2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner

I’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect planner.  I even made my own out of a Moleskine notebook but even that wasn’t to my liking.  I had heard of the Erin Condren Life Planner but never got one until this year.  I was so excited when it arrived at my house yesterday!  I had to pace myself to allow for taking photos when all I really wanted to do was tear into the package and get started!  It arrived in perfect time for the beginning of the month.  It came in a cute box and was very well packaged on the inside.

IMG_20150701_174447IMG_20150701_174947IMG_20150701_175037There are so many different covers to choose from and most of them you can personalize with your name or your blog… whatever you’re planning to use the planner for!  The covers are also removable so if you get tired of your original cover you can get a new one and switch them out as often as you like!  I got the elastic band pack to help keep the book together if I ever needed to bring it with me anywhere.  If I had to toss it in my purse, I wouldn’t have to worry about the cover falling open and damaging the pages inside.

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The first few pages of the planner have affirmations and motivational quotes.  There is also this two page section where you can list some of your goals in life!  It’s a great way to keep those goals in your mind so they are easier to achieve.

IMG_20150701_175317 IMG_20150701_175417 IMG_20150701_175432There are tabs for each month and section of the planner.  Each month opens with a monthly layout where you can put in your goals for the month on the right side and fill in brief event descriptions.  Then it moves into the weekly layouts.  This year there are two different layouts you can choose from: horizontal or vertical.  I went with vertical because I wanted to use the planner for my life, my blog and my fitness.  Each of the three sections are now blank so it is easy to write in what I want to use them for.  In the top left corner, there is a small box for you to write a thankful thought every week.  That is a helpful reminder to not take things for granted and be thankful for the good things in your life.  There is also a spot to make a list on the left side.  I will probably make that a weekly to-do list.  Underneath each day there is also a few lines that I will be using for meal planning.

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IMG_20150701_175633At the back of the planner there are some fun stickers to use for birthdays, voting, dr. appointments, etc.  There are also two sheets worth of blank ones that you can make your own!  Those will be fun pops of color to use in the planner.

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There is also a nice two sided pocket folder in the back to help keep loose items like invitations or anything else like that.

IMG_20150701_180119 The very last thing is a press and seal pocket to store any stickers or other small extras you may choose to use in your planner.  The planner came with a few gifts and samples such as a sheet of the Do It All Dots and a coil clip.  The coil clip can be used to add in a page whether you might want to make a dashboard or a color code key.  There is a bit of adhesive that you can attach to any piece of paper and then it clips right into the coils.  There are also some compliment cards and some referral cards!IMG_20150702_184114 IMG_20150702_184151

I had fun last night filling in this week of my planner!  I created a color code system that I will be using.  I used one of the compliment cards to write out the color code and attached it to my planner with the coil clip.

Overall I am loving this planner and am really looking forward to being more organized!

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Moleskine Planner DIY

My Moleskine Planner

My Moleskine Planner

I always seem to be on the lookout for the perfect planner but can NEVER find exactly what I want.  So I did some checking around on Pinterest for some good ideas on making my own planner.  I didn’t want a ring binder because those always get bent out of shape.  Anything with a soft cover would get junky pretty fast, too.  So I needed something with a hardcover but nothing too expensive.  I’ve seen a lot of organization bloggers create planners and sell them but they are always so expensive, at least for me anyways.  So I was happy to find a couple examples of people making their own planners with Moleskine notebooks!  I’ve always loved the look of them.  Of all the blog posts about creating a planner from a Moleskine was from Charmingly Modern.  I really liked her weekly layout.  That was always the main section of a planner I could never find one that I liked.  I had a few features that I added to make mine meet my needs and left out some of the sections she created in hers.

You Will Need:

  • Moleskine Notebook – click for the one I used
  • A ruler
  • A black pen
  • Highlighters in multiple colors
  • washi tape (optional)
Month Page Layout

Month Page Layout

I didn’t change anything from her month layout.  I left 3 squares at the top and bottom to leave room for notes.  Each square is 7×7.  With the size notebook I have, that made 5 rows.  For the long months, some of the last squares will have to be cut in half.  My color code helps keeps different events and appointments in order.  Green is for my personal things.  Blue is for Ethan’s.  Yellow is for our bills.  Only the ones I have to remember to pay.  Any bill that is automatic I don’t write in the planner.  Orange is for family events.  Pink is for events with our friends.  The washi tape on the side doesn’t really represent anything.  Just another splash of color.

Weekly Page Layout

Weekly Page Layout

My weekly page layout is where I made my personal touches to her layout.  I started 3 squares from the top.  Monday through Friday are 9 x 26.  Saturday and Sunday are 7 x 13.  Within the days I sectioned off two 9 x 3 chunks.  The first chunk is to record my Fitbit stats for the day.  I record my daily activity minutes, steps and flights of stairs.  In the second chunk I plan out our meals for dinner.  I try and do this ahead of time but sometimes it doesn’t happen until the day of.  Saturday and Sunday have smaller chunks.  Fitbit stats: 7 x 3 and dinner plan 7 x 2.

At the bottom of the pages I have the left side for my To-Do List and the right side for my weekly goals.

I’ve been using this planner since April and I really like it!  I actually use it everyday unlike other planners that I have purchased in the past.

Have you found a planner that you like?  Or have you made one of your own?