Good Morning! Another Monday morning means new goals, plans, and expectations for the week ahead. As I mentioned in my last post, I think it is important to write down goals and have a clear vision of what you want to achieve in order to stay on track. I also mentioned briefly about my planner. I wanted to do a whole separate post on this because everybody who sees this planner and is not familiar with it asks me a ton of questions about it.
For those of you not familiar with Erin Condren, she is a planner designer. I will have a link below to her website. The Erin Condren Life Planner is different than any other planner on the market. It is a large community of people who share a passion for planning, crafting, and organizing. What makes this planner so special is the ability to customize it to revolve around your life. There are a number of different Etsy shops which sell decor and stickers for the planner to make it even more customizable. Erin Condren has three layouts: Hourly, Horizontal, and Vertical. I use the vertical and I find that it is the most functional for what I need to accomplish and my lifestyle. before each weekly layout there is a full monthly layout. I don’t really use this because it I prefer to only see everything in weekly format. The planner pages come blank and each week you can design them to however you wish.
A few of my previous designs.
Every week I like to switch up the colors and theme depending on what I have going on for that week. For some people, this may be too much. I am a very visual person so having the weeks very colorful and pretty makes the tasks seem less stressful and almost fun! I also add washi tape to make it even more colorful Here is an example of how I transition and decorate a week.
It honestly takes me about 30 minutes. I do this every Sunday. As you can see, the pages tend to get pretty crazy. There is something so satisfying about looking back on all you have accomplished though! I have developed a more simple and organized system lately where I am using the top box for all my to-do’s, the middle box for daily activity and spending, and the bottom box for anything blog related. I try to stick to only 6 tasks per day (which I talked about in my last post). I do like to change up how I use the left bar. Sometimes for work related to-do’s. Sometimes for water intake. Most of the time I use it for weekly goals though. Again, this is totally customizable and you can find a system that works for you.
The last thing I love about the Erin Condren planner is that there are plenty of empty pages at the beginning and end of the planner. These pages are great for all the little random lists that may come up during the year. I use them for christmas list shopping, long term goals, bucket lists, monthly reflections, and school schedules. I also made a DIY sticky note dashboard and gift card tracker with some of the beginning pages!
I don’t think I will ever go back from using the Erin Condren planner. It has seriously changed my life and made me an overall more organized person.
Let me know how you guys like to plan and organize and if you are currently using the planner, how do you like to organize yours?
I hope everyone has an amazing Monday.
Check out some of the links below if your interested in the Erin Condren Life Planner.
“For every minute spend organizing, an hour is earned” – Anonymous