While I am a bit of a gadget girl, keeping my calendar in a digital format has just never worked for me. Perhaps it is my love for books in general — I was an early Kindle adopter but at the end of the day still prefer to hold a book in my hands — but I just like to see my life laid out for me on paper.
That said, I am in love with Erin Condren Life Planners. I’ve tried many systems through the years — everything from cheapie drugstore daybooks to fancy, customizable binders, and the Erin Condren Life Planner just … gets me.
2015 marks my fourth year of using one.
Now, before you go click over there and see the $50 price tag and think, “No way!” Please know that when I first looked at them, I saw the $50 price tag and thought, “No way!” But then, I looked again.
Here are a few reasons this planner is perfect for me, and might be for you:
- Sturdy. This planner has a very thick spiral coil, and the laminated cover is of good quality. I carry this book EVERYWHERE, EVERY DAY, and it holds up throughout the whole year.
- Movable ruler. I LOVE the moveable ruler bookmark that you can use to mark your place in the planner.
- Monthly and weekly spreads. I use a monthly calendar and the weekly/daily spreads for different things. It’s great to not have to choose one or the other in these planners.
- Daily set-up. I like the way days are divided into “Morning,” “Day,” and “Evening” rather than by the hour. That is the way I tend to think of my day, so writing things in these blocks is compatible with the way my brain works.
- Cute. Yep. They’re cute. They have fun designs and colors, and inspiring quotes, and you can personalize your cover. Practicality aside, I’m still a girl who likes cute stuff.
The way I justify my $50 is that I buy my Erin Condren Life Planner every year for myself for my birthday, which happens to fall in late November. You could also make it a Christmas gift to yourself.
One downside: It can take awhile for shipping, especially at peak times of the year, to get your personalized life planner. You can order year-round, though. And, Erin Condren has just come out with a “quick ship” option where you can get the planner with a non-personalized cover, and then get your personalized cover later. I think this is a great idea! The company also comes out with new covers and options in the middle of the year, so you can get a planner with extra months in it.
One thing I am going to do differently next year: I spend every December carrying TWO life planners around. Next year, I will order my 2016 Erin Condren Life Planner so that it includes December 2015, and transfer that info, retiring my 2015 book early. I think that will make a little more sense, than the two-book method.
I think these also make GREAT gifts, and there’s a pretty nifty teacher planner, too, if you’re looking for something for a sister or dear friend. I highly recommend them!
Disclosure: The link to Erin Condren’s site I’ve included in this post is a referral link. If you click on it and buy something, I get a credit toward my next order. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, I promise. In fact, if you sign up as a customer, you’ll get a referral link of your own.