Erin Condren Monthly Planner Review
Erin Condren has introduced a brand new planner to their line up: The Monthly Planner. It’s reminiscent of the classic LifePlanner, but comes with a few of its own unique features that make it truly worthwhile. With an entirely new purpose, organization, and new binding options, the Erin Condren Monthly Planner is a stand-out tool that the more professionally reserved will love.
With the Monthly Planner, Erin Condren has chosen to offer two different versions. There’s the standard Monthly Planner, which has all of the monthly calendars lumped together and then followed by all of the notes pages. Then there’s the Deluxe Monthly Planner, which provides notes pages in-between each monthly calendar and has a different page layout for those notes pages. Another big difference: The Monthly Planner is beautifully bound for extra portability and accessibility and the Deluxe Monthly Planner comes with a coil binding like the LifePlanner with interchangeable laminated covers. Talk about options!
Erin Condren Monthly Planner Features
If you’re looking for a planner with beau coup of notes pages, then the standard Monthly Planner is going to be your best choice. It has 92 lined notes pages, so there’s more than enough room for you to jot down meeting notes, ideas, outlines, and whatever else you have. The cover is softish, but not so soft it’s useless. It can also be personalized with your monogram and you can choose between a solid color cover or one of the popular patterns used on the LifePlanners.
The monthly planner is also great for men. With the subdued color covers and a neutral color scheme on the inside, it’s a no-nonsense kind of planner. Because most men are no-nonsense with their planners and notebooks, this makes the Erin Condren Monthly Planner an excellent option for them (maybe even as a gift?). It also makes a great tool to accompany you through working on a big project at work, a side hustle, and even in keeping track of your family.
Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner
The Deluxe Monthly Planner follows the signature Erin Condren design. It comes with the same binding and cover type as the LifePlanner and is available with the colorful inside designs everyone has come to know and adore. Everything about it says “Erin Condren.”
Aside from the look, the main difference between the regular Monthly Planner and the Deluxe is the organization. The Deluxe breaks each of the monthly calendars up with three notes pages. The first has five different horizontal boxes with lines, a blank space, and a check box. This page is great for lumping tasks that feed into a larger task or project that you need to complete that month.
The next page is the normal notes page that Erin Condren includes in their notebooks. It has two sections, one is open and lined, and the other is a column for tasks. The third and final notes page is a dot grid. It can be used to create more task columns, to brainstorm, or even just write down random notes.
After going through all 12 months, the Deluxe has a lined notes section, a double-sided folder, and two sticker sheets. The regular Monthly Planner does not come with a folder or stickers, though both can be purchased separately. The Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner does have a downside though: It has only 40 lined notes pages in the 7×9 size. If you choose to purchase the 8.5×11 size, you’ll get 80 notes pages, but that’s still fewer than the standard Monthly Planner.
The regular monthly comes in one size (7×9) and the Deluxe comes in two sizes. The Deluxe has more options for customization and personalization, and the regular can only be personalized with your monogram and customized with your one cover choice. Both have goal setting pages, but only the regular has annual planning pages.
The regular Monthly Planner costs $25 (without extra purchases or special personalization choices) and the Deluxe costs $30 for the 7×9 and $35 for the 8.5×11 (add $5 more for 80 notes pages and more for other customization options). The overall cost of the monthly planner you choose depends on the customization and personalization you want—just be prepared to pay for those things.
Which Erin Condren Monthly Planner is Right for You?
If you’re not into frills or extra stuff, then the regular Monthly Planner is for you. It’s straightforward and has only the things you really need to get ahead and stay organized. If you like a little more flair, then you’ll prefer the Deluxe Monthly Planner. Anyone who loves notes pages needs the regular or the Deluxe with 80 notes pages. However, if you need something to guide you every day and give you space to note each detail for those days, neither of these will help you out. If that’s your situation, check out the classic Erin Condren LifePlanner. It can help you out with those details.
These two monthly planners are perfect tools for those who simply need a little bit of assistance in planning, organizing, and remembering.
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