I’m sure it surprises no one that one of my first wedding related purchases was an Erin Condren Wedding Planner (after all, all you have to do is search this blog and see my addiction issues). I actually bought it Thanksgiving night (yes the day we got engaged) while they were having a huge 30% off sale, so I got it for a great price, too.
I love that there are so many online organizational tools to help you plan a wedding, but like my planner, I need something physically in my hands that I can write in and flip through. Online organizational things actually have a tendency to confuse me more, so paper and pens are better for me. Plus, I can keep the planner as one of my wedding keepsakes and look through it later on; you can’t do that with an online system.
I am still home and still resting, but I do have to go back to work on Tuesday. Luckily, I don’t have to be there all day, everyday, but I do still need to make sure I’m ready to go back.
So, I’ve been getting myself organized and prepared because our summer program begins the day I return and I also have to arrange the moving of my office; so there’s going to be a lot going on.
I mentioned my new Erin Condren Hourly Planner a couple of weeks ago and I said I was going to take some time to set it up before I showed how I would use it. I think I figured out a pretty good system for myself in it. It took a little figuring mainly becaue if I’m just using it for a work planner, I don’t really need the weekend area, but I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I needed to re-purpose it somehow.
So, I think at this point, it’s obvious that I love Erin Condren Planners. You can just search Erin Condren on my blog and find so many posts about my mini-obsession.
Last year, if you remember, I used an Erin Condren Teacher Planner for this school year, which worked pretty well. If there wasn’t confidential information in there, I would show you, but I don’t want to put any info out there that shouldn’t be. But, it did work really well, but there were some things that I maybe didn’t use as much as I thought I would; some sections were kind of pointless and went unused, etc.
Erin Condren came out with the hourly version at the start of 2016 and as this school year has gone by, I thought that an Hourly layout, might actually be a better alternative to the Teacher Planner. Especially with my semi-new role in the department, I’m going to have a lot more meetings and be a bit more time-crunched, it seems like laying my day out by hours might keep me the most organized.
The irony of this though, is that I’m actually going to be teaching Seminar classes next year. I do them every year, but next year I will be doing them throughout the whole year as opposed to just a marking period like I did this year and last. So, a lesson planner might be logical…but…..I have another system for that this coming year. So it’s not that big of a deal to me.
So back in June I told you all about my new Rose Gold Erin Condren Horizontal Planner. I loved my Horizontal planner, I love having lines and more room to move around and all of that. But I’m not using it anymore for day-to-day planning.
I loved it, don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful, but there was something bugging me about it.
By nature, I’m a list person. I make lists all the time for everything. Even in the horizontal layout, I was making lists for everything. All the listing in the horizontal was making it feel a little disjointed to me, the flow wasn’t working.
So, I decided to try the traditional Erin Condren Vertical layout, with the boxes.
The crazy part? I’ve used her vertical layout before and hated it. Last year (a year before my horizontal planner) I bought a vertical and couldn’t ever get into it or how to use it, so I left it abandoned for a long time. It always looked so plain and blah and I hated it, so I stopped using it. In using my horizontal, I got a little more into making a planner and functional so I thought maybe now I can transfer that thinking over to a vertical boxy layout.
But before I’d make another purchase, I went back into my old vertical (which oddly enough was still current since it was an 18 month July 2014-December 2015 calendar) and experimented a little. For the first time in using the vertical layout, it made sense. There was a flow to it, it was sequential, which is how my brain thinks; and I can still customize it to work for me.
So, I took the plunge and ordered a new Vertical for 2016. I killed a couple of my friends hearts that I got to try the horizontal by switching back but it’s working better for me. And I still love the horizontal layout for long-term planning and memory keeping, but listing makes more sense to me. I feel more productive when I can just look down the boxes and make sure that I got everything done and in the order I wanted to (for the most part).
I’m really happy that I changed back over. I definitely feel more productive and just like with my horizontal, I keep it out and open most of the time either at home or on my desk at work because it’s just pretty to look at. I’m more likely to want to use something and to keep looking at it, if it’s actually pretty and functional all at the same time. As you can see from the pictures below, it still has all the same bells and whistles as the horizontal does; it has a note page after each month, an inspirational quote on the divider tab for each month, lots of blank note pages in the back, and even stickers to help you plan more efficiently.
If you’ve been wanting to give an Erin Condren Planner a try, you can click through this link and receive $10 off on your first purchase. They do make pretty awesome Christmas gifts for yourself or maybe for that person in your life that could use some organizing.
So, since July is here-ish, I finally get to play with my new planner! Yay!!
I’m actually upset that I don’t have a lot to do this week. I’m out of school, don’t have camp and just have a couple scheduled things to remember. It makes me sad that I couldn’t use it more to start.
But there is so much more room in it. I love that I can actually write things out and not waste a lot of room or get creative with how I have to lay it out.
This is my week so far:
Most of this week is just stuff I will do at home or people I need to call, etc.
Erin Condren planners are apparently “the it thing” for people who go all out decorating their planners and not just using them to write things down in.
I do enjoy when my planner is pretty, but too much pretty seems overwhelming to me. I’ve seen pictures already where people have literally no “white space” in their week spread already because it’s covered with washi tape, stickers, pictures, etc. That’s so cluttered and messy to me but to each their own.
I do appreciate a little decoration where it’s appropriate. Like the “LOVE” sticker I have on Tuesday….is really just covering up a boo-boo on my part. It wouldn’t be there if I hadn’t misspelled something and wanted to hide it.
I’m good with the more functional stickers because they either stand out or because it keeps me from having to write things (I don’t always like my handwriting). As you can see, I’ve become rather partial to KrissyAnne stickers. I really love the quality of her products and she’s just really great to deal with. Some feel her stuff is a little on the expensive side, but I’ve gotten other sheets from other, more inexpensive sellers and I wasn’t happy with the quality. Some of the stickers felt like they were going to rip before I even put them on the paper. Hers are thick and durable, which I love. Her processing time is also, may be a little longer than most, but she also has a full-time job outside of her store and it’s worth the wait anyway. My best advice is if you browse her sticker site and see something you like, sign up for email notifications if its not in stock and she will likely stock it pretty quickly. She doesn’t have a set re-stock schedule but pays close attention to the email notifications. Anything I’ve wanted, I use the email feature and it’s usually stocked within 24 hours.
I do like a little bit of cute, so I’ve spotted some cute decorative stickers at Walmart and Target for about a dollar per sheet that I use for the cute. Other than that, there’s not a lot of decoration. It’s pretty but not cluttered.
I am very happy that I purchased the new horizontal planner. It’s so much for functional than the old one. And…it’s just pretty. It’s really really pretty.