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Monday Management: All Women can be Defined by Their Choice in Planner

Good day, on this hopefully fabulous (otherwise, halfway through—stay strong!) Monday! Seeing as it is August, and for many of my readers, time for yet another fall semester, I thought I’d talk about one of my most valuable possessions….my planner!
 
I am a firm believer that a great deal can be discerned from the type of planner a woman carries. Most of my cohorts are loyal Lilly Pulitzer planner people, but there a few Kate Spade gals I hang around as well. I am neither a Pulitzer nor a Spade lady though.
 
To put it poetically, I chose the road less travelled. I am an Erin Condren girl. Allow me to tell you why you should be as well. (Seriously, just call me the planner politician, as I try and win your vote.)
 
Many college women purchase planners that begin with August, which makes total sense because college kids think of the year as August to May. For whatever reason, I never got on that train; I’ve always gone with traditional calendar years. This put me in a bind last year when I was looking for a planner that would truly suit my needs.
 
I thought about purchasing a Lilly Pulitzer planer; however, my options were limited since I was browsing for a January to December planner. During my perusing, I kept coming across blog posts about Erin Condren planners, which are made to order and can be arranged fall to spring, or January to December.
 
What sold me was the daily breakdown of morning, day, and night. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers get creative with cute washi tape and repurpose how Erin breaks down the days, but for me, this layout is perfect! Additionally, there are many spaces for taking quick notes, jotting down lists, or organizing goals.
 
Perhaps my other big selling point is that these planners are super sturdy and made to face the scary things that lurk in the shadows of a ladies purse. I new I had made a great choice when my planner arrived, wrapped up all cute in purple paper, and including the sweet gift of different stickers and gift tags personalized with my name!
 
Let me take you on a tour, circa early 2000s MTV Cribs style:
 

My view on this Monday.
My view on this Monday.

 
I love that I could personalize my planner.
I love that I could personalize my planner.

 
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They aren’t messing around when they say life planner.

 
EC makes 2015 look beautiful from the get go.
EC makes 2015 look beautiful from the get go.

 
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Thanks, Erin–who knew I’d need to hear this again in August? Ah, sorority recruitment does scary things to me.

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The full month layout, with a notes column on the side. I love the sturdy month tabs, which making flipping ahead a breeze!

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My absolute favorite way to organize and plan my days! I use the column on the left for list making or overall weekly goals. I use the bottom columns for prioritizing my top three daily goals, recording things I did on a day, or planning blog posts.

 
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The back of my EC planner features lined pages for notes!

 
The back also has blank pages with gorgeous designs in the margins!
The back also has blank pages with gorgeous designs in the margins!

 
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A feature that I love but didn't mention is the stickers! I use these to notate important events.
A feature that I love but didn’t mention is the stickers! I use these to notate important events.

 
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She provides colorful blank stickers as well!
She provides colorful blank stickers as well!

 
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There’s a page with a pocket to tuck away important items!

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And there is this precious ziplock, as well! Mine has some of the bonus stickers I received with my planner.

See? I’m not making stuff up–Erin Condren planners are serious! If you are on the lookout for a new type of planner, I strongly  suggest looking here. She has some other really great products as well!
 
Stay caffeinated, friends!
 

[W]IT GIRL

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