How to Organize your Life – an Erin Condren Life Planner review

by torontogirlwest on February 23, 2013

Hello friends:

How has February been treating you thus far? Things have been equal parts busy and wonderful around the Coastal Casa!

This month started off with the Husband’s birthday celebration (full of laughs and yummy eats) and it continued with lots of adventures in and around Vancouver, and plenty of running too!

On the running front, things had been going very well. That was until about a week and a half ago when I got hit with intense heel pain. I wouldn’t feel it during a run but it was absolutely throbbing whenever I was not on my feet. I figured that couldn’t be good so I haven’t run in a bit (which in part is also due to a gnarly cold I’m getting over). Tomorrow is my long run day with my training clinic and although I’m looking forward to getting back out there, I’m kind of nervous too. What with my coughing and my recent injury, I just know tomorrow will be kind of painful.

Still I’m going to plug on, ice when I get home, and do everything I can to stay healthy while building mileage!


Erin Condren Life Planner 

I don’t know about you guys but sometimes I struggle with staying organized. It so often feels like I have so many things on the go that it’s hard to keep track of it all.

For a while, I was attempting to use Google Calendar to keep track of everything but that presented a problem because my work calendar is on a program that doesn’t automatically sync to my iPhone. Juggling multiple schedules was getting to be a bit much so I decided that in 2013 I would make the switch to a more reliable method.

Enter the Erin Condren Life Planner.

Erin Condren packaging

I first heard about Erin Condren products from my sister; shortly thereafter, I discovered that Erin Condren has legions of blogger fans. Seriously, google some reviews and you’ll come upon site after site of people positively gushing about her life planners. This despite the fact that they’re not cheap (without any adds ons or taxes and shipping, they cost $50).

Clearly, there had to be something fantastic about an agenda that could inspire that kind of devotion – so I ordered one.

Gift Tags

My purchases came beautifully packaged – plus the good people at Erin Condren included some extras too! Such as an envelope full of personalized gift tags. Well played team Condren. Well played.

Life Planner

The life planner itself is the size of a small notebook but considerably thicker to allow for monthly and daily calendars, notepad pages, convenient plastic pouches to store whatever your heart desires, and a pocket for paper that would otherwise be floating around your purse.

Life Planner Cover

One of the nicest things about the life planner is that you get to customize your cover. I chose one of Erin Condren’s beautiful and colourful designs and added my full name to the bottom.

Customized notepads

To the basic life planner order, I also added two notepads that match my cover design and customization. The best part of the notepads is that they come with an adhesive strip that allows you to secure them to the back of the life planner. When I first placed my order, I thought this was a frivolous add-on but I have now discovered that it’s one of the most useful parts of the planner.

Pen Holder

Erin Condren pens

To add to the functionality of my agenda, I purchased a pen holder (essentially a loop that you affix to the side of the planner), and a set of Erin Condren coloured pens. I chose these particular pens because I read in other reviews that they don’t bleed through the pages. Besides, I use the different colours for different types of activities – thus allowing me to be even more organized than I otherwise would be.

No one plans to fail

When I opened up the planner for the first time, I was struck by the number of colourful quote interspersed throughout. They’re not necessary for the functionality of the product but they certainly help to make the life planner a unique product.

Monthly pages

I have found the monthly pages are made up of boxes big enough for me to fill in my appointments, the husband’s work schedule, my trial schedule, and any fun activities I might have planned.

July calendar

Aside from the monthly pages, the planner also includes daily pages, divided up into morning, day, and night portions. If there is one thing I would change about the planner it would be this area. I find the space is too narrow to allow me to write very much, so I end up relying primarily on the monthly pages.


To help remind you of special days, the people at Erin Condren include several pages worth of colourful stickers that you can use to mark birthdays, hair appointments, vacations, and the like. And just in case you discover that you need a day sticker for something that the makers of the planner didn’t contemplate, there are also several pages worth of blank stickers.

Keep it together

Despite the fact that I was skeptical when I first ordered the planner, I have come to absolutely love the product.

Quick glance calendar

Honestly, what has surprised me most is the way that I’ve embraced a paper planner. Like most people of my generation I have my iPhone permanently wedded to my side, and yet this well designed planner has managed to replace technology in at least one aspect of my life.


Needless to say, I’ve drank the cool aid and I won’t be going back to another organizational method again!!


Question: What do you use to keep your life organized? Are you an online/telephone calendar kind of person or do you like to have little post-it-notes and papers floating around?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly February 24, 2013 at 6:01 am

I have an Erin Condren planner and I prefer it over using my iphone because I feel like I can see more what is going on and I find it easier to bring it to meetings/tutoring etc at times when it wouldn’t be appropriate to have my iphone out :) I am the opposite of you though- I rarely using the monthly pages and more use the weekly ones so I can have a little more space.
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Toronto Girl West February 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Isn’t that funny!?!? I should really start giving the daily pages more of a shake – they seem to work so well for so many people! :)
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helene @healthyfrenchie February 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Looks like a lovely planner! I loved having one when I was in school. I haven’t used one in years though…. I guess I’m not that busy! I can’t wait to come to Vancouver


Toronto Girl West February 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

lol It’s really coordinating my court schedule, fun activities, and the husband’s (non 9-5) schedule, that necessitates an agenda! :)

Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!
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the team February 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

thanks for the great article! just added to our pinterest page, check it out! pinterest/erincondren enjoy!


Toronto Girl West February 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

You’re most welcome – thank-you for a fantastic product! :)


Marianne February 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm

None of the above – I have it all in my head. I rarely write anything down, other than the odd event on my wall calendar in the kitchen. I’ve tried planners/agendas, but they always end up never getting used. And I’ve tried Google Calendar, and again, never bother using it.
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Toronto Girl West February 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I used to do that but then the inevitable, “Are you available on X?” question would come up and I wouldn’t have an aswer! :P
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Toronto Girl West February 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I used to do that but then the inevitable “Are you available on X?” question would come up, and I never knew the answer! :P
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Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) March 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I’m pretty sure P would leave me if I went back to a paper planner! Google Calendar works for me…syncs with my iphone and ipad, which is all I need. BUT, if Google goes the way of the Reader with the Calendar, I’ll definitely look into this! It’s beautiful!
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torontogirlwest March 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Tear – I had forgotten about the death of Google Reader! I need to make the switch to something else!


Jilliane May 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Hey! Did you get a tracking link when you ordered? Do you remember approx how long it took?? I placed an order and it was shipped over a week ago and still no sign and no tracking. Their customer service is great and Is sending me a replacement but I’m trying to see what Canadian order timelines are :/ maybe it’s stuck at customs.. Thanks!!


torontogirlwest June 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Honestly I don’t remember if I got a tracking link but yes shipping took longer than I thought it would. I should mention though that I had mine sent to my PO Box in the States so I didn’t have a customs delay.


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