It’s funny because when I was in college, I always thought I would have more time after graduation. Obviously, I was in for a HUGE newsflash. Time is tight around here these days. But with a little motivation and a lot of organization, everything can get done. As if I don’t talk about it enough, we all know I’m a big planner junkie. This year, I’m trying out a new brand! Erin Condren. The Erin Condren LifePlanner is customizable, beautiful, sturdy and easy to use, so it goes without saying that I’m in love.
This year I’m loving pale pink — especially during the spring time — so I chose this blush and gold cover that says “Thankful and Grateful” because it just so happen those are two of my main focuses this year (as they should be every year).
One of my favorite things about the Erin Condren LifePlanners is how colorful and uplifting they are. At the start of every month, there is a new, positive, empowering quote to read. Erin Condren helps you celebrate life — not just plan life. Bonus, the planners are super customizable with different cover designs and color palettes for every personality. Plus, all products can be personalized with your name, initials or monogram (for free!).
Now, having a planner is a great start, but having a planner, using a planner and using a planner well are all three very different things. Having survived off of a planner through high school, college and beyond, I’ve picked up a trick or two along the way that have helped me get to where I am today.
How to Organize Your Life and Maximize Your Time
- Map out the month ahead. I love to write out big events on my monthly calendar right when I hear about them. This helps ensure I won’t forget about special projects, weekend vacations or birthdays, weddings, etc. coming up.
- Make weekly goals. Setting goals for your week helps prioritize what’s important to you and make that your focus. As I said in 4 Reasons You Should Make New Year’s Resolutions, “make them obtainable, concrete and measurable to be able to hold yourself accountable and make your way toward achieving your dreams, break big goals into actionable steps to help you feel accomplished and on-track as you’re working toward your final goal and write down your goals; revisit your notes frequently to stay focused.”
- Break your goals into daily to-do lists. Like I said, big goals are more achievable when you break them into multiple smaller goals. Help yourself achieve your weekly goals by setting tasks to accomplish each day to get there.
- Color code. Keep your planner organized by color coding the different aspects of your life. For example, I personally use a different color for work, blog and personal events and to-do’s. You can apply this is many other different ways though. If you’re in college, you can color code by class. If you’re a mom, you can code each child’s activities with a different color. The possibilities are endless! Even just using different colors for two seperate events in the same day is easier on the eyes.
- Use stickers. Another great way to organize your planner and help break up words that can easily blend together is by using stickers. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the LifePlanner comes with stickers in the back that say “birthday,” “concert,” “game,” “day off,” “vote!,” “hair appt.,” “dentist appt.,” “sale,” “doc appt.,” “mani/pedi,” “party!” and “vacation!” as well as blank stickers for you to fill in yourself.
- Stay consistent and do what works for you. Whatever you do, stay consistent when you find something that works really well for you. It may take some trial and error to find what tools and methods you will actually sick with, but when you find what works for you, staying organized will feel a whole lot easier.
- Don’t just use your planner. Staying organized in every aspect of your life requires more than just a planner. Accessorizing with an address book, budget book and wellness tracker can help optimize every aspect of your life. Erin Condren saves the day again! She also sells these and much more.
My Erin Condren LifePlanner Accessories:
- Snap-in wellness dashboard
- Snap-in monthly bill tracker dashboard
- Wellness log
- Budget book
- Address booklet
- Metallic asterisk washi tape
- Daily dots
I am a firm believer in planning. I always have been. Being aware and tracking your time, money and health can only help you because what can you possible do to improve and optimize these areas of your life if you don’t know where you time and money is going? Knowledge is power, my friends. Write it down. Look back at it. Look ahead. You’ll be amazed at how much you can actually accomplish.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Erin Condren. The opinions and text are all mine.