July is basically a new year for the planner community. It is the time that we move into our July also known as an Academic Year planner. New planners get a chance to join the community and OG planners are tweaking their current strategies, so that they have a good start for the "new year". Honestly for me It is just my time to start over and fresh, and I love that more than anything. As business grows, my son gets more active, church duties increase, it is important that I continue to have a planner and system that works best for us. So let's talk about the planners that I am using and why!
*** Not in any particular order.
Erin Condren Life Planner - Binder (horizontal)
I was seriously excited when Erin Condren told us that they were coming out with a new style of planner for this year. Don't get my wrong the coil was always good to me, but it was something so appealing for me to be able to add in different inserts and remove pages as well without compromising my planner. That is how I ended up going from an Erin Condren to a Happy Planner, but I still missed my Erin Condren Life Planner.
So The binder was right up my alley. The binder gave me the flexibility of the Happy Planner, with the style and grace of the Erin Condren. The binder has its own style of punched holes, so it gives you a brand new experience. I have decided to use this planner for my business and so far I am really loving it. I can't wait to implement some different styles of planning into it as well.
I was determined not to hop on this train, but who am I kidding! When a new planner wave comes out, I honestly feel like I have a duty to check it out and see what all the hype is about (No no one gave me that responsibility either lol). I fell in love with this little planner. It truly meets my on the go needs.
I wasn't sure if my "big" handwriting would be able to fit on the pages, but it does. I have even found ways to decorate and make it super functional as well.
I even recently decided to get an additional Hobonichi Weeks Mega to use as an on the go business planner. I want to be able to jot down my thoughts and stay on track of things while I am on the go. The Hobonichi Weeks Mega, has more notes pages, which allows me more room for brain dumping. In essence, Hobonichi Weeks for the WIN!
Erin Condren Petite Planners + Foxy Fix A5 TN
The Petite Planners give you all the Erin Condren Feels , but in a smaller size. I love the selection of planner inserts and notebooks that the line has to offer. I currently am using my Erin Condren Petite Planner as a hodgepodge for daily activities, monthly tracking, and budgeting. The Monthly Planner has become my favorite because it gives me the same flexibility of the Deluxe Monthly Planner, but in a more portable size.
So I use the monthly planner for my budgeting planner. This has really been working for me and I feel like it has really helped me to stay more on top of things in regards to my financial planning. I can jot down notes for months ahead and even look back at previous trends.
I decided to house the petite planners in a Foxy Fix A5 TN because it was a little more sturdy and I found some really cute colors. I currently have 6 strings in my TN so I am able to fit 6 of the petite planners in there. The only issue with that is that it makes it super chunky and heavy. Takes away from the complete portability of the planners, BUT YOU CAN'T TELL ME TO LEAVE BAE just yet!
Erin Condren Life Planner - Hourly
This is my planner that I will use for work. I have been using an Hourly for a while now at work and it has truly helped me to stream line my days and even weeks. I effectively plan my day with work and appointments, and track what I do.
I love this because I can move things over to the next day, and I honestly just feel more organized at work. I do not normally decorate the planner, but sometimes I will add in a quote or some deco stickers to spice up the spread. Now that this years' adds more hours, I am interested in seeing how I will fully be able to use this planner.
Erin Condren Life Planner - Vertical (Colorful)
Yes yes another Erin Condren Life Planner, I know I know, but hear me out. This is perfect for memory planning. Some weeks I only have time to pen and paper in my catch alls, so this planner will give me the flexibility to go back in and memory keep. I think this will help me be able to be creative on and off camera. Sometimes, I just want to go to a Planner Meetup and plan like everyone else, without worry about if I should have recorded this or not, or even just being able to sit down and play with my stickers. Not only that, I can use a lot of the kits that I get for PR. So for me its a Win Win!
Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner
To be completely honest, I plan to use this planner to brain storm for content creating. This may sound like a repeat of my business planner, but My business planner encompasses the to do's and not necessarily the planning processes.
So to help me plan out content and brainstorm ideas or just take notes the Deluxe Monthly Planner, will really help me that. Now that I am really getting into branding myself and trying to stream line all of my content, I think it is so important to be more intentional with planning out content and creating a a creating process.
You may be wondering chileeee, couldn't you just do all of this in one planner? Well yes I probably could but I have found that I am and can be scatter brained and the more that I tried to put all of the things together, the more overwhelmed I would become with planning all together. So to keep me organized, I am separating some things and being more intentional.
What does your planner stack look like right now? What has this year taught you so far about your planning style? Comment down below and let's talk about your mid year planner update.
Check out my in depth update video here :