I first heard about Erin Condren Life Planners last fall from A Blue-Eyed Boy Met a Brown-Eyed Girl. There was some amazing deal going on where you could get a Life Planner for $12 or so. I didn’t really know what all the hype was about but I love a good planner so I tried to buy it. Unfortunately I did something wrong or they had met the limit of the coupon codes or something, but I wasn’t able to get one. I wasn’t too terribly upset because I still wasn’t sure what was so amazing about these planners, but I decided to keep an eye out for any more great deals. Well, 2011 closed without any more deals and 2012 came and with it, no deals. But as I waited I began to see these planners popping up more and more – I read reviews about them on other people’s blogs and started to really want one. I kept waiting for a deal to come up (the planner is $50 and I just couldn’t justify paying full price for it) but nothing came up and I had finally given up getting one this year and figured I would wait until next year.
I mentioned the planner and how I wanted one a few times to Michael, but I didn’t put it on my “official” birthday list or anything so I was so surprised when he ordered me one for my birthday! FedEx and UPS won’t leave packages at our townhouse so on my birthday there was a packing slip on the door saying they had tried to deliver it but no one was home – how sad! So we arranged to pick it up on Wednesday – I was so incredibly excited to get it! (I may or may not have been a little late to work that day because I just had to stop and get my planner and then I just had to run in to Target to buy some matching pens…)
So that’s a long story to tell you how excited I was about this planner. I’ve been using it for almost four weeks now and I love it. I just have to share it with you!
(Michael picked the pattern and everything so it was a total surprise…didn’t he do a great job?) (oh and yes I did black out my last name…gotta watch out for those creepers, ya know?)
Here’s a glimpse inside the planner:
so that’s my planner, now I’m going to show you how I use it
I don’t really need to schedule my day in chunks – like morning, afternoon, and night. I can definitely see how that will be useful when I have kids and am trying to keep up with multiple people doing multiple things each day, but for now I don’t need that. So I use mine a little differently.
The morning section is where I put my “traditional” calendar stuff – appointments, reminders, events (you can see I have my cake decorating class on there and information about the PRAXIS). I’m also currently using the top box to keep up with my practicum hours (that’s what the WE – # part is).
The afternoon section is where I put my daily “to-do” list. We’ve talked before about how much I love having a to-do list (and crossing stuff off!) and so now I have my list in my calendar rather than on a loose piece of paper floating around.
I kind of cut it off in this picture, but on the left hand side there is a column divided into two sections: “goals” and “to-do”. In the goals section I put little motivational reminders for things I’m working on. In the to-do section I put things I want to get done that week, but not necessarily on a specific day.
Finally, in the night section I write my blog post plans for each day and my meal plan.
So there you have it, my Erin Condren Life Planner. I love it! EC also makes a ton of other cute stuff (stationary, teacher lesson planner books, iPhone covers, etc.) – check it out here.
My Life Planner works for me! (Linking up to Works for Me Wednesday)