Erin Condren planner review – the guts

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Yesterday I introduced you to my little buddy – my Erin Condren planner.. Today I’ll show you how I use her.

The first thing I did was move my comfortable front spread from my previous planner. Inside cover is my version of a prayer I pulled from the Desire Map. It is where I start every day. Next is my list of Core Desired Feelings, which I think will get an overhaul in the next few days.

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I love this spread. So much. And I’ll have it covered with all of my own more permanent flair before long.

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Now lets look at a monthly spread. I have everything I need at a glance here. My running plan is on the little dots. I’ve got races and run locations and classes and pay dates. Love.

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And now, weekly!

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First things first: I have a pen legend. This will be second nature before long, but I’m still learning.

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This is the first part of my week – nice and complete! Starting from the top of each day: Where I went for work/ mileage tracker in black. Planned workout in blue. To-do through the day.

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And I use the bottom for a food journal.

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In the middle is the handy-dandy bookmark. I use it as a menu planner. I have post-it’s of the meals I have in my fridge. This week was orange for lunch and purple for dinners. As we cook the meal, I pull them off and throw them away. It helps me prioritize what meals need to be cooked first if things might spoil.

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And here is the rest of my week. And, sheesh, I have a lot to do this evening (it is still Thursday in my world). I am tagging appointments with these nifty arrows. They are Martha Stewart from Staples. I enjoy them.

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I use my bookmark from last year’s planner in the back inside of the blank pages. This is where I keep track of my client check-ins and stay on top of invoicing. I have plenty of pages for the year.

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There are more things in the notes section that I brought over from my last planner. I took all if the quotes I’d written there and did this:

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And here is my repeating to-do list (always in progress):

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And, finally, the back cover. I keep all kinda of goodies in the sleeves and pouch. Business cards, bills to pay, encouraging notes, tattoo designs, etc. I am using the notepad on the back as my notes-to-go area. This chicken-scratch was from a podcast I listened to on the road a few days ago. No more huge post-its all through the planner!

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So there’s how I use my Erin Condren planner. I feel like I had last year’s to develop a system I liked, and now I just make it work.

She’s a beaut. Isn’t she?

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29 Comments

      • NO!! Totally not! You seem very focused and in control. I just bought the EC planner and hope to have mine topped off like yours. I don’t know what my “method” is and I hope I can use this to get organized in my life and family. NOT nerdy or to geeked out. MORE like totally sassy chic, wall street “I know you want this” walking to the backround music of Lipstick jungle theme song!

        You got this!!! Great job! Gonna have to put you on my “stalk blog” bookmark! Thanks for exposing yourself and showing me how to use my new planner. LOVE IT

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  2. This is a great post!!!!! I have been debating about purchasing the new life planner for a few weeks now. As I start a new school year, I’ve run into the problem of not having 2014 dates to fill in things. I may take the plunge and buy one this week. Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one who color coordinates my planner 😉

  3. Loved this post! I have been using my Erin Condren for a little over a month now and I love it. Mine is very full and very messy. I keep the daily appointments in the top section of each day, to do lists in the middle, food and exercise notes in the bottom. Weekly to dos and ideas are in the goals and notes column. I highlight work and home in different colors, I circle things, draw stars, make random notes to myself. Blank pages in back are where I write interesting quotes I come across, “big ideas” for future projects, etc. I can see it will evolve to have even MORE stuff. Thanks for the encouragement! I’d love to see more examples of how people really use their planners—I suspect there are many more that are different than all the cute and neat samples I see online!

  4. Just chiming in love your post, and found it really helpful. I went ahead and ordered my planner last night and was looking for ideas to use it, I do have a question about using things from your last planner. So you are able to remove and add to the planner? How did you add your prayer from your last planner? Is it just stuck on there? Thank you!

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