Let’s take a peak at the new 2021 LifePlanner. There are some great new features as well as the tried and true elements that many of you are accustomed to. I’ve used the Erin Condren LifePlanner since 2016 and I haven’t looked back.
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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.
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
First, 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.
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 a coiled planner. I tried out the Erin Condren Binder last year and LOVED it but I’m ready to go back to the coiled version. I customized my planner with a rose gold coil.
I chose an interchangeable cover in “Layers Neutral.” I chose neutral layers for colors on the inside pages to mirror the cover.
Inside the Erin Condren LifePlanner
One of the first things I notice is how much thicker the paper is this year. I love this! It is smooth but a bit textured, and much more sturdy than years past.
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.
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.
I think most people choose the three box layout. You can see that layout in this post. I go back and forth between the hourly and the three box layout. I can’t decide which one I like better.
Since I will be teaching college classes this year I decided to go with the hourly. It works well when I have a schedule that is appointment based and different everyday. I find the three box layout is good for larger, time blocking projects.
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LifePlanners always come with a few pages of stickers. I love this year’s because they perfectly match the colors of the neutral layers design element. All of them have a rose gold foil finish that is both sophisticated and fun.
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.
Here is a page spread I’ve decorated with the stickers that come with each planner. I’ve also added embellishment with matching washi tape. You can find all of these accessories on the Erin Condren website.
That’s everything for the new 2021 Erin Condren LifePlanner. Stay tuned for some updated tips and tricks for staying organized with your personal planner.
Thanks for reading and happy planning!
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