(Erin Condren provided the products shown in this post in exchange for my honest review. This post is not sponsored, and my opinions are my own.)
The other day I was talking to my planner friend and we were commiserating about our lack of planner peace. There’s so much pressure to have a specific system in place as a new year rolls around, it can be a bit paralyzing. I commented, “Don’t you miss the days when we just bought an Erin Condren planner and were good for the entire year?”
That conversation got my wheels turning. I was content in one planner for many years. It was cute, functional, and helped me to manage owning my own salon business, a busy high schooler, as well as my blog and other side hustles. Now I work from home, one of my kids has left the nest, and I don’t have nearly as many time-sensitive things to track, so it’s ludicrous that I am trying to keep track of my life in 5 different planners. I decided it was time to try going back to basics.
Erin Condren Softbound LifePlanner
Enter the Erin Condren Softbound LifePlanner. The inside of this planner looks just like the regular LifePlanner that most of us know and love, but it is in a slim, softbound cover. I have the 8×10″ version which is perfect for keeping on my desk, but it also comes in A5.
There is SO much room in this planner, and the different sections make it easy to combine several different parts of my life into one planner. I can either just write my to-do’s in one long column, or divide them up by section. I run this blog, my YouTube channel, have a podcast, and have a few side hustles, not to mention day to day tasks like vacuuming and picking up prescriptions. All this space and the way it is divided out makes it easy to keep track of it in one place without getting confused.
The monthly view is also large enough to be able to write down several things, like my editorial calendar for the blog and YouTube, birthdays, appointments, bills that are due, and more. In this section I used several different colors so it’s easier to see what’s happening at a glance. I used the Erin Condren Tropics Dual-Tip Markers for this. I like that the fine tip is small enough to fit a lot into each calendar square, but the bright colors make it really noticeable.
I also love this monthly page to track whats coming up. Next month I am going to use this for my finances!
Erin Condren Softbound Notebook
The thing with a larger planner is that it isn’t super portable. I rarely go anywhere that I need to take a planner with me, but aI love the Erin Condren Softbound Notebooks to throw in my purse. I paired this one with a Planny Pack so I can bring my pens and accessories, too.
Sometimes I like to play around and use this as a bullet journal, but for the most part I just jot notes in this and then transfer them to my planner when I get home. This Softbound Notebook is flexible, and lays flat like the planner, so it feels awesome in hand.
Keep It Simple
Do you have a planner system set up for 2020? If you are frustrated trying to find what works, I really encourage you to go back to basics and set up ONE planner. I have really enjoyed getting back into an Erin Condren planner, and keeping it simple has really brought back the joy of planning. If you’re ready to keep it simple and live in one planner, make sure you use my referral link to get $10 of your first Erin Condren purchase!