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Other reviews in this series:
The Best Planners for 2018 (a round-up of my planner reviews)
Erin Condren Life Planner Review
Believe it or not, I had never heard of the Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP for short) until I asked other bloggers in a Facebook group what planner they always wanted to try, but had never bought.
I know, you’d think I live under a rock or something, because it turns out the Erin Condren planner is a huge deal in the planner world. Some people love it, other people want to love it but think it’s too expensive, and other people make their living selling accessories for the ECLP.
After ordering the Erin Condren, I can see why people love it. But let’s take a look at the video unboxing/walk-through and then I’ll dig in to the review.
Not into videos? No problem, here is my quick review:
Cliff Notes version: The Erin Condren is a great option if:
- You like a pretty planner. The cover options at Erin Condren are gorgeous! The pages are gorgeous! The stickers you can buy on the website or Etsy to customize your planner are also gorgeous!
- You like the flexibility to customize your planner.
- You’ve never enjoyed using a planner before. With all the personalization and flexibility, and accessory options, it’s fun to use this planner.
I think the best part about the Erin Condren planner is that it’s fun to use. I actually look forward to planning on Sunday afternoons because I can get out my colorful pens and borrow some stickers from my daughter and plan my week while still feeling like I’m having fun being crafty.
It’s also got a really flexible layout. You can use the three boxes for “morning, afternoon, evening,” or for “work, blog, home.” I’m trying to find the right balance between content creation and marketing my blog, so I list content tasks in one box, marketing tasks in the second box, and my appointments in the third box.
The Erin Condren website is pretty slick. You can customize many parts of your planner, like the cover, and the color of the coil binding. Just choosing a cover and deciding how I wanted it personalized made my day a little brighter. They also like to wow customers with freebies. If you watch my video you’ll see all the free stuff they send along, which was definitely fun to receive!
It’s expensive! It’s $55 for the basic planner, like I show in the video. And if you want anything fancy, like a metallic coil or a metallic cover, the price goes up. Plus, the Erin Condren website really pushes all their planner accessories when you’re checking out, so I could see how it would be easy to spend even more.
Well, frankly, there’s not much ugly about the Erin Condren planner. And if you ever find a feature you don’t like you can hop on Etsy and get yourself some stickers to cover it up. I, of course, want some of these sassy lady stickers.
Making the Most of Your Planner
The Erin Condren Life Planner is pretty much begging to be decorated. I like a mix of pretty and functional for my planner, so here are some of my favorite planner supplies:
1. Pilot Frixon Pens– Erasable pens are amazing! I can color code my schedule, but make changes when something inevitably comes up. I use these pens daily.
2. Sharpie Highlighters– I used these Sharpie highlighters to color code my schedule. They work well with the erasable pens and don’t smear!
3. Washi Tape– I use washi tape to add some color and flair to my planner, BUT it’s also functional. I typically use block scheduling and batch my work, so I use a strip of washi tape to mark each block of work time.
4. Planner Stickers– Planner stickers are my new favorite accessory. From decorative to functional, there are a gazillion options. I like to use functional stickers so that my planner looks great, but still works effectively!
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