My Erin Condren Planner Essentials

If you know me you know that I love my planner, but what you might not know is that I am super picky about what accessories and supplies I use in my planner. I hate when the ink from a marker or pen bleeds through and I want a washi tape that I can easily apply and write on instead of one where the writing seems to rub right off. Since I manage my classes, work, blog, and organizations in my planner, I refer to it a lot every day. For me this has translated to the fact that I am more than willing to invest a little money to buy the best pens, markers, and washi tape that I can to use in my planner. Today I thought it would be fun to share with your my favorite supplies and accessories for my Erin Condren Life Planner.

My Erin Condren Planner Essentials

Flair Pens

Flair pens where the first pens that I stumbled upon when I thought it might be fun to try new pens in my planner. It was the summer before my senior year of high school and my best friend Breanna who shares the same love for all things planners/pens/washi told me that I had to try them. And since then they have been a stable. While I won’t use them on my monthly view since I think they write a little too thick, they are perfect for adding a little bit of color to your weekly spread if you are writing down your homework assignments and test dates. Because writing down my stats homework in neon pink will obviously make me want to do it even more, right?

Staedtler Pens

Hands down my favorite pens for if you are planning on the go, have a small monthly view and want to color code, or just use a small planner in general. I love how thin they write but that you are able to choose from so many colors. I honestly own three different packs of them just because I enjoy having the variety. Personally I prefer to pick up the ones that are 0.3mm, but that’s because I love how these pens write. Plus the case they come in isn’t bad either.

Pilot G-2 07

I don’t use these pens as much in my planner as I do to take notes in class or write notes from the book. I love the ink in these pens and being a lefty it also means that I’m not going to smear ink everywhere, which is always a wonderful plus. One of my biggest pet peeves with cheaper pens is that the ink begins to run out and it doesn’t look consistent, even when the pen isn’t dead yet. With the Pilot pens I’ve never had that problem and I’m forever grateful.

EC Stickers

While the Erin Condren planner stickers are new to the planner scene, they have quickly made their way to the favorites list. While I love to support small businesses that sell on Etsy, I enjoy how the design of the stickers are consistent with the style of the planner because obviously they are by the same company. I’m a font nerd and love when colors match just right and the Eric Condren stickers definitely do just that. While my planner definitely does not resemble a scrapbook, nor does it look as pretty as other planners out there that have been decorated, I’ve found that it is nice for me to have something to do as a break that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a computer screen or doing school work. Obviously I’m a blogger so there is nothing wrong with computers, but when it gets to the point in the day where I’m scratching at my contacts from staring at my textbooks and computer for so long, it’s sticker time.

Sharpie Fine Point Pens

Yet another pen that I love that I prefer to use only in writing my notes for class. I have too big of hand writing to use these in the boxes in my Erin Condren planner without running out of room. It’s the perfect way to add some color to my notes without smearing the ink across the paper. I hope all of the fellow lefties out there appreciate this tip!

Scotch Washi Tape

This is the point in the post where I have to say, “Hello, my name is Megan and I’m addicted to washi tape.” Or at least as addicted as I can get on a strict college student budget that is! I love using washi tape in my planners to mark off important dates. My editorial calendar for the blog is only a monthly calendar and I spent time before this semester started marking off important dates in the year such as spring break, finals, turn week (for my work), when my brother graduates from high school and so on so that I can plan when I can get ahead with posting and when I need to be ahead with posting. Obviously I know I can get ahead during spring break and I need to keep in mind that finals and my brothers high school graduation are all in the same week, then in the summer I need to get three weeks ahead on posts so that I can still have posts going up during turn and be prepared for the craziness of the first two weeks of school. Sound obsessive? Yes. But I’m determined to keep my goal of posting regularly. Sadly I missed two post days because of lack of internet, but we will let those two slide for now since I had no control.

Cute binder clips

I’m giving you permission right now to go raid the Target school supply section in order to find adorable binder clips to use in your planner. I prefer to clip off weeks and months that have passed by so that I can easily flip to the current month and week. And when you’ve reached the end of the planner, you have a lot of your planner clipped off and you can see just how productive you’ve been. Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets excited by that.

Erin Condren coil clips

While I do think that people use these a little too excessively, I love being able to add stuff into my weekly view. Last semester I added a note that my professor had written for me encouraging my writing (I was in an English class) and saying that he loved the “voice” that my writing displayed to pictures with friends from home when the homesickness starts kicking in a little.

Are you a planner nerd? What are your favorite planner supplies? What kind of planner do you use? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!