Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How I Use My Erin Condren Life Planner

Back in high school and college I was an avid planner user. Being able to keep track of assignments and events helped me stay organized and on top of things. But after graduating and heading into the job world, I wasn't sure I needed a planner.

Since starting my own blog and Etsy shop I noticed I was feeling frazzled and overwhelmed with tasks and remembering things. I read a blog from a fellow crafter, Jennifer McGuire, about the Erin Condren Life Planner and I decided to order the Hardbound Vertical Life Planner.

I really liked how the vertical planner had 3 sections per day. That way I could keep my personal and business tasks in the same place but still separate.

And for only $35, the hardbound planner is 18 for months! I thought this was a good deal for an Erin Condren beginner. She also offers a spiral bound planner which I now have my eye on!

I am still getting the feel for the layout, and deciding what items to track, but overall I definitely feel more organized. I can open my planner before bed and make sure I've paid the necessary bills, filled my Etsy orders, or just keep track of blog or social media ideas. (And yes I like to include what TV shows I want to watch!)

I'm a simple planner and use basically pens and stamps. I am really liking the Pilot FriXion Pens. They erase clean, write very smooth and come in plenty of colors.

I use MFT Planner Basics stamps for my headers and I use some of the icons as needed. I've experimented with several inks and had many bleed through. Right now I am liking a chalk pigment ink by Archival. I've tried several pigments inks (and dye inks) like the versa fine and found they bleed through. 

I keep all my stamps and pens in a Happy Planner planner bag I found at Hobby Lobby.

For me it helps to make planning fun with these accessories. I know there are 100,000s of stickers and planner kits out there as well, but for now I plan on keeping things simple. 

Thanks for taking the time to read how I used my Erin Condren Planner!

If you are interested in the Erin Condren Planners, please use my referral link to save $10 off your first purchase!

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