As a lover of stationary and as someone who had a dream last night about which pen at Staples is the best, I thought I would share with you what I choose to plan my life in!
There is a wide variety of planners and schedulers out there, and I have probably tried half of them. They vary from a Moleskin weekly planner to an average, but colorful, planner from Staples. You can buy a set 12 month planner at the beginning of each year, or you can stick with your trusty Google Calendar to keep all of your affairs in order. There is no shortage of scheduling helpers out there, and each one serves a different purpose.
About 4 years ago, I discovered Erin Condren. Erin Condren, a real woman, started off working in the apparel industry and left in 2001 when she had her twins. She began a stay-at-home business creating thank you cards, birth announcements, gifts, and more from the comfort of her kids’ playroom! Erin quickly developed her business from cards and gifts to stickers, planners, and more. She has been in the business for almost 20 years and it doesn’t seem like she is slowing down any time soon.
As a mom to be, I admire Erin’s passion and drive to create something that can fulfill her desire to work, but also tap into and remain in her creative side.
As I mentioned before, there are countless planners out there. If there are so many planners, why would you want to listen to the advice of one individual? You don’t have to! I adore this line of planners so much that I want to share my experiences with you. If Erin Condren isn’t for you, that’s alright! But it is 100% for me.
I have had 4 planners from Erin Condren over the last 4 years. I started off with her LifePlanner for 12 months. What’s amazing about her planners is that they are completely customizable. Erin Condren offers a wide variety of covers, including ones where you can add your own quote, add your own photos, and even include your name! You are also able to choose the color of the coils (silver, gold, or rose gold), and the internal layout (hourly, horizontal, or vertical).
Erin Condren planners also allow you to add in accessories such as Snap-In StylizedSticky™ Notes, stickers, bookmarks, to-do lists, and more. I use the Snap-In Monthly Bill Tracker Dashboard which you can find here.
I was teaching a few stage management courses at California Institute of the Arts over the last year, and decided to branch out and order the Teacher Lesson Planner. You are still able to customize the cover and colors of your teacher planner, however the inside is stagnant. You receive a monthly spread, weekly lesson plan, student checklists, and notebook pages. I LOVED the teacher planner, but of course didn’t each enough courses to get the full effect of it.
The newest planner debut is the New LifePlanner! This planner debuted about a month ago and features new cover designs and colors, as well as accessories that match the new designs. I recently received it in the mail and am making my way through, decorating and filling out my future months. With the quarantine still in effect, my days mostly consist of cleaning and grocery shopping, but I am able to mark off events such as my wedding and the birth of my sweet baby girl!
Whatever your planner preference, whether it be paper, electronic, travel sized, or large enough to fill a whole wall in your house, be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!