Today we’re going to talk about one of my current obsessions.
It’s something that doesn’t really have anything to do with food or fitness, but that can still impact your life in a positive way. Today we’re going to talk about my new Erin Condren Life Planner*
I was chatting with a friend the other day about how I’ve been feeling oddly relaxed lately… and I say ‘oddly’ because I’m normally somewhat scatterbrained and filled with a sort of nervous/excited/creative energy… until I use it all up, crash hard, and repeat the process all over again.
But this past week has felt a lot calmer. Things seemed to flow together a lot more smoothly and I didn’t find myself constantly thinking about what I had to do/when I was going to do it/how I was going to fit it all in/omg whaaaaaat?!? 😯 😯 My head didn’t feel nearly as cluttered, and I credit that to this little gem right here…
(for size comparison purposes next to my iPhone6)
My Erin Condren Life Planner* I was going to wait a while before doing a review so that I could figure out exactly how I wanted to use it, but that’s something that will probably keep evolving anyways, and I wanted to get this review up for you guys while the year was still young so that you could snag one up [if you see something you like] and have your socks rocked off as well. There’s a link near the end of the post where you can get $10 off your first purchase, so be sure to check that out if you’re interested!
So let’s talk deets…
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Packaging and Shipping
I love the attention to detail that goes into the Erin Condren planner, and even the box it comes in is no exception. Your planner comes wrapped up nice and snug in a decorative box along with some free stickers/labels and a gift card for $10 off your next purchase. Not too shabby at all!
My planner took about 1.5 weeks to ship out after I ordered it, which was exactly on point with the information I was given at checkout. The only downside was that the cost of shipping was inSANE. It’s not bad if you live in the States (around $8), but it’s a whopping $40 for any international orders… plus taxes. Ugh. Moving along…
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In addition to being gorgeous, this planner is definitely built to last. The front and back covers are made out of a durable cardstock and a really thick laminated plastic that snaps on to what is probably the sturdiest aluminum coil I’ve ever come across. You have a choice of 75 different designs to choose from (including beautiful gold and platinum foil editions), and if you’re having trouble picking just one, then you can simply buy additional covers and switch them out whenever your heart desires. Yup! The covers are interchangeable! You can also customize them to say whatever you want as well as changing the colour scheme.
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Calendar and Layout
The Erin Condren planner comes with 3 different types of calendar pages. The year-at-a-glance (found near the very beginning of the planner):
The month-at-a-glance (found throughout the planner at the beginning of each new month; easy to find thanks to a reinforced tab; each month has a different colour theme)…
And the week-at-a-glance (found directly after each month-at-a-glance)… (which are not blue despite what my camera might say)…
… where each day runs vertically and is divided into a morning, day, and night section…
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this setup at first, but I actually really love it. I like how the days are still divided into ‘chunks,’ but without specific times like 8-9, 9-10, 10-11, etc. That being said, I don’t really use the morning, day, and night labels, but go with work/blog, errands/events, and misc/notes… since most of my work/blogging is done in the morning and my errands are run in the afternoon, while the evenings are generally not something that I need to plan for. Nevertheless, I find the way that the days are divided up to be really helpful visually.
The pages are printed on 70 pound paper that’s great for both ballpoint and felt tip pens. I’ve been using Staedtler and Sharpie pens in mine and haven’t had any problem with the ink bleeding through.
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Odds and Ends
In addition to all of that, you’ll find a nice little assortment of goodies at the back of your planner. These include:
Plenty of blank note pages (both lined and unlined)…
4 sheets of repositionable stickers (2 printed with different events and 2 blank)…
A “Keep It Together” folder and vinyl zip pouch to stash your things…
And a mini “Forget Me Not” perpetual calendar where you can keep track of birthdays and special events…
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I adore this planner. I really, really do. It has a pretty massive cult following, and I can completely understand why. Not only is it a great tool to keep you organized, but it’s just so visually appealing that it awakens this kind of creativity in you. I’m serious. I was always a bit of a planner junkie, but the obsession kind of tapered off over the years to the point where I was [apparently inefficiently] only using them at a bare minimum.
Until I got this one…
I basically treat it like ascrapbook, and I seriously get excited to sit down with it and decorate/plan out the upcoming week. I thought the price was a little crazy at first ($50 for a regular cover; $65-$75 for a foil cover), but I completely understand why it costs that much and I definitely think it’s worth the investment. The quality is amazing, and the way it inspires you is just priceless.
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And now that I’ve gone ahead and written over 1000 words about how much I love my Erin Condren Life Planner, I have a little something for you. If you like what you’ve seen and would love to have one of your own, you can click this link right >> here << to get $10 off your purchase. How it works is that if you sign up and make a purchase using my referral link, you’ll get $10 off your order and I’ll get $10 credited to my account.
But enough of my rambling! I’m sorry this post was so epically long, but I’m kind of obsessed with this thing and just wanted to share the love. And now if you’ll excuse me… it’s time to go plan the upcoming week 🙂
Do you use a planner? Is it paper or electronic?
Anyone else with an Erin Condren planner? Are you as obsessed with it as I am?
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Disclaimer: This post contains referral links. It is not sponsored, nor did I receive any kind of compensation for my time. I purchased the planner with my own money and chose to review it because I genuinely adore it.
I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I could work with the ECLP and whether or not my bank account could take the hit. But you’ve sold me. Looks like I’ve found a new planner to start off the school year right with 🙂 Sucks on that wild shipping though, thank god I live in the US! Thank you so much for the detailed review!
Seher | Simply in Control
Love all the pics! I also did a review and wrote about how to personalize the planner recently. Check it out some time, it’s very detailed!
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I thought my paper planner from Staples was expensive. But I see why it’s worth paying that much for yours, it’s soooo much prettier!
I bought one and used it for approximately two weeks, but carried it around for a month or so. Don’t get me wrong, they are amazing. Designed perfectly and functionally are the best on the market, despite being kinda pricey. I just never used it. My iCalendar was so convenient, I never felt like writing it in two places. I guess if my phone crashes, I might sing a different tune! I love them and obsess over their ascetics, but know I won’t use it. Those pens you posted are my favorite, I found them in college and haven’t stopped using them! I like your taste…probably cause its similar to mine 😉 haha! Happy planning chica! xoxo, ganeeban
And now I want about ten of these! What a fun, fun planner and perfect to have everything so organized! Thanks for the fun review!
Angela @ HonestlyAngela
I have wanted an erin condren planner for awhile now and yours looks amazing. I didn’t realize shipping was so expensive though – $40 is crazy!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
It really is 😡 I’ve heard it’s easier if you have it shipped to a friend in the States and then have them send it to you. That’s what I’ll be trying next year!
Stephanie @ Sparkles and Sweat
I decided to treat myself to an Erin Condren planner for Christmas. WORTH EVERY PENNY.
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
I ordered a planner from Target that is a little more simple, but I am loving it.
Aww! I JUST ordered something similar. As you know by now my life is just as up side down and even IF I am in bed in order to sleep, I can not turn my head off. I NEED a planner so bad and I can not wait for it to arrive. I hope it will be just as pretty!!