For years I used to use paper planners – I loved Paperblanks and Moleskine diaries – but then I got an iPhone and eventually stopped using paper planners completely. I have everything organised in my calendar app, with different calendars to colour-code different types of events. N. & I also have a shared calendar where we enter appointments that concern both of us.
And for the most part, this works really well for me. Except, sometimes I really miss the tangibility of paper planners and the ability to look back through them to see what I did, that’s just not quite the same with the iPhone calendar app. I have seen how many of you use personalised planners, not just to keep track of appointments, but also to keep a journal or scrapbook of your day, and I love the idea of doing that – of having this beautiful planner to document your life.
Except, all those gorgeous personalised planners come from the US and cost a fortune once you add shipping (and potentially 20% VAT) to the UK. Add to this that I stopped using diaries a few weeks into the year the last time(s) I tried them, and I am really wondering whether I should be spending £40+ on a planner.
I have also tried to find a cheaper alternative, maybe one that is made in the UK, or even a non-personalised one that you can just buy online or in a book shop. The only one I could find that comes close is the Organised Mum Life Book which is a lot cheaper at £15, but, it can’t be personalised. Now I’m not a mum, but based on the Amazon reviews, it seems to be quite popular with non-mums as well.
It seems that Erin Condren is the most popular planner around, it looks beautiful, but is also the most expensive at $50 ($40 with a $10 off code I got) plus $20 shipping to the UK (totalling £46 or just under £40 with the discount). It is very established, the planner seems to be durable, with a very finished, professional design, and lots of optional extras you can order like stickers etc.
I won’t go into detail on the Inkwell planner, as it is sold out for 2016 so not an option for me.
The Plum Paper planner is similar to the Erin Condren one, but more customisable with pages you can optionally add to the planner. I’ve gone through the customisation process and once I have added all the pages I would like, the planner is very similar in cost to the EC one. I really like the idea of being able to add pages to the planner but based on what I’ve seen, I think I’d prefer the design of the EC planner.
For now, I am really undecided on what to do – I would love to have a beautiful, personalised planner, but I am not sure whether I can justify spending this much on one.
Do you use a planner like the Erin Condren Life Planner or Plum Paper Planner? Which one is your favourite and how do you use yours? Is it worth it?