Wednesday, August 14, 2013

College Essentials: The Planner

Keeping it basic here.

If you are in college and don't live out of a planner, you are doing it all wrong.

And if you aren't really much of a "planner person," your best bet is buying one that is so freakin' cute, you'll want to find excuses to use it.

I have two go-to brands for planners: Lilly Pulitzer and Erin Condren. And now, kate spade makes planners. Count me in!

The original Lilly planners came in large and pocket sized. But the pocket sized was too bulky to really fit into a purse easily. This year, Lilly stepped up their game by making "luxe" planners as well as some monthly planners for people who are a low maintenance (or anyone who wants some a small/slim version for their purse.)
The large ones are perfect for the average student. You've got monthly pages, weekly pages, important event pages, and even some fun stickers. But if you've got a lot going on, like I do, I can't fit it all into the space in these agendas.

Erin Condren… Let's just have a moment (especially for the American flag one- dying.) My perfect planner. And the new ones for 2013-2014 are even better than before. I'm not purchasing one until the start of the new year, and I'm already excited.
Erin Condren is my new favorite. For just about everything. But planners in particular. The weekly pages are divided up into morning, noon, and night-- which is ideal for a person as busy as I am. Being able to look at my day in sections make it much easier to manage my time.
I'm currently using one of these and I'm in love. The only thing I dislike about these is the lack of space to make enough lists for each week. But that's only because I'm a crazy person. These planners are also pretty pricey, but so worth it. Check out the link at the top of this post to get the low-down on how awesome Erin Condren Life Planners are.

The kate spade planners look very similar to the Lilly ones. But the styling of them is so precious, in typical kate spade fashion. I love the fact that they still have a spiral binding, but it's hidden, giving it a very sleek look. If I didn't need so much space in my planner, I would snag one of these immediately. Maybe after I graduate...

Investing in a planner you will actually use is a necessity, so always look at the layout and pages of the planner before buying it. Make sure you have enough space for everything you need and that the organization of the planner fits your organization style. 

What kind of planner do you use?

xoxo, jgp

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