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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!