July 1 is not just any other day! Many planner girls are drawn to the new releases of academic planners or 18-month planners which run from July through December of the following year. While we may start a new planner on January 1, it is very tempting to switch over to a new planner this month. I have to admit that I fell into that trap! I had been feeling a little bit off track lately, so I thought that switching to a new planner this month might be helpful.
What did I choose? Well, for now, I’m using Erin Condren’s Life Planner. I have a few other planner reviews that are coming up on the blog, and I’m still trying to find the right planner for me at this point in the year. However, this hourly neutral planner is gorgeous if it’s for you! I think I need something a bit more spacious or perhaps a separate planner for life and business.
Want to flip through this planner? Watch my YouTube video that takes you page by page.
Erin Condren’s Life Planners have a few different choices, so it can be overwhelming to determine what you need. First, you need to decide between the colorful or neutral layouts. Colorful is obviously a bright combination of watercolor accents and fun fonts. The neutral layout is more classic with a beautiful calligraphy font.
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Once you choose between neutral and colorful, you can also upgrade your coil from the standard platinum. You can choose from gold, rose gold, or black. Since I went with the neutral layout, I knew that the black would be a slick option!
The neutral Life Planner is full of subtle color with calligraphy quotes which was a major selling point for me. The tabs are also classic black.
As you flip through the planner, you notice a few pages that are helpful for yearly planning. The year at a glance is a great way for me to track school holidays and paydays. I use Avery mini dot stickers that are transparent to track on my calendar.
These colorful blocks in the front of the planner would be amazing goal setting or notes sections.
Every month has a quote with a hint of color which is another reason that I went with this neutral layout.
The monthly view has plenty of room on the side to write your goals and to do lists. I used to use stickers to create a colorful and unique design on my monthly calendar, but this is too pretty to decorate. I love how simple it is.
As you flip through your planner, you will notice a hint of color with that calligraphy font again. There is a box that says thankful thought for each week, but I added a strip of washi tape to cover that up for the week.
Here is how the hourly layout looks. It is spacious and full of room to write your schedule. The hours are small enough that you can cover with washi tape or a sticker if you decide you don’t want to plan hourly.
I also added these bookmarks to my order to hold my page.
This in the coming year spread was JUST what I needed to help me plan further out.
Something new this year was the change in the clear pouch. It is not attached like the previous versions, and you can add a coil clip and place it anywhere in your planner that you want.
I actually prefer mine in the front since I’m usually working in the front of my planner. I hated having to flip all the way to the back to get items.
Inside the pouch were coupons, compliment cards, and a sample sticker book with beautiful foil stickers.
There is a cute folder in the back of the planner with lots of room for important documents.
I also had to try the new wet erase markers so that I could use the inside of my planner covers as a to-do list.
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For an 18 month planner, it is not too bulky. It is the right size to throw in my bag on the go!
Do you use a Life Planner? What version did you pick?