Erin Condren LifePlanners are hugely popular planners. They are well designed and customizable. If you are thinking about getting one check out this review of the new Erin Condren LifePlanner. I was given the planner for free, all thoughts are my own.
I used Happy Planners for years but a few years I decided to get my first Erin Condren LifePlanner. This year I’ve been trying out the Erin Condren PetitePlanner but for 2021 I have decided to return to the LifePlanner.
If you are thinking about getting one but are still on the fence hopefully this review can help you decide if it’s right for you.
Erin Condren LifePlanner Review
Erin Condren LifePlanners are planners that have become very popular over the last several years. You can choose the more traditional style coiled LifePlanner that has a lot of customizable options, a binder style, the PetitePlanners, or a softbound planner.
This year they have introduced the Daily LifePlanner Duo! If you have wanted a daily planner spread you will love this. To keep it from being too big it comes in two books.
With the spiral-bound Erin Condren planner, you can choose from several customizable covers, layouts, color schemes, coil colors, and more.
For 2021 I choose the coiled LifePlanner with the new colorful layers design. I love this new design. It’s so beautiful and features some of my favorite colors.
I went with the rose gold coil, vertical layout, and a 12-month planner for January- December. I will continue to use the PetitePlanner through 2020.
This year the sweet people at Erin Condren sent me a planner early so I could share it right away. In the past, my planner got to me in just over a week with the free shipping.
Which is great with the fact that it is customized. If you haven’t seen Erin Condren boxes before they are beautiful. Everything is packaged very well and beautifully. These box photos are actually from 2018 because my husband is currently in charge of mail and we get rid of boxes right away. My box was very similar this year.
The planner itself comes with a ruler bookmark that attaches to the planner and a few free gift stickers, cards, and a coil clip so you can attach the pouch to the planner.
Included with my planner were gift labels, compliment cards, and coupon codes to share with your friends. I always enjoy these freebies.
The planner itself is very well made. The coil is huge and very strong. The paper is one of the things that sets Erin Condren apart from other planners, it holds up and the ink doesn’t bleed through the pages.
The inside of the cover is a lined dashboard that works with wet-erase markers. I have also seen people use Sharpies and remove it with rubbing alcohol, I haven’t tried this. One great change this year was that they got rid of the barcode that used to be at the bottom of the dashboard.
Then there is a thick piece of vellum, followed by the cover page and two decorative pages, and then you get into the planner with a 2020/2021 year-at-a-glance calendar. After that is one of my favorite sections. It’s two pages with 12 boxes. You can use these for anything but they are perfect for goal setting.
The monthly pages and weekly pages follow and each month in the colorful layout has a different color theme. They are simple but still pretty.
One thing they fixed this year is that the tabs open to the monthly view instead of the monthly intentions page. Last year it opened to the monthly intentions page and people weren’t happy. Thankfully they listened to this feedback and updated it.
With the vertical layout, which is what I picked, you get three boxes and a few lines for each day. This is basically the same as what I’ve seen in the past years as well.
I like to use one box for a to-do list, one of the boxes for any events that day, and one for my work to-do list. I love that they aren’t labeled so it’s easy to use the boxes for whatever you want.
After the monthly and weekly pages, there is a notes section. This has changed a lot from past LifePlanners. It used to have some lined paper, dot grid, and some coloring pages. Now it’s all lined paper.
This will work much better for me and is what most people have seemed to want. It’s a great place to keep your cleaning schedules and other notes you need often.
The contacts section comes after the notes and has a place for some contacts. I recently got the Erin Condren address book so I doubt I will use this page, I haven’t in the past. There is also a year-at-a-glance 2022 calendar in the back with some space to write under each month. I love this area for some advanced planning.
There are also a lot of great stickers that match the planner. They have a nice double-sided folder with a deep pocket. My last LifePlanner had the shallow pocket, this is a big improvement.
There is also another lined dashboard and a perpetual calendar. I already have one of these but I have some ideas for what I can use this one for. I will share those ideas soon.
Thoughts on the Erin Condren Life Planner
Overall I love the LifePlanner this year and I’m happy to go back to one. I love the colorful layers design! I also love that you can change out the covers. I have a few from past years, including a Christmas one that I can’t wait to use again.
The ordering process is easy and it shipped quickly. It was well packaged so I don’t think there should be an issue with things getting damaged. They now use a box for the planner to keep it even better protected and if you order your planner early like me it will be great for storing it until you are ready to use it.
It is on the pricey side. It costs more than the Happy Planner I used to use but I have decided it’s worth it. It’s so high quality and beautiful
I also got some fun planner accessories and all of those are nice as well. I got one of the ballpoint pens that match the new design, sticky notes, more stickers, a designer sticker book, a snap-in dashboard, and compliment cards.
I’m such a fan of the new colorful layers design so I needed lots of accessories that match. Many of these can be used in other planners as well if you just aren’t ready to buy the LifePlanner.
Overall, I’m glad I switched to the Erin Condren LifePlanner a few years ago and while I enjoyed the PetitePlanner and may use it again at some points, I really love the LifePlanner. It’s so popular for good reasons.
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