First Look at the New 2019 Erin Condren Lifeplanner.
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I’ve used the Erin Condren LifePlanner since 2016 and I haven’t looked back. Sure, there are many other planner options out there. I’ve even tried a few for comparison, but I’ve always come back to my LifePlanner because I love the layout, the customization options, the quality, and the accessories. If you want $10 off your first order, create an account through my link.
I’ve purchased all of my own EC LifePlanners and accessories since 2016. However, this year Erin Condren was kind enough to supply my new planner for review purposes. I jumped at the chance since I was planning on buying one anyway. If you would like to look at some of my previous LifePlanners, check out these links.
- Staying Organized with the Erin Condren LifePlanner
- The Best Daily Planner for Staying Organized: Erin Condren LifePlanner
- A Look inside the Erin Condren LifePlanner: Horizontal Layout
Ok, so let’s dive in and explore the 2019 LifePlanner. There are some great new features as well as the tried and true elements that make this planner so great.
First off, the shipping and packaging is amazing. Everything arrives secure in a sturdy – and very pretty – box. I always re-use the box for gift giving or storage because they are so nice. Shipping is very fast, I received my package less than ten days after ordering, even with all the customizations I made to my planner.
Inside, everything comes secured in bubble wrap and covered in tissue paper with a nice note and sticker. When you open the box, it feels like you are giving a gift to yourself.
This year I went with the EC Luxe Permanent LifePlanner instead of the interchangeable cover that I’ve used in previous years.
The luxe permanent cover is a hardbound leather-like cover that comes in four shades. I chose the black cover this year and had my initials embossed on the cover in gold foil. You can have your initials done in silver or rose gold metallic foil. You can also pick the coil color and mix & match metallics for a truly customized bound book. I chose the black coil because I like how it makes my planner look sleek and sophisticated.
If you are looking for something more colorful and interchangeable there are plenty of customizable covers to choose from.
A Look Inside the Erin Condren LifePlanner
The first spread is a two-page goal setting prompt. You have space to write goals that you want to meet each month of the year. There’s plenty of room to add or change your goals as you go.
There are many ways you can customize how the inside of your planner looks too.
I’ve chosen a “neutral” theme this year so everything inside is printed in black and neutral colors. You can also choose a “colorful” theme that includes bright colors throughout the book.
Each month begins with a two page monthly spread so you can see the entire month at a glance.
Weekly spreads come in either horizontal, vertical, or hourly layouts.
I’ve chosen the hourly layout. It begins at six am and goes to seven pm with a blank box at the bottom. Sometimes, when I have events that start after seven I just write them in the blank box and write the actual time next to it.
You can also choose a horizontal layout where you can freeform write everything going on in your lay. The horizontal layout is good if you like to write your to-do list on the day itself. I usually write my to-do list on the snap-in dashboard inserts with a wet-erase marker.
The third option is the vertical layout. It comes with three boxes stacked one on top of the other. This layout is good if you like to group activities between morning, day, and night. It’s also a nice layout if you like to use planner stickers that fill in a lot of space. (I still use planner stickers on my hourly layout too.)
There are some minor changes to the new planners from last year. One of the note pages that had circles on it from last year is now lined pages. On the monthly view spread, there’s now a small mini-calendar for the upcoming month in the bottom right corner.
One of my favorite additions is a “Let’s Keep in Touch” contacts page. Another cool feature are new coloring pages in the back Notes tab.
The notes section holds a few lined pages, a few dot grid pages (perfect for doodles!), and a few coloring pages.
Another great feature is the addition of more PLANNER STICKERS!!
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As you can see, they’ve added some cute illustrated stickers for all the various events that come up. Some are decorative and some are specific, like cooking, gym, money, school, etc. There are also colorful blank stickers that you can write on. In all, the new LifePlanner has four full pages of stickers.
Another of my favorite things about the EC LifePlanner are the built-in pockets. This year it comes with a free Perpetual Calendar that gives you plenty of writing space to write monthly notes, to-do lists, or recaps.
I also picked up a few planner accessories to use with my Erin Condren LifePlanner and my bullet journal. You can see all the available accessories here.
I ordered two rolls of washi tape. These are the perfect size to line the top and bottom edges of a two-page spread. The two rolls I ordered were the eucalyptus (left) and floral ink (right).
Each roll is 0.59″ x 16.4 ft and come in seven signature colors/patterns. You can get tape that matches your planner cover and inserts or you can mix it up.
Additionally, I picked up some extra Colorful Dual-Tip Markers. These have a medium tip on one end and a fine tip on the other. These are great for color-coding your planner or just keeping things vibrant and fun.
I also picked up a Personalized Planning Notepad. It has my name along the top, room on the left for daily to-do’s and room on the right for random notes. At the end of the week you just tear off the page and start fresh for the next. You can keep this loose on your desk or fasten it to the inside of your LifePlanner.
Finally, I got a new the new Calligraphy Stencil Sheet. I’ve tried to work on my hand lettering but it’s um… hard. These stencils allow me to create pretty headings on my notes and bullet journal pages without having good hand-lettering skills.
Okay! That’s everything for the new 2019 Erin Condren LifePlanner. Stay tuned for some updated tips and tricks for staying organized with your personal planner. Don’t forget to snag the free planner worksheet at the bottom of the page. Thanks for reading and happy planning!
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