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I am still old school and need a good planner to keep my life functional and in order.  I need to physically write things down and cross things out……that makes me feel good.  I love using different colored pens to make my planner look pretty.  It is my daily digest and is always with me and is always opened.

Last year I purchased The Day Designer by Whitney English, but I was very curious about Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner.  So, this year, I bought them both to compare.




Let’s talk about the ordering process first.  The Simplified Planner went on sale two weeks before The Day Designer, and I received it in only TWO DAYS!!!  However, she only has three designs to choose from.  The Day Designer took about a month to get here, but she has eight designs available.  I was able to find a design from each that I love.  They are both priced around the same at $60.

plannerPINIMAGEI am in awe over the beautiful colors of The Simplified Planner!  I LOVE the bright colored tabs……let’s be honest here, this is what really attracted me to this planner.  It also has a nice matte finish so you do not get any finger prints on it.  Last year, The Day Designer had this fabulous elastic band, but they did away with it.  I love using the band to reference where I am in the planner.



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The Day Designer is what I used last year, and it really helped to keep me grounded.  They took the elastic band away, but I can deal with that (you can buy one here).  I do love how she changed the pages from beige to a nice bright white.  The planner looks so much cleaner when writing on white.  The Day Designer has a shiny surface rather then the matte that the Simplified Planner has.  The gold tabs can be hard to read (okay, I am 40, so it may not be as hard for you to see).  I do love the mint corner shields on the front, so pretty!

Both are of equal quality as far as the construction.  Same thickness in paper, same binding and the same sturdy cover.  My 2014 Day Designer has been through a lot in 11 months, and it is still in very nice condition.

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The Day Designer (top image) has a really nice year at a glance!  I love that it has actual boxes that you can write in.  Although the boxes are tiny, you can write in (or color code) different events for the entire year.  The Simplified planner  has a year at a glance, but you can’t write anything in there.  This one is pretty big for me, as I like to see and plan for the entire year.  The Simplified Planner has a nice place to write your bucket list for the year.  This does not amuse me as much, I would rather have the two pages of the yearly calendar.




The Day Designer doesn’t have a ‘Bucket List’, but look at this beauty!  A nice place for your yearly goals!!



Monthly layouts are almost identical.  The Simplified Planner has holidays written in, while The Day Designer does not.  The boxes on the Day Designer are just slightly bigger.





The Daily pages are quite similar too.  The Simplified Planner  starts at 7am and goes up until 7pm giving you two lines for each hour.  I love that!  A lot of times I have things booked on the half hour, so this is great!!  The Day Designer  goes from 5am until 9pm and only gives you one line per time.  Rarely (if ever) do I have anything planned that early in the morning or that late.  I would much rather have two lines for each hour.  They both have a to-do list, although the Day Designer gives you a bit more room there.  Take a look:




Another favorite detail from The Day Designer……..it even has a 2016 year at glance so you can really think ahead!




Which would YOU choose??



PROS & CONS of each (in my opinion):



  • The nice year at a glance in the front with the boxes is awesome!!
  • The following year at a glance is wonderful too
  • The extra space for my daily to-do list is nice


  • No more elastic band (this is not a deal breaker for me)
  • The gold tabs are hard to read
  • I wish the times on the daily pages were from 7am to 7pm leaving two lines for each (this is kinda big for me)

The Simplified Planner


  • I absolutely LOVE the bright colored tabs
  • I also like the elastic band (not a deal breaker though)
  • The daily times going from 7am – 7pm with two lines is AWESOME!


  • The year at a glance just doesn’t cut it for me
  • On the monthly pages, I could deal without the holidays to have more writing room (and the squares are a tad smaller)
  • Not much of a design collection to choose from


What I wish they both had……a nice WEEKLY calendar!  Either on one or two pages highlighting what needs to be completed this week.  I have been taking a bigger sticky note and sticking it to the book with my weekly to-do list.  Having one in the book would really win me over!

Obviously, I only need one planner……..so I will be GIVING AWAY the other!!  I am choosing to keep The Day Designer.  I am a loyal customer in every aspect, so I want to be loyal to her.  I will be giving away THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER to one lucky winner!!!


This contest is now over, thanks to everyone who participated!!  Congrats to Melissa!

1.  Share this blog post on your Facebook page (personal or business)
2.  Like Heather Blair Photography on Facebook
3.  Comment below for your chance to win.

The winner will be chosen by Random.org on December 1st!  Good Luck to all!

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  • Kristin Smith - Shared!!! LOVE this comparison!! I too am old school and I definitely had every pro/con that you did for each one!! I too like a weekly idea as I think it’s easier to have the week in front of me because I’ll get overwhelmed by looking at the entire month!! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Deb Gray - I am still old school when it comes to planning for the family activities, I need to see everything in print! Would ♥ this planner!!!! Sharing now!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Herrold - Shared! Would love this planner 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Camille Wenger - Fabulous comparison!! I haven’t used a day planner in ages because I absolutely LOVE my technology. This last year I have found myself thinking more and more about a planner…this is a great glimpse!!ReplyCancel

  • jes cooney - Great comparison. I also have to write everything down. I haven’t purchased my 2015 planner yet, so it would be great to win..already a fan 🙂 and shared.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - In need of a great planner–lots more to remember with a sweet baby to care for! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - I would love this planner to get the business side of my life organized!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - Working in fundraising, a good planner is a must! I’ve never heard of either of these planners before and they both look fabulous! If I don’t win this one, I may just have to go out and buy one of these anyway! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Lea anne - I bought the Arc planner from Staples where you can custom build it! Love planners!!ReplyCancel

  • Karli Hatten - Loved this info! I’m a planner girl too and would love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsi Ness - Loved the blog and both planners! I love staying organized and always need a planner. Plus, it will be perfect for my upcoming April wedding to keep track of our busy schedule!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Love a good planner and love the beautiful photos of these! I hope I win!ReplyCancel

    • Heather Blair - You won Melissa!!! Please contact me with your shipping information. Congratulations, you will LOVE this planner!ReplyCancel

  • Dani Steele - I wouldn’t have survived without my planner in high school or college! Now that I’m in the “real world” I’ve seemed to get away from it. With two kids, (and one on the way), lots of doctors appointments, and working a full time job, my mommy brain is on overload! I think it’s time to bring back the planner. This would be so great!ReplyCancel

  • lily - Love a nice planner… especially one as pretty as this one!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Warner - I just discovered Emily Ley and the Simplifoed Planner! I loveee planners!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Meyer - Oh how I would love to win to my life back in order….ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Dorman - Love a good planner! My life would be chaos without one!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra - I need a planner in my life! This one is soo cute!ReplyCancel

  • Amber richter - I’m obsessed with planners!!! Hoping to win!ReplyCancel

  • Trish Martino - would love this!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Reif - I think I really need a planner for 2015….my phone isn’t cutting it anymore! Thanks for the comparison, would love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Watson - I need a new planner for work and would love to win this one. Thanks for the comparison.ReplyCancel

  • Bryanna B - Shared. With 4 kids & having just started a new job, this would be really helpful!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - I could really use a planner like this. Im constantly busy using my phone for appointments and not enough space to write what i need.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Dietrich - Would love to win this planner!! I’ve been looking for a family calendar for 2015 to keep me organized!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I love the way you have all the comparisons and pro’s and con’s of each planner! I am going back to college in January and this would be a great way for me to schedule my “life”. I have never used my cell phone or computer to keep track of appointments etc. I am very old school when it comes to this! I have to be able to break out my paper calendar in an instant and I look at it often! So thank you for taking the time to write this blog! P.S. hopefully I will win!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tara - With four jobs and a super busy schedule, I could totally use this! I ordered different brand last year and was so disappointed.ReplyCancel

  • Jolene Rabena - A planner would be great!ReplyCancel

    • Jolene Rabena - I couldn’t share from my phone but I did it this morning!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy Boyer - I love this would be perfect for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Martin - i already have my 2015 planner, but I would love to give this as a gift.ReplyCancel

  • Brittney Polinka - I would love to win this! I am desperately looking for a new planner and i think this one would be perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Dammert - What a beautiful and inspiring planner! Thank you for the informative and beautiful blog post!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - A planner would really come in handy for me right now, just had a death in the family and my memory is completely shot…ReplyCancel

  • Angela Wenger - Shared to win! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sally - I love planners and these look great!ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - Love both of these! Shared the contest/blog on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Britt - What a great comparison! It is so hard choosing a planner. Thank you for the play by play.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Scott - I will always use a paper planner. A few years ago, I had a Palm Pilot and it crashed on me. I had nothing backed up and well, it was quite a job to call places and ask if I had an appointment scheduled within the next year or so. Between my family, my teaching life, and making to do lists, I carry my paper planner around everywhere I go. Thanks for taking the time to share this wonderful organizer.ReplyCancel

  • Eliza - Thank you so much for the fantastic comparison!!! I have been shopping for a planner for 2015 to keep me on track and would love the chance to win one!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Houg - Agreed! Great comparison with excellent visuals to go with! I’d love to win your cast-off planner! 😉 And maybe buy the Day Designer for the following year!ReplyCancel

  • Azia Leuschen - Shared!!! As a person who absolutely loves to be organized, I would love this beautiful planner!!! ☺️ReplyCancel

  • Marissa - I still write everything down… I need to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Bree prince - How Awesome because I always have the hardest time deciding on a planner that works for me. What a great review!!!thank you you were very detailed.ReplyCancel

  • Dayna - Thanks for a chance to win! I bought a Day Designer last year and really liked it but was looking for something new this year too 🙂 Posted to FB https://www.facebook.com/daynaruggles/posts/741464455945430?pnref=storyReplyCancel

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  • doreen - it is truly a pleasure and treat to watch my great nephew grow , one season into another…thank you for sharing your talent in presenting him to the world….ReplyCancel

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