If you know me, you know that I look forward to the arrival of my new Erin Condren lifeplanner every year.
Before we get into the review, I'd like to state for the record that I purchase my own Erin Condren products and am not compensated in any way by the company. I just really like the products. Should you decide to give their LifePlanner (or anything else EC) a try after reading my review, I'd really appreciate it if you'd use my personal referral link (you will save $10 as a new customer, and I will get a $10 credit, so it's a win/win! After you sign up for an account, the coupon is emailed to you).
First, a few details: There are not a LOT of options for the LifePlanner. You can get a hardcover book or a spiral bound now (which uses interchangeable covers); I love the look of the hardcover, but there's only one design option, and the calendar and weeks are undated, so I'm sticking with my spiral until EC ups their hardcover game. With the spiral, you can personalize your cover (many of the designs, you can choose any color combination you want), and you can choose the color of your spiral (I picked black). You can also choose if you want remaining months of 2018 + 2019 or just 2019. I always buy my LifePlanner in the summers, but I only get it for the upcoming Jan-Dec year. I personally like a less heavy book, but I want to be able to start planning for coming years.
This year, I used the collage design, which I also used for my first EC planner. I've used all the photo design options now and wish EC would create some more, but this one is cute.
The paper quality, like last year's, is really elevated with these books compared to years prior to 2018. I actually think the paper is better this year than in 2018.
This 12 box spread is supposed to be for monthly goal setting, but you could use it for anything. Like other years, the start of the book also contains an at a glance calendar for July 2018-December 2019.
The start of each month has a ruled page...last year's design was funky, and I like this plain but practical approach better.
Monthly spread has stayed the same. I track my weight on this spread and also track my bills on the column to the right. I never forget to make a payment. Putting a mini version of the next month's calendar at the bottom of that right hand column is a new addition, and I love it.
The big change I made this year was switching from vertical view to hourly view (you can also choose horizontal). The hours each day run from 6AM to 7PM with two blank lines at the bottom of each day). My schedule is sure to be a little more chaotic next year, so I appreciate having more space to write down commitments. I like that they added check-off circles to the column on the left and kept the thankful thought box (they don't label it thankful thought anymore, but I still use it for that).
The notes section this year still includes lined paper. There is also dotted grid paper and coloring pages. I love these llamas; though I have yet to make use of my 2018 coloring pages (I think the idea is supposed to be de-stressing, but I don't personally want to use my downtime that way).
This contacts page is a great addition to the planner. They even made a contacts tab, so you can easily find it.
2020 at a glance...love this page for jotting down dates of upcoming conferences, weddings, and special events.
EC improved on the stickers this year and added some really cute designs. I've been terrible about decorating my planner this year, but I love doing it when I have the time.
I get a lot of use out of the back folder, but I don't use my perpetual calendar. Maybe I should start using this "important passwords" page though because I constantly forget my passwords to websites, and it's really annoying.
It will be interesting to see if having a child necessitates moving to a Google calendar. I've had a lot of success with paper planning thus far and hope it continues to be a good system for us.