Did you buy an Erin Condren Life Planner but don’t know where to start? I walk you through how I use my Erin Condren Life Planner to keep all of our activities and appointments in order and get us where we need to be!
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Over the last 12 months, I have developed an addiction. A planner addiction. It started simply enough with the purchase of an Erin Condren Life Planner. I knew from the moment I got it, we were a match made in heaven.
I was then introduced to planner culture: washi, stickers, pens, oh my! The sky is the limit when it comes to decorating your planner. And it’s personal. Some go all out and decorate every square inch and they are beautiful. Others, like myself, take a simpler approach. And they are still beautiful.
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Plan with Me: How I Use My Erin Condren Life Planner
If you are new to planning, I thought I would take you along with me as I plan my upcoming week. Planning doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, it can be just the opposite!
I start off the week by adding a decorative washi tape to the bottom of my page. This blocks off the bottom area where I write my meal plan in for the week.
Below are my favorite washi tapes:
Decorative DIY Tape WashiMOEUP 10pcs Washi Masking Tapes Sets DIY Scrapbooking StickerAllydrew Decorative Masking Washi Tapes (Set of 12)Polar Bear® Washi Masking Tape Collection, 0.59 Inch X 10 Yards each, Set of 8, (WT-1508)
Next I gather my stickers! I am a sucker for color coordinating with the colors in the actual Erin Condren Planner so I order stickers from etsy.
You can also get fun planner stickers on Amazon and have them at your door in two days with Amazon Prime!
I love that the Erin Condren Planner is not broken up by day, night, etc anymore and the headers are now blank. I do order some pre-printed header stickers with “To-Do”, “Today”, and “Don’t Forget.” You can usually find these in Monthly Packs from various etsy sellers. My current favorite are the ones by Perfect Prints and Karolina’s Krafts.
Now that my headers are in, it’s time to plan! Now some planners will go ahead and do the whole week in one sitting. I can’t do that. I get too overwhelmed when it I see it all on Sunday afternoon. Instead, I plan as I go meaning that every morning I sit down and write out my to-do list.
The only thing I do plan ahead are scheduled things like doctor’s appointments, sports, and meetings. All appointments go in the top box so I see them first.
In the next box, I write out what needs to get done around the house. Sometimes there is a lot and sometimes there are only 2-3 things. If that is the case, I will break the middle box up to include errands as well.
In the third box, I write out everything that I need to do for work and the blog. On Sundays, I like to sit down and do a brain dump and write out when things are due or need to get done by. This helps me throughout the week and so that things actually get done!
So what does a full week look like?
Simple. To the point. But also fun!
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