I’m sure it’s no secret that I’m a little OCD. I really enjoy planning and order and being prepared. I’ve kept a planner since middle school and couldn’t see myself living without one. Buying a new planner each year is one of the most difficult decisions I make. Especially with all the new designs out there right now – Lilly Pulitzer, myAgenda, Erin Condren, May Designs…just to name a few I’ve researched.
And I’ve done the research. Reviews, blog posts, ratings, photos, testimonies…all of it. Yet, there’s just something about holding the planner in your hands, feeling the pages between your fingers, writing on the texture of the paper. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t do a quality review of a planner without having used it. I need to get a feel for how it functions in my everyday life before I make up my mind. Which is a huge downside of having to buy online and the made-to-order designs. Too bad there isn’t a planner borrowing/renting program.
My other struggle with planners is costs. I have a very difficult time paying a large amount for a planner that I may or may not like using. I am guilty of purchasing a planner, using it for a few weeks, then purchasing a new planner. This can get expensive. Again, I’m terribly OCD. It has to be just right.
Many friends who understood my struggle sang the praises of Erin Condren. I just couldn’t get over the price tag. So, when I changed jobs mid-year and noticed a half-off sale for Erin Condren 2015 planners, I decided to give it a shot! After all, I had 50% less to lose.
I’ve had my Erin Condren life planner a little over a month and a half now. I’ve finally solidified my feelings for this much sought after spiral bound book. And I’m ready to share them with the world. Lucky you!
Erin Condren LifePlanner
Price I paid: $35
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Sorry friends, Erin just didn’t win me over. After much consideration my ultimate conclusion is: I enjoy my lifeplanner. I feel it is worth the half-off price tag. But, I do not consider it worthy of a full-price investment. I will continue using my planner until the end of the year, but I will not be purchasing another Erin Condren in the future.
I love the bright colors and my personalized cover page. The tabs for each month and folder pockets are handy. Inspirational quotes and cute stickers included are awesome perks. I enjoy the vertical daily layout, though I’m not fond of days being broken up into “morning,” “afternoon,” and “evening.” I’d rather have no breaks or times instead. I also can’t get over my week starting on Monday. This has caused me so much confusion, and I’m constantly marking off dates and resetting them. I’m a fan of the “weekly goals and notes” columns on the side panels. And I like the idea of the “lists, meal plans, exercise, daily dos, etc” row of note space at the bottom, but it’s just too small for all I’d like to add.
I know the extra additions and edits I could make for the planner would solve the problems I mentioned, and I’m almost positive would make me enjoy the planner much more. But, with each additional change comes an additional cost. I purchased the bare-bones, bottom of the rung, pre-printed, half-off option. Even at that price, it was the most I’ve ever spent on a planner, and honestly was more than I wanted to spend.
Overall the life planner is really pretty and it gets the job done. It’s very sturdy and totes around well. It’s possible that I went in with too high of expectations. But, I’m not convinced it’s the right planner for me. I’ll keep searching for my 2016 purchase. I still have six months to go.
I decided while I’m at it, I may as well review the other planners I’ve used. Stay tuned for my experiences with Paper Source and May Designs.