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I want to share how I am getting organized with an Erin Condren Life Planner. It is decided. This is the year I am going to become more organized! I have been diligent… reading, watching, listening to all things organization. I have some great ideas I plan to put into practice this year. Although I can say there are certain areas of my life where I feel I do a pretty good job of decluttering and focusing, I definitely have room for improvement. I have some glaring problem areas… like some of the closets in my house…ugh! I generally start off doing well, but things usually end in F5 Tornado devastation.
I have been reading and listening to audiobooks and podcasts about successful people’s habits, and one thing I notice repeatedly is organization. Being organized makes people more productive and helps them reach their goals.
January is here and the beginning of a new year always carries with it the hope and potential of a new beginning. Harnessing that concept I decided to dive in. The logical place to begin was with a new calendar. Easy, right?
Finding The Right Calendar
EASY was not how this went down… I honestly started processing the purchase of a new calendar in November. How did something so easy become so complicated?
As I started to process how I wanted to organize my schedule, I found myself asking a series of questions. I really didn’t want to start out using one thing and then give up by March because it just didn’t work for me.
Asking the Right Questions
The questions went something like this: Should I try to keep it completely digital or stay with a paper planner? Keeping everything computerized definitely has its advantages. But which method helps me visualize best? What is the easiest way for me to access it? Opening up my computer or simply grabbing a paper planner and flipping through it? What all did I need a planner to include? And what layout would I actually find helpful?
I finally decided it needed to be good ol’ pen and paper for me. I seem to do much better visualizing something when I can see it laid out on paper in front of me.
That decision made, I figured out what I wanted to be included in a planner. I wanted space to plan life; that meant enough space for my work schedule (meaning my day job as a nurse) and my blog schedule. I also needed space to include our family life, appointments, and activities. PLUS… room to keep a list of meals for the week, a never-ending to-do list, AND did I mention it needed to be pretty 🥰. I’m not asking for much, am I?
To be completely honest, I didn’t think I would find what I was looking for. I checked out a couple of different ideas.
A dot journal: while this option left lots of room for creativity, which I love, there was no existing structure. You were left to create and organize a blank page. That left me completely overwhelmed, and I quickly moved on.
There was always the more financially smart, plain calendar that kept it basic, just a small book listing the 12 months. This meant no frills and no added space for my notes, meal plans, etc.
Erin Condren Life Planner
While exploring my options, I came across a podcast by Rachel Hollis (Rise podcast: episode 47 (the link is for Apple podcasts if you’re interested) featuring Erin Condren. On the podcast, she shared how she started her company in her home and how it has grown and become very successful. Intrigued, I hopped over to her website, erincondren.com, and presto! Erin Condren had the perfect “Life Planner.” Everything in one planner, and even better, it can be completely personalized!
I will confess, this is the most I have EVER paid for a planner, hands down. BUT that said, I am in LOVE with this thing. On the Erin Condren website, you pick your cover from a large selection of designs, and even better, if, say, in June, you have grown tired of your initial cover choice, you can order a new one because the covers are interchangeable!!!! Brilliant!
After you pick your design, you can then personalize it, add a favorite saying, your name, or initials. It took me a LONG time, ya’ll, to decide, but here is my pretty cover choice…
I chose to add “On Earth As It Is In Heaven,” an excerpt of the Lord’s Prayer, to remind myself every day that I am here to bring the things of heaven to earth. Things like love, joy, peace…and patience (I am working on patience 😉).
I was able to add some of the things I wanted, like a to-do list and a dry erase weekly meal planner.
It has space for everything…
I have put my work schedule on the full month layout, my blogging schedule on the week layout. There is even space for notes and a sweet little zip pocket to hold my colored pens!
I am crazy excited to organize my life with this beauty! Step one complete. I am moving toward my goal of being more organized. YAY!
What Are Your Goals?
What goals have you decided on for this year? How do you want to improve your life? I would love to hear all about it! Or, if you have a favorite calendar/ planner, let me know. Leave a comment below and share your tips for being more organized!