No Longer Using My Erin Condren Life Planner

About two years ago I started on a new adventure in organization: pretty planning.

If you don’t know what pretty planning is it’s using stickers in your planner or just in some way decorating it so that it’s pretty and beautiful and what not. I started this after two months of debate, and two years later I wish that I could stick with it, but that’s just not what I’m able to do right now.

I became very loyal to the Erin Condren brand while “pretty planning” and I absolutely loved my Life Planner, it was my constant life line and I don’t know how I would have gotten through life without it. Unfortunately I no longer use my Life Planner and I would like to talk about that a little bit, because I really wish that I could.

For me in college I was busy enough that I was able to fill out my Erin Condren planner and keep it up to date and well laid out and everything was great. I was changing things, and honestly that planner got me to start blogging because I loved it so much. Once I got out of college I found that I needed more note space, and my life changed in a way that I was not longer able to continue using my very expensive planner.

Honestly, the first reason I had to stop using it was because I started working on my mental and physical health a little bit more. This made it so I needed to track my moods, triggers, medications, physical symptoms, and so many things that it was impossible in my Erin Condren. There was just too much and I just couldn’t do it. This change pushed me towards the Bullet Journal, and I’ve found that the Bullet Journal system was perfect for being able to track these things and change it as needed.

The ability to change and adjust my spreads freely is so important to me. While I’m going through a few self-help programs I find that I’m changing a lot of different things and everything is constantly changing. So, being able to sit down and change things as needed is pretty perfect for me and helpful for how my life is constantly changing. I don’t have a set schedule, like ever, so since my schedule is always changing that flexibility is perfect and very valuable to me.

I also like the fact that I am able to journal and take notes while I plan and do things. Because of my blog I find that I am always taking notes and changing things, and being able to say “ok, I need to write this blog post. K here is where the outline and all of the information I need to write it” is so helpful and gives me 0 reason not to do it. This is basically how I get anything done, and always having those notes with me drives me to work on blog posts even if I’m meeting my friends at the mall and have 10 minutes to write a paragraph on my phone. At the same time I’m able to journal or write thoughts down as I’m having them and as I have time, which gives me 0 reason to journal or write, which drastically helps my mental health.

Basically, the reasons that I love my Bullet Journal is exactly why I can’t use my Erin Condren anymore. I tried so hard to use it as a memory keeping spread or something, but I just can’t do it anymore and I like having all of it in one place in my bullet journal. Although I could very easily just add a notebook to my Erin Condren Life Planner I like having it all in one place, because I carry these things around with me all the time and having not only the large life planner, but a larger notebook with it just isn’t really an option for me. I need my plans and notes to be accessible, and the bullet journal system allows me to do that. On top of these things the Bullet journal is slightly cheaper for me to do and is more economical for me.

I absolutely loved my Erin Condren planner, but for now I’m just in a stage of my life where I am unable to use my Erin Condren Planner anymore. Although I hate it I have come to accept it because it’s what’s working and keeping my organized right now.

This was kind of rambling and more of a rant, but I just wanted to share.

See you soon.

~Amanda Ann

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