I’ve been using the Erin Condren LifePlanner for several years. I think I’m on my fifth LifePlanner? I had used other planners before, but this one just worked for me. I started using the LifePlanner before all of the add-ons came into play, and before it was cool to decorate your planner. I remember when the covers were pretty, the inside quotes were plentiful and there were just some plain stickers in the back you could use to mark important dates.
I’m a washi addict. I haven’t denied that – ever. I love washi tape. I love pretty embellishments for card making and scrapbooking. I love adding decorative tape to anything I feel needs a little boost. (Like a light switch plate or random envelopes.)
If you search the hashtag #planneraddict on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest, you are going to find a LOT of photos where people have gone above and beyond in decorating their planners. I will admit that their planners are pretty. I have tried decorating my planner, and eventually realized it wasn’t for me. Decorating a planner is equivalent to scrapbooking. (I do occasionally add a strip or two of washi tape to one of my weeks, usually on a whim.) After reading multiple posts from other self-proclaimed planner addicts, I realize that some people spend hours decorating and planning their weeks.
I don’t have time to decorate. I don’t have time to sit down and do traditional scrapbooking these days, why do I think I would have time to scrapbook my planner? Maybe if I schedule my time in my planner, I can fit it in, but….I could also be doing other things.
The stickers, the tape, the embellishments. They all take up valuable space in your planner! If I cover up my already pretty planner, where will I write the things I actually need to remember to do later?
I do love a simpler look, and the LifePlanner is simple, while still being pretty and encouraging. (I love the quotes that are on each month.) I have stickers in the back that I can use that mark certain appointments, birthday, vacation, days off – and pages of blank stickers I can use. I haven’t used the doctor appointment stickers because I have so many, and the folks at Erin Condren didn’t take into account the 5 billion appointments I’d have this year.
Normally I don’t do any of the add-ons. Last month, I had a gift card and I purchased the menu planner snap-in and the pen holder. I’m still not 100% sold on the menu planner (I use a Sharpie to write on it, and the ink still rubs off a little), but the pen holder has been a game changer. That’ll be in all of my future Life Planner orders.
I’m curious…do you use a paper planner? Do you decorate it? What kind of planner do you use?
As I was writing about why I don’t decorate my planner, I received an email about the “Good to Go” LifePlanners are on sale at 20% off. If you haven’t purchased a planner this year, and are considering doing so, this is a great deal!
**I was not compensated for this post. Some of the links above are referral links, meaning if you purchase a planner, I get a credit towards my next Erin Condren purchase (which usually occurs in November, when I am ordering my next planner.) All opinions are my own.