Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer Tools: The Emily Ley Simplified Planner
Part of my services as a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, and a Reno/Tahoe Portrait Photographer, is to schedule and plan photoshoots, create custom wedding timelines, invoice customers at appropriate times and send out info at certain points along the process – among MANY other tasks. Some tasks are easy to do by nature, but for others, I need reminders to keep me on-schedule.
As a mom and wife, I’m in charge of many additional things…too many to list, in fact. A bulk of those tasks stem from managing our finances and the budget for my business and our family, and I keep track of things like special events, doctor’s appointments and the oh-so-time-consuming-but-extremely-invaluable Taekwondo lessons/tournaments/testing for our oldest kid.
The most important tool in my kit for staying on top of the many things I need to do, is my Emily Ley Simplified Planner. Up until January of 2016, I was using a generic monthly planner, and in the back, I had a LONG running list of to-do items. Not only was it kind of boring and failing at keeping me on-task, but it wasn’t particularly pretty or representative of my brand either.
I had been stalking Emily Ley on Instagram and decided to take the plunge and try out her Simplified Planner for 2016. I didn’t realize at the time how truly different this planner was. I chose the Daily Edition in “Happy Stripe” and I started utilizing the daily pages, which have the following sections: Today, To Do, Dinner and Notes. It also has a monthly spread, where you can get an overview of your whole month.
At the top of each day is an inspirational quote, which I have really grown to enjoy about these daily pages. I love them as well because I have plenty of room to write out the day’s schedule by hour (6am-9pm), a to do list I can actually tackle in one day, and a place to plan dinner and write some extra notes. Sunday’s daily page has a weekly prep section which asks you to plan meals for the week ahead, tidy up, write down appointments/to dos for the week and “fill your tank,” which are all excellent tasks for a Sunday afternoon (if I’m not photographing a wedding or portrait, that is).
If you were to ask me to review my Simplified Planner, I would say this: I simply ADORE my Simplified Planner. It’s pretty, super functional, great quality and fun to use. More importantly, though – the daily pages have made my to-do list so much more manageable. Now that I can break things down into daily to-dos, this planner actually keeps me on-task and ahead of the game most of the time. Emily Ley just released her 2016-2017 Academic Daily Simplified Planner in the cutest covers, ever! I’m waiting for her calendar year version release in the fall because my current Simplified Planner in Happy Stripe covers me until January, but I hope I can get the Fancy Floral cover at that time. It’s SO ME!
Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co. is a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer and Reno Portrait Photographer. We are also lovers of art, simplicity, and organization! We hope that any products we review or showcase can enrich your life as they have for us. If you’re on the hunt for a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer or Reno Portrait Photographer, get in touch!
Ashley S. says
Thanks for sharing! I think it is so hard to stay organized as a professional photographer and this looks like a darling way to do that! Enjoy your weddings, it must be about time for them to pick up in Lake Tahoe!
As a techie geek I’ve always used a digital calendar but now I’m thinking I’ve got to try this Emily Ley planner. Thanks for the heads up.
As much as technology has taken over my life, I just love paper and pens. This diary is gorgeous and will keep you organised with all of your Lake Tahoe weddings and Reno portrait sessions.
Staying organize and keeping everything on task can be so overwhelming. I think its amazing that you found a beautiful way to keep your schedule together. PS love the pineapple paperclips!!
What a pretty planner! I totally love new ways to plan and keep all my appointments and to-do lists organized. Thank you so much for this great tip.
Christine D says
So many people think photographers do nothing but take photos. They have no idea exactly what is involved in running a busy photography business! Having a planner and calendar is essential! I love this one and your description of it. I may look at it for myself next year.
Allison Anderson says
I am pretty good at keeping things scheduled — but you wouldn’t know that from the state of my desk as it is covered with post it notes and random scribbles of paper. I think this Simplified Planner from Emily Ley would work very well for me too.
Thank you so much for the information! I struggle with staying organized, I have tried every app and computer program out there. I think it may be time to switch to planner where I can write everything in myself! I love this one, it’s so pretty! I will definitely check this one out!
Looks like a great planner! I would love to see inside – I’ll have to check it out. 🙂