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Plan It {Out}

July 21, 2017

One of the keys to being a successful blogger is staying organized. I’ve always been a planner by nature so that part is fun for me. #nerdalert.

I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years and I feel like I’ve tried every planner, printable, blog organizer, etc., but I hadn’t found the perfect system. Then, my friend Lilly created the most amazing blog planner and I got my first Erin Condren Life Planner and was all was right in the world.

Pros of EC:
–Customizable (inside and out)
–Lots of room for writing
–Dry erase lists on the inside covers
–Zip pocket for storage
–Perpetual calendar
–Pocket files in back
–Overall apperance

Cons:
–Expensive
–Large size

I like the 3 block set up. I use one for personal, one for work, and one for the blog. Some people use their planner like a scrapbook and decorate with stickers, washi tape, and other things. I have purchased some stickers, but just basic ones for birthdays, weddings, bills, holidays, etc. Etsy has TONS of sticks and Michael’s has a decent selection.

I ordered these customer headers from Etsy. I put them on MWF and leave the TTh blocks blank for anything blog related that I need to do.

If you’re just trying to get more organized or only use a planner sometimes, I wouldn’t recommend the EC. They are expensive, but definitely worth it in my opinion. The Happy Planner is similar and might be a better option for some.

Pros:
–Well thought out and designed by a blogger
–Printable: have the option to print only what you want & need
–Includes great resources, lists, and blog post worksheets

Cons:
–Not a tangible, bound planner you can purchase in stores.

As I said earlier, I used to have binders, notebooks, planners, lists, and everything else all over the place trying to stay organized. It worked, but it wasn’t the most efficient way. This planner was everything I had been wanting and looking for.

I stay organized and can plan for my posts so much better with these 2 planners plus colored pens and dividers.

P.S. How cute is my blog assistant? He was investigating everything that I laid out to shoot so of course I had to include him.

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  • Ashley July 21, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I loved seeing how you stay organized! I had an EC planner in the past, and I loved it. Im not sure I’d buy one again because of the price, and I’m horrible about planning and staying organized. They are definitely great planners though, and it’s so nice to hear that Lily’s blog planner helps out as well!!

    • loubsandlips July 23, 2017 at 2:15 am

      They are definitely an investment!

  • Lily July 22, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Love, love, LOVE this!! I use my EC ALL the time, along with my blog planner. I’m so happy you are liking it and I love your little assistant, so handsome!
    I actually have my blog planner up for sale now on my website. I originally wanted to do an Etsy shop, but it’s so time consuming that I just don’t have the time to run a shop at the moment, but hopefully 2018 will be the year for my shop and more printables.

    • loubsandlips July 23, 2017 at 2:13 am

      I’m so glad it’s up for sale. I’m going to go back and link it. I’ve had a few people ask me about it. I’m loving my EC!

  • AyRGalaxy July 24, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I love planners and they help a lot for the blog. I would love to get this one but like you said, expensive lol. I do love the fact that it’s customizable. I ended up making my own planner with free printables LOL

    • loubsandlips July 31, 2017 at 3:32 am

      I’ve done that before too! There are some really great printables out there and you definitely get exactly what you want.

  • Amanda Bellantoni July 24, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I am constantly struggling to stay organized! I work off of a desk calendar, a smaller day/week/month planner, and my iphone calendar…such a mess! I love that you’ve got spaces for blog, personal, and work things!I’ve heard so many great things about EC planners, but haven’t gotten one. Maybe for the new year?! Do you have to replace the entire thing annually? Or can you insert new pages??

    • loubsandlips July 31, 2017 at 3:17 am

      You have to replace it every year which kinda sucks, but it’s so worth it. It’s taken me a few years to figure out a good system, but I’ve finally got one in place.