Erin Condren Life Planners are hugely popular planners. They are well designed and customizable. If you are thinking about getting one check out this review of the Oh Joy! Erin Condren Life Planner. I was given the planner for free to review, all thoughts are my own.
I have seen the Erin Condren planners around for years and decide to check one out. Recently they launched the Oh Joy planners and it seemed like a great time to get one. Since this is my first Erin Condren planner, and the Oh Joy collaboration is new, I thought I would share my thoughts.
Erin Condren Life Planner Review
Erin Condren Life Planners are planners that have become very popular over the last several years. You can choose the more traditional style coiled life planner that has a lot of customizable options or the newer hardbound style.
With the spiral-bound Erin Condren planner, you can choose from several customizable covers, layouts, color schemes, coil color and more.
I choose one of the new Oh Joy! Erin Condren Life Planners. This new collaboration between Erin Condren and Oh Joy! brings even more great colorful designs to the Erin Condren line.
I choose the rose gold Dancing Dots Metallic cover. I customized it with my name, a colorful vertical layout, platinum coil, and got the 18-month option.
My planner got to me in just over a week with the free shipping. I thought that was 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.
The planner itself comes with a ruler bookmark that attaches to the planner and a Plan For It Pouch which contains a few free gift stickers, cards, and a coil clip so you can attach the pouch to the planner.
It was my first order so I also got a welcome gift that included some gift labels and a coupon code for 10% off my next order. There was also a postcard and a few other free goodies in the box.
The planner itself is very well made. The coil is huge and very strong. I was also surprised by how thick the paper is, it seems like it will hold up very well and I won’t have issues with ink bleeding.
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 yet.
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 2018/2019 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. With the vertical layout, which is what I picked, you get three boxes and a few lines for each day. I’m used to this type of layout from the Happy Planner I have used for a few years. I really like it.
I like to use one box for household tasks, one for important work notes (I use a PurpleTrail planner for my work planner), and one for general events and things going on that day. I haven’t decided what I will use the lines under the boxes for yet.
At the end of each month is a notes page. I think that page would be great for reflecting on the month or setting monthly goals.
After the monthly and weekly pages, there is a notes section. It has 4 pages of lined paper, 4 dot grid pages, and 4 coloring pages. I wish there were more note pages, especially the lined pages because it’s hard to add things to this planner and I liked to take notes and add other things to my planner.
The contacts section comes after the notes and has 18 places for contacts. I use my phone for contacts so not sure if this will get any use.
I do really like that at the end there is a 2020 calendar with space to write and boxes for “in the coming year.” It’s a great area for some advanced planning.
I love planner stickers so I really like that the planner came with 4 sheets of stickers. There are icons, labels, checklists, habit trackers, flags, decorative stickers and more.
In the back, you get a folder, perpetual calendar, and another dashboard. I’m not sure if I will use the perpetual calendar because I just move important dates over from my old planner each year. It is a nice touch though.
Thoughts on the Erin Condren Life Planner
Overall I feel like the Erin Condren planner is very high quality and a well-designed planner. I really like that I can switch out the covers and plan to get a few others.
The ordering process was easy and it shipped quickly. It was well packaged so I don’t think there should be an issue with things getting damaged.
It is on the pricey side. I’m interested to see if over the year of using it I will decide it’s worth the cost. I have been using a Happy Planner which is cheaper. I will report back on which I prefer after using it for a while while
I also order some accessories and all of those were nice as well. I got the Starter Pack which is a good mix of things if you are new to Erin Condren. It came with a set of three colorful dual-tip markers, a sticker book, elastic bands for the planner, and a snap-in dashboard that has a section for top priorities, habits, and the other side has sections for each day of the week. I also got a sticker sheet that matches the Oh Joy! planner design I picked and a pack of the colorful circles stickers.
I’m very happy with my order and will likely use more Erin Condren products in the future. The designs are a lot of fun and the planner is very well laid out.
I’ve been using the planner now for almost six months. I do really like it and it is going to be hard to decide for 2019 what I want to use. I loved the Erin Condren planner but I still love the Happy Planner as well. Plus there are so many other great ones out there.
I’m thinking about trying out the PetitePlanners in a folio. I feel like I could maybe have my work and home planner all in one that way. If you have used that system let me know what you thought.
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