How I use my Erin Condren Life Planner

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How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner

I’ve been a fan of the Erin Condren Life Planners for a good three years now. When I first fell in love with the planners, I couldn’t afford them so I asked for one as my only Christmas present one year. Every year after, I made sure to save up to get myself one every November for the next year. There are other planners out there, but I love this one and finally found a system of using it that makes it perfect.

Here is my 2014 Erin Condren Life Planner:

Erin Condren Life Planner

I chose the Zig Zag design and asked for it to be seafoam. I added my name and this quote: “your twenties are the ideal time to try your dreams on for size.” It came out great, I’m really in love with it and think it’s my favorite so far!

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Erin Condren Life Planner - Monthly

For the month-at-a-glance sections, I track anything having to do with my blogs. I use two different colors to color coordinate stuff.  I write down posts I plan on publishing, due dates, Twitter parties, and in the empty boxes I track important projects. In the notes section on the right, I list blog post ideas for the month. I got these cute “clean out iMac” stickers from Stickers Meet Paper that I put on the 15th of every month. And on the last day of every month, I put a reminder to update stats on my PR Friendly page.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Weekly

The week-at-a-glance pages are divided into morning, day, and night which I don’t really use so I used washi tape over the headings. The top section I use for my business and blogs, the middle for anything having to do with Thirty-One, and the bottom section I use for house chores, appointments, and any notes about the family.

At the very top, I use the stickers that came with the planner to mark bills that are due. On the left goals & notes section, I use the very bottom for weekly blog statistic updates. I also list the meals we’ll be making that week  in the middle and I use the top to jot down notes and any to-do’s that don’t really have a deadline.

On the bottom lines, I list daily tasks like showering and exercising. I work from home and sometimes have my toddler brother with me all day. I honestly forget to take a shower some days. I read somewhere that if you add daily tasks to your to-do list, you’re more likely to do them and it’s true. I also track my H2O intake, each box represents a 16.9 oz bottle that I refill. My goal is usually six bottles a day… I hope to increase that.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Special Dates

I use the special dates section at the front of the planner as a gratitude diary. I just simply write one small thing I’m grateful for every day. It’s easy, plus it’ll be good to look back later.

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If you’re new to Erin Condren, click here to set up a new account and you’ll get a coupon for $10 off your first order emailed to you! Simple as that.

Here’s a video on how I’ve changed the way I used my Erin Condren Life Planner through the years. Kinda crazy, really.

The Facebook group that has inspired me a lot is We Love EC.

So, how do you organize your life?!


28 thoughts on “How I use my Erin Condren Life Planner

  1. As a goal-setting, list-making geek, I love posts like this! I have a very similar planner that I got from Etsy for slightly cheaper (although still like $40, so it wasn’t cheap), but it’s working well for me. I use my month-at-a-glance for blog planning stuff too, and the weekly layouts for keeping track of what I have going on as well as what’s for dinner, tracking/planning my workouts, and stuff I need to do around the house. I got a “family planner” so I have a section each day for each member of the family rather than a morning, noon & night section. My kids are still little, though, so I usually end up using their sections as a mini to-do list for the day. I love all your washi tape!
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  2. I’ve never heard of this planner…but it’s amazing and I love love love the way you break down how you use yours! So inspiring!! I think I might save up a little and grab one in the next month or so!
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  3. Love how you showed your use of the planner. I have always wanted one of her planners, but wasn’t sure if I would use it to justify the price. I may have to just go for it now! Found you on SITS Sharefest.
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  4. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing how you use your Planner. I love planners and notebooks and do not know how I would live and exist, much less organise myself without them! I watched your video and have picked up some tips. Love that you use the sticker tape to define certain tasks.

    Excellent. Found you on SITS, what a great blog you have. Keep up the great work!!
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  5. Visiting from the SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    I have wanted an EC planner for a long time but have been holding off because I was afraid like every other planner I’ve had I would not use it. I love your progression through the years and now understand IIi a lots better. Thanks for the info! I will be joining that group and getting my planner soon! Great post!

  6. I have been wanting an Erin Condren planner for the LONGEST time, but wasn’t able to afford it. After seeing how you use every part of the page for blog planning as well as life planning, I’m going to start saving my pesos now so by summer I can buy one of the 18-month planners for when the new school year starts! :)
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  7. THIS IS Awesome!!! I have been through SO many planners over the past year because I just can NOT find one that’s perfect for me. The main drawback from EC was the morning/afternoon/evening thing, others are too bulky, I don’t need a huge space for each day for “scheduled” things, I just need separate to do lists for separate areas each week. After spending hundreds on so many different planners, and DIY planners I’ve come up with… EC would be more money again, but I LOVE the way you’ve altered this. Looks so perfect. I just wish they weren’t so big like a full size notebook. I’d really love a version that would better fit in my purse :/ Thank you for this post. You’ve got me thinking again :)
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  8. Hiya Brittany!! I just came across your website and I love how you have your Erin Condren planner so detailed and organized. I a single mom of 2 and shortly to be a grandmother, but still very young to be that even. Im only 37. lol I attend the local university and I love how the planner is broken up into morning, afternoon, and evening since I have an evening class. I am also trying to get back into the swing of blogging full time but I wanted to say how I love your website. I would love to be able to get a planner like yours because it looks fantastic, I just can’t afford one being that I am on ssdi but a girl can always dream, hey!! haha…Keep up your website and the awesome job your doing!!!

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