While getting my business organized, I felt overwhelmed with all of the things I needed to do, while at the same time working and going to school full time. I had regular planners from the school bookstore, Google Calendar, phone apps- you name it, I tried it. I always went back to paper, but I never felt motivated to keep up with it.
Introducing the designer planner. I don't know what it is, but something about a designer planner keeps me going and organized. When my friend introduced me to the Erin Condren planner, I felt the heaven gates open. I'm obsessed with anything office supply related, and I had never seen a planner this in depth and organized. I was in love.
I read reviews for weeks before and while I was waiting for my Erin to ship (which, by the way, took an ungodly amount of time- nearly a month). All of these reviews were a first impression, but hardly any of them were from someone who stuck with it for a year. So that is what this review is about. I'll try to keep it short and simple- but this is image heavy.
The rest of this blog is about my planner a year later. I stopped using it in July of 2014.
Overall, my experience with the Erin Condren planner was positive. This baby truly helped me get through college. I went one year without it, and one year with it- I found myself more organized and less stressed about what I had to do for the week. It helped me in that regard. However, I did not purchase the Erin Condren for the 2014-2015 year. I remember one day looking at my Erin and thinking what it looked like laying on my desk. I said to my husband, "I don't know if I want another one this year, I feel like it doesn't look professional but I just don't know..." and he said "it doesn't." Oh. Then I read about her new planners, and I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting the most "exciting" feature to be the removable covers. Alas, I decided to purchase a different designer planner, which I will review at a later date.
If it suits your business or not, really depends on the type of business you have and how much you have to do on a daily basis for it... and if it fits your brand, if you will have it with you a lot. I think that some moms whose younger children are involved in extra curricular activities, will prefer a more customizable choice like Plum Paper. As far as a colorful planner goes, I prefer and considered (but ultimately didn't purchase) the Emily Ley Simplified Planner- which is super cute and very professional looking. There is something about a laminated cover that has a lot to be desired. The Erin Condren is AWESOME for college students based off personal experience, and busy women that need to keep everything in check on the daily... and of course for people who need a great planner who love Erin's style!