Personal vs. Pocket Planning

Hey planner babes!

If you have been following me on Instagram, then you may have noticed that I am back in my pocket Filofax Malden. I have had a severe case of planner FOMO, seeing all of the beautiful, tiny, pocket planners on Instagram and I have been wanting to give it another chance. I know it's not for everyone, and honestly I have been so addicted to my personal size planners, that I didn't think I could make it work for me. Only time will tell! Today, I decided to work on a pros and cons list (because planner girls love lists, obviously). If you are on the fence between pocket and personal, then keep reading, and hopefully I can help you make a decision. 

Pocket versus Personal Planning

Personal Pros and Cons


  • More space for writing 
  • Larger rings that hold more inserts
  • A lot of room for stickers and decorating
  • A wide range of inserts available


  • The more stuffed it is, the heavier it is
  • Takes up a lot of room in purses/bags and forget about using a small purse
  • Awkward to use as a wallet, due to the size
  • The "need" to fill all of the extra space, mostly with non-functional items

Pocket Size Pros and Cons


  • Small and lightweight, so it takes up very little space
  • Functional and minimalistic planning
  • Easy to use as a wallet
  • Even if it's stuffed, it still feels light


  • Not as many inserts available (thankfully there is Peanuts Planner Co!)
  • Not a lot of room for writing
  • Minimal decorating
  • Ring size is smaller, so less room for inserts

At the end of the day, it comes down to what you are looking for in a planner and what your specific needs are. What I consider a con, you may not. This list is based on my own personal opinion. However, I know there are many planner girls, like me, that really love the size of the pocket, yet struggle with having less room. Right now, I am trying out a pocket size again, and so far I am loving it. The portability is amazing and I like the fact that I have to be more functional in my planning. I do miss my stickers though and I will be trying to incorporate them more.

What size planner are you currently using? Pocket, Personal, or maybe even larger? Let me know!

Until next time!

Much Love,

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