as promised . . . here it is!
[note: in case anyone was wondering, i bought this planner myself and the company does not know i exist. okay, just wanted to clarify.]
iPhone shown for scale
i loved my tiny custom bound for anything planner, but as i wrote previously -- after just 3 months of use, it was stressing me out a little. the reason was simple: i needed more space! staring at the tiny pages crammed full of checkboxes made me hyperventilate a little bit. i felt that if i could s-p-r-e-a-d my thoughts and to-dos out, life would get just a little bit easier.
as it turns out:
it didn't, really. but it does LOOK more manageable, and that's almost as good! and one month into the erin condren planner that i ordered on a slightly manic impulse, i am happy to report that i really do love it.
a brief walk-through:
✩ the cover is shown above. i personalized it with a family photo, and while i realize i probably could have gone more stylish/professional, i have no regrets. seeing it make me smile every time i whip this book out [which is often].
✩ birthday/anniversay section. i don't really use this section all that much, and i'd rather have the space for other lists! but it isn't a huge number of pages.
✩ yearly calendar. a 2-page spread, which is useful for planning purposes.
✩ the weekly pages. i love, love, LOVE this layout:
it's hard to see in this photo, but each day is a column divided into three section for morning / day / night. i adore the 3 boxes, but i don't quite use them as labeled. instead, the top is for 'scheduled' events [ie, 3 pm -- conference], the middle is for daily to-do items [to check off] and the bottom is for meal and workout planning.
it's just enough space for my needs and things don't look so cluttered. there is also a weekly to-do / goals section which is a great place to put things that aren't specific to one day.
of note, the paper is decent. it's not ultra-super-smooth, but it has a nice weight to it. i haven't had issues with pens bleeding through at all.
✩ the monthly pages. i really like that these are spread on two pages, so that there is plenty of room. i use these for planning out big events -- trips, weekends away, and of course for coordinating our call schedules.
i also really like the suggestion to create some monthly goals.
✩ tabs + dividing pages. there are some colorful quotes dividing the major sections. a little cheesy, but it doesn't bother me. and the tabs on the right [colorful, laminated, labeled for each month] make me unspeakably happy.
✩ blank notes pages. ~10 lined and ~10 blank [with cute designs in the margins]. adequate list space is an essential part of any planner in my opinion.
✩ custom notepads. these cost extra but i just couldn't resist customized matching notepads. they are a bit pricey for what they are, but it's a cool idea.
✩ folder + extras. there's a handy paper folder in the back to stash tickets, shopping lists, and the like. i wish it was a bit sturdier, but it has held up just fine so far.
✩ stickers. not shown, but there are some colorful stickers to use. some are pre-labeled [date night, wedding, etc] and others are blank. it's a cute idea and fine, i admit it -- the repressed 10-year old inside of me enjoys decorating the 'special' days.
✩ vinyl pouch. this is a nice feature, though i haven't really used it. tucked inside were some custom labels, sent for free.
sooo . . . that's it!
let me know if you have questions. i would definitely recommend this IF you want a pretty sizable planner and if bright/feminine patterns are your thing. it's not the most elegant, but it's definitely fun to use -- and i find it extremely functional.
and speaking of functional
i need to work on making some goals. i've been in this sort of lax mode [re: work, running, life in general] and i am starting to feel ready to -- well, for lack of a better term -- kick my butt into gear. no matter what laura vanderkam there are definitely not enough hours in the day to do everything i truly want to do. but i want to make sure that i am using the hours i do have in the best way possible.
more on that later!
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of course, i'd love to know:
do you have your 2013 planner picked out yet?
any goals for the rest of 2012?