I started the one-question interview series as a way to meet new bloggers and take advantage of the knowledge all of the bloggers out there have. Each week I ask a new group of bloggers one question and then share their answers in a post. You can see the other posts from the series here. I have had so much fun with this series getting to know new people and have learned so much from them!
For the month of July I have decided to theme all of the one-question interviews loosely around college things that way they can help you prepare for your upcoming semester! Since we are entering agenda buying season I thought it would be a perfect time to see which ones bloggers recommend. I have found that Agendas are very much a personal preference that reflect your personality. For some people they want a lot of room to do with what they want, but for others the perfect planner is one that is very structured. I think recommendations can be helpful though because then you can see which one sounds like something that would work for you. Personally I use 2 planners, one for my blog and one for school things. I really like this because I can keep the two things separate since I do both of them at different times and it means I don’t have to choose just one planner. I currently use a Lilly planner for school, but I’m thinking of switching to a new one I just can’t decide which, and then I use a sugar paper for my blog (the ones I use are in the picture above!). As you’ll see, Lilly’s are the most popular, but there are many bloggers who use some of the other agendas so I hope their answers help you figure out which one to buy this year!
“Just last year I got the Lilly Pulitzer agenda for my birthday. I absolutely love it! Might be slightly obsessed (or more than slightly…ha) But I love this planner because it’s so beautiful, all the patterns and colors in it are so cute and fun. I think because it’s so cute and colorful, I have more of a want to use it. I’m a big planner and love making todo lists and enjoy planning my days hour by hour, this planner is the perfect size and enables me to have enough room to write all those things! Although the Lilly comes off a little pricey (mine was $28) It is 100% worth the money! Unlike other planners you can find for about 10 dollars at Target or something, the Lily is super good quality and comes with a pocket on the inside to hold important things and stickers! I totally recommend this planner!” – Kenz of Sincerely Kenz // Instagram
“My favorite agenda to use is the Lilly Pulitzer agenda. I’m sure this is such a basic answer but I really do love it. The agenda is super practical because it literally holds everything. I’m the type of person that likes to stay organized and have everything in one spot in front of me so I can look at it. The Lilly agenda allows me to do so. It has room for all the information I need to put in there (yes, three copies of a monthly calendar are completely necessary!) and I can always have it with me. I am always on my phone, but the Lilly agenda allows things to be laid out in front of me, and I don’t have to worry about my technology crashing and losing all my notes and plans.” – Megan of The Audacious Queen // Instagram
“I’m addicted to planners, but seriously – I’m currently using two (one on my desk and one in my purse). From drugstore planners to Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade, I’ve tried them all but I currently have my heart set on the Sugar Paper L.A. for Target planner. I purchased the weekly and monthly one a couple months back as my blogging planner but ended up loving it so much that I use it for everything now! It has so much space, the paper is such awesome quality and it was so cheap ($10)! Not to mention, it has two full pages for names, phone numbers and addresses at the beginning that I rely on way too much!” – Rach of Seashells and Sparkles // Twitter
Let me just say, I’ve tried out countless planners and agendas. I even created my own once, because I was so fed up with not being able to find the PERFECT planner. After years of searching, I finally found one that works well for me. It’s the Day Designer by Whitney English. I first stumbled upon her Etsy shop a year or two ago, and haven’t used another planner since. It has the right amount of space for everything. I can pencil in my meetings, after work festivities and blogging events. On the right hand side of each page, I have numerous lines to write down all my to-do’s and lists for the day/week. The Day Designer really helps me stay organized. I also love how the planner lays flat due to the spiral bound. It helps make sure I can utilize all available space. The Day Designer is also more professional looking for post grad. While I love a good Lilly agenda, the Day Designer is perfect for the twenty something right out of college.The Day Designer is great for creative professionals, entrepreneurs, helping you maintain a balanced life, and provides daily inspiration through quotes on each page. I highly recommend this planner!-Kristyn of Kristyn Alysse // Instagram
I’ve been using a Bullet Journal for the last three semesters and I love it because it’s perfect for someone as busy as I am. I currently work three jobs: I’m a sales associate at LOFT, a page designer for The Shorthorn and I have an internship graphic designing for my hometown’s library. I also run The College Girl Daily, which posts six times a week. None of this would be possible without my bullet journal. I’ve tried tons of different planners in the past like Erin Condren, Passion Planner and various Moleskine ones. I like the bullet journal best because it’s organized enough to keep me on top of things, yet flexible enough to throw meeting notes and big idea lists in it.
If you’re curious about the bullet journal, check out my post on How to become a bullet journaling wizard, and if you’re into color coding your planner, I’ve also written this post on how to color code your planner. –Hannah-Beth of The College Girl Daily // Instagram
I used to use a written planners to write down everything, but when I started my sophomore year of college my schedule got so crazy that my agenda just wasn’t cutting it. I needed to be able to write out my schedule hour by hour and change things easily. I was kind of lost about the whole thing because I hate google calendar and ical, but then a friend told me about Sunrise Calendar. It connects with iCal and google calendar while also syncing across all your devices. The platform is just beautiful and so easy to use and I became so much more organized by using it! I organize my schedule by color for classes, work, meetings, assignments, etc. It really has become a life saver during the school year. – Caroline of Peachy Keen Caroline // Instagram