1 January 2018

Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner Review

I've been really into using planners and journals over the past couple of years and 2018 will be my third year using Erin Condren to organise life, work and blogging. I attempted so many diaries growing up, after a few months getting bored and forgetting them at the back of my desk drawer, but these planners work wonderfully for me, something I've kept up and really enjoyed doing.

For 2018 I have opted for the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner, a planner I used in 2017 and found really beneficial for keeping on top of all things blogging - it's now an essential for me and something I really recommend for anyone looking to get more organised, whether you use it for blogging like me or for family and work life, it's an incredibly diverse planner.

A review of Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner
A review of Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner
A review of Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner

The Deluxe Monthly Planner is a large planner which comes in two sizes; 7" by 9", which is the size I have, or 8.5" by 11". You can go for two colour schemes, either a colourful theme or a neutral theme, which I went for as I do like a sleek black look. At the front of the planner you have two separate two-page spreads; one is a two-page mini calendar spread covering 18 months for planning big ideas and events, as well as a two-page spread of 12 blank boxes, for you to use for goal setting for the year ahead (or anything else you want to track there!)

Each month starts with a quote page, something motivational or inspirational and I find this a really nice touch. It includes a 12-month calendar running from January through to December 2018, with two pages per month spread, which I find great for planning content and find the side notes panel great for jotting down ideas for future posts. There's also a couple of productivity pages for notes, ideas, goals, deadlines and work planning as well as an extra page per month with a dot-grid format, to use in any way you like. 

At the back of the planner it comes as standard with 40 pages of lined note pages, but you can upgrade this to 80 pages, which I have, for an extra $5. I find this space invaluable for planning my seasonal content, jotting down ideas, keeping on track of work collaborations, reviews and planning photography. In 2017 I found 80 pages were the perfect amount and I used almost all of them. 

The reason I go with Erin Condren year after year is the quality; to me, they stand out from all other planners and journals and this shows the most with the paper quality, which is FSC-certified paper (meaning your pen ink won't bleed through to other pages). The covers for the monthly planners aren't changeable, like the Life Planner, but there is a huge range of covers to choose from; I actually went with the same cover as I used last year as I just love it so much! 

Having to order from America is the only downside for me when it comes to Erin Condren, but I order year after year because I really do adore the quality, the design, the little extra features and the sheer ease of use when it comes to both the monthly and life planners. Shipping can take a couple of weeks if you opt for the cheaper option, which quicker delivery available, and customs fees seem to be hit and miss, but if this is within your budget and you're looking for a way to stay on top of all things blogging (or life, work, family, the possibilities are endless!), then this is a planner worth investing in.

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