I've been taken back to my school days and have fallen in love with planners all over again! Well, I've always had a planner, y'all know I love to plan things out so I always have something to look forward to, but, I never have had so much fun filling out it's pages. Erin Condren has made my planning life fun and colorful with her LifePlanner™, stickers, and pens. All of their products can be personalized (monogram obsessed here) so that you can get exactly what you need/want visually! I chose the horizontal style but they also offer vertical and hourly. Then you pick neutral or vibrant pages (guess which I chose haha). You can even pick your coil color - can you believe that!? You can get a rose gold coil!
It's become a nice Sunday ritual to fill out the following week with new events and deadlines - it helps me prepare for the week ahead while easing my Sunday scaries. I like knowing what's coming up and developing a game plan for getting things done (it's very tedious balancing work, the blog, and personal life) then being able to add in grocery shopping, workouts, to-do lists, and bills that are due. I'm also a firm believer that it gets my creativity flowing. I've been hitting some serious creative ruts recently and this has pulled me out of my funk. When you design for a living (and as a blogging hobby) it can be hard to jumpstart the creativity at times!
The Erin Condren LifePlanners make it easy to have everything you need right at hand. There are multiple add-ons that clip right into the spiral. My favorites are the sticky note add-on and the plastic zip pocket! This way I can always write a quick to-do list or grocery list and move it from day to day if my plans change. I keep spare receipts and a pen in my plastic pocket as well. It's an easy way to keep track of receipts that I need to expense or coupons I'm going to be using soon. I also have a ruler that clips in - recently I've been using this as a weekly place holder. It's easy to take in and out!
The back pocket is my favorite... that's where I keep all of the stickers that I use to personalize my weeks! I am a very visual person - so much so that I can recount a week in review better by being able to visualize how everything is laid out in color and with stickers. I can actually memorize a spread and specific details if it's colorful and happy! It's kind of like styling your life... don't ya think?
It's also a lot more visually appealing when it's colorful (duh, I know, haha). With my Outlook calendar on my computer I categorize things by color: blue = meetings, orange = blog, yellow = work, green = personal, etc. For awhile I began organizing my planner notes and appointments the same way. Ultimately, I decided to just use whatever color felt right because I liked an even spread of colors. However, I think I may go back to using certain colors for specific things because if a week is all blue then I will visually be able to say "hmm, I probably need a fun coffee date thrown in to make my work week happier." ;) Balance, y'all!
Of course, what average person doesn't like the excuse to be a kid again and use stickers?? It just makes life so much more FUN. Who doesn't like that?! It can make an upcoming task like grocery shopping a little bit easier to look forward to. Personalizing my planner and week makes me realize what I have to look forward to. Even though I don't want to pay all of those bills, writing it down in ink makes me know I better get it done asap, and putting a sticker next to it gives me more of an incentive to actually write it down haha! Nothing's worse than an unchecked to-do list!
How do you organize your life? As you can see by the photos above I like to plan out a month at a time. Here's the kicker: you're not even seeing my blog posts scheduled out on there ;) haha planner to the extreme here! What style would you go with: colorful? horizontal? gold? The options are endless!
LifePlanner™ // Monthly Stickers // Weekend Stickers // Pens // Sticky Notes // Clear Plastic Pouch //
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*Thank you to Erin Condren for sponsoring this post! While it is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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