Erin Condren

Getting Organised for 2016

The holiday season is one of my favourite times of year because the approaching new year means a shiny new planner set up.

Generally throughout the year I try not to change my planner up too much, so the new year gives me an opportunity to tweak my current system and add some new goodies to my stash.

My planner life consists of 3 separate areas, so over the next week I’ll publish 3 different posts to give you an idea of where I’m at and what tools I’ll be incorporating to keep me organised in 2016.

This first post will be about my day-t0-day planner, followed by one for my study/university planner, and one for my personal growth and goals set up.

So, without further ado:

Getting Organised in 2016: Day-to-Day Planning

If you’ve read my “how to use a planner to get organised” post, then you’ll know that I am a big fan of only having one active calendar, no matter how many planners you have. So, while I have 3 planner systems, only one of them has an actual calendar in it. In my opinion this is crucial for keeping on top of everything in your life. More calendars means more ways for stuff to fall through the cracks which is just setting yourself up for failure.

This year I’m using my trusty old Holborn Zip as my main planner. I’ve had this lovely thing for about 4 years now and it’s in great shape. I also have an A5 VDS which I adore, but nothing beats being able to stuff things into a zipped planner and know they’ll be safe until you need them again.

Meet the Holborn. She’s not as pretty as some, but she’s not delicate either and that’s what I like about her.

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This year I’ve chosen printable inserts from the “Perfectly Organised” etsy store. They are very similar to what I was using last year, but with a slightly different colour scheme to make it feel fresh and new.

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The main thing I’ve found with a weekly view planner, is that I need a section to put upcoming events/appointments. So I’ve changed the IMPORTANT box in this printable to a NEXT WEEK box, where I can write down any big events in the coming week. That way I don’t get blindsided on Monday morning when I flip the page to the new week.

I don’t do a lot of decoration in my main planner, but I do allow myself one planner luxury throughout the year and that is stickers. There’s just something about playing with stickers that makes me happy. I tend to prefer functional stickers over decorative ones, and my favourite way to create stickers that work for my family is by personalising the Erin Condren photo stickers.

They are $5 per sheet of 30 stickers and you can put anything you like on them. You can have the same sticker 30 times or 30 different stickers or any combination in between. I got a bunch of these this year, including: swimming lesson stickers for my daughter, “due” stickers for work projects, “7 days” stickers to warn me of uni assignment due dates and so much more. It was a lot of fun creating them and they really stand out in my planner which makes staying organised super easy.

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The one problem with stickers is that they can be difficult to store. I’ve chosen to store mine in a 4×6 photo album which I picked up super cheap from a dollar store. I’ve categorised each pouch for easy access: work, school, family, money, housework etc

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Aside from the main calendar section in this planner, I also have a few other tabs. Including:

Info
This section has all of our bank account information, utility account numbers, license numbers, passport details. It’s basically a quick reference guide for anything we might need for each member of the family.
Contacts
Pretty self explanatory!

Shopping & Budgets
Here I write meal plans and shopping lists, all my budgets and financial information, as well as wishlists for each family member.
To-do:
Here I have a master to-do list, broken up into smaller to do lists including the flylady section, which I’ve covered in another post.

PRO TIP: To avoid ‘to-do list panic’ choose only 3 things a day from the master list and add them into your personal tasks each day. If you get them done and have spare time choose 3 more.

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So that’s the basic run down of my day-to-day planner for 2016. If you have any questions about the set up (or anything else) leave a question in the comments below, and stay tuned for the student and personal goals updates coming later in the week.

Happy planning!

Monday Mail Round-up 14/7

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll already know that I get a lot of mail.

Some weeks I get more than others, but it is a testament to my online shopping addiction that I can’t remember the last time I went a whole week without getting something fun in the mail.

So, here is a round up of this past week’s fun stuff:

Monday

Some lovely skinny washi from eBay – because you can never have too much washi!

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Tuesday

Some lovely pastel masking tape pages

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And later that same afternoon, via Fedex:

Finally! My Erin Condren package arrived!

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To see the contents of the box view my Erin Condren Unboxing post here.

Wednesday

A beautiful random act of kindness (RAK) from Wendy, one of my fellow planner addicts on facebook

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Thursday

More washi from Etsy – my collection is starting to get ridiculous!
I can’t wait to go on a road-trip, just so that I can use that road washi!

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Friday

A handbag insert from this Etsy seller for storing my planner goodies! I’m excited about this one!

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That’s it for this week – another good one! I can’t wait to see what appears in my mailbox today!

Erin Condren Unboxing

My Erin Condren package arrived today!

Jen from Organized at Jen introduced me to Erin Condren via her blog. I’ve been a long time follower of Jen because she was a fellow Filofax fan and always had great videos about her binder (as well as loads of other things that made me want to spend my money!).

She recently uploaded a video about the Erin Condren planner, and although I wasn’t a fan of the planner itself, I found lots of other goodies on the site that I WAS a fan of.. so quite a few dollars later…

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And now for the goodies:

3 Book Elastics with Pen Loop

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The Zipper Clutch

I’m going to use this for sticker storage.

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An A5 size Daily Checklist Pad

I’ll punch some of these pages to keep in my planner, and some will go on the fridge.

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A Basic EC Notebook

Outside cover

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Detachable page finder to go inside the notebook

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Inside cover and lined pages

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Unlined pages

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Zip-lock pocket in the back – I love this so much. The Filo zip ones have a huge plastic zip that just gets in the way, so I’ll probably end up hacking this to go in my Filofax!

(there’s also a card pocket which I forgot to take a photo of)

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Personalised planner stickers

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And lastly some business cards

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Overall I’m pretty happy with everything. There’s one small issue I need to contact them about, but nothing huge. If I’m being honest, I don’t completely understand the current Erin Condren obsession, especially for the planners which, in my opinion, just can’t hold a candle to a flexible and completely customisable binder system. But to each their own!

And I have to admit the designs are super cute!

If you’ve never purchased from Erin Condren before you can use this link to get $10 off your first purchase.