Erin Condren Review

After a year and a half without an Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP for short), I gave into temptation and purchased the newest edition that was released on June 12th. The demand for these is through the roof right now. People who waited just a few days to order are finding they have to wait weeks just to see their ECLP status move to “printing”! This makes me super glad I ordered on June 12th. I had been using a Filofax but quite frankly it just wasn’t working for me. I really enjoyed using my Erin Condren in 2013 and with the adjustments the company has made, I thought it was worthwhile to try it again.

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I’ve finally put all the parts into place, in just the way I like them and I wanted to post a nice long detailed review.

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I went all out this time for the Foil Platinum planner. It comes with this pretty little elastic band to keep the planner together. I’m glad it comes automatically with the foil planners because I wasn’t about to shell out $6.95 for a set of 3 of these.

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Each planner comes with a pouch in the back. Erin Condren Design claims you can easily move the pouch to the front by removing the front and back covers and moving it to the front. I did not find this to be the case. Instead I took the cover from my old planner, cut each hole and placed it in my new planner. I think if I tugged at it hard enough, it would probably come out pretty easily but otherwise it works well. I also plan to make use of the ruler from my old ECLP in some way.

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The foil planners come with this first velum fly leaf page with the metallic party pops. It’s so simple but I just love this addition!

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This is the very first week in the planner. I’m a minimalist when it comes to my planner although I did decorate a bit for the Fourth of July.

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Since this weekly spread was already scribbled on, I wanted to show an untouched weekly spread.

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Also, here is an untouched monthly spread. Honestly, I very rarely use these spreads, I’m trying to think of a way to make better use of them! Perhaps I’ll utilize it for my workouts, etc.

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One of the additions EC made that I’m really excited about, is putting a tab on the Notes section. Last time I had to make my own with post-it flags. I am using this section for bill pay records, FlyLady schedules and other things.

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The Keep It Together pocket was improved upon also, they increased the height of the side that attaches to the coil to keep the pocket intact longer.

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Of course, here, at the end is the plastic pouch thats included with the planner. I plan to take these stickers out and use it for miscellaneous notes and business cards.

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I discovered thru an Erin Condren group on Facebook that Target carries a Merona purse that will hold the ECLP perfectly! When I was in Target the other day I ended up picking it up in gray. You can find the purse HERE.

If you’d like to purchase a life planner, or anything else from Erin Condren, use THIS link and get $10 off.

Facebook Absence

Today is May 1 which means that I can go back onto Facebook. On April 2 I got the idea from a friend to take an absence from Facebook. Since April had only just started I decided there was no better time than the present.

I have ADD and ever since computers entered my life I have had the ability to spend a monumental amount of hours engrossed in every time suck you can find. Facebook was my number 1 time suck. Not only that, but I feel that sometimes it made me feel worse about life in general. When I returned home on April 2 I took a long look at my Facebook news feed and quickly realized there was not a darn thing on there that I needed to see. It was all just crap.

In the past I have deactivated my Facebook account for small periods of time. Each time I did so I would receive an onslaught of emails from friends wondering what was wrong! I decided that I wanted to leave my account as is to avoid getting any attention from my withdrawal from the social network. Luckily my husband works from home. I quickly took my laptop over to him and asked him to change my password. He is like a rock and I knew that he wouldn’t give up the password easily in the event I got desperate and pleaded with him to let me just take a peek!

It’s amazing how ingrained Facebook was in my head. I deleted the app from my iPhone and iPad but still found myself looking for the little icon each morning! Even without thinking I would go onto Facebook to just “check-in” or whatever. It was actually a pretty long month. Around the 3 week mark I really found myself craving that Facebook addiction, even aching to know what was going on in my friends lives.

Today, May 1 I will go back onto Facebook. I do hope, however, that this absence has allowed me to create a balance with Facebook so I can check it from time to time but not spend hours on it each and every day.

Facebook is a gateway drug!

I had a friend tell me the other day that she has given up Facebook. Initially I was amazed at her willpower to do so, thinking I couldn’t possibly ever do that. When I got home and looked at Facebook I realized there wasn’t anything I actually NEEDED on Facebook. So I promptly had my husband change the password so I couldn’t access it. (I’ve discovered deactivating your account garners more attention then simply not going on).

It has become such a habit to “check” Facebook and once I’m on, an hour is immediately lost. Or I’ll go on and think of ten other sites to check or peoples pages to read, all needless activities.

It’s been over a week and I don’t miss it! Sometimes I find myself looking for the icon, not out of desire to see it, but simply because I am so addicted to that action! It’s amazing how much more time I have now. Sad if you think about it.

I’m trying to just stay off for the month of April but hell, I may never go back on!