If you’ve been reading here for any amount of time, you know that I’m just a little bit obsessed with all things to do with Erin Condren. I love the brand, I love the bright colors, I love the accessories, I love Erin Condren herself, and I personally have loved watching the brand grow over the years. If you were to be sitting next to me while I got ready in the morning I’m probably watching an Erin Condren plan with me video and some of my professors have even pointed out my colorful planner. After ordering my first life planner in June 2015, I’ve started to explore the website a little bit more. Be warned, exploring the site is a bit dangerous considering all of the adorable, functional accessories you will find. While I’m not a person that does “pretty planning” I do enjoy implementing systems within my planner that allow it to be as functional as possible while still having a little bit of fun with it. Today I’m going to share with you my favorite Erin Condren planner accessories. And if you’ve never shopped with Erin Condren before, if you use my link here you can get $10 off your first order.
I’ll be completely honest when I say that I thought it was a bit silly that you could change out the covers on your planner, but now I’m completely hooked. Even if you aren’t the kind of person that wants to have a cover for every holiday, it is nice to be able to change out the cover of your planner when you’re getting bored of your current one. It’s fun to change things out every once and a while to switch things up a bit. Plus, I’ve recently gotten into the holiday covers, the Saint Patrick Day ones have been my favorite so far. If you want to see my personal favorite covers click here, here, and here.
I’m the kind of person that can’t function, or be productive, unless I have a to-do list written out. While I love scouring the Target dollar spot every once and a while it’s fun to have personalized notepads. Maybe it’s just be that smiles a little too much seeing my name written across the bottom of my to-do lists in fancy script, but I love it. Personally I chose to get the longest notepads available so that I could have the most lines for crazy busy days or when I’m making long lists to plan out my week or writing blog post ideas. If you get the right size, it actually fits in the back of your planner, which I think will be one of my next notepad orders.
I mentioned above that I’m not one to want to decorate my planner with all kinds of stickers, but I love that these stickers can be used to bring your eye to the most important events of your week. I ordered the Daily Dots so that I could choose what I wanted to use each color for. I’ve implemented these stickers to the color coding I already had set up so that I can use them next to important events in my day. I have the horizontal life planner, so I place a sticker of the right color next to big events such as tests, papers due, signing up for classes, and when I’m on call at work. It’s super nice to be able to take one glance at my planner and know when I have the most stressful or time consuming things of my week coming up.
The plain dashboards that come with your planner are great for marking your spot in your planner but are even better when you add the ability to use it to keep track of your to-do lists. If I’m not using a paper to-do list I’m using my snap-in dashboard for my to-do list. I use the lined side of the dashboard for my daily to-do list and use the back unlined side for tasks that I want to accomplish at some point during the week, but isn’t assigned to a particular day.
I’m super picky about the pens that I use whether I’m writing in my planner or taking notes during class. I don’t always keep the pens I use for my planner with me when I’m out and about or on-campus, so I keep a pencil in my pen holder so that I can quickly jot down upcoming dates. It’s a super simple addition to your planner that is well worth it. And it comes in a metallic version, which is always a fun thing.
As a student, my planner goes in and out of my backpack multiple times a day and takes quite the beating. No matter how hard I try, I always end up with some pages getting bent up because of how much I use and refer to my planner. The elastic bands are the perfect way to keep this from happening since it keeps all of the pages held together. Now I’m not worried about my pages getting bent up when I’m toting my planner around in my back pack or work bag.
To some, this one might seem a bit crazy, but I absolutely love it. Erin Condren paired up with Polaroid to create a line for us planner lovers that allow us to print our photos on stickers to put into our planner. I’ve always been the kind of person that likes to note things like, “Date with the Boy!” or “Got an A on my Stats Exam!” and now adding the fact that I can add a picture, I’ve fallen in love with this photo printer. Several friends and I like to send letters back and forth to each other and sometimes I print off a picture of us together and stick it in the note. This photo printer is definitely something that you can have some fun with.
I’m a writer. I hoard journals, notebooks, and composition books like they are going out of style. When I realized that Erin Condren carried notebooks, I immediately ordered one to use as my personal journal and one to use as my blog notebook. My journal obviously contains some personal thoughts and I love that I’ve been able to personalize something so special to me. The cover for my journal has my name and the year on it so that when I look back on my journals I know when it is from. I’m also hoping to order a photo cover for it at the end of the year so I know what memories it holds. I also use one for my blogging notebook and ordered dividers so that I have one section for post ideas, one for post outlines, one to outline sponsor information, and one to track my income. I even use one section as random scrap paper to jot down and outline random ideas for the blog, such as a new blog design or ideas for pictures for my Instagram account.
As a blogger, college student, and planner girl, contact cards have definitely come in handy for me. I have several that I keep in my wallet, planner, and even in school binders to hand out if the moment where ever to come up. Like that time I was on campus and ran into a business lady that asked for my contact information and I (of course) didn’t have a resume with me. I gave her a contact card. The girl who I met in my accounting class because she liked my planner and wanted to read my blog and see more about how I stay organized with my planner, I gave her a contact card. I think that these would be perfect for all of my fellow planner girls out there going to the meet-ups and talking about all things planner so that when you meet someone you can have a way of giving out your information. Personally, my address isn’t on mine, but whether or not you want to put your address on your cards is up to you.
Are you a planner girl? If so, what planner do you use and what are your favorite accessories for it? Are you a pretty planner or are you a functional planning kind of person? Or are you a mix of both? If you aren’t a planner person, how do you stay organized and on top of things? What systems work best for you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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