I love talking planners! It’s been a long time since I shared about my personal planner. My planning style has evolved over the past year, especially now with a baby in tow. Today I am sharing a look at my 2015-16 Erin Condren Life Planner, including a video where I flip through it cover to cover.
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I’ve kept an Erin Condren Life Planner* for the past several years now. I used it primarily as a place to organize my posting schedule and related actions for a few years and kept a second binder-style planner for my personal to-do’s. Last year I decided to consolidate down to one planner and split my weekly spreads between the content and personal to-do’s. It’s worked out great for me so far! I love the convenience of having everything all in one place. Plus, it streamlines the planning process and majorly cuts down on the time I spend keeping up the planning practice.
I used an 18-month rose gold coil vertical Life Planner from August 2015 through June 2016. I’ve been sent a new planner for consideration by the Erin Condren PR staff when they launch in June for the past couple of years, which is why I start my calendar in the summer instead of the new year. I actually tear out the extra six months I don’t use to cut down on bulk.
My monthly spreads haven’t changed much over the past few years. I use them to plan out my videos and blog posts. I print color blocks on Avery 5418 labels and then use Avery’s free online Design & Print software to customize with text. I color code based on the three main categories of my posts. I usually have a blog post and video that go up together, but every once in awhile I only have one or the other, which is why I like to have separate labels for each. I mark off travel with orange stripe washi and time off from posting with red arrow washi.
I do not have a tutorial for how I make my custom Avery 5418 labels, because I use Photoshop, which I realize isn’t a program most people have. Carissa Wiley on YouTube has a great video tutorial for how to make something similar using Microsoft Word or Photoshop Elements if you’re interested in trying this out for yourself.
Here are a few of my weekly spreads over the course of the past year to give a sense of how my planning style has changed:
August 2015 – This is actually my first full spread using planner stickers. I mainly used my custom monthly kit from Paper Loving Mommy as well as some icon stickers as I dipped my toes into the planner sticker world. I made the social media checklists along the bottom margin in Photoshop and cut them by hand.
September 2015 – This is my first fully decorative spread from when Don and I were in Hawaii on our babymoon. I was sent a Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer* to test out, which I brought on our trip. I’ve been hooked ever since! Most of the stickers in this spread are from Piper Paper Co*.
October 2015 – After testing out purely decorative planning while in Hawaii, I decided to incorporate little bits of it in my weekly spreads, especially when we take little trips, like this weekend to St. Louis to visit family. I like mixing in my functional weekdays with my more decorative weekends. I also started using decorative flourishes in the sidebar for fun.
My planning drops off in the beginning of December as things get pretty hectic in my personal life and at the end of my pregnancy. I basically stopped planning altogether aside from using the monthly spreads to keep track of posts until May.
May 2016 – My planning style is a bit less thorough with a baby to take care of now, but I do take the time to make decorative spreads to remember trips, like this half week we spent in New Orleans for Geaux Wild. Fun times!
June 2016 – This spread reflects my current planning style. I have streamlined my use of stickers to be mainly functional again with a few added flourishes for special notations. I still use and love my custom Paper Loving Mommy monthly kits. For special flourishes and added touches I like using stickers from the Station Stickers Club monthly subscription. It makes it easier for me to just grab for a kit instead of sorting through a massive sticker collection when I am trying to be efficient with my time spent planning. I also still love using my Polaroid Zip to add special memory photos on the weekends.
I use Erin Condren snap-in StylizedSticky notes* and Girl of All Work Sticky Tabs to plan out my week ahead. The only planner accessory I use other than stickers and sticky notes are my beloved Peach Pom bookmarks. I currently use Paper Mate Ink Joy 700RT Ballpoint Pens in my planner and journals.
Here are some of the Etsy shops whose stickers I’ve used over the past year:
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I flip through my 2015-16 Erin Condren Life Planner cover to cover in this video if you’d like to see more:
I’d like to share the Life Planner love with some of you! The Erin Condren 2015-16 Planner Overview Giveaway will run until Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. FIVE winners will receive a $200 ErinCondren.com electronic gift card.
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I’ve definitely streamlined my planning process over the past few months since I picked back up with my planner. I spend about 5 minutes on it every night before I go to bed planning for the next day and abut 15 minutes on Sundays thinking about the next week. This method works best for me right now with the time I want to spend on planning for productivity and also for fun. My planner remains a primarily functional time management tool for me but I do enjoy adding bits of decoration for flair as well as memory keeping here and there.
I hope you enjoyed this look at my 2015-16 planner. I’m thinking of putting up a new Plan With Me style post sometime this fall to show my current planning process using stickers and my beloved Polaroid Zip, of course. I’d love to know what planner you use and love and your favorite planner accessories if you care to share!
Happy Planning 🙂
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