Are You a Paper Planner Person? (+ Giveaway!)

Let’s talk about paper planners. Are you a fan? I think we all know by now that am a planner by nature, and although I used to be into paper planners, I migrated to using Google calendar years ago.

Except that, recently, I’ve found my online planning usually leads to, well, online surfing. (It’s just so easy to click a new tab, y’all, and next thing you know, I’m 1-hour deep into Facebook or Shopbop or something. I need to cut back screen time anywhere I can, folks.)

I wanted to revisit a paper planner in hopes to become more intentional with my planning, and what do you know? It worked.

Enter Day Designer.


I’ve really enjoyed grabbing my planner in the morning, opposed to my iPhone. (By the way, we are in the midst of a 1-month-long-completely-screen-free period for my kids, thanks to this article. We’re 2 weeks in, and I can’t even express the difference in my children. Alas, for another time.)

My favorite aspects of the Day Designer are the little details on the daily pages, like “dinner,” “daily gratitude,” and the (always timely) quotes listed at the top of every page. And, frankly, I immensely enjoy sitting quietly with pen and paper. It’s incredibly grounding.


The monthly view is fab too – streamlined, simple, and easy to view.


Can’t help but obsess over the little gold tabs. #swoon


But! What I love best is the philosophy behind Day Designer. Whitney English, the founder, wanted a planner that utilized a simple and easy system created to help find balance, focus and productivity. Plus, Whitney (a fellow Okie!) is all about intentionality, which speaks to me on a very deep level, given the trajectory of my life the past few years.

Thanks to Day Designer, I have an A5 Luxe Leather Planner to give to a lucky winner. It’s just gorgeous, right?


I think it’s calling your name.


Here’s how to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and good planning!

  1. Brianna B

    September 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I switched back last year. I used to use my phone but then it started erasing things. I love being able to cross things off and keep it to look back for notes and remember events.

  2. Mina

    September 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I recently went back to paper. It’s so much more satisfying. And I was just looking at these planners online this morning! I downloaded one of the free printables to give it a try.

  3. Betsy

    September 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about your technology detox. My kids do fairly well with it and I see results, however, being older, there are many things missed out that occur over text…and also there is that detox phase where they feel punished rather than healthier.. Also, while nobody talked about it for the month, more or less, the day the first hit, they asked…. So I’m curious how it goes for different folks and different approaches I can take next time! Enjoy! Mostly I realized I enjoy life without it, so I blame it for all mishaps and they don’t agree, but then again a generation or natives.

  4. Karen

    September 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    love the color! want to make the switch back to paper and this would be great inspiration.

  5. Danielle

    September 16, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I’m obsessed with paper planners. I tried Google Calendars for about a month and it just wasn’t the same. I have a beautiful little Sugar Paper planner from Target that gets the job done!

    Happy Friday!
    Danielle @ afloat on a full sea

  6. Shannon

    September 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

    The Day Designer is EVERYTHING. Going on my third year with this planner, cannot wait to order my 2017 one!

  7. Brandy

    September 20, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I have been using the Day Designer by Blue Sky for Target planner since July and I adore it! I was thinking of expanding to the full Day Designer come January but haven’t decided yet. :)

  8. tami k hackbarth

    September 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I use both, but paper is really where it is headed.