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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know it’s a yearly tradition for me to write a review of the latest Erin Condren LifePlanner. (Check out past ones here.)
I’m obsessed with these planners. I’ve been purchasing them since 2014 and have loved each and every one I’ve received. Even though I utilize digital tools like Evernote, ClickUp, and Google Calendar to keep my life organized, there’s something very satisfying about writing it all down in a physical planner. (And decorating it with stickers!)
So, without further ado, let me show you what it looks like inside the 2019 Erin Condren LifePlanner.
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2019 Erin Condren LifePlanner Review
So, here it is! This is my 2019 Erin Condren LifePlanner in all its glory. Seriously, receiving this every year is almost as exciting as Christmas Day. I went with the 12-month spread, which spans July 2019 through June 2020. This interchangeable cover is the neutral version of this year’s kaleidoscope design. I also went back to the neutral colorway this year and stuck with my favorite horizontal spread.
You’ll notice my ruler, which I forgot to take off for the photo. However, I will say it’s definitely an improvement over previous years. It has a frosted look, which I really like. Plus, it’s more flexible and easier to remove from the coil and replace it. I’ve had rulers break in the past because they were rather stiff, but I don’t see that happening with this one.
This year, I also went with the rose gold coil and it’s been a couple of years since I had one. It’s absolutely stunning, even more so in person. It has really come a long way since the original rose gold coil that I experienced flaking issues with.
Inside, you’ll find this spread where you can truly get creative when it comes to how you use it. For me, I think it’s the perfect place to record monthly goals since there’s 12 boxes. However, you’ll see in a moment that there’s a new place for recording monthly goals.
One thing that changed this year was the section before each monthly spread. This is something that has really evolved over the past few years as the Erin Condren LifePlanner team figures out what really resonates with customers. First, you’ll see a lined page and in true EC tradition, a quote page opposite.
Then, you’ll flip the page to find this entirely new spread. It features a full dotted page, perfect for anyone who wants to incorporate some bullet journal style planning into their LifePlanner. There’s also a space to jot down birthdays and monthly goals. And you’ll see a box with lines, as well as another one with a dotted grid.
Next, you’ll see the monthly spread. It’s very simple. No fuss or clutter. There’s plenty of space to write down all of your monthly appointments and important tasks. And of course, there’s the lined section down the right-hand side for any additional information you may wish to record.
My personal favorite style for my Erin Condren LifePlanner is the horizontal layout. I’ve been using it ever since it launched years ago and I’ve never looked back. The reason I like it is because having the lines makes my writing so much neater. Plus, it’s more suitable for my larger handwriting. You’ll notice that this spread is very simple and straight-forward with the neutral colorway. There are lined sections, as well as blank boxes. And you’ll notice the calendar view in the bottom right-hand corner.
In the back of the planner, you’ll find plenty of space for taking notes, doodling, and coloring. There are three lines pages, four dotted grid pages, and two coloring pages (seen above). The coloring pages are one of my favorite editions to the Erin Condren LifePlanner over the last few years because it’s the perfect way to pass the time without resorting to staring at your smartphone.
And of course, we can’t forget about the sticker sheets! There are four sheets of stickers that are perfect for decorating your planner. There’s flags, labels, habit trackers, decorative stickers for birthdays and seasons, and more.
After the stickers, you’ll find the two-sided folder that’s perfect for storing all your extras. Loose papers, sticker sheets, whatever you may need! And there’s the perpetual calendar for storing all your most important dates throughout the year.
On the inside of both the front and back interchangeable covers, you’ll find space to write down anything you want. The front cover features a lined section, while the back is blank and open to creativity. Just make sure you grab some wet erase markers for writing on here!
Now, let’s talk accessories! You can adorn your new Erin Condren LifePlanner with planner charms. I received the “Love to Plan” charm for being an EC Insider, while the pink druzy stone is one I purchased myself. They’re cute, but to be honest… I find the pink one gets in the way a bit.
And if you know me, you know I buy an assortment of accessories each year. This year, I really reigned myself in and only purchased a few things. I got the Snap-In StylizedSticky Dashboard, which features sticky notes with this year’s kaleidoscope theme, as well as another set of stick notes with tabbed edges. Then, I got a new snap-in dashboard that features a priorities checklist, habit tracker, and a weekly overview (on the back). I also purchased new elastic bands, a neutral themed Planny Pack, and the latest sticker book.