Erin Condren Life Planner 6 Month Update

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So my Erin Condren Life Planner – Initial Reactions post has been pretty darn popular. It’s awesome. I love spreading the good word of my addiction! (I also really like those referral credits…sign up here!) You may have also seen my unboxing video for my On-The-Go Notebook which I use almost as much as my life planner.

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I feel so much more organized since I bought these! Well I reached out to my family, friends, and readers and found out that there was some interest on an update post. So here we are. 6 months later, how am I using my Erin Condren Life Planner.

The Updates

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The first update is pretty obvious…I got a new cover! A while ago EC offered FREE covers so I jumped on the opportunity to try something new! As much as I loved my first cover, this one is perfect…and it have my site on it which makes me smile!

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I also have a PINK sequins planner band!! My husband bought me this (headband) from the clearance section at Six Flags Over Georgia when we went over the holidays and I LOVE it! It just adds more personality. I do still use the silver band on my notebook.

How I Plan My Week

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First off, I sort of pre-plan. As things come up I use plain post its and add the important information. this picture shows my blog and podcast responsibilities, but there are frequently post its about school events and projects due.

Erin Condren Life Planner 6 Month Update - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comAfter I pre-plan I choose a color scheme. This week I chose to coordinate with the colors in the planner PURELY because I had just bought this shiny blue striped washi. My washi shopping addiction is excessive. I would show you my collection, but it is embarrassing. I will say my washi is almost always on sale/clearance, but I have been gifted quite a few rolls now. (I’m actually looking at 4 right now from Ashley of Keeping Up with Ashley and Cody right now!)

Erin Condren Life Planner 6 Month Update - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comNext I do some maintenance on the page. I usually go through and white out over the words on the bottom…they just aren’t cute! Please, Erin, just stop! We all cover them with washi and stickers. I don’t always washi the same way, just whatever fits my mood so this week was pretty minimal and clean.

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Then I start adding my events and appointments. For my podcasts I write the time, podcast, and theme (if applicable) on the EC blank stickers and then add them. This is a new thing for me. I kind of hated these stickers at first, but since I like using Ultra Thin Sharpies at any opportunity it’s necessary…and now I love it!

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I also add some coordinating punched stickers for color and more Sharpie writing space. They are also great for highlighting special events (Student of the Month day, Pay Day, etc).

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At the top of the page I have started adding thin, plain washi so that I can track which blog posts go up and when. Since I aim to post no more than three times a week this is very helpful. I also try to offer a variety of posts so it is nice to see at a glance what I have already done this week.

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This is what my layout initially looks like. There are some people who decorate A LOT with stickers and stamps, but that’s just not my style (though I love the look of it). I also do not track as much as some other people. After this I like to add a few stickers to give my pages life, but not so much that I can’t fill in my to-do’s and appointments that come up!

Erin Condren Life Planner 6 Month Update - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comWe buy these crazy expensive planners to keep ourselves organized and this has really helped me. I really think that my blog is starting to do things that I want because of this organization and we have only missed like one or two kids’ assignments have been missed…and that’s because I wasn’t told about them!

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I still HIGHLY recommend the Erin Condren Life Planner after 6 months+ of use. I actually just put in another order today for more of the plain planner stickers, some of EC’s NEW planner stickers, and the EC markers because I love this company.

Try It Yourself

If you would like to look around at all of the great quality products that they offer sign up here! I have bought different types of stickers, notebooks, return address labels and notepads and I love everything. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Erin Condren products because I LOVE talking about them 😉

How do you keep yourself organized? Do you use a paper planner, or are you more of a Google Calendar person?

 

 

 

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33 Comments

    • mrsdmeeks

      It really has been life changing (and addicting!)! So much easier to plan out everything! I even use the monthly views to track all of my blog statistics 🙂 If you use my referral link they will send you a $10 off coupon for your first order!

    • mrsdmeeks

      It’s awesome! I really do think that getting a high quality planner has helped me get organized! Much easier to track things and see what’s coming up!

  1. Savanna Rose

    Super cute!!!! I should do a color scheme… My planner is all over the place… lol

    • mrsdmeeks

      I just started getting my color scheme/theme under control! This might be my favorite week EVER! 🙂

  2. The Mad Mommy

    It’s so adorable! I love the blog planner that I have now, but I am seriously contemplating getting one of these! I even signed up off of your last post!

    • mrsdmeeks

      🙂 It really is life changing to be able to keep home and blog life all in one place!! They release the next set of planners in June which always have new designs and upgrades, so keep an eye out!

  3. Lee Anh

    Hello,

    Oh please can you tell me what is the color of your cover?

    • mrsdmeeks

      Hi! It is turquoise and came out beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • Lee Anh

        Thanks for your answer ^^
        I think I’ll have to have a turquoise cover 😉

  4. BritishMumUSA

    Drooling…… Can I drool over a journal/planner???? I am drooling……. I LOVE WIDE EYED OWLS!!!! I even got a Christmas Ornament Purple wide eyed owl 🙂 Maybe for this Christmas i will get one from the family….

    • mrsdmeeks

      You can absolutely drool over them! You can actually make a wishlist on the website and send it to people so that you can have the personalization exactly how you like it! The 2015-2016 planners come out in June, so keep an eye out! (And yes, the owls are adorbs!)

  5. Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    I love my EC planner, using my first one! I haven’t gotten my free cover yet but I was going to put my blog name on it too! Thanks for sharing with #SITSBlogging!

    • mrsdmeeks

      YAY!! They really are the best planners that I have found!! Have an amazing weekend 🙂

  6. Mrs_ AOK (@Mrs_AOK)

    I love your planner, I’ve been wanting to get myself a fancy planner for sometime now. Right now I’m using a boring old desk calendar for blog purposes. It works, but it does not come with me when things pop up.
    Thanks for sharing how you keep your planner in order.
    XOXO

    • mrsdmeeks

      Oh you HAVE to have a planner that can travel!! How else are you going to know your availability when talking to sponsors at a conference?

      Thanks for checking out my planner! Have a great weekend!

  7. Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

    Super cute! It’s kind of like making one of those cute baby calendars with all the special stickers, except for a grownup with deadlines! And I mean that in a good way. 🙂

    I’m hopelessly undecorative with my planning- I have one of those larger-than-a-checkbook monthly calendars and a pencil (always missing the eraser or the point) somewhere rolling around.

    • mrsdmeeks

      Part of the the fun is the “planning” (decorating!). It is fun to give it a theme and commemorate special days like birthdays. For my daughter’s birthday, I let her pick out the stickers (Frozen, of course) to put on it!

  8. Angela Gilmore

    I love this! I have always wanted to be organized in a stylish way like this. Right now I am more organize than I’ve ever been with my blog but I just use an Excel spreadsheet. Once I can keep myself accountable I will definitely switch to something stylish. I’ve never heard of Erin Condren, I’m going to take a look around!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Welcome to the addiction!! From the minute I heard of Erin Condren I became addicted (my 4th order will be here this week!). I think there is something awesome about a paper planner and the satisfaction of marking off completed tasks. Thank you so much for stopping by, have a great week!

  9. Leslie

    i love these planners! I’m trying to get myself in a position so I can actually buy one. I love all of the cute extras it comes with. I also like your headband as a holder, that is genius!

    • mrsdmeeks

      This planner is a true lifesaver! They release the 2015-2016 (you can get 18 mo or 12 mo) in June, so start setting aside $10/month. That will give you $50 by the end of June. Then you sign up through my referral link and they will send you a $10 off coupon in your email (pretty quick). Then you will be all set…and properly addicted! LOL

      And the headband was a perfect addition!! Have a great week 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      Hahaha! I love being paperless for a lot of things, but there is nothing more satisfying than sitting down and writing out your week…and then marking off things when they are DONE!

  10. Lissette

    I’ve been staring at these for a while, and really do love it. I just wish they had inserts to plan blog posts. I ended up making my own planner using printables I found on Etsy and a small binder I picked up from the container store, and so far it’s working great. I do agree that having a paper organizer is so much more different than keeping everything on the phone. I find I don’t remember as much as I used to using iCal like I did with a paper organizer.

    • mrsdmeeks

      A lot of people do actually make inserts for the Erin Condren planners! I have seen a lot of different dashboards for meal planning, fitness, etc and would not be surprised if there were blog planning ones out there (or on the horizon!).

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an awesome weeekend!

  11. Lysa

    This looks like a wonderful planner! Thank you for sharing this post on the SHINE Blog Hop

    xx
    Lysa
    Welcome to My Circus
    Co-host #SHINEbloghop 2/5

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thank you! I don’t know how else I would be able to keep everything organized! Thank you for co-hosting SHINE!

      Have a GREAT week!

      • Lysa

        I understand as I have a few different planners to keep e organized! You are very welcome as it has been my pleasure to co-host… Not to mention a lot of fun!

        Wishing you a fabulous week as well!

        Much love,

        Lysa xx
        Welcome to My Circus

  12. Molly D

    Can I get an education on washi tape? Somehow I’ve never seen it in the store (Target?) and I don’t understand its function even after reading. For borders only? Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      HA! A lot of the time I only use it for borders and marking the weekend, but it is also great for making longer events, like spring break or family visiting. Some people also use smaller pieces of washi to mark on single days the way that I use the stickers. I hope that this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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