Hello! Today I'm going to be sharing a little update on my Erin Condren planner - am I still using it, am I still loving it and how I'm planning these days.
I did a post about a year and a half ago where I shared one of my first Erin Condren planners and all of the fun accessories I was using with it. You can find that post here if you're interested in seeing what I did then versus now.
Things have definitely changed for me and my planning style over the last year but one thing that hasn't changed is how much I love my EC planner. I did venture out into the planner world and tried some other planners to see if something worked better for me, but I always came back to my EC planner.
Another big change for me personally was to simplify my planning process. I admit that I fell head first into the planner craze when all the fun stamps and stickers were hitting the market. I had so much fun stamping in and decorating my planner. But over time, I realized that I just didn't have enough time in my day to get everything done, so I decided to get boring (LOL!) and now I pretty much just use pens and stickers in my planner.
A new to me Etsy shop is Plan It Out Loud, owned by my friend Christy. She sent me some of her stickers to try out and I have to say, for someone like me who loves to keep it more simple but still have fun with stickers, they are exactly what I've been looking for! They are awesome images, great quality and they let me decorate my planner while still serving a purpose. I love that!
A Little Planner Sidenote: Meal Planning
One of my favourite sets of stickers from Plan It Out Loud are the little crock pot images.. I use those in my meal planner so I can quickly see at a glance what day of the week is a slow cooker meal. I used to do all of my meal planning in my Erin Condren planner but have recently changed to the Skinnytaste meal planner and I love it. It is a companion to the Skinnytaste cookbook (which is awesome) but you can use it completely on it's own.
It has a ton of space to write your weekly menu and ad notes under each meal. I usually add if it was a family favourite, if there is a modification to the recipe that we prefer, etc...) And if you want to get even more detailed, you can even track calories and WW points. This little planner has really changed the way I plan our family meals and what we eat. ;)
Okay... back to my EC planner. Other than the changes mentioned above, I still use my planner the same way - to track family stuff, crafty stuff and blog stuff. I use the main, lined rectangle area to write in all of my to-do's. I use light blue pen for craft related stuff and start that list at the top. I use dark blue or black pen to write in family activities and appointments, starting at the bottom. All of my blog posts are added to the blank box at the end in pink pen.
My current favourite pens are these colourful Paper Mate ballpoint pens. I tried felt tip, gel pens and erasable and I always came back to ballpoint... they're my favourite and I really like using them the most. The ones I use are really inexpensive, but have a great chevron design and write great. My pen preference changes often though... it might be another addiction of mine lol! ;)
So I think that about covers it... to answer my original questions - yes, I'm still using the EC planner. Yes, I'm still loving it. And planning for me has become simpler, but I still love the time I spend with my planner each week, organizing and planning out my life.
You can see a little more about my planning process now, in the video below, if you want to listen to me babble for 16 minutes lol! ;)
If you want to try an EC planner and have never shopped with them, you can use this link to get $10 off your very first order. And I think at the time of this post, all life planner are currently 40% off. And they've just launched new journals and notebooks... I have about a bazillion notebooks and journals but these are definitely coming home to me haha!
I have a couple of fun giveaways!
- 1 $50.00 Erin Condren gift certificate
- 1 $15.00 Plan It Out Loud Gift Certificate (thanks Christy!)
Just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday April 6/16 and I'll draw two random winners!
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy planning!
(The supplies used and featured in this post are linked below. Affiliate links used when possible.)