I have a thing for paper. It doesn't matter if it's an inexpensive college-ruled notebook or a luxurious pad of dot-lined Rhodia.
Ok, I'd probably pick the Rhodia if I had to choose, but I definitely feel a jolt of happy nostalgia when flipping through a black and white marbled composition notebook at the grocery store.
I love journals, especially blank ones, so naturally I am also a big fan of planners. Specifically, well made planner systems.
Erin Condren Planner
It has taken me a long time to acquire the discipline required to stick with one journal and one planner. The planner that finally made this possible was the Erin Condren Planner. It turns out adding the possibility of new creative layouts each week was the key.
Each evening I sit down with a cup of tea and jot down journal-style how my day went in my planner. It’s been the perfect place to make notes I want to remember about my day, and has made tracking my health a snap.
There are numerous EC users out there sharing how they make this planner work for them. I thought I’d share my own version and offer a free planner printable I made for this past week’s layout.
Let me break it down into the various elements I find most useful in my Erin Condren Planner
The weekly view is where the magic happens. I have to admit when I first went to purchase my EC planner I was irritated with the weeks starting on Monday in the weekly view. In my world, the week starts on Sunday, just as it does in the monthly view.
I have since given in to this layout, since the pros definitely outweigh the cons. EC is still in the works of offering new layouts (they just released an hourly set-up) so I am holding out hope they will come to their senses and offer a Sunday through Saturday setup soon.
Irritations aside, let’s take a look at how I customize my weeks!
I create “Today” labels for the first header in each column. In the past I purchased these from some super talented Etsy sellers. Now I create them on my own. I’m sharing my creations I used in the layout below for free! Because you guys are awesome.
Just click on the image to view it at full size, zoom in, save as, and print on glossy paper at 100%
Now that you’ve scored your own set – let me show you a few more ways I’ve made this planner my own.
Appointments and plans are designated for the top box, leaving me room to write diagonally about how my day went in the evening before bed. I started writing diagonally in my journals for the aesthetic (and it also made writing on the left-side of the paper easier) due to space limitations it works great for my planner.
Take a look at that color scheme! The washi tape across the top was my inspiration.
The “To-Do” boxes are set-up to keep me on track. Depending on how busy I am I might have one or two of these in a weekly spread. In the one above you can see I’m trying to pull off using just one but will definitely need two next week! I check off the white circles as I complete my assigned tasks and once they are all finished I make a check in the bottom right-side of the page so I know this week is complete.
I love these little inspiration boxes! I printed the ones from my weekly layout from Mon Bon Bon on Etsy. I created four of my own versions in the free printable so you can try them out in your own planner and see if they add some joy to your week.
Everything else in this layout is from my scrapbooking stash. I cut scrap paper into 1.5″ by .25″ rectangles to cover the column headers I don’t use. In this case I used a lemon print from the brand Dear Lizzy while the various embellishments are from Heidi Swapp.
So there you have it! A quick run-down on how I use my Erin Condren planner. I hope you find a great way to use your free printable to bring your own planning to life!
Look forward to future posts on my favorite tools to use with my planner as well as a crash course on coming up with your own custom weekly palettes.
Now it’s your turn!
Are you a member of the EC cult?
Or are you completely new to the idea.
What are you using to stay on top of your game?
Let me know in the comments!
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