How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

As an organization nerd, getting a new planner is just about the best thing ever. Nothing feels better than that blank canvas just waiting to be color coded, marked in and over-used. Well after some research, I finally decided on the Erin Condren Life Planner.

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

For the past two or three years or so, I've been using the Lilly Pulitzer Agenda, but I decided this was the year to upgrade, seeing as how I'm already anticipating the busiest year yet between school, interning, Greek life, etc. The Lilly agenda was great, but I felt it was better fit for high school where things weren't so complicated.

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

I then looked into the Passion Planner, because my mom had one and she made it sound great (which it is), but it just wasn't for me. The Passion Planner basically divides your day into 30 minute time increments, which would be great for a busy mom juggling multiple schedules, but I am a student and I needed space for to-do lists and reminders.

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
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Which brings me to my decision to get the Erin Condren Life Planner. I've obviously heard all about her products between Pinterest, Instagram, others blogs and friends. I knew her products were high-quality and had great reviews, I just wasn't sure I was ready to spend $50+ on an agenda yet. After researching, every place I found was simply raving about the ECLP. What sets EC apart is the durability of the planner along with all the great organizational features and the ability to do with it what you want. After reading so many great things, and checking out the layout to make sure I liked it, I decided it was worth the money.

While waiting for the delivery of my planner, I found via Pinterest and Instagram that there is basically a whole underground world of ECLP addicts. I spent hours browsing their photos of their weekly and monthly spreads, deciding what I would do with mine. I figured out that there were a few basic uses for the ECLP: just a plain planner (all ink, no decor), planner organized with stickers and labels (only when necessary), more of a decorative outlet with plans few and far between (stickers > planning), and a journal/memory book (using past tense rather than future tense). I was fascinated the way these addicts figured out how to decorate & organize their pages. I immediately knew the decorating & journaling options were out for me, I bought the planner for a reason: to plan. I'd never used stickers in my planners before, other than some sad attempts at using washi tape, but I liked how it looked, so I decided to go the slight sticker route. This underground world also happens to have quite a large presence on Etsy, where people have made ECLP-specific stickers and stamps. As I'm currently writing this post, I have caved and ordered a set of stamps, but that's a topic for a different blog post.

A fabulous ECLP spread by Planner Friend, one of my favorite planners.
Now, EC planners aren't solely just for organizing your day. People have figured out how to make any EC planner into weight loss planners, workout planners, meal planners, etc. The list goes on forever, but that's what's so great, you can make it what you want.

Okay so on to my planner! I got the 18-month Erin Condren Life Planner in the horizontal layout. The horizontal layout is brand new this summer so there are very little pictures online of it, but it's similar to my layout I was used to in my Lilly Pulitzer planner so I liked it. The vertical layout seems more fit for mothers who are juggling kiddos, people meal planning or exercise planning.


How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

This is my beautiful, blank ECLP before I had written anything in it. I love that there is a section for notes on each week - something my Lilly Pulitzer did not have. I also like the simplicity of the design. It gives me more ability to personalize it. The monthly spreads look pretty similar to the Lilly P but, once again, more simple.

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner

Other cool features in the ECLP are the [sturdy] folder in the back, the transparent zipper bag, the sample sticker sheet, and *horns play* you can change the cover if you so desire! Now obviously I'm a big fan of coral and aqua (can you tell from my blog color scheme???) so I'm more than content with my cover for now (obsessed). But who knows, maybe in 6 months I'll be sick of it. ECLP gives you the ability to easily change covers without tricky DIYs or botch jobs. In the back of the planner there are a ton of blank notes pages, some are lined, some are blank and some are graph paper... much more than the Lilly included! I've added photos of the awesome ECLP features I mentioned above plus a few others!

How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
There is a note page and a decorative intro to every month. Perfect for budgeting, scheduling, etc.
How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
This is the 18-month overview at the beginning of the planner.
How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
These two pages are at the beginning of the ECLP. They can be used for important dates, goal-setting, etc.
How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
These cute stickers are in the back of the planner, and special for 2016, the VOTE! sticker!
How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
More fun stickers... 
How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
These blank ones are my fave so I can personalize them with stamps/stickers. If you run out you can even order more online!
How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
A sturdy double-sided pocket folder
How I Chose My Erin Condren Life Planner
Here's the transparent bag, the folder, the 'perpetual calendar' book, and the goodies included in the bag.

Because I'm just getting started with my Erin Condren Life Planner, I figured I'd just leave this post with a little preview of it. However, because I am newly obsessed, expect a few more posts about my ECLP (hmmm could this be another series?) throughout the year, ranging from my personal preferences, to how I organize for school to what I wish I had done earlier. Want to see these posts? Comment below and let me know!
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