**Check out my 2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner Unboxing + Overview!**
Has it already been 6 months since the scary time of constantly checking my order status and subsequent plunge into obsession with the Erin Condren Life Planner happened? Goodness, time flies! Since I tried (and failed) to do monthly updates on my planner I thought I’d provide a review after having used the Life Planner now for 6 months. Although we’ve had our ups and downs, overall the Erin Condren Life Planner has been pretty awesome. To make it easy, I’ll be doing Pros/Cons/Recommendations on the planner (because what planner-obsessed person doesn’t love a good pro/con list?). Hopefully this will help with any indecision you might have with purchasing one, or your own! Read on or click to listen/watch for more info!
1. Holy cuteness, Batman. If you’ve been frustrated with the simplicity of Moleskine or other planners, EC has you covered. I’ve not grown tired of the colors and patterns and if I wanted a different cover it was no problem to switch for a different one or you can order one online.
2. Space!!! I love my Moleskines, always have and always will, but there is something to be said for the massive amount of space that ECLP offers you. Like I can list an entire to do list in one square almost!
3. Notes on notes on notes. So not only is there crazy space in the weekly sections, there is also about 25 pages after the planning section with blank and lined pages for any notes you’d need!
4. Stickers. I HAVE A REASON TO BUY STICKERS AGAIN!
5. Durable. This thing has help up so well! I haven’t taken it around with me every single day but I’ve used it at home consistently and it’s still just gorgeous.
1. Price. Yeah, for a planner this size and the quality of products used to make it, it’s not that bad of a price. However considering the fact that in order to purchase a single cover you’d pay almost the same amount in shipping as you would for the cover, I’m not all that into purchasing extras. And while their notebooks are just darling, there is no way I’ll be dropping $42 on a spiral bound notebook.
2. Quality control(ish) issues. I had a great experience with Erin Condren’s customer service team, but it was also because what possibly should have been caught in production wasn’t. However, it enabled me to do a giveaway back in July so it wasn’t ALL bad!
3. Size. The downside of having SO much space is having to make a larger planner. True it’s not terribly large (7″x9″) and I don’t usually need it if I’m using my running errands crossbody (a small Michael Kors Margo in Cinnabar, which doesn’t seem to exist on the internet anymore!), but it would be nice to have the option to bring it with. I’ve been trying to use both the ECLP and Moleskine since 2015 started but…it’s hard at best.
4. WTF do I do with it? If you don’t need to separate your day into Morning/Day/Night, chances are you might have some problems figuring out exactly how to use the weekly and monthly layouts. I’d love to say I figured it out right away, but 6 months in I’m still trying to figure out what to put in here/how to organize this thing. And believe me, that is very frustrating for someone with OCD/planner issues.
We made it through pros & cons! Now let’s look at some recommendations after working with this cutie for 6 months.
1. Do NOT buy everything you think you’ll need at once. I’m so ashamed – y’all have seen part of the huge stash of goodies I bought when I ordered my Life Planner because according to the FB groups, I “needed” them. Oh my. If only I could turn back time. I bought so many pens (don’t regret), post-its (kind of regret), stickers (ok, don’t regret that either even if I haven’t used many of them yet), and washi tape (oh do I ever regret this) that I could have started a small Hobby Lobby.
2. Don’t use the Erin Condren stickers. Yes, they’re removable this year. No, that doesn’t make them good. Do yourself a favor and purchase the Avery Removable stickers (this is similar to what I purchased) if you’ll be using stickers for things like birthdays, vacations, doctor appointments, whatever. I used mine to make cute stickers for each Monday.
3. Get yourself some nice pens. I personally love the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
and the Pilot G2 0.7 (for everything). Another, slightly pricier, option is the awesome Pilot Coleto! You can have multiple inks in the same barrel and there are so many cute options for the barrel as well. Downside: the ink tends to run out pretty quickly. My personal barrels: Mint Green and Pink.
4. Do not buy “all of the washi”. Just please, save yourself the heartache of the cuteness that you may rarely use. And the space.
5. Give yourself the excuse to buy stickers. Because come on, we all love stickers.
6. Get the 18 month. I ordered the 18 month planner (only an additional $5) and instead of leaving the bulk of the weeks in there since I’d just be ordering another in June, I ripped out the weeks and glued the months together. This allows me to still plan ahead (which we often need to do towards the end of a planner) and not have too much wasted space.
7. Don’t use the same layout for every month right away. When you’re first testing out any planner don’t just put in the first layout you think is cute (i.e. putting your total miles ran in the monthly/daily section for every month when you don’t even know if you can/should run…Shantelle). Give yourself time to adjust to the planner and let your inner planning goddess open up to you. 😉
All that said, planners are like people and you either love ’em or want to love ’em. I do adore my Erin Condren Life Planner, and as of now I think I will get another once June rolls around with the 2015-2016 planners, but I’m still trying to work out the kinks 6 months in. Whereas with my 12 month Moleskine I just plop it all in and don’t (totally) worry about making it cutesy, with the amount of people that pour an extreme amount of creativity into theirs I’ve had issues of planner envy/inferiority. I tend to put my creativity into other venues but if you’ve got comparison issues they could pop up here! However, once you start getting inspiration from those people’s planners and stop feeling crappy about your own, your life will improve by leaps and bounds. And let’s be real, that goes for every aspect of life and not just planners
What do you think? Do you have any favorite planners or tips?
Wishing you stickers and a little less washi,
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