How I Use My Emily Ley Simplified Planner

September 4, 2018

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My Emily Ley Simplified planner began in August, because I have the academic year edition (it runs August to July.)  The 2019 calendar year planners launch tomorrow morning, and they run January to December.  So both editions are 12 month planners but since I know a lot of you prefer the calendar year planners, I thought I would show you some inside pages of mine and how I use it in case you want to buy yours tomorrow.  If you do, this link gets you $10 off.

First of all, you should know that there are two versions and that both come in 6 cover options.  The daily option is spiral bound and larger, with a day per page.  The weekly version, which is what I have, is smaller and book bound with the week on two pages.  There's no differences between the calendar year and the academic year other than the dates, so yours would look exactly like what I have pictured.  Personally, I love the smaller size of the weekly and the binding does lay flat, which is what I prefer at the moment over spirals.


I'm still getting into the swing of using this.  I was without a planner for most of this year and last, and since this just started in August, I haven't had time to set it up perfectly.  But I did go through and mark reminders to call or text people on their birthdays!  Other than that, I've been taking it week by week.  On the left side of the day it has blank lined spaces, which I use to record anything happening that day other than work, since my work schedule is the same.  As you can see, I use the bottom line on that side to track what my blog post is for that day.  On the right side there are little bubbles next to the lines, so you can use it as more of a checklist for running errands or shopping lists.  Under that is a box for meal planning.  I just use this for John's meals, which means that I track when he's at the firehouse and I don't need to make anything. 


I also just started tracking some other 'get back on track' things, like whether or not I spent money that day.  Hopefully soon I'll be adding more details about workouts and such, but hey, baby steps.  Here's what the empty page looks like at a glance:


One page I haven't been using is the monthly view on two pages.  I like having it there to reference, but other than a weekend trip we have planned later in the month to Iowa, I just don't use it at the moment.  I think I will start keeping a monthly bucket/to do list on that notes side there, but other than that, I have no plans for it.


One page I have been using though is the two page spread with the simplicity challenge on the left and the goals list on the right.  I've done all of the things already on the simplicity challenge list, but I like to read it over often to see what can be done more than once.  And I'm working on getting the bucket list filled out.  This is the clean version of the page because I'm saving the filled out one for Friday's post.  (A 101/bucket list update post.)


I'm finding that how I use it is changing weekly - last week, I had more errands to run and things to remember so I was using the checklist of the days more.  But this week it's more about balancing John's meals and firehouse time, because I'm going to be at my parents' house watching all the dogs - that makes it much harder to keep my own house clean and find the time to get the meals cooked, even though my parents house is just 3 miles away.  

I like that the planner has so much white space and less structure though, so I can make it work how I need to week by week.  I have a feeling already that next week will have more blogging to do list things on it.  There's also pages in the front for me to work out new morning and evening routines, which I definitely need to do at the moment.

If you want to see what the week spread looks like by the end of the week, be sure to follow me on Instagram and I'll post an updated picture.

In the meantime though, I really just want to open this post up to questions about the planners.  They do sell out quickly and I know people are ready to shop tomorrow, so I'll answer any questions you have as quick as possible.

Are you getting a paper planner for 2019?  Have you picked it out yet?


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