I took me a long time, but I have finally admitted to myself that the Erin Condren planner simply does not work for me.
So I have decided to switch. I want to update my old self-made planner with new dates and start planning with that again.
When I got my first Erin Condren planner, last October (2016) I was sooo excited. I wanted to design pretty planner spreads and teach everybody how to do it as well. To be honest, I still want to teach you how to make your own stickers more than anything, but just not with an Erin Condren planner as my focus point.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the Erin Condren planner, it just doesn’t fit my planning style and every week I would look at my planner and just not be inspired to write out my plans because I couldn’t live up to the expectations I had for the planner. And so, every week my planner, would also remind me of how much of a failure I felt like.
I mean, let’s look at the evidence so you can see what I am talking about. Here are some of the spreads from my Erin Condren planner:
Yes, I did cross some of the text out – because they are private plans, and since I don’t normally show my plans to the online world, I write down stuff that are for my eyes only 🙂
Now that you have seen this, I hope you can see the real struggle I have been trying to cope with. Frankly, I think it is embarrassing and I sit back and think why I should ever think of my planner as embarrassing.
What I love and what I don’t love about the Erin Condren
I thought that it might be helpful for you if you are in a place where you are trying to figure out if the EC is the right planner for you, so here are my reflections on the planner.
Things I love!
The vertical planning layout: I love this style of planning. And the physical space the EC has for writing is perfect for me. I like to divide my day into sections as well so this way of planning is right for me.
The whole one week on a page is great as well. I don’t need anymore space to write my plans than the planner is offering me.
The Design: I love the design in the neutral planner. So clean and easy to make your own. That is a huge plus.
The community: The best part of the EC planner is the connected planner community that comes with it. Like the inspiration, the many etsy shops with stickers, the people cheering each other on. It is just such a positive environment and I absolutely love it!
Things in the EC that doesn’t work for me:
The weekend: This might sound silly, but I simply don’t like the weekend in the planner 🙂 I use my planner everyday and I am most comfortable when I “plan-as-I-go”, which means that I sit down and plan my day every morning. I don’t like to memory plan and I use the planner for my businesses as a way to keep track of my never ending to-do lists.
So my weekend would end up looking empty all the time, because I don’t work on my businesses on the weekends. This would give me an empty looking spread and mess with the design I had going.
Now, whether or not this applies to you depends on how you would like to use your planner. If you, like me, use your planner for work tasks you might run into the same issue.
The Spiral: The fact that the planner is spiral bound is an obstacle for me all the time. Especially om Wednesdays, where I can’t write on the page, because the spiral is in the way. I have found that I prefer to be able to take the pages out and plan that way.
Going back to what has worked for me in the past
Then the other day I looked in my planner from 2016. My first planner when I introduced to the planner community. And once again I felt inspired to print stickers and design some new ones.
I saw how I had experimented in that planner and treated it like a planner should be treated. I realized that I have my Erin Condren on a pedestal and I simply cannot drag it down from there – no matter how hard I try I still end up disappointed with my spreads, which is why I have come to the conclusion that I need to make my own once again.
Like looks at these!! But really I can see how much fun I had planning and designing my week and I want to get back to that.
With this in mind I have begun to look into how I should design my new planner. I might do it in a similar style to my planner of 2016 (A5) or I might have to try the personal sized planner sheets.
Anyway I think it was healthy for me to admit to myself that I can’t plan in the Erin Condren Life Planner and that I don’t have to 🙂