Planner Preview: Erin Condren

Erin Condren has been on my radar since my senior year of high school. I was browsing Pinterest during my free period and stumbled upon a picture of a planner I’d never seen before. Being the planner nerd that I am, I clicked the link to look into it a little more. The post included bright pictures from the inside of the planner and I just remember thinking that it would be absolutely perfect once I got to college since the layout of the planner was vertical with 3 boxes labeled morning, afternoon, and evening. Now four years later I’m on my third planner from the brand and there are over three layouts to choose from along with removable and luxe covers. If you are new to the site, it can be a bit overwhelming to say the least of knowing where to navigate and what to choose. Today, I’m hoping to give you an insight into this wonderful brand from choosing the right cover, layout, and even if you want neutral verses colorful pages. I’m sure you will end up just as in love with this brand as I am. And if after reading this post you are interested in ordering a life planner, this link and all links in this post go to my affiliate link, which gives you $10 off of your order.

The Cover

Erin Condren has two different cover options to choose from: luxe or removable. If you were to select the luxe version of the planner, you will receive the planner with a permanent color in either navy, cream, or dark grey. Each of these planners has a cover that you can add your monogram to, which what is more perfect to have on the cover of a planner? While this planner is a bit on the heavy side, I’m never a person to complain about that quality. I love a planner that feels heavier because to me it means that the planner is of amazing quality, which is definitely how the Erin Condren planners are.

If you are to choose the removable covers you are entering a wonderfully dangerous world. Dangerous simply because the majority of my paychecks goes toward purchasing new covers as they are released. With the interchangeable planner you are able to personal your cover with your name, monogram, quote, or anything of your choosing really and for some you are even able to choose your own color way. I will be the first to admit that there are several cover styles I own in different colors. Being a crazy busy college student, my planner gets referenced a lot throughout the day. That being said, even though the interchangeable covers are laminated I’ve never had issues with the lamination even when owning the planner prior to interchangeable covers being released.

The Layout

Erin Condren currently offers three different layouts to choose from within your planner: vertical, horizontal, and hourly. While it is totally up to you what layout you go with, I thought I would give a few ideas as to which layout you should look at based on personality type.

Verical: The vertical layout is perfect for the person who wants to categorize their day by morning, afternoon, and evening. It would also be great for the person who wants to organize three different categories within their lives, such as school, work, and organizations. It is the planner for the list maker who wants to make different categories for their lists and is also great for the person that wants to see their day divided into sections. I’ve had friends write out their schedule and then to-do lists in-between each section. For example, if they worked from 5:30-7:30 they might also make notes as to what they need to accomplish at work.

Horizontal: The horizontal layout is perfect for the person who feels the need to have lines to stay organized. It’s perfect for writing out to-do lists, due dates, and even your daily schedule. The box on the right side of each day is perfect for tracking work outs, homework due dates, blog posts, what you ate, and even tracking your cycle (we are all mostly girls here, it’s part of life).

Hourly: This version of the planner is perfect for the person that likes to see their day in time slots. You can also simply ignore the times listed within the planner and write a to-do list for the day.


Colorful vs. Neutral

A new feature to the Erin Condren planners during the launch of the 2016-2017 planners was the addition of the neutral color option, which opened new doors for us planner lovers. The neutral allowed a more simple look and the ability to add your own color with stickers and colorful pens while the colorful option stayed true to the original Erin Condren planner colors. Please note that this post is about the 2016-2017 colorful vs. neutral layout, as each year Erin Condren releases beautiful new page designs. I’ll do an updated post once I get my hands on the new 2018 planner, don’t worry!

Neutral: The neutral layout allows for a simple black, grey, and white color scheme aside from three colored flags within the pages. This layout is perfect for someone looking to add their own color to the planner without having to coordinate with the monthly color Erin Condren uses. It is also great for the person who loves to utilize colorful pens within their planner. It would also be a good option for a girl who just simply prefers simplicity and a more minimal look within their planner. This is certainly a wonderful option.

Colorful: The colorful version of the planner definitely makes a statement with its beautiful colors. It features a beautiful water color inspired design across the top, with colorful flags within the pages (such as thankful thoughts, the month, etc.) and the color changes with each month. I personally love how the water color design across the top of the page blends into the next month’s color if it so happens that a new month begins during the week. It’s the little things and Erin Condren definitely pays attention to those.

Have you ever heard of the Erin Condren brand? Do you own an Erin Condren planner? If you were to order one what would you choose? If you already own one, what did you choose? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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