January 12, 2016

Organizing My Life - A New Life Planner

Does anyone besides me get excited about a brand-spank'n new calendar?

Something about it gets me excited for the possibilities to come!

This year I splurged on an Erin Condren Life Planner!

Lucky Me!

You can check out the website I ordered it from here.

I've been impatiently awaiting it's arrival for a couple weeks now until the glorious day when it finally arrived.

Ever since I've been in planning heaven!

If your unfamiliar with Erin Condren planners you have a choice from loads of different cover types and colors.  Plus you can pick between a horizontal or vertical layout for your weekly layout pages.

I picked the "Paint It Plaid" cover in red - surprise, surprise
With a vertical layout for the weekly pages.

In anticipation for the arrival of my new calendar, I also bought myself some pretty pens and a new package of post-it notes.

As soon as I had the new calendar in my grubby little hands I couldn't wait to sit down and start filling it up!

I thought giving you a quick tour about how I've set up the calendar might be fun but first let me explain what's got me so excited about this calendar.

In the past to keep myself organized I've used a combination of a simple monthly spread calendar, a notebook and a scratch pad to keep track of family appointments, blog posts, projects, etc.  It worked well, but I have not been very fond of having multiple items to keep track of and flip through when I was looking for something specific.

Enter my new Life Planner.  

I now have space to plan out family activities, blog posts, and meal plans, plus room for monthly and weekly to-do lists and misc. items I want to remember.

All in one handy-dandy space!

Can you see why I'm so excited!

Lets get to that tour . . . 

First up, the monthly layout spread. . . 

Each month has a heavy duty tab, to help me flip from month to month quickly.

  Plus each month has a different color scheme which I love - makes me think I have a brand new calendar each month!

This layout is perfect for giving me a quick glance at the month as a whole.

But the thing I love most is that there is space for me to list out all the projects I'd like to get done throughout the month too!

After each monthly layout page, the weeks are divided up into a two page weekly layouts.

With the vertical layout I picked, each day has three blank boxes to use however you'd like, plus a small lined area at the bottom for extra notes and such as you can see in the photos above and below.

Here is how I've decided to use the weekly layout to keep me organized.

The top box will keep track of any household or family activities planned for the day.

The second box is used to list our evening dinner meal.

The third box will list any blog post I have planned for the day.

Below the boxes I will keep track of any vlogging video's or photo's I take throughout the week to make it easier when I put together videos or make weekly photo collages.

Off to the left is a space to list the projects I want to complete for the week.

Wow, do I feel organized now!

What a great feeling!

How about you, have you got your new 2016 calendar all ready for the year!

Would love to hear how you keep track of things.



  1. Looks like a wonderful planner, Robin...and the cover is so cute!

  2. I have used a day timer for years and years!! I just have a pretty simple one that gives the month at a glance and enough space in the squares to write in important things, work schedules etc. It never leaves the desk! Happy planning Robin!!

  3. I am a calendar junkie and I cannot wait for January...all those blank spaces! Yours looks great.

  4. Oh yes I get excited about new agenda's! And this one is so lovely with your name on it! Hopefully you will have nice meetings and appointments in there this year. Only happy things!!


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