Hi friends! It’s time for one of my favorite annual posts here on the blog- when I give away an Erin Condren LifePlanner to one lucky reader!I really love this planner and have been using it for years. I have tried to transition to using technology for managing my life but I always go back to my good ole’ paper planner. And I think this specific planner is the best of the best.
This post is NOT sponsored. I just love this planner so much that I want to share it with you.
Each year I do a general review of the newest version of the planner and then host a giveaway. This year I thought I would change things up a little bit and also show you how I use my planner to meet my health and wellness goals.
Erin Condren LifePlanner Review
In case you’re not familiar with the Erin Condren brand or the life planner, here is a highlight of all of the features:
- Weekly and Monthly paper planner
- High quality paper and laminated tabs and cover
- Durable coil- I’m on my 4th planner and the coil has never broken
- Now available in multiple different layouts (horizontal, vertical, etc.)
- 12 or 18-month options available
- Great variety of covers that can be personalized. You can even create your own
- Can be purchased at Staples or on the EC website
Features that make the Erin Condren LifePlanner unique
When you look at the Erin Condren Life Planner, you will immediately see that it has a lot of features that set it apart from other planners. Monthly and weekly pages have a lined section that is perfect for a to-do list. The front of the planner contains blocked spaces great for setting goals. The back of the planner has a section of lined/blank/graph paper that’s great if you need something to take notes on.
You can choose between a black-and-white or colored font/graphics. I went with the colorful one!
It also contains some cute stickers in the back. I’m not much of a sticker person but I will admit that I enjoy using them
Lastly, planners are available with permanent or removable covers. I first thought the removable covers were kind of silly when they came out, but they have really grown on me over the past few years.
Worth the Cost?
At $55 each, the Erin Condren Life Planner is not exactly cheap. However, the quality and functionality makes it well worth the investment to me. I have tried out several planners over the past year and I always find the Erin Condren LifePlanner to be superior. I like that my colored ink pens (I love these Staedtler triplus fineliner pens!) do not bleed through the pages. This is a dealbreaker for me.
The cover and coil are so durable that I toss the planner in my bag and never have to worry about it getting damaged. I love the layout of the vertical weekly pages- they are perfect for me to keep my meal, workout, and business stuff organized. I really like this type of layout. It’s just enough to keep you organized without feeling overwhelmed. I was sent a different brand planner to try out and the layout was really geared towards goal-setting. I loved it when I saw it in pictures, but it ended up being too overwhelming to use.
I really like that the planner is now offered in more neutral colors and designs if you’re going for a more professional look. I almost went that route but ultimately decided to stick with fun and colorful.
They changed the storage pouch to be an external feature rather than attached to the inside of the planner. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I used to keep all of my dietitian-related cards and documents in this pouch because I knew they’d be with me at most times. But I could also see how people would prefer to not have a pouch on the inside of the planner.
How I use the Erin Condren LifePlanner to meet my health and wellness goals
I’m a firm believer that the more you plan, the more likely you will be to meet your health and wellness goals. Exercise? schedule it. Meals? plan them out.
I like to do my planning every Sunday. It’s just part of my routine. For my meals, I usually eat the same things for breakfast (greek yogurt, fruit and cottage cheese, etc.) but I change things up for lunch and dinner. Here are some priorities with my meal planning:
- Purposely cook double to have meals for lunches
- Make sure I am getting enough fruits and vegetables
- Note which evenings I will be short on time and Intentionally plan leftovers or simple meals for those days
Scheduling workouts is something fairly new to me. I started doing it when I did my first triathlon last fall. It made me realize that if I had exercise penciled in on the schedule that I would be more likely to do it. Kind of like how if you have a meeting in your calendar then you’re going to go to it.
If I ended each work day with no plan then I would likely get home and be “too tired” to figure out a workout. I have been following the Kayla Itsines workout plan since the fall and I always schedule those on MWF. I got a few hand weights so that I can do the workouts at home. I like to go to the gym a few days per week too, mostly because I really like my local YMCA.
I definitely think writing things down in my planner helps me stay on track with my nutrition and fitness goals.
I am giving away an Erin Condren LifePlanner to one lucky reader. The giveaway will stay open for 1 week. You can enter by leaving a comment below and/or following G & G Nutrition Co. on my social media channels. Thanks so much for reading!!
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