My Erin Condren Life Planner arrived over the weekend and I thought I’d do a quick review on it in case you are on the fence about ordering. In case you aren’t familiar, Erin Condren Life Planners are like the Rolls Royce of planners. Sure you can get organized with a $10 planner, but you’ll probably have more fun with this one.
This is my second EC planner. My first was in 2012. I opted for a different (but similar) brand in 2013 (which I really did like), but am going back to EC in 2014 because the cover and tabs on EC planners are much sturdier than my current one and I am kind of rough on things.
Erin Condren has tons of options for the cover and they can also be customized with pictures, colorings, sayings, etc. I went with the zip-zag planner which is shown on the site in “multi”, “hot pink” and “turquoise”, but I customized mine in orange (no additional charge).
Compared with my old EC planner and my planner from this year, these tabs are much sturdier (they revamped them last year I believe?) and will hold up in my bag much better. There are tabs for each month, contacts, notes, birthdays / anniversaries, etc.
The planners have monthly “summary” calendars and also daily calendars which are broken down by morning, afternoon and night. The sides of those pages contain space for daily notes and goals while the bottom includes additional space for meal planning, exercise, to-dos. I always find that there is plenty of space for everything I need to enter and never ran out of space. I am planning (to use my planner) for even more in 2014 and I’ll have plenty of room. I really really really want to use for meal planning, but we’ll have to see about that. That might be too much for me to plan.
The best part (IMO) of the Life Planner is the details. It’s got bright fun colors, inspirational quotes and pretty much makes you want to drop everything you are doing and start planning. You can add customized stickers and all sorts of other fun stuff as well.
See, isn’t that cute? The pouch and matching stickers are all included with the price of the planner. The front and back cover (both front and back of each page) are customized based on your selections, but the rest of the planner itself is standard. I opted for the 2014 planner (12 months), but if you are itching to get started, you can opt for a 15 month calendar (October 2013 – December 2014) for an additional $5.
Oh, I should also mention that I purchased an address book too, which I am SUPER excited about. I currently have my addresses stored in the computer in a Christmas address labels and no where else. I have been wanting a real address book for years and I this one is perfect. Yeah, I know I could store / plan all this on my computer, but there are some things I like in paper form better and this is one of them! I used to write everyone’s addresses in pencil because when we were all younger people would move frequently and if I wrote in pen I’d have been crossing so many things off and it would have been a mess. But I think now that we are all grown-ups it will be much neater and I will be able to write it pen ;).
What do you think of the Erin Condren Life Planner? Love it? Or is it cute but just not for you? If you are a new Erin Condren customer and are interested in ordering, you can use my link to save $10 off your first purchase (you’ll get a code via e-mail after you register). Lots of people use that $10 discount to order pens or something small that they would order for their planner anyway. Because once you make that first purchase you can use coupon code “GIFT20“(expires on 12/31/13) to save $20 off your purchase! PLUS, my planner order came with a $10 gift card to use in the future! Which is awesome since I forgot to buy elastic bands for it. So *really* my $50 planner was “only” $30 (well not including my add-ons) which makes it much more reasonable!!