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Planning 101

written by Elizabeth Ashley April 11, 2016

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I honestly don’t know what I’d do with my life if I didn’t use a planner. It wasn’t until college that I realized how much planners can do! That being said, I’ve learned SO much about the different types and all of the secret hacks you need to know to know to get the most out of your planner and out of life!

PSA: Most planners are sold at the beginning of the year (January) or school year (August), if you click on the links thats why they aren’t being sold as of now. 🙂

The planner pictured above is by Erin Condren. She is literally a creative, planning genius/goddess! Her videos were so helpful in learning all of the little things you can do with your planner! One thing I loved about her planners is that you can personalize them, the front is my name (obvi) and a quote that I picked out! Her website said I would get my planner within 6 weeks because it was so busy but it came in 4 DAYS! The packaging is also amazing! The best thing is that you can change out your cover if you get tired of it! Her planners also come with stickers in the back, some are blank & others say doctors appointment, mani/pedi, etc. I used these every month on my monthly calendar. If I have a really busy day in the month I will use the day-to-day section in my planner. I like that her day-to-day is broken up in morning, afternoon and nighttime. When buying your Erin Condren you’ll also have two layout options, horizontal or vertical, I choose horizontal. Personally the horizontal was just more appealing to my eye, so pick what works for you! To keep it extra organized and still cute, use colored pens! I got these cheap ones from staples and they work great. I like to plan a date at the end of the month to plan the next month. Those dates usually consist of chips and guac at Chipotle but for special occasions we go to Sugar Bowl. 🙂

This year I am obsessed with Erin Condren but I am also a huge fan of Lilly Pulitzer planners! Last year I used Lilly Pulitzer and really liked the cute style of them although I found that they don’t have as many helpful stickers and things as Erin Condren. If you don’t need all those bells and whistles and like her style I’d definitely go with Lilly!

Next year, I will try out The Happy Planner! I have read so many great things about this planner. I love that they are bright and colorful like the Erin Condren Planners. They also have those bells and whistles I like. If you are more minimal, simplistic and kind of like that edgy look, try these. Ferme A  Papier has such beautiful modern designs.

Do everything on your phone and don’t like old fashion paper? Theres still hope for you! If you have an iPhone or Macbook you’re probably familiar with iCal. Its amazing and if you have more than one Apple Product it syncs to all of your devices, God bless modern technology. Another app I love to use is Evernote, the basic package is free. If you are a hardcore planner, think about investing once you try out the basic. Evernote has amazing reviews and visuals.

Happy planning 🙂

With Love, Elizabeth Ashley

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6 comments

vera April 12, 2016 at 3:40 am

Love this post & love your planner. Your blog is so cute!!

Blonde in Cashmere

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Rosa April 12, 2016 at 8:50 am

Yes! I have a planner too and just can’t live without it. They are so good for organising your life.

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Sunny Morgan April 12, 2016 at 11:54 pm

I have an Erin Condren right now! I’m in love!

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Len Parent April 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Great shots and location! Love your look girl. It was nice meeting you. Thanks for sharing!
Happy Wednesday!
much love, Len
http://www.lenparent.com

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Stephanie Eva April 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Your pictures look so fun!! I just recently got into planners, FINALLY because I’ve been trying for YEARS (literally) to find something that worked for me. I would half-credit this to Erin Condren, actually. I got one of her notebooks that had a calendar insert. It came with the sticker dots and the lot, it was really inspiring and made me realizing that planning can be fun and creative, not just logical and “boring”. I went to Target and bought a small Mead planner, and I’m really happy keeping up with it. Thank you for the links to the Happy Planner and the Lilly Pulitzer. I’ve never heard/seen these and will consider them for next year!!

Much Love,
-Stephanie Eva
http://www.unicornsteph.com

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Stephanie Peterson January 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm

Sugar bowl!! Love this place. Clicking on your Sedona post next. The hubby and I are taking a little weekend trip there this weekend 🙂 love your blog and LOVE my Erin Condren planner!

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