I’m going to be honest…I am not the most organized person in the world.
(Ssshh. If you listen really carefully you can probably hear my husband my laughing…as if he didn’t already know that I wasn’t organized.)
Between managing this blog; running a somewhat successful design business full of deadlines; keeping track of birthday parties, playdates, and get togethers; keeping track of my husband’s work schedule; and ensuring that I don’t miss a doctors appointment or business call…I have a hard time keeping track of things. Up until recently my mode of tracking all of this was a handful of post-it notes, lots of scrap pieces of paper and whatever random notebook I currently had purchased full of a long list of Things to Do.
I have tried every kind of planner there is out there. I’ve bought “mom” planners from places like MomAgenda, cheapo planners from Target, planners with large writing spaces, planners with small writing spaces, planners with stickers, planners with only weekly sections, planners with times…
I think you get the idea.
If it’s out there, I’ve tried it.
And had zero luck. There was always something wrong with the one that I chose. I even thought of creating my own one time. I vented to my husband after the latest $15 investment had proven to be a bust that I just needed to make my own. No one else could get it right, so I’d just design one myself.
Someone does make one the right way.
And I’ve finally discovered it.
I’d seen a few bloggers in the past post about the Erin Condren Life Planner and how efficient it was. I even clicked over a few times to browse her site. And was immediately turned off by the price tag. $50+ for a day planner? No thank you. I could keep my cheap one and spend the other $40 on something else. Like pens…(I’m a total pen snob, in case you didn’t know).
About a month or so ago everything around here came to a head. My to do list was out of control; both business wise and personally. I was forgetting things for clients (which was what really set me off) and having to back track. I was forgetting events and things that didn’t need to be forgotten.
So when Erin Condren posted that her new set of Life Planner’s were available, I took a deep breath and bit the bullet. I headed over to her site, spent about 20 minutes debating which cover design I wanted, whether or not I wanted matching notepads, stickers and pens, and if I need any additional products from her store.
In t he end I spent nearly $75 on the planner, her ink pens, pen holder and shipping. It made me nauseous to spend that much. Granted I claimed it was a “business expense,” but the entire time I was waiting for it to arrive, I kept telling myself that if I was just better organized that I wouldn’t need it and my $3 planner from Target would suffice.
The DAY that it arrived I spent almost an hour filling it up and making notes. Here’s what I’ve reviewed and noticed about this planner so far…
I have finally found the planner that I will use from here on out. I ordered this one to last me through December 2013, so I won’t have to order a new one until next year. I can keep everything together and organized while still using something that’s cute and functional. The price tag is a little steep in the beginning. But, the quality of the product is worth every single penny. I know now that I’ve purchased one that I won’t have any issues spending this same amount again later on down the road. It’s paid for itself in the first two weeks.
Disclaimer: I purchased this planner on my own. I was not compensated or paid by Erin Condren or her company to write this review.