Friday Faves: Erin Condren Life Planner vs. Day Designer

For all you picky planner people

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Hi y’all, happy Friday! Raise your hand if you’re a planner addict 🙋🙋🙋

I have been obsessed with planners and agendas since I was a little girl. I was proudly entering appointments on paper before I could write legibly. So it makes sense that over the years, I’ve developed certain criteria for my planners: they have to be cute, compact enough to fit in my bag but big enough to fit details, and have a clear space for notes and to-dos. I want monthly and weekly layouts (if not daily!), pockets, and a durable cover. Is that so much to ask?

Like any good student, I did my research before college and found all of the hype about the Erin Condren Life Planner (or, ECLP, for those in-the-know). Customizable layouts and colors? Interchangeable, wipeable laminate covers? Planning by the year, the month, and the week? Erin had me hooked. I used the ECLP during undergrad and found it fun to customize my schedule with stickers and washi tape. (P.S. you can get $10 off of your first purchase at Erin Condren by clicking here.) I will still proudly profess my love of the ECLP and Erin’s other products (I have two 8.5″ x 11″ coil-bound notebooks and they are my favorite thing to take notes in). But after graduation, my schedule changed.

I was busy! I had an internship, a part-time job, babysat on the side, volunteered 3 nights a week, and still had to find time to connect with Evan and my friends. As August of last year quickly approached, I knew I needed a planner that would motivate me and keep track of all of my different schedules once I did all of that and a full-time job. I needed clear and concise. I needed… Day Designer.

Day Designer has a ton of different styles to choose from–monthly or weekly, large or small, dated or undated, spiral-bound or book-bound, Day Designer has the planner you’re looking for. For my first Day Designer, I picked out the spiral-bound Daily Planner (you heard me right, DAILY) in a classic black-and-white stripe.

How do I love, thee, Day Designer? Let me count the ways:

  1. Ready to start planning right away: No stickers needed. The Day Designer was created to suit your needs practically. The layouts support you, you don’t have to mess around by creating the layout yourself!
  2. Durable cover: I mean durable. Try throwing your planner in your bag for a year and having it still look gorgeous on day 365.
  3. Prompts: the daily Day Designer pages have space for your daily schedule, of course, but also your To-Dos, your Top Three, Notes, and Gratitude. When was the last time your planner asked you to be grateful?
  4. Inspirational Quotes: each day features a beautiful inspirational quote (I highlight the ones I like so I can go back to them!)
  5. Goal Setting Worksheets: It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day checking off of To-Dos with a planner. This one actually helps you achieve your goals by helping you along the way!
  6. A Pocket: Right on the inside cover liner. I use mine to hold important notes and you would not believe how many times it’s come in handy.
  7. Lightweight: Unlike other, bulkier daily planners, the Day Designer is lightweight and compact enough to toss in a purse or a backpack.

Those are just some of the reasons I’m a Day Designer convert. My friend Courtney, a fellow picky planner gal, went to three stores looking for one that suited her needs. Without any prompting from me, she also picked up a Day Designer! It’s Picky Planner Person approved!

If you’re looking to get organized, get motivated, and stay on top of your schedule, I cannot recommend Day Designer enough. I’m on my second Day Designer (I chose the mini edition for 2018-2019), and I honestly don’t know how I would survive without it!


Are you a picky planner person? What planner do you use? Let me know in the comments!

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