Today I have a post (and a video!) for you about a different type of book…the one that keeps me organized! If you haven’t heard of the Erin Condren Life Planner you are MISSING OUT (I have a link to the exact planner that I SWEAR BY (and have loved since 2012) and also a VIDEO of me showing it’s features and all of the ways I use mine to organize my own life at the very bottom of this post)!
If you know me in real life, you already know that I am extremely Type A. I like things organized, planned, and thought out from conception through conclusion. I will always and forever use a paper planner. No phone calendar for me!
I have owned some version of a paper planner every single year since I was in junior high school! I vividly remember decorating the front cover of my planners with cut out pictures from magazines which represented my interests at the time. I worked on them for HOURS making sure they looked perfect! Even then, the aesthetics of my paper planners clearly were very important to me. 🙂 10 year old me would DIE to see the gorgeous planner that adult me uses daily!
Erin Condren Life Planner
2011 was when I first discovered Erin Condren. I was an elementary school teacher and was sitting in a faulty meeting when the teacher across the table from me pulled out her Erin Condren Life Planner. One glance was all it took for me to know that I NEEDED that in my life. I spent the remainder of that year finishing up the boring paper planner that I was using, all the while counting down the days until I could order my very first Erin Condren Life Planner.
I spent FOREVER designing my perfect cover and 8 years later it still remains one of my most favorites that I’ve ever owned:
2013: I loved the swirls and lace on this one! I remember spending FOREVER deciding between various shades of grey and was so happy with how it turned out. So pretty.
2014: I loved that pretty butter yellow (currently the exact shade of my iphone)!
2015 was the year I decided that I was going to try one of the Erin Condren knockoff companies and save myself some money on my precious planner. I bought this one (a 2 year planner so it took me all the way through the end of 2016). I. HATED. THIS. PLANNER. The cover would constantly fall off! There wasn’t anywhere to store important papers so I bought folder inserts which made everything so heavy and bulky. The coils on the side were MASSIVE and made turning the pages such a chore. Literally everything would fall out all the time and made everything in my life feel so UNorganized! The worst.
In 2017 I decided to try a DIFFERENT knockoff company. I loved this cover but didn’t love everything inside! I had so many issues with this planner! The coil was better but everything else was just eh. This one was close to an Erin Condren and yet…not quite close enough.
And yet…2018 had me thinking that I STILL could use a planner from yet a DIFFERENT knockoff company! Whyyyyyy did I ever think this would be a good idea?!?
Albert Einstein once famously stated, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
So true, Albert. So true.
2019 led me very happily straight back to where it all began! Oh Erin Condren, I’m so sorry I strayed. I learned my lesson. Yes, your planners cost more than the others…FOR A REASON! They truly are the very best there is! I will never, ever stray again. Erin Condren Life Planner for LIFE. Here is my current 18 month planner. Gorgeous, functional, and perfect in every single way.
All of my planners since 2012! Makes me smile to think of all of the amazing memories written within these covers. I love looking back and seeing my day to day life throughout the years!
The official Erin Condren Launch Day is a VERY big day for loyal Erin Condren fans. It happens each spring and it’s the day where all of the new cover designs are revealed! True Erin Condren fans literally count down to this special day and obsessively check the website each day leading up to it’s release. I ordered my new planner as soon as it debuted!
I’ve tried all types of planners…January-December, July-June, even July-December of the following year! After many trials, I’ve determined that the planner that makes the most sense for me in the season of life that I’m currently in is 12 months July-June. I LOVE being able to see my childrens’ school schedules all together in one planner! I sit at the very beginning of the school year and fill in the entire year’s events (days off, PTO meetings, PTO events, half days, conferences, etc.). ***NERD ALERT: I may or may not light a candle and play music while I’m doing this to make it a special event.*** It makes me feel so much more organized than only writing in the events until December and then having to sit down in January to fill in the rest of the school year! I suspect this will change one day as my children get older but for now…my life and my planner are completely tailored around their schools’ schedules.
And….drum roll please….my newest Erin Condren Life Planner! It arrived this morning and it’s GORGEOUS! I also use this video as a tutorial as to how I organize my own planner to organize my entire life. I discuss exactly how I use each section and why. Enjoy 🙂
If you have never heard of Erin Condren or her AMAZING life planners, here is link directly to her website. FYI this is not an affiliate link, just a link to the very best planner out there.
Do you use a paper planner? Have you ever had an Erin Condren Life Planner?
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