And so I purchased the Emily Ley Academic Simplified Planner, and the Erin Condren Life planner. Ultimately I decided to go with the Emily Ley planner because the ECLP just didn't work for my lifestyle. Being a medical student, I need more structure in my day than just a few open boxes, and I love that the Simplified Planner's layout includes time slots that go all day, as well as a box for notes, dinner, and a to-do list. The layout is simple, with lots of white space, and generally lowers my anxiety when I look at it (haha). Also, the academic part really helps, since the planner matches the school schedules.
Don't get me wrong though, I LOVE the Erin Condren as well. I love that there's so much space to decorate, personalize, and my favorite part-the coil; it seems indestructible. I even went ahead and decorated a couple of spreads, but having to be honest with myself, I won't have the time to heavily decorate once classes start. In general, the ECLP looks much busier, with lots of bright colors, quotes, and a lot going on. School has been jam packed and stressful enough that I need my planner to be very straight-forward. I do think I'll go back to the life planner though, maybe once basic sciences are over and I have more control over what I do with my hours. If the Simplified Planner had a water proof cover, a stronger coil, and thicker pages, it would be the absolute PERFECT planner.
I even thought about possibly using both planners together, the Erin Condren for general life things, and the Emily Ley for school- but why complicate things right? I can still decorate the Simplified Planner, and I fully plan on doing so.
Erin Condren Life Planner (left)
- thicker pages
- stronger coil
- laminated cover
- pockets, mini zip-loc in the back
- quotes, stickers, etc
- 18 months
- a bit heavier
- customizable and removable covers
- weekly pages, starts Monday - Sunday. Equal space for each day
|ECLP folder, and small calendar|
|ECLP in the original packaging|
Emily Ley Simplified Planner
- thinner pages
- thinner binding
- front cover pocket
- non-laminated cover (hard cardboard)
- no frills
- academic (comes in non-academic as well)
- non interchangeable covers
- daily pages
- Sat/Sun are half pages
|a front cover pocket!|
|has reinforced corners|
|bucket list- unique feature. Probably the only "frill"|
As always, I'm happy to answer any questions :) Which planners are your favorite??