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Erin Condren Life Planner Review


My Erin Condren life planner finally arrived on January 10 after too many delays to count thanks to the polar vortex that overtook Chicago and most of the US.  I was beyond happy to see that little package - I was lost without having a planner.  I've been using one since my freshman year of college and I live my life by it.  I'm definitely the type of person that needs to have things written down in front of my face if I'm going to remember to do them!

While I typically just buy a $15 planner from Target and call it a day, after seeing a lot of Erin Condren review posts I started to become convinced that I needed one, too so here we are. After spending the last couple of weeks using it, I'm here to give my full fledged, honest review.  All opinions are my own and I purchased the planner with my own money.


PROS
+ The planner is totally customizable.  From free options that include adding your initials and own photos to the cover to options that cost a little extra, like the photo stickers, you can truly make the planner your own.

+ Includes sections such as Special Dates, Notes, Contacts and a little folder to hold your stuff in the back.



+ All planners come with fun, colorful stickers.


+ They're beautiful, simply put.  I love all of the color, quotes and full fledged girlyness.


+ The monthly calendar view is nice to use as an overview of what you have going on that month.


CONS
+ I can't get past the "vertical" design of the days.  This is my biggest problem with this planner.


+ The thing is huge.  It's really big!  I like to carry my planner with me everywhere and it's just not possible with one this size.

 Compared with my 2013 planner from Target

+ The covers are just laminated.  I can see how this might be a pro as if you spill something on it as it will wipe off easier but for $50 I would think it would have a nice hard cover.


+ The weekly goals & note section is so tiny!  How can you even write more than one word there?


At the end of the day, FOR ME, I don't think the planner is the worth the money.  Don't get me wrong, I do like it and it is a great planner but it's not really practical for me.  The vertical days are absolutely driving me crazy since I don't use my planner to necessarily organize my time (into morning, day, night), but more to keep track of things I have to do.  The tiny boxes do not leave a lot of room for this.  I've already considered switching back to a regular Target planner but I'm going to stick it out since I did pay a little over $60 after tax and shipping for this thing!

What do you think of your Erin Condren planner - or do you have a better option that you use?

28 comments

  1. I agree with the size being a tad big and the small weekly goals. It took me a year to buy mine, I am glad I did! I'm an organization NERD. I love that I can keep schedules, goals, notes, coupons, meal planning and blog ideas/posts in mine. Well my life basically haha. I've been seeing so many different planners online lately, it's like they've exploded! Let me know if you find others you recommend later :)

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    1. I'm an organization nerd, too haha but I feel like I have no room to write anything in those tiny boxes! It's driving me crazy!

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  2. The amount of excitement I had when I saw this entry was up was a little bit ridiculous! haha For some reason I love looking at other people's planners/organizers! The design is so cute and all of the colored pages are so nice but I see what you mean about the size! Hopefully the vertical days will catch on eventually?

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  3. This planner is adorable!! I seriously need to jump on the bandwagon and purchase one for myself. It would make my life SO much easier and more organized. I NEED this!

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  4. I'm so disgustingly jealous of this. AHAH I love these planners so bad! <3 GORGEOUS, love the one you picked.
    Kallie @ But First Coffee

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  5. I seriously appreciate the honest review - I'm considering getting one but for $50 you want to make sure it has everything you want and need to use it properly!! I would say that my papersource one is leather and a tad smaller making it easier to carry with me!! Sorry you're not super happy with it!

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  6. I wish my planner had come with stickers! So fun :)

    P.S. Don't think I'm copying you when I put up my post for my Planner later this week lol. It was already planned...

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  7. I'm on my third Erin Condren -- and though I love it, this may be the last one! I live by my planner, and there are certain things I like (I do like the columns). But there were a few other planners I liked this year, too!

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  8. I definitely think that these planners are WAYY more money than what you actually get. Like for example, the laminated cover? I'm sorry, but a laminated cover isn't worth it if I'm paying $50. And the vertical days in the planner also bothered me a lot. How can you get everything written down when it's vertical??

    In my opinion, these are NOT worth the money. I wish the Kate Spade one was available, because I think you would love that one!

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  9. Love love love this planner! Great minds think alike for sure ;-)

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  10. I have yet to order one for several reasons. It's SO big and I can't justify paying $50.00 for a planner, ha!

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  11. I need one of these planners in my life.

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  12. Great planner! I'm on my second Do It All Planner and love it, but maybe I'll switch it up for 2015 :)

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  13. I used to have this planner I used all the time in college. It went August to August. So perfectly functional for a college student but not so much a graduate. I miss the days of having one but now I just plug everything into my phone. I am sure once I have a kid I am going to have to go back to paper and pen!

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  14. I bought one one year... & that was enough for me.
    I'm now addicted to the MyAgenda from momAgenda's ... they are so nice... they are hard bound, have the year on the spine, have plenty of space for a monthly calendar and also has a weekly calendar to write in things & its customizable... & I love that it has a 'contact' book that comes out so you can just put it in your new one the next year & you don't have to fill it out again.
    I've done ALL the organizers & this is what I stick with now every year!

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  15. I can certainly understand the things you don't like about the planner. It IS huge and yet I still take it with my everywhere. Crazy, I know, but I seriously live by the thing! I've seen some other bloggers oh and ah over Whitney English and Emily Ley and I have to say, I'm seriously considering trying one of those planners next year even though I love my EC planner. There are probably things I would change about the planner, given the option, but I'm figuring out creative ways every day to maximize how I use my planner.

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  16. I've been debating about getting an Erin Condren life planner for a while, and same with you, I don't think it's worth it. I like the idea of it, but my Lilly Pulitzer planner is holding up just fine and adds a nice pop of color. There are also good sizes in the Lilly ones.


    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  17. I am so glad to read this! I went back and forth over an EC and I just couldn't pull the trigger on one. I got a Maybook and I love it! It is so light and easily fits in my bag!!

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  18. I am glad you gave this such an honest review. BRAVE girl, JK! :) This was very helpful, though.

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  19. I have one, but I've also had approximately 12.2 thousand planners in my life so I kind of know what I like at this point. I totally know what you mean about the downsides, I think this planner is for a specific type of person and they don't really market it as such. That being said, I love it - I carry it without issue and the vertical days work for me because I like to write repetitive things across the page in the same spot each day (like my daily cleaning task or 'schedule blog post') because I'm totally ocd and have small handwriting. This is NOT the system everyone could live by, for sure. But I love your honest review!

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  20. I had a hard time getting over the vertical days as well, but really ended up not using it that way. I write in the vertically, but I don't separate my days into morning, day, and evening. I don't have a problem with the size, it fits perfect in the longchamp purses! thanks go the great review though! Can't turn down some pretty pictures of an EC planner!

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  21. This is pretty awesome, but I feel like it could be a bit better for $60? Am I being too picky and wanting too much for my money? I am actually in the market for a new planner, but I can't bring myself to spend that much money on one - $30 is pushing it for me! The Lilly planners just don't seem to be quite right for a professional setting, but maybe I'm over thinking things???

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  22. :( I'm bummed you don't LOVE it. I guess I'm used to my EC since I've been using one for 2 years. I do hate the little section for goals they have now. It's totally NOT big enough for all the stuff I need to write. My planner is my lifeline. I literally use it for everything. I like that it has blank pages to write my shopping lists, party plans and projects I need to do. But I still bring out the post its for my daily tasks. I use the morning, noon and evening spaces to meal plan and keep track of Savannas feedings and naps. I also jot down the work out I completed and how much time. I think it would be AWESOME if it was horizontal instead of vertical though. Since there just isn't enough space for all the crap I write down every day!

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  23. I just ordered mine a few weeks ago and it's currently on it's way to me! I love a good planner and wouldn't normally spend $50+ on one, but I admit I totally fell for all the cuteness and customization options. I appreciate your honest review. I'm sure there will be things I won't love about it, but like you, I'll stick it out since I paid so much for it!

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  24. I love mine, but I do totally agree with your cons. I've just never found anything that is better. And I do have to say, I actually like the vertical days because then I can write out my plans for the day, which are usually lists.

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  25. I am sad I just saw this review! I have an EC planner this year. I do like it, but I also don't like the laminated cover (seriously... for $50+) and I don't love the way to lay out plans. I wish there were more places for my goals/to do list. xo

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  26. Love the custom options, but there does come a point when it's just TOO MUCH stuff...too many stickers, pages, boxes, lines, the list goes on. As fun as these are to customize and design, not to mention they are really pretty to look at, the purpose of the planner is to keep me organized. These planners are like ADHD of planners. They just become too much to keep up with. The planner should keep me calm and organized, but with this planner I feel like I need anoter planner to simplify this one. Really cute and obviously very popular, but I will stick with my planner from Target for $8.95.

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  27. I just recived my first Erin Condren about 2 weeks ago. I too bought the vertical and its driving me crazy. I have thought about just calling it a loss and buying a cheap one from Target with a better layout instead. I purchased a ton of stickers from etsy too. Lesson learned. Don't get me wrong- its super cute but more of a sticker book in my opinion than a planner. My mind doesn't work the way its set up.

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