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Review :: Erin Condren Life Planner 2013

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Last year, I ordered my first Erin Condren Life Planner. I loved it so much that I convinced a few of my coworkers to get one too and wrote a review about it here as well. This year, I found out the new ones would be available on June 4th and started the countdown in my head to when I could order mine (my husband thought I was nuts).

I placed my order this morning, but here’s what I can say so far:

Loves:

  • Having a weekly “to do” list on the side of each week and daily “to do” lists below each day. Prior year’s planners had them on most pages, but were missing them for the first week of each month. This will definitely help my organization!

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  • Ability to personalize rectangle stickers. In the past, I got a million “vegas” or “play” stickers, which I didn’t have a lot of use for. Now, I can personalize them for institute days, school improvement days, parent-teacher conferences, etc., which is awesome!

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  • The classic cover choices. I was a little nervous when I started to see some of the new color options for this year, but was super relieved that many of my favorites from last year were still there! This is the one I ordered this year, with a list of my favorite things for the background and “2013-2014 School Year” for the title, of course:

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  • Continued durability that I loved from last year. Everything from the super laminated cover to the sturdy aluminum coil put up with all the abuse I put it through last school year. I was happy to see none of these things changed!

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My Wishes for Next Year:

  • More “circle sticker” choices. You can upload your own images, but I’d love if they had more pre-made images for holidays to choose from.

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  • Cheaper notebooks for the back. I’m already forking out $50-$60 for a planner. I feel like it’s a little rough to charge an additional $18.50 for matching notebooks, even though they are super cute and personalized. Surely they could get the cost down a bit for those of us already buying a planner!

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  • Ability to personalize ALL the rectangle stickers. While it is faster (for me and probably for them too!) to have some of them with specific events already made up (sale!, no work!, doctor appt., party!, etc.), it’d really be nice to do ALL my own. That way, I can color code and not be stuck in the colors they’ve decided for certain types of events (light blue for fun things, red for work).

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  • An improved pen holder. I still ordered one again for this year, but my one from last year started stretching out after only a month or so. I’d love some higher quality elastic for it.

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Even though I think there are a few improvements for future years, I am SUPER excited to get mine!! The bright colors and fun overall feel of the planner got me through last year! I ordered it today and the estimated ship date is June 14th, so I’ll post an update when it arrives in its adorable, bright-colored box 🙂

A final note: All of the pictures on this post are from the Erin Condren site. None of them are mine!

Update:

Here are some pictures of mine! I love it so much. It almost makes me feel ready for school!

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New(ish) Product :: Door Sign Pack

Do you ever feel like you spend approximately 2% of your time actually IN your classroom or office? And the other 98% of the time, you’re running around the rest of the school building putting out fires or trying to get your students some fresh air? Well, this sign pack is designed to help you let students and other staff know where to find you during those times!

It includes the following in 15 colors:
– The Social Worker is…
– The School Counselor is…
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– The School Psychologist… – The Speech-Language Pathologist is…

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– The Teacher is…
– I am…

It also includes the following in color and black and white:
– absent
– sick today
– going to be right back
– gone until :
– out for a bit
– out of the building
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– at the elementary school
– at the middle school
– at the junior high school
– at the high school
– meeting with students
– meeting with parents
– at lunch
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– at recess
– outside
– at a meeting
– at an IEP meeting
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– at an RtI meeting
– visiting a class
– 2 blank (write your own)

What I ended up doing was laminating each page and assembling the location signs into a coil bound book. Then, I punched a hole in the bottom center of each page so it could hang like a calendar. When I leave the room, I just flip to the page I need. So get out your laminator and enjoy!

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Review :: Erin Condren Life Planner 2012

I honestly can’t remember where I heard about the Erin Condren Life Planner, but it’s something I tell other people about constantly now!

Ever since graduating college and getting my first social work job, I have looked forward to shopping for my school planner each year. I think it goes back to always looking forward to school supply shopping. Since I don’t have the use for new scissors, gym shoes, and rulers every year, getting a planner fills that void!

My only difficulty comes with my desire for color-coding, prettyness, and customization, which unfortunately isn’t found in most “adult” planners 🙁

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Uh…yeah gee, these types of things make me look forward to my full day of meetings ahead! There’s been some sites in the past where you can personalize the size, format, and some colors on the planner, but it’s generally pretty limited and most of them have gone out of business after a year or too.

Which is why I actually started screaming when I found this (seriously, ask my husband…he thought I was crazy!) Erin Condren has finally done what I’ve been begging planner companies for: created a planner that is customizable, very cute, and makes me excited about the day ahead each time I look at it. It also comes with customizable stickers if you’d like. I mean, what other planner can you get that comes with stickers of your family members’ faces!?top-1

I will say they are a bit pricier than ordinary planners you’d get at Office Max or Staples, but honestly, you’re going to spend at least 10 minutes each day looking at it so you may as well like it! The price tag sting disappears the moment I got my planner and has never resurfaced again. SO worth it!

Here are a few pictures of my planner!

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P.S. Make sure you order early. They take a couple weeks to make and ship (they’re making yours completely individually, after all!) I ordered mine toward the end of July and got it in time for the start of school about 3 weeks later.