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So a few weeks ago, I shared my excitement with all of you about receiving my Erin Condren Life Planner in the mail. While I believe technology has its place and love my Google Calendar and my Notes app, I am definitely a pen and paper kind of gal. I like having one place to write down all of my ideas and responsibilities and I get satisfaction from crossing things off the to-do list. It’s been really great for me as I get back on track after moving my sister.
Since many of you have voiced interest about my planner, I am now sharing how I use my Erin Condren Life Planner! (IMPORTANT NOTE – You will get $10 just for signing up on their email list with my referral link!}
On the monthly calendar, I keep track of the following: editorial calendar for the blog, sponsored posts, goals for the business and my personal life, social events, birthdays, and Cap’s work schedule.
I’m using the top portion of each square for my editorial calendar. Then, I use the stickers provided with the Life Planner to highlight sponsored posts because they are hard deadlines I have to meet.
I use the bottom portion of the square for personal events, which mainly include my husband’s work activities since the beginning of the year is filled with evening training events and welcome week activities. Washi Tape provides a pop of color – which is fun – but it also highlights important social events and when I am not at home. For example, the moment my in-laws confirmed they were visiting in November, I added Washi Tape to the weekend to highlight their trip. It makes planning easier for me when I can easily see that weekend is blocked off.
I use the right hand side of the page for goals/monthly focuses and for editorial calendar ideas. I use a Post-It Label for listing ideas because it allows me to list ideas before I schedule them out and I can shift the list to a different month if I didn’t finish all of the ideas. As for the goals, it is good to be constantly reminded of what I want to accomplish this month. It keeps me moving toward that goal instead of getting side tracked.
The weekly calendar is divided into three sections: morning, day and night. I don’t use it that way though. Instead, I use these three section for my daily to-do lists, with the morning for BLOG, the day for ETSY & BUSINESS and the night for PERSONAL. What I love about the Life Planner is that it can be so easily customized for what you need.
The bottom of each day as a few lines for additional notes, like meal plans, exercise, thoughts, etc. I do use this to MEAL PLAN which is awesome for us because I can see our schedule while also planning out meals. I also use it for any social events at night, which also helps while meal planning.
I keep a small Post-It label on the left hand side of the page as well for a shopping list – it gives me a place to keep track of anything that pops into my head while planning and then move it to my actual shopping list. It makes it super easy because I don’t have to re-write!
I have just started using the notes section. So far, I have begun keeping track of important tid bits that I need often for the blog. For example, I listed the color codes for my blog so I don’t have to keep looking it back up on the site. I also started a Christmas gift list; that’s right, CHRISTMAS! Shopping has begun, and I like having my list easily accessible so I remember what I have purchased and stay on budget. If you look on the right, you can see a used a sticker to make a labeled tab. All I did was leave enough room hanging off the edge that I could fold over onto the back of the page while still leaving some sticking out – that was the sticker portion was covered. Now it is really easy to go straight to that list whenever I want.
Of course this is just the beginning as I am starting my first full month using the Life Planner. I will continue to do updates as I find new ways to make this work for my family and my business. Plus, The Life Planner is not the only awesome Erin Condren product. I have both business and personal ideas for these other products that I can’t WAIT to share with you, too! And don’t forget – You will get $10 just for signing up on their email list with my referral link!
Do you have any questions about The Life Planner or how I use it?
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