Today, I’m reviewing the 2019-2020 Erin Condren Life Planner! If you haven’t heard of Erin Condren Design, it’s a company founded by the one and only Erin Condren, and they specialize in customizable planners of different sizes, formats, color schemes, with interchangeable covers and plenty of cute and fun accessories!
I have been using Erin Condren products since 2014 and have joyously watched as the company, products, and community have continuously grown! Please keep in mind as you go through the post that I am not paid for these opinions. They are 100% my own. This planner was not given to me, it was purchased with my own money. There is a referral link at the bottom of the post so if you want to save $10 on your first order at Erin Condren, you can click that link!
Every year a new planner design is released, and this year it’s the kaleidoscope design! It comes in colorful or neutral (I chose neutral – which is not so much “neutral” as it is muted tones, which I still love), and the other new thing this year is the storage box the planner arrives in! I’m already making use of it to hold my larger sticker books and sheets!
The paper in this year’s planner is still the same brand and thickness from the previous year, so less bleeding and shadowing from pens! I’m already slowly moving into this planner (you can choose between July start and January start, and also choose between 12 and 18 month) as it doesn’t start until July. On the 2019/2020 yearly overview, I’m using the colorful circles stickers to mark my son’s upcoming school year. On the box pages, I’ve used monthly stickers from past Erin Condren sticker books to create monthly boxes, which is where I mark future appointments and to-dos!
As you go into a new month, you have a lined page (I used monthly stickers from Krissyanne Designs’ Michaels sticker book as a monthly title for the page) where you can jot down monthly to-dos, reading lists, projects, etc., and opposite that page is a monthly notes page in the corresponding color scheme.
Another new section for the planners is the dot grid note page and the monthly dashboard type page opposite it. This definitely adds more space. There are sections labeled “birthdays” and “monthly goals” and a couple unmarked sections, one lined and one in dot grid, allowing for more checklists and notes!
Here are the monthly pages with the sidebar on the right, which is where I’m using the freebie long sticky note that came with my planner to mark future appointments and birthdays long in advance as needed. When it finally comes time to decorate and plan for that month, I already have all the information I need and can then transfer it to the pages!
The newest and highly controversial change to the hourly layout this year was the removal of the half hour time slots. Originally in past hourly planners, the day started at 6am and ended at 7pm, with each hour having a half hour slot following it. With this change, they’ve removed the half hour slots, but the day now goes from 6am to 9pm, a change I imagine a lot of planners wanted, but it does come at a price. Of course planners will adapt to the change as needed, as that is what we do best!
At the back is a note page section, with a couple pages lined, a couple dot grid, some coloring pages, and an odd page with a bunch of hexagons (I heard it referenced as an inspiration board), but the coloring pages and hexagon page I did pull out of my planner. I’ll be using these note pages for family vacation planning among other things!
There is a contacts page, which I will be using for my son’s school, children’s doctor, the vet, etc. Then there’s the 2021 yearly overview, with some lines for future FUTURE planning such as weddings!
Included as always is a pocket folder in the very back which holds a perpetual calendar. I use it to track birthdays and such because I love sending any sort of holiday or birthday cards!
Overall, while I am still a bit intimidated by the changes to the hourly layout, I love the design. It’s my favorite design to date from Erin Condren, and I’m so looking forward to using this planner starting in July!
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