Over the years I’ve tried several different planners. Waaaaay back when I was a teenager, I used a puppy dog wall calendar to mark my social engagements. Then in college I used a three ring binder with a built in calendar and reminder sheet that attached to my folders much like a trapper keeper. Then when I took on the role of managing a restaurant, I occupied a Day Timer. Then, sometime after the millennium, along with many others my age, I discovered the digital age of calendars, reminders and to-do lists inside my smart phone. It wasn’t until I became a stay at home mom that I returned to my roots and yearned for the old school paper planner to get myself organized. I don’t know what it was about having a planner/calendar visible on the kitchen counter that helped get me back into a state of accountability. I loved having a physical planner to make lists, check off to-dos, and organize my thoughts. That’s about the time I discovered the Erin Condren Life Planner. I’ve been using an Erin Conden Life Planner (ECLP) for over a year now, and I’m 99% sure it’s here to stay. In fact, I’ve just about moved my entire world into my 2016 planner. And today I’m going to let you take a look inside.
To be completely honest, I’ve become slightly addicted to the planner life. I’ve spent enough time tweaking and perfecting my planning methods to feel confident going into this year with my ECLP. What sets this planner apart from other planners I’ve researched is just a couple of little things that I’ll mention below, but the truth is that I’m very fond of this one mainly for it’s vibrant layouts and whimsical page decorations.
What I didn’t know about ECLP, up until fairly recently, is that it has a cult-like following, and I’m ashamed to say I’ve succumb to the draw of the ardent fan base. Along with it, I’ve become somewhat of a crafting nerd. Every Sunday night (usually right after we put the kiddos to bed), my hubby and I sit down to pay bills. He has a spreadsheet on his computer and I have receipts, statements and the check book. We pay bills and budget for the week/month. I meal plans for the week and create to-do lists, and I also write reminders, discuss any upcoming events and spend a little time decorating my planner for the upcoming week.
The Life Planner is a beautiful planner with lots of brightly decorated pages and colorful designs. Decorating and planning out my weekly spreads helps to keep me focused on what’s posted and listed inside the planner. It gives me a creative outlet, and essentially, it acts as a scrapbook for recording all those milestones with the kiddos.
The features offered in the ECLP are well constructed for the most part and are very helpful throughout the year.
Let’s take a look at some of those features now.
Sturdy laminated and interchangeable covers with tabs offer a bit of personality and slight durability.
A Perpetual Calendar and contact log. I personally use my phone for contacts, so this is the one portion of the planner I didn’t utilize.
Two-page monthly spreads with plenty of room to write goals, bills, budgeting, upcoming events or whatever else your little heart can imagine.
Two-page weekly spreads
Clip-in page saver/bookmark that doubles as a ruler
Zip-lock pocket to secure miscellaneous items like stamps, paper clips, receipts or stickers.
Sections for planning, exercise, lists, gratitude, reminders, goal setting, etc.
A two page year at a glance
Extra graph & lined sheets in the back of the planner to customize for your personal needs.
Four Sheets of Stickers
Options to customize with a clip-in dashboard, pen holder, elastic band
What I’ve found about the ECLP that I like the most is the paper quality and personalization. I like that the outer covers can be personalized by color, name or brand names and they are interchangeable. Some of the more ardent planners like to swap out their covers depending on the season. I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to changing things out. I stick with one new cover every year and don’t change it unless I’ve damaged it somehow. The paper quality has declined slightly in the past two years, but it’s still thicker and more resilient than my filofax and Kikki K planner paper. I like that I can write with a gel or felt pen and not have too much shadowing or bleeding. However, I cannot claim that it won’t happen with every pen on the market.
The Life Planner is available with a vertical, horizontal or lined weekly spread options. I personally prefer the vertical layout to the other options, but that’s just a matter of preference. If you are interested in purchasing your very own life planner, feel free to use my referral code. https://erincondren.com/referral/invite/haleyduke0117
What kind of planner/organizer do you use?
Have you tried using a system like this before?