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How I Plan Using the Erin Condren Vertical Planner

Planning is a very individual thing and there are so many options out there that make planning easy.  My planner is a hybrid of a scrapbook and a day planner.  Today I am sharing with you how I plan and some of the things that I use that I can’t live without.

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The Tools

  • A planner – any planner will work.  I like the Erin Condren Life Planner in the vertical layout but there are ton’s of options out there.  Michael’s has a nice selection of planners by Reflections and The Happy Planner.
  • Pens – I have a WIDE variety of pens.  The Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens come in a huge variety of colors and are relatively inexpensive.  I also like to use a good black gel pen and the Pilot G2 (10) is my favorite.  It dries fast and writes on just about everything.  Finally, a couple of brush pens are nice to have on hand if you’re into hand lettering.  The Tombow Fudenoske Fude Brush Pens are great and affordable.  This set from Amazon comes with three VERY useful pens.
  • Decorations – This is where you can really go ham.  My sticker shop Rose of the City Prints offers a wide variety of kits and single sheet reminders.  One of my new deluxe kits is Puppy Love and is a 6-page kit that includes everything you need to decorate your weekly layout.Personally I like for there to be no white space (or very little in my planner).  Here’s an example of one of my weekly layouts featuring the Puppy Love kit (available here) before the pen:

There is a HUGE community of planner sticker creators in the Etsy community (and elsewhere) that offer all sorts of designs from appointment reminders to full kits like you see above. I recently did a post featuring some of my favorite Etsy sticker shops, so be sure to check that out!

Weekly Layout

When I’m preparing my planner for the coming week, there are a few things that it MUST have:

  • To Do list space for each day.
  • A weekly spending tracker
  • A Goals List
  • TV Reminders (Specifically for Supernatural…not that I’d forget!)
  • Weekly Weight Weigh-in

Many full kits that are available come with all or most of these things.  The kits I make have ALL of them.  I start by putting on the date covers at the top and then I add the “To Do” banners over the top box.  I have “heart checklist banners” available with each kit AND individually and this helps me make my daily to-do lists.  Then I just decorate the rest of the planner in whatever way I want.

When I’m writing in my daily tasks and reminders, I like to use a coordinating pen to keep it looking cohesive.  As I said before, I use my planner like a scrapbook as well as a day planner, so I want it to be esthetically pleasing. 

Monthly Layout

The monthly layout is a two page spread that allows you to view the full month.  It’s labeled with a tab and the weekly pages follow.  I don’t use the monthly view as much other than to list some important things that need to be done during the month, my monthly goals and any special events like birthdays and anniversaries.  Here is my March layout using my March Monthly kit.  As you can see, I pretty much cover all of the pre-printed stuff with stickers.  Again, you do your own thing, this is what I like.

Planning is Personal

As I said in the beginning, planning is a personal thing.  Everyone has different needs so you really just have to experiment and figure out what works for you based on what you need.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to plan; there are so many budget friendly options out there.  For me, planning is a creative outlet and looking at the colorful pages each day just makes me happy.

If you looking to begin planning, I suggest checking out YouTube to watch videos of how other people plan.  There are also TONS of blogs on the subject.  I really hope that you found this interesting and helpful!  Happy Planning!

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