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I have tried every planner on the planet. Okay, slight exaggeration. But I have tried a bunch over the years. I became dependent on my planner back in middle school when the school passed out everyone a matching Washburne Middle School planner. Go Lions! And since then, I have been a #planneraddict.
Even as life got more and more digital, I found myself gravitating to good ole pencil and paper to stay organized. Throughout school, I generally used whatever planner the school provided. Go Trevians! Go Rebels! But, after graduating I found myself having to figure out what planner would best suit my lifestyle. And, I wanted to try all the big names. I started with the most basic daytimer you can imagine from a big box store. And, if you have a life that is dictated by a timed schedule, this might be the end of the line for you. That might be all you need.
I, however, while punctual, have never had a life that was dictated by a strict time schedule. Plus, let’s be honest, I wanted something cute to carry around. A fellow blogger who I can’t even remember now (sorry!) had a panic attack on social media when she left her Erin Condren Life Planner on a plane and it was lost forever. And, right then, I figured if someone was going to be that devastated over losing a planner, maybe this was a planner to check out. I used Erin Condren Life Planner for a couple years, until I took a new job that was very task oriented and I needed more space. I tried an Arc planner, but didn’t love it. And switched to the Whitney English Day Designer.
If you have a lot of tasks you need to accomplish on a daily basis, I still suggest a Day Designer. With an entire page dedicated to each day, it helped a lot when I had 30+ things on my to do list every day (not even kidding!). But, life would bring a new twist and I started in Real Estate. And, again, it was time to find a new planner to fit my new lifestyle. Now being an entrepreneur I gravitated to the Design Aglow Big Picture Planner. And, while it had serious positives, it was SO big. Like, print it out on letter sized paper and put it in a 3 ring binder, big. That just didn’t work for my on the go lifestyle. And, since Real Estate has so many tasks associated with a timeline, I wanted the ability to look at my entire week. So, after a few years, I went back to Erin Condren.
Let me tell you, I am thrilled to be back. The weekly layout lets me see what I have going on the entire week at a glance. I (try!) to keep different parts of my life color coded. Usually, this starts out strong at the beginning of the week, and by the end, ehh not so much. While, you can now choose different layouts for your Erin Condren Life Planner, I went back to the original vertical layout. One thing I love about this is the ability to easily transition over any tasks that didn’t get accomplished the day before.
The monthly layout page I input all bills due that month, big events, and write down my monthly goals. While on the weekly sidebar, I will input my weekly goals, and tasks that need to happen that week. Like, my packing list for a trip.
Another thing I love about Erin Condren are all the accessories. I am seriously digging the menu planner bookmark this year. Which, helps me stay on track. Speaking of staying on track, I also am able to track my meals and workouts on the bottom of each day as well.
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