly planner now that my deadlines are longer-term. I’m planning to use it alongside a notebook for occasional nitty gritty daily planning for busy days, meeting notes etc. (And speaking of notes, I LOVE the addition of so many notes pages on the Emily Ley weekly)

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