How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner

UPDATE: Because I love Erin Condren so much, I sometimes give away prizes to my email subscribers – from life planners and accessories to canvases and cell phone cases! Make sure you have joined if you want to be eligible and follow along with The Love Nerds. 

Update 2: The New 2015-2016 Erin Condren Planner has been released! You can take a look inside the new version in my post about my favorite planner accessories!

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!}

How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to Organize my Personal Life and my Business! {The Love Nerds} #gettingorganized #familyplanner #businesstips


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.

How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to Organize my Personal Life and my Business! {The Love Nerds} #gettingorganized #familyplanner #businesstips

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.

How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to Organize my Personal Life and my Business! {The Love Nerds} #gettingorganized #familyplanner #businesstips

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.

How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to Organize my Personal Life and my Business! {The Love Nerds} #gettingorganized #familyplanner #businesstips

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.

How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to Organize my Personal Life and my Business! {The Love Nerds} #gettingorganized #familyplanner #businesstips

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.

How I Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to Organize my Personal Life and my Business! {The Love Nerds} #gettingorganized #familyplanner #businesstips

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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  1. Samantha says

    Hi! I just ordered my Erin Condren life planner and I’m so excited! But I have a question, if I want to add more pages to my planner, how do I do that?

  2. Alba says

    Congrats for your blog, finally I got my first EC planner and I didn’t know how to star, but I found so clears ideas about it, what I must like it’s to change morning, day and night for another options that really works for me!!
    thanaks a lot!!!

  3. Adriana Contreras says

    Hello, and happy new year! I found you when I typed in, “Erin Condren” on Pinterest. Glad I came by. Great ideas and organization on your part. Thank you!

  4. says

    This planner looks gorgeous. I have just ordered my planner for next year but I’m thinking of ordering this one as well as it seems to be far more details (and pretty). Love, love, love the coloured tape. I will be shopping for some pretty colours to brighten up my planners. Thank you so much for a lovely post.

    • says

      I don’t know what I would do without this planner. Truly. It has definitely helped me stay way more focused and on top of things these past few months. If you haven’t ordered one yet, check back by the end of the day. I will be posting a giveaway VERY soon for a free planner and goodies! :)

  5. Ellen says

    Found your site about planners on Pinterest. Because of you I purchased one and am so excited to use it. I love how you have changed the sections of Morning, Noon and Night. I had been trying to come up with one that I could make and know I would use the entire thing unlike the premade ones I have used before. I saw you blog and read how you have used it and thought it was worth taking a chance and getting my own Erin Condren. I have dug out old stickers from my attempt at scrapbooking and have already started using them. Also have several rolls of Washi that I am excited to us. I am a color person and the brighter the colors the more motivated I stay.

    Love the Blog.

    • says

      Awww, Thank you so much, Ellen! I am happy to have you here! This planner has made such a difference for me with both my personal and professional life. Much of this is because it has so many options to make it work for my life versus the other way around, but I think it’s also because of the habits. I know start and end most days with this planner. My husband and I also sit down with it once a week to make sure we are on the same page and I know his schedule. It’s been so helpful!

  6. says

    This post is incredible! Found it on pinterest because I was looking for a planner to start using in january, this one seems perfect. I am not sure if its too late or not, but wheres the referral link? Thanks so much!

  7. says

    Thank you for this post!! I just received my very first Erin Condren Life Planner in the mail today!! I ordered it from Tiny Prints so it is personalized with my name on the cover…I’m not sure if you order directly from EC if they come personalized or not. I enjoyed reading how you have adapted your planner to meet your needs! Thanks again!

  8. says

    I LOVE my Erin Condren planner!! I use the weekly calendar in mine to journal sometimes. To me, it’s so much easier to do it that way than to try to keep up with another book. My notes section is all used up and written on. By the end of the year, my planner looks well used- and it has been!

    • says

      Susan, for the months with light enough colors like September, I just wrote over the morning, afternoon, and night part. For the months with darker colors, I added washi tape to cover them up and write over.

      I absolutely love my Life Planner! Feel free to ask any other questions if you have them!

    • says

      I’m sorry you had a hard time, Laurie. When you clicked on the referral link, did you then sign up for their email? When you sign up, they will then send you the $10 coupon to your email address.

      If yes, you could always reach out to their customer service.

  9. says

    Great post! I love how your using this planner so that it is functional to fit your needs! I currently use a day timer and love it but just recently purchased an Erin Condren, so excited! Thx for the great post!


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