July 28, 2015
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My 2015/2016 Erin Condren Horizontal life planner

Tuesday is the day before Wednesday, which is two days from Friday, which means its almost the weekend!! YAY! I kid. Got you excited though didn't I? I'm a little bit ashamed at how excited I am about posting about a planner. But yup, that's what this entire post is going to be about. A planner. Specifically, my Erin Condren 2015/2016 Horizontal Life Planner. (Disclaimer - this is a photo heavy post).

Erin Condren Life Planner

While I consider myself to be very techno-savy - I like paper planners. I need to see my goals/to-do's and deadlines. I do have running reminders on my Iphone, but honestly, sometimes after the phone buzzes, I forget about it. In my planner however, every time I look at it I'm reminded of my tasks and as an attorney, I have to have visual reminders all day every day. 

Last year I used a personal Filofax for work and bought an Erin Condren Life Planner for the blog. Whelp, I didn't use the Erin Condren much and mainly used my Filofax. I found maintaining two planners to be a drain and I didn't like the vertical set up of the Erin Condren. Also, it was a little too cutesy for the office. Coming from the Filofax system - which I loved - because it was customizable and smaller, I wasn't quite sure if I should get the larger Erin Condren for this year, but then they came out with the horizontal planner - with not so cutesy colours and I was sold! On launch day I ordered this one:
Erin condren prism platinum

Its a platinum prism cover! Not too colourful and I could keep it on my desk with no one thinking its a colouring book. I decided to go ahead and order the remaining months of this year with the calendar beginning on July 1st since I wanted it to coordinate with the start of my new job. So the planner I ordered has 18 months - a really long time. I don't mind the price of the planner too much as I don't mind paying for things I genuinely love and will use - (fyi its $60 for platinum edition which I got plus $5 for the extra months) - but I definitely have to get my use out of it and for the price I really should get what I ordered. Right?

So here's the kicker ... 

I wasn't sure if I should post this paragraph or not since I may sound bitter but here goes. Unfortunately, that gorgeous cover up there is not the cover I received... and I received the planner well after July 1st (the date the planner begins) in spite of ordering on the morning of launch day. They cant blame international shipping either because it shipped to a US address. Apparently, there was some issue with the production of metallic planners which caused everything to be delayed. The irony? - A planner company didn't plan for eventualities. I could sit here and rant about the fact that Erin Condren has possibly the worst, most incompetent Customer Service on the planet, or that I still haven't received the platinum cover for my planner (the covers are replaceable and they sent the planner with a "temporary cover" - a CS rep assured me this weekend that mine will soon ship. We'll see), or that I was so disgusted during the debacle that I pulled the lawyer card ... but I won't. #iguessijustdid. Thankfully I love the planner ... it doesn't take away the bitter taste in my mouth, but at least I love it.

UPDATE: I have since received not only my planner, but I've also received a $20 coupon code for my cover being late and a $25 coupon code because my cover had a minor issue (they gave me a choice of a new cover or credit to my account). While I will not discount the terrible experience I did have with CS, I must say that I am VERY impressed by their attempt to fix the problem - for that I have to say kudos and had to make this update! 

Here's a look at the planner:

It came in a blue box and was bubble wrapped inside:
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner

And below would be the planner I got (with the temporary cover) ... thankfully they included the Keep it together bands that come free with the platinum planner.
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner

The inside is lovely. I got the platinum velum because yanno ... its a platinum planner - or supposed to be.
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner

I adore the horizontal layout! And the colours. This right here is the sole reason I purchased this planner!
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner layout

All Erin Condren planners come standard with stickers at the back ...
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner

And with a keep it together folder (I think that's the name) and clear pouch with free goodies. 
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner

I also purchased some other goodies:

I got myself 2 pen holders (although they sent one ... they compensated me though) and some do it all dots (stickers)
Do it all dots
Erin Condren Horizontal Life planner

A sticker book and notepad. The notepad is actually purple and silver to match the planner cover I will eventually (hopefully) receive.
Erin Condren stickers

... and all the goodies together:
Erin Condren Life planner 2016

I do love the planner, I do. I just don't love the experience of getting it. Anyway, I plan to keep everything in this one planner. I have begun using the monthly view to track blog posts and the days/weeks to track my daily appointments, deadlines and work tasks. One planner - less hassle - simple wimple.

If you want to see an actual post about how I set it up just let me know! I don't go crazy with the stickers but I do use them here and there (PS - I love stickers and all things stationary and pretty but my wallet and I  slipped and fell down the rabbit hole of the sticker-and-all-things-planner community on Instagram and Facebook and got very very scared - I'm currently in recovery haha). Personally, I keep my planner professional yet cute. Lemme know if its something you would like to see. 

Also if you like this planner and would like $10 of your first purchase you can sign up using my referral link - I get $10 store credit if you do.

If you'd like  a detailed view of how I use the planner. Check out this post!

How do you plan your days? Electronic or paper planning? 
Have a great Tuesday guys!!

36 comments:

  1. I am in desperate need of a new planner, things this year have changed so much that my planner I had just can't hold all the information and documents that I need ... oh the problems we face when we're OCD lol

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  2. I am definitely going with the horizontal planner next time around! Love it!!

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  3. i just can't get on the decorative planner bandwagon! i am a planner addict, but just use the traditional ones. it's easier for my ADD-self to keep track of. but i LOVE LOVE looking at them on blogs. i appreciate your honesty with your experience!

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  4. I bought an EC one last year, and after a few months stopped using it. It's too big to carry around everyday so instead I bought a $1 one about the same size and I don't feel bad that I only use it a few times a month or when I bring my laptop bag, lol. I think adding the experience is important, people need to know it's not all roses when they're ordering with a company even though it didn't leave you with a too bad taste. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love all the accessories it comes with!!! I have a bando planner that I love so I need some of those EC stickers :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. I am obsessed with Journals and Planners! I buy them all too often. I have never bought the Erin Condren planner because it always seemed to have too much in it that I just wouldn't use. You should definitely do an update in the future on how you are enjoying your new planner. I do appreciate your honesty about shipping and customer service also.

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  7. Ooo love it, so pretty! Sorry you had a bad customer service experience though, that's the worst!

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  8. Yes, yes post your set up! I love planner posts. UGH sucks about the cover. I swear, EC has so many issues when a new big planner ordering time comes around. They make changes but then aren't equipped to handle the changes. It's just not a great business and they don't have good customer service. The actual planner, once you get it, really is so pretty and useful. Not sure I could deal with them again though to order another, they're just too terrible.

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  9. I have tried and tried to get on board with the fancy planners but I learned that I use them for about 3-4 months then say fuck it and never pick it up again. Then the following year I think I will use one again...only to have the same thing happen. Insanity? Basically. That sucks that those planners cost so much money but have horrible customer service. At least you are happy with most of it, but I would be bitter too!

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  10. I'm sorry to hear that you've had a horrible experience with them. I'm glad you love the planner though & I hope you get the cover you actually wanted very soon!

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  11. I love this post. I love stationery and journals, but planners are my all time faves and I've been curious about these fancy planner set so it's great to get an honest peek into the process.
    yep, absolutely, post about the set-up and show us how it's working for you. Would like to hear if you use it as often as you planned... planner... planned. get it? :-)

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    1. haha I definitely will post an update since people seem interested. I used my filofax religiously and now I find that I'm using this one too - of course I need to track my deadlines so id need one anyway!

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  12. oh I would be so mad about that! what awful customer service.
    i just got my 2016 planner yesterday and it has a vertical layout. i was really torn about whether or not to order the horizontal or vertical layout. i ended up with the vertical because i really don't write a lot of things on the day to day and the vertical had like a checklist and stuff and i liked that better than the horizontal, so I think I will be okay. If not I will order the horizontal one for 2017 haha. i have heard mix reviews about erin condren so i'm glad i didn't buy one lol

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  13. I LOVE planners and stickers and everything office supplies. (My actual first thought when we decided I wouldn't work in Dallas was "NO! What about paid office supplies?!") I had an Erin Condren a few years ago and adored it.... might need to get another soon!

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  14. girl. I LOVE THIS POST. i sat and studied every.single.word and all the pictures at close range because i love planners. i ordered my plum paper jul 11 and goddammit, wtf is taking so long??!?

    and for that much $$ for what is legit a book with pages, you SHOULD be getting the most excellent service. i remember when EC started and those planners were small time/no one really knew about them because let's face it, $50 for a planner? (GTFO) but now that it's blown up and big time, they SHOULD NOT FORGET THEIR ROOTS/HOW THEY GOT THERE/WHO PUT THEM THERE. i can name at least 3 other companies that produce planners just as awesome, cute and functional that have excellent service. competition is fierce; it's excellent service that keeps people loyal.

    anyway, i've been stalking planner IG accounts/layouts/stickers etc for dayyyyyysssss... and i even know of the site where some of these folks get their adorable planner shizz for cheap. i can talk planner ish for days :D

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  15. My high school made us use planners to keep track of assignments. I have been hooked ever since. I am typically anti-disposable items which means I attempt to avoid paper products, but, like you, there's something about writing goals, plans, to-dos down on paper that makes it legit and more likely to get done.

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  16. Oooh I love that purple cover! I seriously have the hardest time finding the perfect planner.

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  17. The planner of all planners! I never even end up using the stickers my Lilly planner came with (and gave them to my coworker finally) hah but there's just something about 'having' all that fun stuff that makes me happy (and school supply giddy like a 4th grader!).

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  18. Girl, me and paper planners never exactly mesh well together lol. I don't know why either. I usually stop using them. I need to try to use them more and become more organized. Beautiful post.

    Kia / House of KTS
    www.houseofkts.com

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  19. I prefer paper planners too, there's just something about writing things down that feels more accomplished :)

    Love this, you picked a beautiful planner!

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  20. Cute planner.

    I really don't plan my days. I try to remember it all in my head. It usually works, but sometimes I do forget stuff, so I should get a planner.

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  21. WHHHHHAAAAATTTTT?!!!! That's so crazy to me!! I've heard of the horror stories with this release but I had no idea it was this bad. I'm glad after all the fuss - you love the planner. That's all that matters. It does look super pretty!

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  22. I can't live without my paper planner...nothing would get done without it. The planner you got is gorgeous with lots of extra goodies. I will have to check out their planners for my 2016 purchase.

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  23. It sucks that there were so many issues. I hope you get the correct cover soon!

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  24. I love reading reviews of planners and how other people like theirs, but I am pretty faithful to my simple, portable daily/weekly planner that I've been using since college. I need one I can carry around wherever and put in whatever bag I'm carrying. I do always get tempted by pretty ones like these though :) enjoy—and thanks for the shout out!

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  25. What a bummer that you didn't even end up getting the cover you ordered (as of yet!). I know that would be a disappointment, especially with the hefty pricetag. I tend to go pretty cheap on planners--my current one, which contains so MANY scribbled lists and important appointments, cost 18RM (about $6). It's not pretty, but the amount of space is has for each day is perfect for me and I've been coming to rely on it alot with our busy schedule recently...

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  26. Totally love this planner! I need ALL the planners now haha! I love all the little extras this one comes with too!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  27. I have been thinking about getting this planner but my main concern was that its on the larger size. I would have been furious if I didn't get the cover I had ordered. Bad customer service is a deal breaker for me plus I do think her products are on the pricey side. I think for now, I will stick to my sugar planner I got at Target for $10.

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  28. Such a bummer on the customer service but luckily it was able to ship with the temporary cover. It looks super cute. I tend to stick to electronic calendars.

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  29. I love my EC planner! I thought the horizontal design was so pretty and loved the color scheme... but I already have a vertical one .next year!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  30. This is great! I am looking into doing the whole "paper planner" myself - as I've been so tech savvy. I love electronic everything but am looking to have something a little more visual. This was great information to know. :-)

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  31. Too cute! I still don't know if I'd spend that much money on paper though. And the customer service experience you had sounds horrible! I think I'll stick to my DIY planner for now...I'm actually brainstorming designs for next year's planner so I'd love some ideas like horizontal v. vertical.

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  32. So glad I stumbled on this post in my feed. Talk to me...

    a) did you ever get the platinum cover?
    b) it appears the weekly layout starts on a Monday, does the monthly calendar start on Sunday or Monday?
    c) what are the "other" pages in the planner?
    d) do you still love it after using it for a week?
    e) is it *really* worth the money?

    Ok, I think that's it for now. I've been using the same style/brand for the past 2 years and I do love it. I just want something different I think. Customized or not, the cost of the EC planners is ridiculous to me yet here I am considering one. So then I think I shouldn't fix what isn't broke and just order the 2016 version of my $14.99 planner, which comes with 2 pages of stickers.

    Choosing a planner shouldn't be this difficult!

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  33. Does the notepad attach inside? If so is that the only size that will or will the smaller one attach as well as I see they have three sizes to choose from?

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