Simplified Life Planner 2016 Review

This blog is all about the “white space” and “margins” in life, creating time for things that matter. One of the ways I better manage my time and create room for things that are important to me is by planning. My favorite planner is the Emily Ley Simplified Life Planner.* I have gone through many many planners and have finally achieved “planner peace”. So why do I love this planner so much?

It is Simple.

This may seem like an arbitrary or redundant statement, but the Simple Life Planner is simple. The pages are split into four parts: My Day, To Do, Dinner, Notes. It allows you the room to schedule appointments, write to-do lists, meal plan, and have a misc notes section in one place.

I do not know about you, but I love having all of these daily important reminders in one place without having separate notebooks or access sticky notes.  I also love that it is streamlined. There are no interchangeable covers to get immersed in, no crazy colors, no access pockets or zippers or stickers. This planner allows you to just focus on your main objective. Planning.

It is Sturdy.

I’m a mom, so I am constantly having buggers being wiped on me, spit ups all over my shirt, and little sticky fingers that want to touch everything I touch. I have a diaper bag purse that is overflowing with milky bottles and wet wipes. I need a planner that can withstand it all. That is one of the things I love about this planner.

The pages are thick and have minimal pen bleeding or see-through mess. The cardboard-like exterior may seem off-putting at first, this thing can fight its own battles. It can be chucked in the diaper bag, laid on a damp counter, be dragged to doctors visits, work, and daycare and still look pretty good.

I do think that the metal corner covers help preserve and extend the life of this planner. If it gets a little dirty on the front, I’ve just taken an ever so slightly damp rag to the front of it and just wiped it off.  It will look a little worse for wear by the end of the year… but you used it (daily!) for a whole year. 

It is Sophisticated.

Not only does it do its job of simplifying my life, and being super sturdy, this planner just looks so elegant! The Simplified Life Planner usually comes out with four planner covers every year, and Emily Ley just nails them. They are fun but stylish. You will have no problem rocking these planners at the office, at parent-teacher meetings, or just at home.

In the craze of interchangeable bright colored madness, Emily brings a fresh breathe of sophistication to the planner world. My favorite cover Emily features are always the dot covers. I think it is classic and have purchased the dot covers for this year (pink dot-2017) and for next year (gold dot-2018).

If you want to read more about how I plan, or more recent planner reviews leave a comment down below. Also, don’t forget to check out Emily’s blog at for more posts on Joy and Simplicity, or order her new book A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living.

Remember to Live by the Margin!

Until Later,

Sina K.

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