Erin Condren Life Planner Review and Usage

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

It’s no secret that I’m a teensy bit planner obsessed. I’ve been “decorating” my planners for about a year now, starting with my Day Designer by Whitney English. When I graduated from college (more on that here), I knew that I wasn’t going to need the daily layout of the Day Designer anymore. I had been looking forward to switching to an Erin Condren for a while, and I’m finally sharing my opinions today! So here it is: my Erin Condren Life Planner Review and Usage!

The Materials

Erin Condren Life Planner Review
Erin Condren Life Planner Review

To be completely honest, I’m not suuuuper impressed so far. Even after two months, the laminatinon on the custom cover I ordered is peeling off. I’ve heard that the printing quality diminished on this version of the planner from the last, but I haven’t noticed a ton of pixelation, save a few of the monthly pages. I do really like the paper but even ball point pen shows through it a little bit. The laminated monthly tabs have held up super, super well in the last few months!

The Layout

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

The ECLP has three layouts: vertical, horizontal, and hourly. I’d say that the vertical is still the most popular choice. It’s what made Erin Condren planners so revolutionary in the beginning. I chose the vertical and went with the colorful layout as well. I love that there’s a sidebar on every spread, including the monthly pages, and the extra notes pages in the back make it super easy to take notes on the run.

One thing I really love is that there isn’t a ton of extra junk at the beginning. There’s one page I use for goal setting and then it’s right into the planner. I love that I’m not carrying around extra pages that I don’t use.

Usage

I track eeeeeverything in this bad boy. Blog posts, analytics goals, meetings, work schedule, to do lists – all of the above. But even with that, I want my planner to be something that I love to pull out everyday. I’m a super visual person and so boring pages just don’t do it for me.

This is what the layout looks like before I get to it (top) and this is what it looks like after (bottom). My spread usually turns into a few big stickers for key events, a todo list, and some randomly filled in tasks or scheduled items.

Before:

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

After:

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

In the planner world, white space planners and no white space planners are two big overarching categories. No white space planning means that you leave none of the paper showing through the columns. I’m definitely a white space planner and decorate my planner as such. I love filling it to the brim with functional, cute stickers to make my days seem more exciting and mark tasks that I’m less than excited about (like cleaning, paying bills, etc.). I get that not everyone is going to be into my planning style, but there is so much versatility in the usage of this bad boy! Scroll down to the bottom for some more of those planner pics!

Erin Condren Life Planner Review Summary

 

All in all, I really do love this planner. I love that it’s so versatile. From the interchangeable covers to the layout of the weeks. There are so many stickers to choose from (especially from Etsy!) to decorate but even the style without stickers is functional and fun.

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

Erin Condren Life Planner Review
Erin Condren Life Planner Review

Erin Condren Life Planner Review

In addition to this Erin Condren Life Planner Review, I’ve done a few more planner review and usage posts. Check out how I used my Day Designer by Whitney English, how I set up my Personal Sized Binder-Style Planner, and how I used my 12 Month Moleskine Planner.

How do you use your planner? What’s your best Erin Condren Life Planner Tip? Thanks for stopping by!

xo,
Sarah Julia

 

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24 Comments

  1. Alex
    September 7, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Favorite post so far!!

    • Sarah
      September 7, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks, bestie!! Love ya. Planner addicts unite 😉

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  2. September 8, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Wow! You have some serious planner decorating skills!

    • Sarah
      September 9, 2016 / 12:00 am

      Thank you so much, Sheila Jo! I watch a lot of planner-related Youtube haha

      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  3. September 8, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Wow, this is so cool, its like scrapbooking in a planner! So creative 🙂

    • Sarah
      September 9, 2016 / 12:00 am

      YES! That’s exactly what I love about it. I even “plan” afterwards as a scrapbooking type thing! Thanks for stopping by!

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  4. alisha
    September 9, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I love this post! Its so essential to stay organized and have a planner.

    Alisha

    saffrononrose.com

    • Sarah
      September 9, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Alisha! Organization is sooo important.

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  5. September 9, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Love this post! It’s so important to stay organized to keep a balanced lifestyle! Take care

    • Sarah
      September 10, 2016 / 12:41 am

      So true, Fanny! Time management makes balance so much more… manageable!

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  6. September 9, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    wow that’s hardcore – I love that, it does make for a more exciting day/week.

    • Sarah
      September 10, 2016 / 12:38 am

      Hardcore is the exact way to describe it haha – it’s so much fun though! Thanks for stopping by, Jas!

      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  7. September 9, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I love planners they save my life! I think this one is super pretty! I have a Bando planner this year!

    • Sarah
      September 10, 2016 / 12:39 am

      I’ve never had the Bando planners but they are SO cute! Thanks for stopping by!

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  8. September 9, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I’m a planner junkie too. I’ve used Erin Condren, midori, and Filofax which I’m currently in. I wish there was a way to combine all 3!!

    • Sarah
      September 10, 2016 / 12:40 am

      I love my Filofax style planner SO much – but yes, me too! If you’re interested, I can add you to my planner addicts group Pinterest board 🙂

      xo,
      Sarah Augustinsky

  9. September 9, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    This is really cool. Love this post!

    • Sarah
      September 10, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Thank you, Mayra! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      xx,
      Sarah Julia

    • Sarah
      September 10, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Thanks so much! Stickers make everything better!

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  10. Shane
    September 10, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    I love how customizable and practical the EC life planners are! Can’t wait to get a new one for 2017!

    • Sarah
      September 12, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Shane! They are sooo practical but so easy to make fun too! Thanks for stopping by!

      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  11. Dana
    September 11, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    I love how amazing your planner looks!

    • Sarah
      September 12, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Dana! It makes staying organized so much more fun 😉

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

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