Emily Post once said that the attributes of a great lady may be found in the four S’s : Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy, and Serenity. I think I am fairly good at four of those attributes, but I have to admit, simplicity is a hard one for me.
I know I’m not alone in struggling to lead a simple life amidst a culture that esteems busyness. As a wife and mother of three children, I am constantly trying to pare down my life. One way I have done this is by not letting my children sign up for too many activities outside of school because, frankly, my husband and I are our greedy with our family’s down time. Another way I have tried to simplify my days is by trying to be at home more by managing my errand-running more efficienltly. And long ago I gave up my designer agenda for my iPhone calendar, assuming that my life would be so much more organized with the help of technology.
This last one is where I went terribly wrong.
After a few years, and a few children, the iPhone calendar just didn’t cut it for me, so I upgraded to a fancier calendar in the app store. That didn’t work for me either. Over the past year I think I’ve bought three different calendar apps trying to find the perfect one. I’ve tried color coding all my children and synching our calendars to every device we owned. But instead of making me feel more organized, my calendar ended up looking like one big Tetris game and made me want to burst out into tears on a daily basis!
What’s worse is that I often entered the time for upcoming events incorrectly and would be so embarrassed when I would then show up for those events 15 or 30 minutes late! I think being a refined, gracious person means that you are so thoughtful of others that you would not take advantage of their time or keep them waiting needlessly. So being late several times this past summer pretty much sealed the deal: I needed to go back to a hold-in-your-hands day planner.
About this same time, I randomly stumbled upon the Instagram account of Emily Ley, the designer of the Simplified Planner. Immediately, I felt like we could be best friends (in a non-stalker way!). And, if that was the case, she probably understood my life and, therefore, could probably design a pretty good day planner. The photos Emily posted of her Simplified Planner were so appealing and, even better, simple. Each day had its own page with an hour-by-hour calendar, a to-do list, and a spot for planning that night’s dinner, plus a thought-provoking quote at the top. And that’s it. Succinct, yet sensible.
Lovely, isn’t It? Here website describes it perfectly: “It’s everything busy, intentional women need, and nothing more.” I was sold.
But you know what’s funny (and so typical of my jump-the-gun personality), since the calendar on the Simplified Planner doesn’t begin until January 2015 – and my “Type A” self really wanted to start the school year with a planner that started in August – I hastily bought a planner from another popular company, one that several of my friends use. But when it arrived in the mail, I knew immediately I had made a mistake! It didn’t feel as effortless as the Simplified Planner.
So do you know what I did? I promptly sold that day planner on my local Facebook online yard sale and ended up buying my first Emily Ley Simplified Planner! I am waiting patiently and excitedly until January to begin using it (although I’m already filling out 2015!).
I think you will LOVE the Simplified “Day” Planner, too, and here’s why:
- You can manage your to-do list and plan your dinners for the week! (No additional to-do list pads needed!)
- 7am – 7pm hourly schedule to plan out your day
- Monthly calendar view as well
- Your pen won’t bleed through pages because they are a nice weight
- Inspirational quotes to start each day
- Available in three fun color options
Order Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner here.
Photo Credit: Megan Mueller-Weaver Photography//www.meganmuellerblog.com
(I was not compensated or sponsored for this post).
**Facebook Giveaway Ends Friday, September 5, 2014 at Noon CST; color of planner to be determined **